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Nose: Right out of the bottle the peat hits you with a strong Stilton cheese-like aroma and the embers of a dying campfire, tempered with sweeter notes of sliced red grapes and night-blooming jasmine. Allowing it to sit for a few minutes airs out much of the sour peat "stink," leaving only a smoky, floral perfume. Water further opens up the sweetness, with strong barbecue notes and light vanilla.
Body: lightly textured but boisterous. This one announces itself with a POW!
Palate: Without water, bitter tobacco and charred, ashy wood, with notes of dark chocolate underneath. With just a little bit of water, it becomes a whole new whisky. Still quite smoky, but much sweeter, even lush and fruity.
Finish: long and powerful. Smoke and chocolate linger FOREVER. Perfection.
Of the 10, Quarter Cask, and Triple Wood, this, the latter, is easily my favorite Laphroaig. This is a complex whisky with two settings. Without water, this bottle will satisfy the dragon in you. Adding a little water offers a mellower, more multidimensional spirit. This is just a fantastic scotch and one everyone should try.