This is perhaps the most famous Islay Single Malt Whisky , it certainly was the first one i ever saw back in 1984 . Famous for people either loving it of loathing it , i loved it when i first tried it , fell out with it later on when it seemed to lose something but have fallen back in love with it recently…….
Bottled at 40% – i don’t know why they haven’t upped the abv in line with most of their competitors , would be nice to have it at 46% – and a bright gold colour in the glass , the nose is heavy on the medicinal , it’s a bit like standing on a rugged shore on the south of Islay , heavy sea air with sea weed , also there is a strong touch of farm yard and nettles , finally a smokiness appears . The palate is a heady peatiness with iodine , a nice sweetness to it , almost creamy fudge , silky smooth across the entire palate until the back of the throat when the peatiness and a brittle toffeeness bite in . The finish is long and medicinal .
Laphroaig 10yo back to it’s best , a really enjoyable dram…… if you like this kind of thing…..