Is your Laphroaig 10 YO 40% or 43% ABV????

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Is your Laphroaig 10 YO 40% or 43% ABV????

Postby Lawrence » Wed Jan 10, 2007 12:31 am

I received a bottle of Laphroaig 10 for Christmas and it's 43% ABV and was purchased in the USA.

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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Postby EdipisReks » Wed Jan 10, 2007 12:37 am

mine is 43%, bought in northern Kentucky.

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Postby Oliver » Wed Jan 10, 2007 12:39 am

In the US its 43%. I think in Europe its 40% as a standard...
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!.... :D

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!
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Postby Mr Fjeld » Wed Jan 10, 2007 12:41 am

In Norway they sell the 40% version.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Jan 10, 2007 12:43 am

Is there a direct correlation between 40% and 70cl? (Funny, you might think the larger bottles would have been stretched a wee bit....)

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Postby Nock » Sat Jan 13, 2007 2:38 am

I had a 750mL bottle at 43% which I purchased in the US.

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


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Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Jan 15, 2007 6:58 am

I had a bottle of 10yo that I bought at a duty-free entering Canada, and quite illegally brought back to the US--1.14l at 43%. So if you want the 43%, Lawrence, get one on your way back into Canada next time you get married.

(The contraband bottle was gifted to Bobby, so customs officers should visit him, not me.)

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Postby laphroaig10_65 » Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:40 am

I confirm also in Italy 40% 70 cl.

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Postby Reggaeblues » Mon Jan 15, 2007 11:01 am

Had a Laphroaig in a bar in Queensland Oz in September. Tasted so good i asked to see the bottle. Sure enough it was 43%.

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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Postby duckmcf » Tue Jan 16, 2007 2:57 am

Reggaeblues wrote:Had a Laphroaig in a bar in Queensland Oz in September. Tasted so good i asked to see the bottle. Sure enough it was 43%.

Yep, and I can also confirm that the bottles available in Australia are 43% and are the European size of 700ml (70cl).

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Laphroaig 10 yo

Postby Muskrat Portage » Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:29 am

Just like you, 40% in Ontario, Mr T must have gotten his out East.


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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jan 16, 2007 4:25 am

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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