Kategoriarkiv: Laphroaig

Laphroaig Quarter Cask

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and very peaty. A powerful mix of smoke and ashes from a burnt out campfire, iodine, salt and menthol fills the nose (and the entire room). When it calms down a little notes of vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, honey and oak peek through but are more like straws floating around in this liquid hurricane.

Mouth: It’s very medicinal and angry. A ton of menthol and chili fruits, with burning rubber and a mouthful of dry soil and gravel. The oak is dry and the whole mouth fills with a slight bitterness. There’s no fruitiness whatsoever.

Finish: Very spicy and bitter with the peat and the medicinal notes still as relentless as before. The vanilla, butterscotch and toffee is there, but still far away, like they’re sitting in another glass nearby. The dry earthy notes with the soil and gravel accompanies the oak a long way down to the finish line.

Additional information
This expression was launched in 2004 as a part of Laphroaig’s core range. It’s aged for about 5 years in american ex-bourbon barrels and then finished for several months in smaller 130L quarter casks. It’s supposedly a recreation of how Laphroig tasted some 200 years ago.

Laphroaig 1989 Vintage 23 YO

ABV: 48,9 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark fruits and very mild peat. At first there’s a fruity floral note up front and a tobacco and leather peatiness in the back. It’s a very mild peat with medicinal and coastal notes but they are extremely subdued. With time the fruitiness turns darker and becomes overripe plums, raisins and cherries. The fruitiness creates a lid over everything else. There is a minerality and signs of age within but only for those who choose to dig through the fruity top notes. This is a nice nose but it has sort of lost its flavoursome heritage to become a bit flat with a weird floral and metallic character.

Mouth: It starts out with a lemon note in the back and a heavy lid of fruits and vanilla. It mirrors the nose very well with the fruits on top and the peatiness in submission in the back. The minerality increases in intensity but the medicinal and coastal notes are lost within. It feels very metallic and weird in the background. There’s nice delicate bitterness somewhere in between. After a second or two there’s a floral note coming through which certainly shouln’t be there.

Finish: The finish starts out with the same sweet fruitiness, but everything seems a bit muted. There’s just a hint of ashes added to the thin peatiness but otherwise it still resides in the back and on the sides. The oakiness is, like everything else, not daring to make a statement. There’s a savory note in the back and a chalky layer on the oak. When all else die down it leaves a metallic note and a wierd floral note floating around in the mouth. This is an ok whisky at best and it’s just not the great Laphroaig it should be.

Additional information
This vintage Laphroaig was released for the nordic market. The release was limited to 3200 bottles. The cask types aren’t disclosed.

Laphroaig 10 YO

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 2
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is honey sweet and medicinal. At first there’s a layer of honey smeared on a piece of burnt oak. It’s surrounded by a medicinal iodine note and brine. When the initial flavour rush settles there are vanilla, butterscotch and green apples to be found in a background layer. There’s also a rubbery/oily note floating around. The peatiness gets more intense with time in the glass. It’s got a savory aura and even though it’s richely flavoured the low ABV makes it mild and approachable.

Mouth: At first there’s a honey sweetness and a fresh hay note. The initial impact has a bitter backbone. The peatiness starts to emerge around the edges as the vanilla/butterscotch takes over the middle. There’s still a medicinal aura. The savory notes has changed to become more like dry soil. The green apples are almost gone but come through as a sour note in the back. The whole thing grows sweeter after a few seconds. It’s very mild yet produces a lot of flavours. It makes it a bit flat though.

Finish: The peatiness speads out over everything. It’s not an aggressive peat and it’s connected to the vanilla, the honey and the oakiness. The oily, savory notes make an appearance in the back before the oak starts to take over. It’s a warm, fresh oakiness. The sour green apples do return, but as everything else they get swallowed by the whole. The finish is not so medicinal. This is a well put together dram but it’s way milder than its reputation.

Additional information
The Laphroaig 10 YO is aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels. The ppm for the peat is around 40.

Laphroaig Triple Wood

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is medicinal peat and dried fruits. A cloud of iodine and brine is sitting on top of dried apricots and raisins with a top note of fresh berries. In the background there’s a vanilla oakiness, dry soil and a nice burning logfire. There’s also a hint of new leather. It becomes fruitier with time in the glass. This is a quite complex and very pleasant nose with a lot to discover.

Mouth: It starts out very low key for about a second before the flavours roll in like a wave. At first, the medicinal iodine leads the way together with a black pepper spicyness. Soon after, there’s a mix of sweet honey and vanilla oakiness, mixed with a bitter tang. The dried fruits are pushed back into the background and it takes a long time for the peatiness to push through. It remains very medicinal throughout.

Finish: The dried fruits pop up in front for less than a second and then seem to move out towards the edges to leave place for the medicinal notes once again. The center is then filled with a mix of the vanilla oak, the bitter note and brine. The oakiness shifts towards a fresher oak the longer the finish goes on and it becomes slightly astringent in the end. The fruitiness follows along all the way to the end. This is just a fantastic whisky through and through.

Additional information
This was originally released for the travel retail, but is now part of the core range. It’s first aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels, then in small quarter casks and then finished in first and second fill european ex-sherry butts. It’s unchillfiltered.

Laphroaig Port Wood

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and ashy. A cold, put out, ashy campfire is first to arrive together with a funky sweet red berry note. It’s medicinal and iodine and brine are sitting in the middle of it all. After a few seconds dark fruits come through mixed with a quite pronounced vanilla note. Liqueur-soaked cherries and sweet liquorice are also found which make it a bit rounder. This is very approachable.

Mouth: It starts out very sweet and ashy. It’s slightly spicy with a black pepper touch to it. It still produces plenty of dark fruit notes and a nice vanilla layer surrounding everything. It’s not as medicinal and salty as on the nose and there’s a tiny hint of toffee coming through together with the liqueur-soaked cherries and the vanilla. It’s a touch dry, but there’s no astringency.

Finish: A big ashy peat punch is followed by a very sweet note of the same sweet, ripe, darker fruits together with vanilla and now also with honey. The ashy note steps to the side, but still holds its ground. A tropical fruit note appears together with a nice oaky finish. The funky sweet notes with red berries return in the late finish and lingers in the background while the oakiness slowly subsides. This is a great, approachable version of Laphroaig.

Additional information
Laphroaig Port Wood is the replacement for Brodir, and the content is said to be the same. It’s a travel retail exclusive matured in american ex-bourbon oak barrels and then finished in european ex-Ruby port oak casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour. It has about 45 ppm.

Laphroaig Four Oak

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: At first, this is a burning log fire. Behind the heavy layer of peat there are notes of a salty seashore breeze and a medicinal iodine. Strong notes of vanilla together with a sweetness moves forward. It gets ashy with time in the glass. Assorted ripe red berries are found in the background, well integrated into the massive wall of flavours.

Mouth: A lemon note rushes by and sweetness spreads out. It doesn’t take long before it turns very peaty and medicinal though. The fruitiness is still found, but it’s covered by vanilla and honey. A more earthy and grassy peatiness also comes through. The oak starts to move forward with a tiny bitterness. The note of honey is still very noticable and there is a savory note somewhere in the middle. A spicyness slowly builds up over time.

Finish: A burst of spicyness quickly pass by and then the medicinal peat and the oakiness takes over again. The oakiness is dry but not astringent and it brings more of the vanilla and a hint of walnuts. There’s no fruitiness nor honey found in the late finish but the savory note comes through once again. The peaty notes stay for a long time after everything else has subsided. This is rich and flavourful, just as most Laphroaig’s are.

Additional information
This travel retail exclusive expression was released in 2017. The maturation is done in four different cask types; Ex-bourbon barrels, quarter casks, virgin oak casks and european hogsheads. It has about 40 ppm.

Laphroaig The 1815 Legacy Edition

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: Smoke and ashes from a burnt out campfire, iodine and salt. Behind that there’s a hay note together with some honey and vanilla. There’s a clear oakiness shining through all the way from the start. A fresh peppermint is peeking through from the back together with a thin layer of fruitiness. It’s hard to pick out a specific fruit, but I get a hint of raspberries and maybe a hint of mango.

Mouth: A wet hay together with burnt out coal makes the peatiness thick and dense. There’s a lemon note piercing through. It’s somewhat spicy and the salt, iodine and the vanilla notes are still in there. It’s very bitter and the oak is spreading out in the background. The honey is in there too and it gets sweeter with time in the glass. The fruitiness is basically nowhere to be found at this point.

Finish: It starts out with a big dip in flavour but soon pick up pace again. The spicyness comes first followed by the heavy bitterness and after that the peat notes follow. The finish is filled with espresso, iodine and wet hay. The oak itself is fairly invisible for a long time. When all other flavours reside a vague honey sweetness reappears together with a hint of fruit and the long sought after oakiness. It’s quite nice in the tail end.

Additional information
The 1815 Legacy edition is first aged in first fill american ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in new european hogsheads. It’s unchillfiltered. Some sources say that this is the same whisky as the An Cuan Mòr.

Laphroaig Select

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: Smoke and ashes from a burnt out campfire, iodine, salt and menthol. There’s vanilla, butterscotch and honey behind. It’s a bit underwhelming compared to other Laphroaigs. Far behind there are notes of some red molten fruits. There’s an oakiness that’s detectable within the peat notes and it moves forward with time in the glass.

Mouth: A bit watery at first. A lemon note comes through just before the peatiness kicks in. It’s kind of fruity but it doesn’t reveal which specific fruits it is. It’s wet ashes, fresh oak and after a while it becomes very salty. The honey note comes through after a few sips and the spicyness builds up slowly and prickles the tip if the toungue.The vanilla and butterscotch is far behind in the background.

Finish: An uneventful start moves over to lemon and ashes, the menthol note returns and stays all the way down the line. The oak isn’t up front, but brings a little bitterness without it being noticed as a specific flavour. It’s still honey sweet. There’s a metallic note left in the mouth together with the menthol and ashes. It’s a little ambigous and feels like a laphroaig wearing fake glasses with a big rubber nose attached to them.

Additional information
The Select is created from blending different styles of Laphroaig. The main whisky is drawn from american oak casks and then mixed with Quarter Cask, PX Cask, Triple Wood and the 10 YO. Natural color.

Laphroaig PX Cask

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: Smoke and ashes coming from the remains of a campfire is immediate and very dominant but well balanced against both red ripe and fresh fruits. The fruits are complemented by a honey sweetness. There’s also medicinal notes with iodine in front. It’s earthy with a hint of dry soil and sand together with a salty breeze from an open sea.

Mouth: The fruity side takes front with a nice ”funky” complex note coming from the ripe fruits together with the richness of the peat. The peat notes now steer towards dry ashes. It’s still earthy with a dry soil feel to it and it’s still salty. There’s a red chili spicyness coming through and a nice oakiness that builds up over time in the mouth.

Finish: A big burst of heavy peat notes together with iodine and brine. The red fruits gets mixed with fresh tropical fruits (mango and pinapple), which comes through with the oak. It’s a long, nice oaky finish with the ashy burnt out campfire lingering for a long time.

Additional information
This is a travel retail exclusive matured first in american ex-bourbon oak barrels, then in quarter casks and then finished in european ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry oak casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour. It has about 45 ppm.

Laphroaig Brodir – Port Cask Finish

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and ashy. A cold, put out, ashy campfire is first to arrive together with a funky sweet red berry note. It’s medicinal and iodine and brine are sitting in the middle of it all. After a few seconds dark fruits come through mixed with a quite pronounced vanilla note. Liqueur-soaked cherries and sweet liquorice are also found which make it a bit rounder. This is very approachable.

Mouth: It starts out very sweet and ashy. It’s slightly spicy with a black pepper touch to it. It still produces plenty of dark fruit notes and a nice vanilla layer surrounding everything. It’s not as medicinal and salty as on the nose and there’s a tiny hint of toffee coming through together with the liqueur-soaked cherries and the vanilla. It’s a touch dry, but there’s no astringency.

Finish: A big ashy peat punch is followed by a very sweet note of the same sweet, ripe, darker fruits together with vanilla and now also with honey. The ashy note steps to the side, but still holds its ground. A tropical fruit note appears together with a nice oaky finish. The funky sweet notes with red berries return in the late finish and lingers in the background while the oakiness slowly subsides. This is a great, approachable version of Laphroaig.

Additional information
Brodir is a travel retail exclusive matured in american ex-bourbon oak barrels and then finished in european ex-Ruby port oak casks. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour. It has about 45 ppm.

Laphroaig 25 YO

ABV: 48,6 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
This was tasted at a whisky festival. No tasting notes were recorded.

Additional information
This is the 2017 release of Laphroaig’s cask strength 25 YO. It’s aged in a combination of american ex-bourbon barrels and second fill european ex-Oloroso sherry casks. It’s unchillfiltered.

Laphroaig An Cuan Mòr

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: Smoke and ashes from a burnt out campfire, iodine and salt. Behind that there’s a hay note together with some honey and vanilla. There’s a clear oakiness shining through all the way from the start. A fresh peppermint is peeking through from the back together with a thin layer of fruitiness. It’s hard to pick out a specific fruit, but I get a hint of raspberries and maybe a hint of mango.

Mouth: A wet hay together with burnt out coal makes the peatiness thick and dense. There’s a lemon note piercing through. It’s somewhat spicy and the salt, iodine and the vanilla notes are still in there. It’s very bitter and the oak is spreading out in the background. The honey is in there too and it gets sweeter with time in the glass. The fruitiness is basically nowhere to be found at this point.

Finish: It starts out with a big dip in flavour but soon pick up pace again. The spicyness comes first followed by the heavy bitterness and after that the peat notes follow. The finish is filled with espresso, iodine and wet hay. The oak itself is fairly invisible for a long time. When all other flavours reside a vague honey sweetness reappears together with a hint of fruit and the long sought after oakiness. It’s quite nice in the tail end.

Additional information
This is a travel retail exclusive. It’s aged for around 8 years in first fill american ex-bourbon oak barrels and then finished for about 2 years in virgin european oak casks. It’s unchillfiltered. It’s said that it’s the same whisky as the 1815 Legacy Edition.