The 2nd from the top Laphroaig bested in age only by the 40 yo version.
Another Friday done with only 3 hours of non-paid overtime today. Being on salary sometimes sucks. After arriving home just in time for a dinner of beef from the rotisserie and salad and veggies from our garden I went out on the back porch with a guilty 2 fingers of this marvelous scotch. I could breathe this stuff all day . The nosing is full of sherry, fruits and peat. Spiced apples and pears come to mind on top of the famous Laphroaig Islay peat.
The first tasting is a full on blast of sherried smoke, the whisky almost seems thick as it coats your tongue. The initial burst of flavor is full and round with just a hint of oak but it is the perfect mix of peat that gives this whiskey it's character, the alcohol is barely noticed with all the flavors swirling around. I've had the 40 yo and those extra 10 years mellow things out a bit, something that I don't think is an improvement and for me, puts that version slightly behind the 30 yo. I'm greedy so someday I may own both.
This Laphroaig finishes very long and smoky with the hints of fruit seeming to pop up out of the smoky peatiness. This goes down so well and easily you'll find a major dent in your bottle in no time if you don't control yourself.
Absolutely, without a doubt one of the best Scotches I have ever had the pleasure to own and drink. If you are a fan of Islay style scotch this is the one to strive for, buy and savor. A true centerpiece of almost any collection.
Edited by AVB, 21 January 2007 - 11:04 AM.