So i finally went out and got all three of them
Laga 16, Ardbeg (Ultimate) and Laphroaig 10.
Granted im a complete newbie,. so take my observations at face value only:
- The Laga is like the refined gand-daddy, I could honestly pick up at least a few different notes when nosing.
Its got a lovely start of peaty smoke (that you can actually feel even a few minutes later if you forcefully breathe out through your nose)
Overall all the aromas and flavor were well balanced.
Laphroaig - this was Butch! I liked it! when it says Peat and smoke - They mean it. yes you eaither love it or hate it... I love it! Nosed the glass as it was emptying out after about an hour.. and thats when I got the iodine aroma.
Ardbeg - Many will hate me for this.. but seriously i did not "get it" with this whisky. I'm saving the bottle to exchange it with someone for any thing non blended.
To me , maybe cause of my newbie status, I could not "find" anything in the whisky. Smells like... medicine.. tastes like medicine. has neither character like the Laphroaig nor finesse like the lagavulin.
I suppose things change if you have the Ardbeg uigeadial?
Maybe, so I will look out for a sampling of that. However The Ardbeg 10 - The ultimate that i tried just did not do anything for me.
On the two occassions I poured a dram. I ended up rinsing the glass before I finished it. Honestly i tried... waited even an hour for something to happen.. 1 drop .. three drops water.. nothing. except the promised 'clouding' as advertised on the bottle.
They actually wrote on the bottle " Ardbeg us considered by Whisky connoisseurs to be not only the best of the Islay malt whiskies but THE BEST WHISKY IN THE WORLD" ..
Who writes this kind of copy?? and that too with italics, Bold and super bold fonts all in one sentence?
Well there you have it, a review from a newbie.
Please dont flame me.. im still learning