Dram Review: Laphroaig Original Cask Strength Straight From the Wood 10 Years Old

[57.3%・10 Years Old・Bottled Circa 2000・Official Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

Full bodied goodness of smoked haddock and rubber-y particles from a car drifting by.  Truly attention grabbing with a stupendous dose of iodine, pepper and Chinese watermelon flavored throat spray followed by an affirming wave of sea salt.  Traces of ginger, lemon and honey follow suit, very masculine indeed.

Palate & Finish:

The profile is surprisingly mild with rich ripe fruits before the peat spectacularly takes over without first announcing its presence, truly exhilarating with its sootiness, the spices extend the roller-coaster ride but at the same time, the delivery is unfathomably balanced.

A lasting finish as the peat proves to be relentless, though it does get soothed eventually by the underlying toffee.  Soot and menthol striding on as some dark chocolate serves to round out the tail pleasingly.

Thoughts:

What an uncompromisingly great dram, the strength elevates the enjoyment level of the dram tremendously.  I can hardly think of an OB Laphroaig I have derived as much joy as this, those who have hoarded cases of this should feel very smug indeed.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas