Tuesday, June 5, 2012

"Peaty Monsters!" Ardbeg 10 and Laphroaig 1/4 Cask

When I initially tasted Ardbeg 10 at a whisky tasting session I wasn't impressed. The reason was that I just recovered from a really bad cold and couldn't smell anything. The peat didn't really help. A few weeks later and I tried another peaty malt and this time I fell in love. I really love these peaty malts and I look forward to trying out more of them. The two "peaty monsters" I have in my whisky cabinet are the Laphroaig Quarter Cask and Ardbeg 10. Both are lovely whiskies. The usual price of Ardbeg 10 is around 4,600 yen but I got it at Tanakaya in Mejiro for only 3,600 yen. That is a great price! Ardbeg Day is June but I'm enjoying my Ardbeg a few days later. Here are my tasting notes.

Two peaty monsters side by side.
Old whisky metal carton lids to keep in the aroma.

Laphroaig Quarter Cask NAS 48% ALV 700ml bottle
Color - light tan (-1 amber)
Nose (neat) - upfront, strong but tempered initial peat followed by malt, honey, iodine, phenolic. Later nosing produced old leather boots
Taste (neat) - caramel, oaky wood, vanilla, golden syrup
Nose (water) - peat mixes in well, strong vanilla, iodine, sea breeze
Taste (water) - sweet, vanilla and oak
Finish - Long lasting sweetness and the vanilla
Conclusion - A strong peaty blast with residual sweetness.

Ardbeg 10 46% ALV 700ml bottle (new)
Color - light white wine (-2 amber)
Nose (neat) -Strong but muted peat, balanced with lychees and sweet corn sugar syrup
Taste (neat) - vanilla, sweet, young oak, woody, iodine, tea, sea salt
Nose (water) -peat recedes, toffee and caramel caramel with a hint of strawberries
Finish - Nice and long.
Conclusion -Excellent. I will need more time with this one.

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