Thanks to /u/UncleBaldric for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit
This is something that I wasn’t really aware of before this swap. Prince Charles is a known Laphroaig fanboy and hence their labels bear his warrant. This is a special series of single cask bottlings which are put out by Highgrove estate, his official residence.
It’s always released as a single cask bottling with a 12 year age statement, differing from Laphroaig’s usual 10 (or NAS these days 😦 )and at 46% ABV with no colouring or chill-filtration, as best suits the fine spirit coming off those stills.
Aged 12 years. 46% ABV. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled from a single cask.
Nose: Mineral peat, present but lighter like in more mature Laphroaigs. Green apples. Buttered popcorn. Farmy notes. Potassium salt. Light woodspice and green herbs, mainly parsley salt. With some time a the farmy and briney notes become quite rich and more prominent, really like an older Laphroaig.
Palate: Bitter wood. Iodine. Sweet earthy peat. Wood varnish. Slight flair of floral notes, apples and toffee. White pepper.
Finish: Medium. White pepper follows through. Popcorn. Dry, bitter wood. Bitter apples. Sweet peat.
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 (Though if current bottlings are comparable in quality not bad)
This was a really tasty malt in that it just had a lot of flavour to it. What was really interesting for me with this one was that it had a lot of notes and a refinement of character one usually expects in older Laphroaigs, but it also manages to keep some of the younger notes intact as well. Really a lovely whisky.