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One more head to head

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Limited budget, limited stock, short on tome Bowmore 12 vs. Laph 10

Bowmore 12
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Laphroaig 10
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One more head to head

Postby talisker10 » Sun Sep 06, 2009 11:33 pm

I think this will be a close one like the Oogie vs. Laph 10 CS..let's say you had to get a good Islay SMS for a party in a hurry and had a limited budget, and only had local access to a few (I can think of a East Texas store that fits the bill), which would you chose..Bowmore 12 or Laphroaig 10.
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Re: One more head to head

Postby Ganga » Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:17 am

For a party I probably wouldn't get either. However, I prefer the Bow 12 myself although I do like the Lap 10 a lot.
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Re: One more head to head

Postby talisker10 » Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:24 am

Thanks Ganga, that's what I meant..it was short notice, had to be Islay and that was your choice.
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Re: One more head to head

Postby TheTross » Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:25 am

Laphroaig 10. Even if it's for a party full of non-whisky drinkers.

Well, if you're going to serve 'em a peaty whisky then you may as well do it properly! And if it turns out that nobody else likes it then, as you bought it, you get whatever's left... and as I much prefer Laphroaig 10 to Bowmore 12, my vote goes with the Laphroaig.
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Re: One more head to head

Postby talisker10 » Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:30 am

Just to clarify for you non-Texans (or Louisianans) East Texas starts about 50 miles north of Houston. It's the South no doubt..same Pines, same culture.
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Re: One more head to head

Postby Ganga » Mon Sep 07, 2009 12:30 am

Exactly Tross. And I really do prefer the Bowmore 12 and wouldn't at all worry about being "stuck" with any remaining contents.
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Re: One more head to head

Postby Plastiquehomme » Mon Sep 07, 2009 4:31 am

I have bottles of both open now. It's funny, when I first tried them I thought I preferred Bowmore. To my palate, it has more of a warm, almost meaty smoke flavour (like a smoking hut), whereas the Laphroaig has more of a cold, ashy smoke flavour. Like the difference between smoke coming off an open fire and smokey remanants of the same fire the next day.

But I noticed two things. First, as time went on, I noticed more and more complexities in the Laphroaig, sweet notes, but also salty notes. There is a bunch more happening in there. In Bowmore, I notice nothing more than what I initially found, which is pleasant.

Second, I noticed that if I decide to have a night where I have several different drams, that Bowmore simply doesn't hold up if it is tasted after other whiskies. If I have it first, it's nice. But if I have it after something else, it tastes quite characterless (I have observed this phenomenon tasting Bowmore after Bunahabbhain 18, Balvenie DW, Caol Ila 12, Highland Park 12, Ardbeg 10, and indeed Laphroaig 10). Laphroaig, on the other hand, keeps its character, and holds up.

All that to say, I think they're both nice, but rate Laphroaig 10 much higher.
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Re: One more head to head

Postby talisker10 » Mon Sep 07, 2009 4:54 am

You captured my thoughts exactly, Plastiquehomme
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Re: One more head to head

Postby Drammed » Mon Sep 07, 2009 5:19 am

If you had to buy an Islay then the Laph is a better representative of Islay of those two choices. Personally my tastes would be with the Bowmore though
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Re: One more head to head

Postby Leorin » Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:40 am

I voted for Laphroaig as well. It's my old faithful for five years now. I always have a bottle open and there is no other among my open bottles that I pour a dram from as often as this one. I never get bored of it.
As it has been said before Bowmore 12 is pleasant, but lacks the complexity of the standard Laphroaig.
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Re: One more head to head

Postby Reggaeblues » Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:16 am

Laphyroaig...just! bowmore is more for whn I'm in the mood for something different, but Laphroaig would be the more regular choice. Plus I find B12 variable, whereas the Lap is much more consistent.
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Re: One more head to head

Postby borgom » Mon Sep 07, 2009 1:11 pm

Laphroaig by a mile! The Bowmore is only good for cheap, old fashioned and unwashed French women.....
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Re: One more head to head

Postby johan brugge » Mon Sep 07, 2009 5:09 pm

talisker10 wrote:You captured my thoughts exactly, Plastiquehomme

Well said Plastiquehomme!
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Re: One more head to head

Postby jazz lover » Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:19 pm

Laph 10
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Re: One more head to head

Postby Swedish Chef » Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:53 pm

Laphroaig 10!
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Re: One more head to head

Postby Doug1937 » Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:30 am

I enjoy the Bowmore, but as much as I hate to say it, ALL Bowmores that I've tried taste just a little--a LITTLE, mind you--like they've had a few drops of cat piss added to them. The more aged the expression the less true this is, thank goodness, however. I still don't understand why people like Bowmores such much.

I haven't found one I'd buy a second time. I like the Bunny 12 better, for that matter. Or the Islay Mist.
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