Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit
This is a sample from a swap we did quite some time ago, unfortunately Summer hit pretty hard and I just couldn’t enjoy a Laphroaig properly in such hot weather. Fortunately it’s cooled down a bit (at least in the evening) so I finally popped this open.
It’s a 2015 bottling of 1998 spirit, generally a good year for Laphroaig bottlings, bottled by Cadenhead as part of their Authentic Collection series. Independent bottlings are getting harder and harder to come by and I even heard it mentioned that Laphroaig want to stop selling off casks to independent bottlers altogether, which would be a shame considering that those have been some of the best bottlings I’ve tried.
Aged 16 years. 57.5%. Matured in a bourbon hogshead. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.
Nose: Slate. Coal dust. Germolene. Seaweed. Matcha. Quite herbal once it opens up. Black tea. Citrus and wood oils.Camphor.
Palate: Wood oils. Lots of wood oils. Then some coal dust. Wet stones. Wintergreen. Lemon zest. Socks. Lavender. Slight vanilla.
Finish: Long. Oil smoke. Peppermint. Lemon smint. Oak. Macadamias.
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 really pleasant dram, it seemed to occupy that sweet spot between an aged and young Laphroaig perfectly with an amazing balance of smoke and wood influence.