I opened my first bottle of Laphroaig's standard 10 y.o. this weekend (sold at 40% here in Canada) in an attempt to ward off an oncoming cold.
Having never tried it before, I was rather surprised to find a note somewhat like the smell of wild garlic on the palate. I couldn't detect it by nose (due to congestion), but the taste was there.
Has anyone else noticed this, or is it just my bug-ridden taste buds?
Mr. Ellen, I only wish I could have tasted the "phenolic, tarry, seaweedy, peaty, medicinal, oily or salty" notes...it did seem dominated by this particular taste. I'm not sure exactly what peat tastes like yet - perhaps this is how it's manifest on a cold sufferer's palate?
Bamber, wild garlic is a weed (more or less) that grows practically everywhere in central and eastern U.S. and Canada. It looks a bit like a chive, but has a very pungent aroma (even more so than regular garlic). I'm told it has it's uses in the kitchen, but I've never been brave enough!
Also, because I'm a noob, I always seem to spill a drop or two down the side of the bottle when pouring. When I wipe the drop away with my fingers, there's a very strong smoky smell, like I'd been holding someone's cigarette for them. None of that smoke is really on the nose or on the palate, however, at least certainly not to the extent it was in the bottle of Dun Bheagan 8 y.o. Islay I just finished.
What a strange whisky!! I don't think it bottles well at 40%...I can only hope the other expressions make it to Ontario soon.
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