Etikettarkiv: Laphroaig review

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.