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This is an abbreviated version of an entry I'll be posting on my blog tomorrow
I've long been a fan of Laphroaig, yet I often take it for granted. In a bid to try every whisky under the sun, I sometimes forget to go back to what I know and love. I was fortunate that a very good friend of mine gifted me this bottle of Laphroaig 10 which he "tried to love, but just couldn't". He got it at Christmas 2016. I got it in August of this year. The bottle was more than 3/4 full when I got it.
- Nose (undiluted) : smoke, mineral peat, earthy sweetness, very medicinal (iodine) with light citrus and floral notes underneath
- Palate (undiluted): rich and full bodied, oily and mouth-coating, sweet and briny arrival developing some slight bitterness before returning to a briny and earthy sweetness with hints of vanilla and pear (really!)
- Finish: long, campfire ash and smoke, with some sweet floral earthiness lingering
Adding water to Laphroaig 10 really pains me. It's just so perfect when sipped neat, that adding water seems criminal. Maybe not criminal, but uncivil. But I added water, you know, just to be thorough. With water, the nose shows much more fresh seaweed/iodine and vanilla. The smoke is pushed into the background. The palate becomes much more medicinal, developing some toffee, black coffee before finishing with sweet vanilla and cigar ash. With or without water, this is an absolute treat.
I should note that the version of Laphroaig 10 in my cabinet is bottled at 43% ABV. Some expressions of this malt are bottled at 40% for some cruel yet unknown reason. I guess we're fortunate here in Ontario...despite paying much, much more for our whisky than other jurisdictions.
I really should keep a bottle of this on hand at all times.