This is a travel retail exclusive Laphroaig which has been finished in ruby port casks. While I’m generally skeptical of any NAS travel retail exclusive bottling (as they tend to be priced more than core expressions which are far better), I really liked the port finished Cairdeas from 2013 so I thought this might be similar.
Aged 3 years *. 48%ABV. Matured in ex-bourbon casks and finished in ruby port casks.
*For lack of age statement
Nose: A very refined Laphroaig signature, mineral peat, earth, salt. Dry berries. Berry sherbet. Berry tea infusion. Beetroot. I was looking for some more flavours and while doing so I noticed a bit of a musty note. Bit of an underlying young spirit note.
Palate: Oh dear. Very flat. Dry, bitter wood. Light berry note. Some tar. Oily smoke. Bitter citrus. Currants.
Finish: Short-medium. Very dry. Bit of oil smoke and tar. Some berries.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: No
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This one was very flat. It also wasn’t well balanced at all, the berry flavours feel like they were just mashed in there as an afterthought, like they don’t belong. I shall be staying away from NAS Travel Retail Exclusives for some time to come.