SMWS 29.173 – Forget Time and Space (16 year old Laphroig)

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Originally reviewed on reddit: 23/12/16

I really liked the name and little story on this one. I sat myself down in my man cave with some ambient music and just escaped into it for a bit.

‘Forget Time and Space’

Time stood still!’ We were away from everything, on a sailing boat anchored in the ‘broad bay’, on a calm still evening; the peaceful sea was like a mirror with the only sound being the occasional lapping of waves. A gentle sweet peat smoke reached us from the pagoda in the ‘beautiful hollow’, whilst we were sitting on deck drinking a juicy, sweet and slightly tangy cocktail made from grapefruit and blood oranges and eating Jamaican ginger cake. Should you add water a salty, briny sea breeze developed and the now more regular waves rocked us all to sleep.

Drinking tip: Instead or with relaxation meditation music

Aged 16 years. 59.8%ABV. Matured in a refill ex-bourbon barrel.No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.

Nose: Salt & Vinegar chips. Seaside moss. Wet rocks. Dockyard wood. Kelp on the beach. Sweet, sticky glazed meats. Crackers. Ruby grapefruit. Macadamias. Roasted salmon, unseasoned. Bit of camphor.

Palate: Tropical fruits. Grassy peat. Loads of salt. Bitter citrus and sweet citrus at the same time. More salt & vinegar chips, with lots of light cooking oil this time. Dried seaweed. Tinge of honey and white wine tannins.

Finish: Long. Sharp bitter wood. Even more salt and seaweed. Grapefruits. Caramelised nuts.

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: N/A

I actually did put on some relaxing music and try to forget time and space with this one (it’d been a long week). It’s damn good. All the sweet and salty notes fold into one another creating a beautiful and complex medley.

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