For years now Laphroaig has been releasing batches of cask strength editions of their classic 10 year old expression. In 2015, the year in which they celebrate their bicentennial, they’ve reached the seventh batch of this acclaimed series. Let’s see what’s up!
Nose: Peat and charcoal with grilled pineapple and bacon. After a couple of minutes the peat and smoke mellows significantly and the nose gets much sweeter, with vanilla, caramel and oranges. Enormously attractive. Taste: Rubber, tar and a touch of iodine. Sour and bitter, with lots of pepper too. There’s some white chocolate and bitter citrus, but all in all the peaty flavours dominate the palate a lot more than they do the nose. Finish: Tremendous amounts of peat at first, followed by lemon sour. After that the finish is gentler, with long lingering vanilla.
I know how revered these cask strength batches from Laphroaig are, but I was still taken aback by the supreme quality of this whisky. Wonderful nosing whisky, and the palate doesn’t disappoint either.