As I mentioned in my post about whisky #10, we had yet to have an Islay whisky, and I assumed #10 might be from there and had no idea what was waiting for me the next day. Well it was one of my favourite distillery bottlings of all, the glorious cask strength version of Laphroaig 10, which I guessed wrong , but to my credit I did get the distillery right this time (obviously with some doubt, but hey). I’ve actually had a dram from this batch before while I was visiting Islay, but it was a comfort dram after a long, cold, wet day so no notes, until now.
Initial impressions: Gold colour, some bubbles, oily legs. Nose is very Islay-esque, smells like a young Laphroaig or Kilchoman (I ended up going with an older Laphroaig because the peat kind of gave way to some other notes).
Guess: Laphroaig 1998 by Cadenhead’s (https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/99095/laphroaig-1998-ca)
Aged 10 years. 58.3% ABV. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at batch strength.
Nose: Medicinal, iodine. Mineral peat. Campfire. Strawberry shortcake. Quite farmy. Buttered pancakes. Treacle. Traces of peach and plum
Palate: Quite creamy. Sweet peat. Celery salt. Iodine. Salty toffee. Brine.
Finish: Long. Brine. Tobacco smoke. Mineral peat. Stewed fruits in custard.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
Obviously I enjoyed this immensely and was pretty chuffed to discover I’d guessed it was a Laphroaig. As with the other batches this really shows on the palate, really heavy and creamy, though I still marginally prefer batch 006.