Has anyone tried blending single malts to achieve a new experience? Due to the scarcity of independent bottlings I decided to experiment.
On a whim I added a little water to Lagavulin 12yo to see how it would change... I wish I hadn't so I threw it into the remaining small dram of Ardbeg 10... it was a 50/50 mix and a very nice dram... they're beautiful together! Very complimentary drams without water
The taste of coffee, chocolate and tobacco notes of Ardbeg shine through the heavy liquorice of Lagavulin 12. Both have a good amount of peat, smoke and oak wood which build on each other. The finish is a very pleasant lingering salty, liquorice, dry sweetness (Ardbeg)... dry and sweet don't usually come as a package
Tried a 50/50 of Lagavulin 12yo and Laphroaig 10yo CS... Yuck! A bit rough. Laphroaig 10yo CS and Ardbeg 10yo is interesting, even a bit confusing... I like it but will need more time to analyze. The Laphroaig drowns out the Ardbeg so maybe a 1:3 ratio of Laphroaig to Ardbeg is in order.
Wondering how the 1990 Caol Ila and Ardbeg will stack up together... one thing is for sure, Ardbeg is my favorite for depth of character.