Laphroaig 18yo or Ardbeg Uigeadail?
For the first time I happened to have a bottle of Oogie and a laphroaig 18 open at the same time, so decided to have a show down between the two most popular Islay distillers flagship drams.
I love both, but was very surprised by the timidity of the Laphroaig. It was very soft and mellow, especially compared with the 10yo. A nice development on the 15, but I'm not yet decided if dropping the 15 for this expression was not a criminal offence. I tried this first, and then followed on with some Oogie - which blew my mouth apart. Awesome development, hot, spicy and then soft and warming, with excellent viscosity.
I think the soft Laphroaig lowered my defences with a barrage of arrows, and the Oogie flanked me on both sides with heavy cavalry.
Both are sensational for different reasons, but if I was on a desert island and could only have 1 bottle, I'd hope it would be the Ardbeg - it has more fight.