Originally Posted by Alpha
I love Laphroaig 18 (half a bottle left) and it's currently on **** for about 75% of its regular cost ($72), which brings it close to the Laphroaig 10 year cask strength and other younger expressions. My questions are:
Given the cost similarity, is the 10 yo cask strength Laphroaig better than the 18 yo? I would say no but reviews generally praise the 10 yo.
Are there any other Islay malts that would beat this deal?
I understand that it all matter of opinion but a collection of opinions will help nonetheless.
The 10 yr cask strength brings more heat and powerful peat reek. The power of the peat mellows with age. If the peat blast of the 10 is too much, maybe the 18 is for you. I love the 25yr cask strength myself. It still has the peat smoke, iodine and brine, but in a softer dram. It's a gem.