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This is a little different from my usual reviews. There's been so much discussion of Laphroaig recently that I wanted to finally do up this review, but I've been so tired from the rest of my life that I can't do it the usual way.
I first bought a bottle of QC after watching a ralfy review. I really enjoyed it with my whisky club (and beyond). So when my wife and sister in law were in NYC and the latter wanted to get me something at DF for looking after our nephew (actually it was a pleasure...he likes Scotch), from what they described this was the best choice and I ended up with a Litre bottle.
Opened December 31 2014, this one has been open for 2.5 years, gassed after each use, and less than 1/5th full.
Because I often see folks from this distillery in videos using a mini-glencairn this is what I did, and it's a glass from them, so it must be good. I did add a few drops of water to a 15 cc pour.
On the nose, smoke, peat, lemon, a little milk chocolate. A little burnt rubber (in a good way). Paint thinner, pink rubber eraser. Water enhances the milk chocolate. I almost get a whiff of sea air. Iodine dressing (before it is applied to the wound).
On the palate, medicinal, ash, sour citrus with some pith. It's sweet. Slightly thin mouthfeel. With water the flavours melt together, the mouthfeel is creamier.
The ash and astringency lasts long into the finish.
This is about a peated whisky, make no mistake. The rest is just icing on the cake.