I know there will be a few of you who have tried Laphroaig 30 & 40 and I'd be interested in your views on these but they are out of my price range at the moment.
I voted for the QC; wonderful stuff. To me the other three are all differernt, but all rate about the same (great stuff, high 80s).
Of course, the OB Laphroaig I would really like to get my hands on is the 17yo 2004 Feis Isle bottling which I hear is absolutely stunning! One of these days I will have to drop the 500+ euros for it since this is from my second favorite distillery and that bottle is one of the most highly rated of all Laphroaigs.
The 10 YO was a staple in my early dramming days, but seemed to tail off in power. Having said that I was recently in Australia, in a bar where they opened a new bottle for me, and it was ...excellent! I had several large ones over the course of the week, and was interested to note that it was 43%, not 40% as is the norm in UK.
I've noticed that export and duty free bottlings are often stronger. Then again, all the L 10 at Brisbane airport on the way home was 40%...and VERY cheap. Go figure...
Biggest let down after all the reviews was tasting my neighbour's 15 YO. It could have been a duff bottle, but it was just...weak. I introduced him to the Ardbeg 10 right after and we both agreed it slaughtered the L 15...
I do tend to switch to pure CS after a couple of drams.
overall : QC here
I think it isn't as powerful as it was then.
I actually found this a difficult poll, with the 15, QC and CS neck and neck. In the end I went for the CS as it is the biggest kick in whisky that I've had - so a vote for extremism!
I don't know. CS is great for the "love it or hate it" Laphroaig character and QC is great for the creamy pleasurable goodness. I don't know where to put 15...it seems on par with the other two as far as quality but less focued of a personality. And 10 is a good deal and a daily drinker. It's easier to appreciate after you know the rest of the range I think.
Cask Strength has all the punch that the 10 used to have plus the extra ABV. It is much smoother than some IB cask strength Laphroiags I remember. I'll be doing some serious stocking up while the supermarkets are flogging it cheap in the run up to Christmas!
Quarter Cask reminds me so much of what the 10 used to taste like 20 years ago but it has something extra. If anything it is more complex. Whoever thought Laphroiag could be a thinking man's malt?
15 is not something I see very often otherwise I'd buy it more often. It used to be a luxurious treat in contrast to the savagery of the old 10. It just brings back memories of great sessions in my 20s
10 just isn't what it used to be. But I still keep a few in stock and there's always one open so I must like it really
I'm letting my heart rule my head and tastebuds here! QC is awesome and i always have a bottle in the house, love CS and would say that it does have the punch the 10 used to have.
10 above 15 only as 10 was the first malt I ever tried and I instantly fell in love. Who says rugby players can't be sentimental!
Nevertheless I rate it a whisper below the 10 year old CS
Note to Laphroaig: How about a Cask Strenght Quarter Cask ? (Or CSQC ) I think I'd buy a case...or two
Excellent lineup at Laphroaig these days. IMHO, unsurpased on Islay... and reasonably priced to boot!
BUT the (Red Stripe) CS caused me to fall in love with Laphroaig after the standard 10yo had all but turned me off to Laphroaig.
After the 10yo CS I went on a Laphroaig buying frenzy which is now tied for favorite distillery with Ardbeg.
My current favorite (OB) Laphroaigs are in this order:
(I currently have a bottle of each open )
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