Happy to hear you are enjoying the Highland park 12YO.
aherman205 wrote:I think Ardbeg 10 will be the next purchase. How would you compare it to Laphroaig 10? I'm a huge fan of Laphroaig 10.
You will doubtless hear comparative positives
vis-a-vis both of these whiskies from many here, as these two characterful whiskies do
tend to evoke rather strong reactions and preferences.
Personally, the Ardbeg wins out. Why? Well, for one, the vanilla input from the oak is less intrusive, and this allows the intrinsic traits of the spirit to shine through more clearly. I also love the quality of the fruit aspect, which, for my taste buds, oscillates between tart pineapple and sweet lemon. The peat reek, pronounced as it is, possesses less of that overt vegetal (think kelp) quality of the Laphroaig smokiness, and, rather than coming straight at you, tends to weave its way in and out of the other flavours. A very fine whisky, all told.