I'm a big fan of the 10 yr old standard version and if my local pub has cheap doubles going, I have been known to down many of them.
I'm not a fan of the 10 yr old cask strength which I thought tasted like bad cough medicine.I also wasn't particularly enamoured with the 1988 Signatory version finsihed in sherry.
Does Laphroaig improve with age?
I'm thinking specifically of the 15 yr old but if anyone has tasted other versions, please let me know.
The standard 10yo is what I'd call balanced, just not strong. I wish it was stronger but remained balanced like it used to be, bad medicine from start to end.
Ardbeg TEN is not balanced, but is strong, especially the nose. Talisker 10yo isn't really balanced either, though I love the mule-kick finish. I still like both of them but I prefer versions of them which were as strong but also balanced (OMC '75 25yo Ardbeg for example). Just my current preference in malts.
I suppose that what I am saying is that Laphroaig isn't especially subtle or complex.
It's appeal is all or nothing in my view.
I assume this is the reason that only first fill bourbon casks are used.
Maybe I'll just wait and see if I can get some at the upcoming speyside festival. Anyone going?
The 30 yo 1997 version is coming to an end, indeed only 123 olorosso casks were used for the elaboration of this whisky. A new version is available but I have been told that it is not as good as the previous version.
I also have a 40 yo laphroaig bottle (also known as laphroaig 1960 vintage), but I haven’t tasted it yet. My whisky seller told me that in a bind test testing, people often confuse the 30yo and the 40yo version, not because they are the same, but because the 30yo version taste “older” …
40 yo stale and tasteless? I had a sample of the 40 yo, I found a real explosion of aromas in the mouth!
I didn’t say that the 40yo was tasteless (I have never sampled it yet, and I’m wondering if I will ever open the bottle). I said that it might taste younger than the 30yo version. And your comments goes in this way as you are talking about explosion of aroma which is more a “young” malt characteristic. The 30yo is a long wise malt, that heat you from the inside slowly but with strength … But this doesn’t mean that the 40yo laphroaig is uninteresting and tasteless or even less interesting that the 30yo version.
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