Back to the past.
Yes, it’s a grand moment for tasting of Laphroaig 10 years old bottled at the 70s of the last century. Thus, I dressed in a suit, beautifully ironed shirt and put on a tie … This is a joke …. of course, after all whisky is for drinking, not to pray to it. Well, sometimes you can forget that.
A lot has been said already on the blog about the Laphroaig, so there is no need to repeat it. Laphroaig 10 years old, which for a moment I’m about to try, was bottled in the ’70s. With 70 proof, which is 40% ABV (until 1st January 1980 the British used this scale to measure the level of alcohol, according to the conversion 1.75 proof – 1% ABV, USA converter is 2). I bought my sample during the Whisky Live Warsaw 2015 from Daniel from the bestwhiskymarekt.com. In principle, I don’t have any more knowledge about this release, so there is nothing else to do, just fill the glass.
The first thing that strikes the eye is amber color, darker than the current issue of 10 yo, and inside many tiny fragments floats, similar to the grounds of tea, maybe from the cask, or perhaps cork. It can not be excluded that the whisky wasn’t particularly filtered, as it is done now.
N: interesting, primarily herbal with delicate touches of peat, mint, melissa, chamomile, quite fresh, in the second phase comes a touch of solidifying asphalt and traces of tar, then orange and its peel, candied orange, lychee, it is still quite sweet, honey-style, generally nose is calm and balanced, there is nothing overwhelming, nothing imposing, I don’t feel any alcohol irritation;
S: here I feel more peat, it is more typical for the current 10 yo, I have smoke, smoked bacon and brine, but also mint, melissa; pretty herbal, further anise, licorice, ripe oranges, candied oranges, sweetness of honey, tobacco and black tea; also here I don’t feel any alcohol irritation;
F: quite long with peat and ripe orange.
I am glad that I could try Laphroaig 10 years old bottled in the 70s of the last century. Is it better than the present one? It’s a hard question. It’s just different. In my opinion it is milder, more herbal, but less smoky and less medical, though of course all the time it is still Laphroaig. It is also unknown whether it tasted the same 30 years ago. For the tastisng impressions a way of storing the bottle could of course also affect.
Worth a try if you have an opportunity.