This is another travel retail exclusive from Laphroaig.This one is matured in first fill ex-bourbon and european oak casks, there’s a lot of yammering in the marketing materials about it ‘resting’ and time and bla bla bla, but sadly no age statement here. I was happy to try this as I’d heard got things, but have tried enough bad travel retail exclusive bottling to keep me skeptical.
Aged 3 years*, 48% ABV, Matured in First fill bourbon and “European Oak” casks.
*For lack of age statement
Nose: Mineral peat. Medicinal notes. The Laphroaig signature. Smoked salmon. Oil smoke and engine grease. Tangerine rind. Wet sea rocks and drying kelp. Mango atchar. Coconut. Dried figs. Zante currants. Woody vanilla. Black pepper.
Palate: Very aggressive Laphroaig profile here. Iodine. Oily smoke. Mineral peat. Salt. Big spicy note. Pepper. Ginger. Bit of chilli. Then a nice touch of fruit just before the swallow. Pineapple. Dried apricots. Figs. Honey. Vanilla.
Finish: Long. Absolutely filthy oil smoke and grease. Very peaty. Salt and seaside notes. More smoked salmon. Some undulating cough syrupy notes, figs (probably some PX influence here) and woodspice. Wine tannins.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
VFM: 3/5 (quite a lot of variation in different markets)
This was a lovely dram, not just a good combination of sweet bourbon and sherry with peat, but also quite dynamic, with the balance between the sweet and peat constantly shifting. Definitely going to try pick up a bottle at some point.