Let's put it this way, the best I was able to do was a 2 weeks later comparison.
Can't get into much detail, but the context is significant.
My previous T10 experience a year or so ago was the classic and formidable 'swimming in a kelpy sea behind a burning oil tanker' kind of experience.
Months passed and many other different single malts came and went until I happed upon a T18.
I would say that I really enjoyed the T18 as an everyday dram -- which the old T10 to me was not, due to its untrammeled ferocity.
The T18 seemed almost a smoother, more complex, andmore approachable version. And maybe much more capable of burning a hole in your pocket too, since it seemed to fit many more moods, and thus became a favorite.
Well 'my guy' sold out of T18. But just this evening I went to a store I have never visited before and found the latest T10.
Let me go pour another dram, just to make sure....
Well, the first slug of T10 always used to be a 'bracer.'
IN comparison this T10 is like getting hit by a middleweight rather than a heavy weight.
The bar where I used to buy T10 regularly, of course used snifters.
At home I normally prefer a heavy Macallan tumbler. However, the tumbler doesn't capture the nose properly. With this second dram I've pulled out the snifter and that helps the nose.
For me, it's not quite as pungent, powerful or deep as the older T10, but it's still a treat. Others have said a little bit watery, and that was also an impression I shared. But still others might say the new 10 is more like the new 18 -- more approachable.
It does have a good long aftertaste which will not leave you unawares of what you imbibed a half-hour ago. Yes, it is unmistakeable in that regard -- a little cigar, peat, smoke.
As such it would probably leave devotees of the older T10 scratching their heads and feeling a tad orphaned.
Hey, the same thing just happened to me with the latest expression of Glendronach 15 and Highland Park 12.
Or maybe my tastebuds have hardened over the last year. Hmmmm.
Bottom line, I still like it, and have the sense that it will take on the role of 'ace of the staff,' (baseball analogy for non-englishspeakers) leading the others in the current pitching rotation (Laphroaig 10CS, Oban 14, Macallan 12, Glendronach 15)