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Laphroaig has never been a favourite of mine, but since my experience with the 10 year old has been limited I figured I would give it a shot.
The nose doesn't disappoint. Full peat smoke with antiseptic, though less medicinal than Lagavulin. Tends more toward cold fireplace and mothball aromas. With time, some sweet black licorice and cocoa.
Medium-bodied on the tongue. Surprisingly soft delivery with smoky peat and oak. Moderate sweetness, some light citrus and vanilla and lots of wood char. Mid-palate, some chewy fudge and that tingling licorice again. The finish is, of course, long and peaty but retains some sweetness.
Comparing from memory, I enjoy this 10 year old a lot more than the Quarter Cask, which always seemed rather one-dimensional to me. Possibly my opinion would be different now, but in any case this one finds a good balance between smoke and sweetness, come across very clean and well-made. Also nice to see that the bottle from the LCBO remains at 43% while in other parts of the world it seems more common to find it at 40%