SMWS 29.186 Spicy Smoky Seaweed Salad- Laphroaig 1999

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I can never pass up the opportunity to try a Laphroaig bottled by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. They’re some of the most flavourful and rich whiskies I’ve tried. This particular one is aged 16 years and spent that time in a refill bourbon barrel so it’s really going to be showing off the spirit.

This one’s little descriptive story is:

A gentle sweet peat aroma filled the room, hickory smoked almonds and cashew nuts, honey cured bacon as well as grilled shrimps with a New Orleans-style barbeque sauce using Tabasco, spicy mustard, cayenne pepper and Worcester sauce. The taste had the perfect balance of sweet and peat; honey on hot crumpets, burnt marshmallows and we also fantasised of a smoke infused Swiss Roll or Pavlova. With water the aroma became seared scallops with a Japanese soy dip, a spicy smoky seaweed salad and all washed down with a Rauchbier from Bamberg with some salted caramel ice cream to finish.

Aged 16 years. 56.1%ABV. Matured in a refill ex-bourbon barrel. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from cask 29.186.

Nose: Mineral peat. Rubber. Iodine. Tarred wood. Beachside bonfire, cooking meat in salty air. Roasted marshmallow. Some vanilla. Cloves. Apples with cinnamon. Industrial solvent.

Palate: Hugely medicinal, and so briney. Seaweed. Iodine. Bitter wood. Licorice. Salty toffee. Orange cake.

Finish: Long. Very deep. Pine-nuts. Tar. Cough Syrup. Menthol. Light fruit juice. Bitter wood tannins. Rubber.

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: 2/5

This was a really interesting one. I had an SMWS a while back that seemed to highlight the smoky character of Laphroaig, and this one seemed to highlight the really medicinal character. It was huge and bold, a real treat for a hardcore Laphroaig fan.

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