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Cape Breton evokes deep memories and strong emotions for me as well as a deep appreciation for the beauty of my adopted island. My hopes are that you too might find the photos evocative - maybe a view you've not enjoyed before, or an 'Oh I've been there', or if from away that you may be encouraged to visit this fair isle so that you might come to love and breathe Cape Breton as I do. One word about place names that I use - some are completely local usage while others are from maps of Cape Breton that I've purchased over the years. I frequently post travel and other photos that are of interest to me - and hopefully you.

On the right hand side bar find my take on Single Malt whiskey - from how to best enjoy this noble drink to reviews (in a most non-professional manner) of ones that I have tried and liked - or not. Also musings, mine and others, on life in general.

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LAPHROAIG 10 year old

© March '12  photo by smck



Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch gives this Laphroaig a rating of 86 and in my estimation it is richly deserved though I personally would give it a 90.  It is easily in my top six malts, all of which are the greatest among equals - depending on which I am sampling at the given moment. Mr. Jackson says of the 'Finish' (one of those arcane descriptions which I think is easily understood - after you have sipped and savored and swallowed what is the lingering aftermath on your tongue) "Long, perfectly weighted, with rich and intense peat and smoke".  Amen!

Of course this is because I love peaty, smokey malts and at this Laphroig is a master - strong,  intense, rich and well short of turning a good malt into a braising for charcoaled meats as some recently released Peat Monsters might be guilty of.  


My take - If you are a beginning scotch fan this might or might not be a good malt to start with.  Ask yourself are you looking for smoothness, easy to drink, undemanding whisky or are you seeking that rare taste that explodes on your tongue flying you away to a Scottish isle with the breathless taste of peat and salty seas.  A tasting experience that will have you anticipating the next awesome sip.  Your choice.











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