Laphroaig 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland
Reviewed July 6, 2017
Wow, this is so different from the 10 yr cask strength, it is softer and more subtle. It is another lovely example of a peated Islay whisky. Although, it did not give me the dramgasm like the Lagavulin 16. It also doesn't conjure up visions of a Scottish beach. Don't get me wrong I really like it and in it's price range this is a fantastic whisky. The nose is sweet peat, medicinal, Elmer's glue (best thing about Kindergarten) and new car smell or maybe just warm leather seats. At 40% ABV the palate is a bit watery. I would love to try the 10 yr at 43% ABV . The flavours are again sweet peat, some lemon, salty smoked mackerel and rosemary/sage porchetta. The finished is lovely peat that just goes on and on. This is not the "in your face" whisky like the cask strength, nor the oily texture of the Lagavulin, but it is something I could drink everyday and not get bored. My only complaint is the low ABV, but maybe for an everyday sipper low ABV is a good thing. What? Me? No? I can stop drinking anytime.......Uh Oh.
That's the "spirit". 😀 Excellent. I agree, there is just something special about the Lagavulin 16. I've only tried two Laphroaig offerings and I'm an Ardbeg virgin ( soon to be changed at Ardbeg Embassy here in Stockholm), but so far nothing compares to Lagavulin 16.
That's the spirit - LOL
I "always" have all three! :)
Good review. Laphroaig 10 and Ardbeg 10 have always seemed to me to be excellent standard expressions that just fall sleep slightly short of the mark in comparison to the superb Lagavulin 16. I usually have all three in the liquor cupboard.
In a way, my buying the cask strength first may have been a mistake. It's hard not to hold up the standard 10 yr to the cask strength.
I haven't had a bottle for years after trying cask strength. Even when on sale for less than $40, I end up grabbing the cask strength for almost twice the price.
Another good reason to visit Mom and Dad. I can only get the 40% here in Sweden.
Here in the US we get the 10 year old at 43%. I love it, but I love all things Laphroaig. Except Select, I only like Select.
Yes, it was a bit of a surprise and considering who owns Laphroaig, a bit worrisome. I will order a sample of An Cuan from Master of Malt, at 48% ABV it sounds promising. Thanks for the tip
I was also thinking the last bottle I got tasted watery not up to usual standard. I thought just my taste buds had evolved until a friend bought up exactly the same thing. Hope they aren't changing the formulae like Lagavullin has subtly behind the scenes. If you want something similar with more oomph try An Cuan if you can get hold of it