Laphroaig Quarter Cask
I'm new to Scotch, but not whiskey in general. I just bought a bottle of QC as maybe my 10th bottle of Scotch and first bottle of cask strength anything.
I am finding it undrinkable and want to know if it's a function of my palate, or if maybe I got a bad bottle of the stuff. Is it even possible for a bottle to be off when you buy it? (like wine is sometimes)
When I first opened it, the cork was crumbling, but held together after dropping quite a bit into the bottle. There is no fungus on the cork.
It does not smell anything like any whisky I've tried before. It smells like iodine. I do not mean strong hints of iodine over the recognizable whisky smell, I mean it literally smells like a bottle of iodine, with not even a hint of peat, smoke or whisky.
It also tastes very different to any other whisky I've tried before. It's incredibly harsh, very peppery, but otherwise quite light; not like other islay's at all.
So, is this normal for QC, or should I try and get a refund?