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While I enjoy peat and smoke, when I had to compare Ardbeg 10 and Laphroaig 10 I went for the Ardbeg. However i decided to give Laphroaig's other expressions that have a higher proof a chance and I am impressed.
Nose: A tang of salt, seaweed, salted fish, vanilla, spice, peat, smoke that reminds me of a barbecue at the beach. Palate: Strong Maritime notes, vanilla, peat, salted fish, peat, smoke, dark fruits. Finish: Still has the maritime notes, but now with a spiciness that is impressive with a final hint of vanilla to round it out.
In conclusion, this dram is an acquired taste and if it is your cup of tea there is nothing better.