SMWS 29.162 – Surreal Meal Deal (17 year old Laphroaig)


Originally reviewed on reddit: 23/07/15

Another older review of an SMWS Laphroaig. This was actually the first SMWS bottling I ever tried and needless to say it impressed me.

Aged 17 years. 49.2% ABV. Matured in a refill bourbon hogshead. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.

Nose: Light mineral peat. Fruit punch. Candied pineapple. Macadamia nuts. Charcoal Wet wood, like a jetty by the lake. Seashells and seaweed. Salty crackers. Stewed fruit.

Palate: Hit of ashy peat and salt. Followed by rich nutty flavours, mainly macadamias. Steak in red wine sauce. White grape juice.

Finish: Long. Salty and smokey. A nice chewy meaty note. Some biscuits. Desiccated coconut.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes


This was a very complex one, well layered with the Laphroaig scaled back enough to let the other notes play, but still present. The rich macadamia note throughout was great. Beautiful stuff.


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