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I'm a fan of all things Laphroaig. I don't think that's a secret. For my 200th Connosr review, I felt it appropriate to review this one. Laphroaig 10 is a perennial favourite. I find it to be simultaneously heavy (bold flavour) but not overwhelming, and also high pitched (texture). To my palate, Laphroaig is like a spinto tenor, like say Jonas Kaufman or Luciano Pavarotti; able to reach great heights while not being too dark. I've consumed about half my bottle of Lore and while it shares the same unmistakeable Laphroaig DNA, it's definitely darker and heavier; more of a bass baritone, like say Bryn Terfel or Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
Tasting notes (undiluted from a Glencairn)
- Nose: smoke, peat, brine, leather, orange zest, and a hint of dark fruits (figs or dates), and maybe some black liquorice or anise
- Palate: very rich texture, low pitched, dark chocolate, figs, roasted hazelnuts, cigar ash, iodine (seaweed), and brine
- Finish: long and lingering, seaweed, peat, smoke, ash, black pepper, a touch of cinnamon, more dark chocolate, and a faint if persistent umami note reminiscent of soy sauce
- Final thoughts: despite the 48% abv, this is dangerously easy to drink. I may not like NAS labelling on principle but this whisky is always a treat. It's a shame it's way too pricy in Ontario for a humble schoolteacher to drink regularly.