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This is the 2010 Batch 02, not sure if 2011 will bring a batch 03. Michelles says "Pulls no punches, a real Islay heavy weight. Full-on petrol, peat, oily, sweet, rich, deep and full. Kicks butt in the flavour and ABV departments."
"Nose: Drier, with “tarred rope” phenol. Palate: Seaweedy. Both salty and sweet. Tar-like. Finish: Medicinal. Tar, phenol, peat, earth. A wonderfully complex whisky."
"I've come to the end of the bottle of this, I've compared it to batch 001 and the old cask strength and drank it with five other Laphroaigs, and I'm still a bit confused and conflicted. On the one hand, I think its fabulous. Against the others it stood out, its got a clean, sharp taste that is very appealing. On the other, when I've been sat at home drinking whisky, I've really enjoyed the first dram but have not enjoyed the second ass much, and moved on to something else. There is a light, floral, sweet quality that sits strangely with the general laphroaig taste. However, this is probably just reflecting my unsophisticated palate, all in all, its great!"