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.
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.)
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.
Muskrat Portage wrote:Lawrence:
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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