Laphroaig from Douglas Laing.
It’s been a long time since we had here Laphroaig ;), recently it appeared on the blog in August – it was 10 years old from 70s. Therefore, it is time for the next one. Today also quite unusual, because of independent bottler – Douglas Laing from a series of Old Particular. It was released to celebrate the Feis Ile 2015. Distillation in February 2001, bottling in February 2015. Single cask – refill butt – a total of 636 bottles with 48.4% ABV. Of course, natural color and no chill filtration. I bought this bottle while my last visit to Islay in the capital city of Bowmore.
Douglas Laing is an interesting independent bottler, while Whisky Live Warsaw in 2015 I participated in their Masterclass, I have very fond memories form that event, then I tasted Laphroaig 25 years old. On the blog there is Laphroaig 1998/2013 from another independent bottler – Samaroli.
I’m very curious what this bottle hides, therefore, let’s get to work.
C: light amber;
N: after opening the bottle I immediately get a great mix of peat, ash and sweetness, after pouring into a glass it became mineral, with wet soil, peat, asphalt, bandages, fishing nets, smoked fish, grilled oysters, marine, salty air, after this first waves fruits begin to emerge: orange and its peel, candied orange, plum, raisins, peach and apricot, from time to time there is a bit of lemon and perhaps even a mint, I still have a touch of dark chocolate and cocoa; all of that is here all the time and interweaves;
T: wuuhhaa !!! This is Islay, immediately spreads throughout the mouth, the taste is rich and multi-dimensional, peat is obvious, grilled seafood and fish, ash, after a while there is also a light warming up, further ripe orange, grapefruit, peach and traces of plums, after moment I have a touch of chocolate and coffee;
F: very long with grapefruit, orange, elements of ash and peat.
Laphroaig 14 years old Douglas Laing’s Old Particular in any case did not disappoint. Generally it can be easily tasted without water, but from curiosity I added a few drops. The smell got enhanced by bandages and other medical accents. Taste smoothed, and sweetness highlighted, also a little bitterness came out.
This Laphroaig fits me in every way, versatile and balanced. Beautiful!