Excerpt: Light and silken on the nose, palate and finish it’s lost some of that raw elemental delivery of it’s younger counterparts that I love so much but it’s been replaced with refined sweet and citrus notes that bring a different perspective to this fantastic distillery.
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Laphroaig is a Beam/Suntory scotch distillery in the Islay region of scotch. Known for several core age stated products, they also specialize in funky one-offs that make little sense and generally carry no age statements.
Lots more sweetness, mostly in the vanilla note with a hint of oak. Then the smoke kicks back in, although much covertly.
Much better blended than the 10, the smoke and peat subdue a little bit and concede to some citrus and vanilla sweetness.
Longer and less rough. This reminds me of the difference between Lagavulin 12 and 16 but a bit more exaggerated.
This dram is a lot sweeter, and a lot less brash. Whether that is more favorable to the drinker is really up to him. I like it better than the 10, by a little bit.
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