ABV: 40 %
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 2
Nose: This is honey sweet and medicinal. At first there’s a layer of honey smeared on a piece of burnt oak. It’s surrounded by a medicinal iodine note and brine. When the initial flavour rush settles there are vanilla, butterscotch and green apples to be found in a background layer. There’s also a rubbery/oily note floating around. The peatiness gets more intense with time in the glass. It’s got a savory aura and even though it’s richely flavoured the low ABV makes it mild and approachable.
Mouth: At first there’s a honey sweetness and a fresh hay note. The initial impact has a bitter backbone. The peatiness starts to emerge around the edges as the vanilla/butterscotch takes over the middle. There’s still a medicinal aura. The savory notes has changed to become more like dry soil. The green apples are almost gone but come through as a sour note in the back. The whole thing grows sweeter after a few seconds. It’s very mild yet produces a lot of flavours. It makes it a bit flat though.
Finish: The peatiness speads out over everything. It’s not an aggressive peat and it’s connected to the vanilla, the honey and the oakiness. The oily, savory notes make an appearance in the back before the oak starts to take over. It’s a warm, fresh oakiness. The sour green apples do return, but as everything else they get swallowed by the whole. The finish is not so medicinal. This is a well put together dram but it’s way milder than its reputation.
The Laphroaig 10 YO is aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels. The ppm for the peat is around 40.