Anyway, what are your thoughts on these two Laphroaigs? How do they compare? Which do you prefer? Which has a more peaty taste?
Agree with opinions that its on the sweet side. However the 48% abv. does an excellent job delivering the peat and smoke throughout the mouth.
Note to self: amend shopping list.
Bruichladdict wrote:That does it...I'm cracking open the bottle of QC I bought last week at the LCBO!
This forum is pure evil.
lol i agree my trips to the bottle bank have doubled since ive started coming here
Gilles Deleuze wrote:Kernow wrote:lol i agree my trips to the bottle bank have doubled since ive started coming here
My trips to the actual bank have doubled as I get inspired to buy new bottles.....
Its killing my bank balance, even tried an Asda Islay Blended Malt at £15 to try keep costs down. but not getting on with it at all.
so went out and bought a bottle of Waves to make up for my mistake
Laphraoig 10 vs. QC: The 10 has a more farmy character. The QC is sweeter and is smoother. 10 doesn't stand up to well to water (just a bit). QC with a bit of cool water becomes even more fruity.
My favorite of the Laphs is the CS. Although it's just fine neat, I take the advice of the Laphroaig Master Distiller who notes on the bottle to add water. It has the most wonderful combination of fruit and peaty smoke. The nose is very reminiscent of the old Garrett Scotch Snuff that my grandfather used to dip.
If the QC is all that you can get I'd say it's a great deal for the price.
Laphroaig 10 has the typical Laphroaig taste of peat, iodine, seaweed, more peat ... etc.
Laphroaig 15 is much more rounded, more smooth and altogether much more gentle.
QC comes somewhere inbetween. It has the peat, but less of the iodine / seaweed characteristics.
The use of the smaller (quarter size) cask means more whisk is in contact with the wood which has the effect of speeding up maturation.
QC is younger than the 10y, but has the characteristics of being slightly older.
My preferences put the 10 CS and the 15 above both of these, but the QC is a very nice dram. Pick it up and enjoy with zest!
Just tried my first Laphroaig....QC that is. I AM now a new friend of Laphroaig...sans marketing ploy.
I absolutely loved the peat and was really able to discern the vanilla, sweet, almost toffeeish aroma - not in a sherry but kind of way though. There was also a definite floral lift, almost heathery.
The palate was really sweet, counterbalanced by some medicinal peat, almost minty or menthol on the finish. This is my after the wife is in bed dram. She'd smell it from a mile away, so it's going to be my Friday evening contemplative.
Now the only question is...WHY THE HELL DID I WAIT SO LONG TO TRY THIS!??
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