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Today I tried a head-to-head tasting of three core range bottles from Laphroaig, the famous distillery on Islay. I tried the 10 Year Old, the 15 Year Old and the 10 Year Old Cask Strength. Let’s begin with the standard 10 (the 40% ABV version, there exists a 43% ABV version, but I do not yet have that one). Here goes:
The nose is pretty medicinal and peaty with salt and seaweed, but the sweet touches of fruit (mostly pears and some melon) have the upper hand.
This dram is pretty oily with a salty attack. My first association is fish on a barbecue.
The finish is pretty spicy (red pepper?), but not terribly long. It leaves your mouth dry and clean.
Heavily built, nice body with great balance. The nose is truly wonderful. This is a must have whisky if you love peated expressions, if you keep the price tag in mind.