Tuesday 13 February 2018

Laphroaig 1987 XOP Douglas Laing Review

Hi everyone,

We’re back with the whiskyporn today.
A 30 year old Laphroaig doesn’t come around often but when it does its always a pleasure! Especially when it’s a single cask, cask strength version from Douglas Laing.
Honestly, I had huge massive expectations for this after tasting other older Laphraoig’s and unfortunately those weren’t met. Which is a shame (a little violin plays) but we get by and carry on.
Anyway, I tasted this one at Inter. Whisky Frankfurt recently.
Laphroaig 1987 XOP 53.5%
Colour: Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: Not too tropical but sooty, chimney soot, coal dust, burnt down building, cooked apple, a little closed. Very reminiscent of that 27yo Blended Islay from TBWC now that I think about it. Mixed citrus peel after a bit. Even with water it remains closed actually.
Taste: Soft, great balance, soft oils then intense sweet and peat combo, tropical green mango, oak, oily, spices but quite juicy, puffs of smoke and sea air, white pepper and sour lime. Not as complex as I was looking for, although it is balanced very well.
Finish: Long length. More maritime with sea salt, some seaweed and mango, soot.
Bottled 2017 at 30yo. Lovely whisky but not up to my high, high expectations. Not nearly as tropical as the Laphroaig 21, and in reality I could have guessed a Bowmore if I was tasting it blind.

Thanks for reading!

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