Laphroaig 10 yo OA Cask Strength 55.3% Batch 003
Color: strong gold (dyed)
Nose: Pure: Wow, the classic Laphroaig peat bomb, BUT clear fruit behind it, Sherryfassanteil (!?!), Slightly rosinig. Sea, much sea, salt, harbor, iodine, stormy sea. With a little water: wonderful, the sweetness increases massively, vanilla comes up, fruit still there, but not so superficial. Still very maritime. Smoke level is about the same. Fantastic nose !!
Gschmack: Pure: it goes pure too! Hardly any sharpness! The expected strong "Peatstorm" but not too violent, very medical, how does iodine actually taste? Then rather dry, less fruit than the nose promises, but quite noticeable. With a bit of water: much sweeter, a little more fruit while still dominant peat. Now also much saltier. Very good, but the nose is a little better.
Finish: long, light but pleasantly bitter, the peat sticks to the palate for a while.
Comment: Wow, lives up to his reputation, so far the best young Laphroaig. I could swear there's Sherry in it. Little but noticeable. Very very horny fabric !! Water brings a lot of sweetness. Great PLV.