Amongst the younger ones, however, my vote goes to the Cask Strength...
It's just so 'Laphroaig'!
P.S. I find the Quarter Cask very tasty as well, though the oak influence also seems to 'hide' the intrinsic characteristics of the distillate a tad - hence a nod to the CS.
I think my favourite expression is the new 25 but it's quite expensive so if you're asking for the best price-quality ratio I would probably vote for the 10 y.o. CS.
Ganga wrote:I haven't had either of the 25s nor the 18. My favorite is the 15 as their is so much more there than the younger versions but still packs a better punch than the 30.
It should also be noted that there are two different 10 cask strengths. These can be noted as green stripe (older) and red stripe (more current). If recollection serves, these two are at slightly different percentages-hazy but 55.4 v 54.7.
I would say that Laphroaig is somewhat underrated but it has its own legions. It seems that the women I know that imbibe love Laphroaig and it is usually their favorite.
My two favorite Laphroaigs are not OBs. There is the Caledonian Selection 20 and the OMC 18 PLOWED bottling. Excellent whiskies both.
I totally agree with you: I neither have had the 18 or the 25, but I have had a lot of the former regular bottlings (QC, 10, 10CS, 15 and 30) and I think that the 15 is my favourite as well (though i do love them all!). Awesome whisky for a very reasonable price and it will be sorely missed.
Of the younger, standard bottlings, I think the 15 year just edges out the QC and 10 CS for me. I just tried the 10 CS Batch 1, though, and it's very good. All three of these are very close.
I'm looking forward to trying the 18.
I love the CS when I have it. love the QC...and then once in a while i'm staggered by the simplicity and familiarity of the standard 10. Brings back memories too, being one of my first whisky experiences. the 18 sounds interesting...yet to happen upon it!
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