The first entry I decided dedicate to the Laphroaig 10 years old. The choice of this whisky in my case is quite obvious, as it was my first conscious single malt..
Conscious, because when I was drinking it I knew more or less what single malt whisky is, how it arises, and that it is native to Scotland. I got Laphroaig 10 years old from my wife on the occasion of Christmas gifts. I opened the bottle and after drinking blended whisky in the past, usually with cola and ice, I was shocked. First of all, the smell was amazing, very intense and reminiscent of hospital cleaners, floor or furniture polishes. Similarly strange was the taste, so smoky. It was surprising that it was fit for human consumption and could give a pleasure of drinking. It took some persistence, but over the year I drank that bottle. With every dram I began to see the beauty of that whisky and finally realised that it is just great. And so it began, Laphroaig was slowly pulling me more and more. In my opinion it is not a single malt for beginners, althogh it was my guide in entering the World of Whisky.
Currently, I have already had another bottle of Laphroaig 10 years old, here are my tasting notes.
The alcohol content of 40% allows for consumption without any dilution (adding a little water), as I drink it.
N: powerful nose, medical, hospital disinfectants – lysol, floor and furniture polish (it is not surprising that Laphroaig was approved in the U.S. during Prohibition, of course, not as an alcoholic beverage but medical aid), then smoke is detectable, ash after the fire, still smoke, and then a bit of sweetness and dry oak, wonderful scent, so overwhelming.
S: peat, smoke, ash, light sweetness, flavor of wood – oak, simillar to the smell – an intense and overwhelming, introduces a maritime climate, a little fishing port (Jastarnia Hel) – nets, seaweed, heavily smoked fish, in the final phase it leaves a light spicyness, further there is even a hint of dark chocolate.
F: long finish, oaky and smoky.
Score: 91/100 (in this case, the score may reflect my emotions to the whisky, and not necessarily cold and balanced assessment;))