I recently had two drams of this at a pub in England while I celebrated my birthday. In the Laphroaig 10 vs. QC debate, I’m QC all the way. Incidentally, my birthday whisky post marks review #50. These reviews are really starting to pile up!
Nose: Fresh rubber. Like a tire. This note is the overarching experience. There is that smoky, peaty, iodine-soaked beauty to the rubber, but it’s mostly rubber. Not unpleasant, though!
Palate: This is where the smoke, peat and medicinal notes come in full-force. There is a very faint rubber taste in the background, but it only serves as a complimentary note.
Finish: Medium at best, unlike its peat monster QC brethren.
This one is not as multidimensional as the QC, at least not to me. It’s good, boy is it good, but it’s just not that good. Given that the QC is cheaper in Toronto, I’d definitely take it every time over this.
Update: I have since been gifted a bottle, and the review still stands. A tasty daily dram, but the QC is still my favourite.