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Just to explain the title, I've had a bottle of Laphroaig 10 in the cabinet for a tad too long and just got around to finishing it. I've always considered this one a "contemplative" whisky. It's not one that you can easily down and it is a challenging drink, but it invokes deep thought in me, so I like to savour this on quiet nights when I'm alone.
When you first try it, the peat belts you between the eyes and I guess at this point, you either love it, or hate it. It's always been in a tussle with the other "L", Lagavulin as to who reigns supreme as the peat king. While I enjoy both, I must say I have a soft spot for the "Frog" and I prefer its coal smoke richness to Lagavulins drier mouthfeel.
Great whisky? Nah, but that's not the point. The score is meaningless. If sentimentality and loyalty were the drivers, it would get 100. A classic? You bet, and one to make a return to the cabinet in the not too distant future. The King is dead, long live the King..........