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This was my third excursion in the world of peated malts. My introduction being the mild Talisker 10y, followed by a sherried/peated BenRiach 12y, this Laphroaig was my first experience with a fullbodied Islay peatbomb.
My expectations with this dram where high - as in it had to be close to the summit of peatiness -, and I must say it didn't disappoint.
Welcome to Peatland. The nose kicks off with loads of peat and iodine covering a slight fruitiness and faint smoke of slightly burned wood. All of this without tingling my nostrils too much 'though, as it has this smooth feel to it.
What can I say? The fullbodied taste can't possibly hide the peat, and I had to search hard for the wood and nuts that accompany it.
After a while, once you get used to the peat, the storm lays down and as a forest that awakens after the rains, this dram opens up its fruitiness and cedarwood aromas. Or maybe someone opened up a bag of winegums?
The aftertaste is kind off dry and maybe even bitter and tends to stick around for a while. Long enough to make it 'till the next sip, that's for sure, but an idiot that keeps those next ones waiting...Please give me more!