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Now here is a savory scotch if I've ever tasted one!
Aromatic gifts of pine sap, iodine (of course), seaweed, oak, green olives, cloves.
In the mouth, it opens up into crispy bacon, sherry, smoked trout, buttered toast, fireplace ash.
As it trickles down the mid-palate, savory flavors take a turn for the sweeter, transforming themselves mercurially and magically into chocolate, chickory coffee, Rocky Patel robusto cigar wrapper, lemon, vanilla bean, and Ritter Sport wafer.
The finish is long, lush, and multi-various with hints of many of the flavors listed in the palate that flitter across the psychological gulf from the tongue to the brain.
When compared with the Quarter Cask and the 18, The Laphroaig 10 Year Cask Strength really shines. Yes, I can easily say that I prefer it to either.
The Quarter Cask, while quite good, simply does not have the maturity and range of the Cask Strength. It is sharper and more upfront with the wood to the detriment of other more subtle and dazzling flavors which mature across the full ten year spectrum that the QC simply does not have, despite the smaller barrel.
The Laphroaig 18, which is admitted more sophisticated, is also more mellow and does not have quite the bombastic range of things happening in the mouth. It is a more gentile version of the 10 cask, and that has its advantages. I feel the 18 is generally underrated whereas the Cask 10 is generally overlooked. And that is a mistake on the part of those who have not deigned to try it when it was available in pubs and stores near them.
Batch: 3. Bottled on Jan 11. No year listed.