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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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.?

Islay Mist 8

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Blend, Islay

Age: 8 Yrs

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $30

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

This is a blend of Laphroaig, Highland and other Islay region whiskey. Of course, it goes without saying that anything with Laphroaig in it is worth trying. The nose has medium peat and vanilla. The palate is really smooth and light, oily, and lightly sweetend with some smoke that lingers into the finish. This is a quality expression ESP. considering it is $30 a bottle. The peat taste is there but much lighter than most Islay single malts. I would try this if you like a lighter peat taste or just want a taste that is gentle and silky from the above stated regions. Good buy…

Laphroaig 10

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Grade: A-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 10 Yrs

ABV: 43.00%

Price: $50

Availability: Wide

The nose is medicine, peat and a slight wood. On the palate it’s quite smooth and even a bit light until the finish hits you and then it’s big smoke. This is a peat monster. Delicious!! There is no better single malt for me at $50 or less.

Laphroaig Triple Wood

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Grade: B+

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: N/A

ABV: 48.00%

Price: $70

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

Nose.. fantastic! Medicine and orange (typical Laphroaig) On the palate there is a bit more sweetness when compared to most Laphroaigs with a bit of wood and smoke. As always the finish is big big big smoke with some added spices. I love this stuff. Fatastic whiskey!

Laphroaig 25 Cask Strength

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 25 Yrs

ABV: 48.60%

Price: $480

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores (semi rare)

The nose is quite nice with some sweet medicine notes going on. On the palate there is some earth but a little bitter. I can’t taste much of the sweetness that I got in the nose. The finish doesn’t seem to have the big peat as other Laphroaigs but it does linger for a while with some strong notes of medicine. There is a significant bite in the finish. Although I do like this one, I actually prefer some of the much cheaper Laphroaigs than this one. I love a big peaty finish and I’m not sure where it is here. It’s a good bottle but not a great one Esp. at this price.