Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength Batch 04

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Grade: A-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 10 Yrs

ABV: 58.30%

Price: $80

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose is peat and medicine. The medicine quality on the nose and palate is much lighter than that of the QC ( not better, just lighter) The palate has a nice sweet maltyness to it, very rich, salty, iodine, lots of sea qualities. The finish is long and has all the signature aspects of most Laphroaigs. Massive peat, I don’t really get that bit of orange that you get in the standard 10, but I’m ok without it. Fantastic stuff!

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Laphroaig 18

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 18 Yrs

ABV: 48.00%

Price: $145

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose has some peatiness, oranges, cereal and a bit of honey. The palate is salty, wood, leather, malted vanilla. The finish is much lighter than most Laphroaig expressions, it’s long but not overly complex, peat and some orange, toffee. Overall I prefer the younger Laphroaig expressions to this one. If you decide to give this a try, I encourage you to try it next to either the 10 yr expression or the QC.

Duncan Taylor Bruichladdich 19 Yr

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 19 Yrs

ABV: 50.80%

Price: $210

Availability: Limited Run

The nose is soft on this with some dried fruit and honey melon. The palate is much of the same, soft and a bit grassy with some oranges. The finish has a bit of spice/pepper and is a medium finish. This is another solid expression put together by Duncan Taylor. If you are looking for peat, look elsewhere as this bottle from Islay has no real peatiness to it.

Kilchoman 2007 Vintage

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: Vintage 2007

Price $85

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose of this is peat and white wine with some dried fruits. The palate is a nice smoky campfire that tastes like smoked meat and fruit. The finish is medium and adds a decent ballance to the expression. I like this bottle but it’s far inferior to some other expressions by Kilchoman. To much white wine and not enough complexity for me.

Bowmore 12

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 12 Yrs

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $50

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose is peaty with some floral notes. The palate is salty, peaty, citrus and slightly soapy. The finish is light smoke and lingering medicine. I like this expression. However for the money I do like the Legend expression better as they taste very similar.

Douglas Laing Laphroaig 17

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 17 Yrs

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $200

Availability: Rare

The bottle I sampled from was distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2011. Cask Reference ID 6997. This expression had a very limited run, though some bottles are still out there. It’s a must own for big Laphroaig fans. Everything about it is typical Laphroaig. As older Laphroaigs go the peat seams to die down during the aging process. This one is pretty good but far from fantastic. The nose is medicine and sweet fruit while the palate has some medicine and peat with a lighter finish and lingering smoke. It’s lighter than most Laphroaig expressions.

Chieftain’s Laphroaig

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Grade: C+

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 14 Yrs

ABV: 46.00%

Price: Unknown $80-95??

Availability: Rare

The nose has much less medicinal/iodine and peat qualities than any other Laphroaig I have smelled. The palate is oily with a bit of salt, some medicinal qualities but not much. The finish has some light peat and orange taste. Overall, I am not a fan. This is more expensive than the Laphroaig 10 Yr but not nearly as good. I am getting to a point where I don’t trust the bottling of Chieftain. This expression is light and without a strong Islay character like it should have. I don’t think that this expression is sold in America anymore.?