hello Froagi. By all means get both of them. Both Uigedail and the Quarter Cask are fine examples of what you can do with very young whiskies if you have to.
In the Uigedail there were some barrels of 1975 used. The Uigedail is a sherried Ardbeg with everything you look for in the Ardbeg range.
The Quarter Cask starts sweet-woody in a very pleasant way and then shows pure Laphroaig in the finish with medicinal and sea-founded notes. A wonderful Islay for one that young.
Personally I prefer the Uigedail over the Laphroaig CS, but many people don't. How about Caol Ila CS as a smokey, if slightly simpler, alternative ?
Score: (92) Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength 55.7 % abv Islay
Color: Orange amber
Nose: Seaweed, salty seaside, old wooden floors, stables, rope, tobacco pipe
Palate: Bold, sweet start, sea salt, briny middle, driftwood, ashes, meaty
Body: Firm, chewy, intense, drying burn
Finish: Smoke trailing all the way
Quote: Just a drop on the tongue has as much flavor as a whole dram of the regular 10, but it is so intense that the struggle is to wrestle with it like the neighborhood bully. I definitely need to check this again before final approval. Interim opinion is “HUGE”. Revise: STILL HUGE!
Froagi wrote:I sure hope one of you distinguished gentlemen have an open bottle of Laphroaig CS and at least an Ardbeg Uigeadail or another Ardbeg cask in the 53 to 54% range to compare. I'm between a rock and a hard place for buying the more interesting Scotches here and I'm wondering if anyone would care to comment on any similarities between the two. I'm a big fan of Laphroaig 10 and 15 YOs and Ardbeg 10 and Uigeadail but cannot for the life of me find a Laphroaig CS. I haven't tasted a Scotch yet that I don't like but the smokey brawlers with higher octane really make me smile. thanks to anyone who can comment.
As well as the official Laphroaig 10 CS, I had a taste of Douglas Laing's OMC 1987 Laphroaig (50%) when I was at the Tomintoul Whisky castle.
This was a wonderful whisky and one for both afficianados and non-afficianados of the official 10 yr old. At no point did the whisky taste like it needed water, there was good roundness, more sweetness than the OB, it was chewy and an all-round great buy.
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