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Laphroaig 10 Year Old

New Peathead? (1st Islay experience

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@GotOak91Review by @GotOak91

6th Oct 2012


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I had acquired this one due to the tempting wanted experience of an Islay whisky. So I gave into temptation and like all temptations they end up being great at least in the short run. Anyways....

Nose: Immediately as I opened it the first scent was smoked ham and bacon with a gentle salty twinge. Its like a barbecue of smoked pork on the beach. There is a bit of alcohol in the nose but it also has a tad bit of sweet vanilla inside. This is one of the best noses I've encountered. I might be a peathead, so far anyway.

Body: Full bodied, warming, and realtively smooth.

Taste: Full of smoke, char, smoked salty meats, and a little rubber. I can now say that I understand that flavor. In short this whisky tastes like being the grillmaster cooking in front of a full charcoal grill. This is what a real man's whisky tastes like.

Finish: Long, smoky, salty, and beautiful. There are some earthy tones within this finish. This seems to last forever on the finish which I must say its one of those tastes I won't mind having forever.

I've came to the conclusion that since this is a classic Islay, I believe that I am a self-proclaimed peathead. This is one of those whiskies you have to try once even though you think you might not like it. Its more than a whisky, it is an experience. I can't wait to acquire an Ardbeg or a Lagavuin. Even an older expression would be incredible.

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SquidgyAsh commented

Welcome to the club my friend! Great review by the way. Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Bowmore, etc = YUM (Even more so Port Ellen!!!) It's funny I wouldn't call myself a peat head or an Islay man (I just love whisky PERIOD!) but out of the 5 bottles waiting for me in Scotland, 4 are Islays (for the record it was not intended to be that way, completely accidental!)

Enjoy the journey to the Peat Side my friend! It's a fun and awesome one! As you said it's not a whisky, it's an experience.

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GotOak91 commented

Thanks brother from the peat side I do intend to further my journey with more peaty prospects just like the ones you mentioned. This is going to be a great journey for the tastebuds.

7 years ago 0

scotchtape commented

Great review. I was unfortunate to have bought this whisky early on and was unaware of what I was dealing with. I'm wanting to give the whole Laphroaig line another taste now. Hopefully I'll be able to articulate some accurate notes!

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