Laphroaig 10 Year Cask Strength (Batch 12)
Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland
Reviewed October 23, 2020
Neat. Neck pour. This has been on my to-buy list for a long time. Found it for $53 at Jungle Jim’s. Crazy price right? Had to pull the trigger. The nose on this is intense. The peat is actually making me hungry for some burnt ends. Once I acclimate to the peat though, this is so sweet. Short bread, coconut, and pineapple. Tons of salt and pepper. Like putting my nose into salt and pepper shakers. This may sound strange but there is a metallic silver there with it which triggered a memory of my grandparents salt and pepper shakers. That’s a deep cut of a memory. Vanilla extract. Man, this is delightful. I went into this thinking the peat would be overwhelming but instead the extra proof bumped up everything else instead. That’s awesome. Mouth feel is velvety and perfect. Wow, that is a ton of flavor all at once. Going to take a bit to tease this out... Yeah, intense. On the tongue, getting beyond the peat again I am finding that coconut, pineapple and vanilla extract. So sweet. Transitions into such a nice campfire smoke. Campfire doesn’t do it justice. More like a burnt cedar blank. On the grill with some pineapple marinated meat. The salt and pepper then hang on finish. A solid minute after my last sip, still getting all the flavors described above. None of them subsided or transitioned though on the legs. Everything described above is just hanging out for the duration. So intense. So so intense. I love it. My wife is going to come home 5 hours from now and I am sure these flavors are still going to be all over me. It doesn’t help that I dribbled a bit on my beard... If you saw my face it probably looks like I am in pain. Every time I sip my eyes squint and my lips pucker. It’s is so so good though.
Was nuts that this was 53 and the regular 10 was 63 here in ohio. lol