In Canada all the Laphroaig 10 I've seen has all been 40% ABV.
Why the difference and is there a taste difference????
Please let me know what ABV your Laphroaig 10 is and what country you bought it in. It might prove interesting.
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I think it harks back to a EEC directive. I know that's behind the 70 cl bottles in Europe before that it was variable....
In the US its 75cl and 43% -- it can't be all bad living here!....
As far as taste is concerned I think the higher proof in this case means less water addded and more actual malt whisky in the bottle -- I'll take 43 over 40 volume -- everything else being equal -- any day of the week, Lawrence!
After that bottle was finished I picked up a 1 Litre bottle at the Duty Free coming back from a trip to Vancouver B.C. in August and it is 40%
I did a tasting with the 43% bottle against an Ardbeg 10yo and a Lagavulin 16yo. The Laphraoig 43% came out on the bottom.
I remember opening the 1 Litre bottle and really liking it for the first week or so. Then it went on the shelf for a few months. It has now been open for 5 months and I am not as fond of it as I was. The finish has really developed some bitter notes.
That is my experience
(The contraband bottle was gifted to Bobby, so customs officers should visit him, not me.)
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Maybe it was because it was the only bottle of malt for miles around...and I drank 2 generous drams of it every night for a week, but it really was everything one could expect from a 10 YO Laphroaoig...better than I can remember of late, and punchier and rounder than the 10 YO 40% i was given for Christmas.
Here in UK 40 is standard.
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Just like you, 40% in Ontario, Mr T must have gotten his out East.
I believe it was at the Thousand Islands crossing. Anyway, it was a duty-free only bottling on the US side, supplied by the powers that be in the state of old New York ("my home away from home!"), being 1.14l.
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