This is one I’ve been excited to share with you all.
This whisky. This is one I’ve had on my ‘life’ wishlist since I can remember. It’s one of those truly legendary whiskies that you hope to one day taste and doubt you ever will. And possibly It’s gonna cost you a lot of money to try it.
Luckily for me, it was one of the dream drams at The Whisky Show and even more luckily, I was working there and managed to blag my way into trying a sample. Many, many, infinite thanks to the guy on the stand who was working for Bowmore and Malts of Distinction.
You made my day, sir!
Laphroaig 30 (Early 2000’s 75cl Bottling) 43%
Nose: W.O.N.D.E.R.F.U.L. Mega complex, Sherry is so well integrated, medicinal, slight rancid rotting seaweed (which is so so amazing), rancio notes with old liqueurs, old oils and old tobacco. Keeps evolving and opening up to be even better! The best nose on any whisky I’ve ever tried.
Taste: Soft, hugely balanced, almost lacking power, but not quite. Sherry then medicinal, that rotting seaweed note again, but not quite as epic here, sea salt, red grape and raisin. The Sherry is a tiny bit rubbery but I’m nit-picking.
Finish: Medium length. The raisin then amazing 70% dark chocolate and tobacco.
Ah, so so good but the taste and finish have a little rubbery quality from the Sherry and the finish could be longer. Minor points in the grand scheme of things but it holds it back from being truly exceptional (Maybe my first 93?).
Thanks for reading!
Scotch Review #480
Whisky Network Review #548
Network Average: 74.3
Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 22
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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