Another Malt Mongers Israel Laphroaig Evening

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I’m sure you’ll notice that one of the bottles pictured here stands out. So basically we’d got hold of the Laphroaig 30 and just threw in whatever else we could get a hold of. We chose the two new duty free expressions and threw in the standard 10yo (not pictured) for good measure.

Part of the fun of being in an organised club is being able to taste things like this Laphroaig 30 which I would never buy for personal consumption. I was quite excited for this one as I’m a huge Laphroaig fanboy. The 30 year old is one of the oldest distillery releases, after the 32, and was matured in first fill and refill bourbon casks. The 1815 Legacy Edition is a non-age stated (NAS) expression, a blight that is slowly taking over the travel retail market, matured in bourbon and new European oak casks, and the Four Oak is matured in, wait for it….,  four kinds of oak: bourbon, quarter casks, virgin American oak and European oak hogsheads (no details here as to new, old, ex-sherry, ex-Worcestershire sauce). From what I understand it’s supposed to be a replacement for the Triple Wood (more wood means more better!) which is being discontinued, likely due to the scracity of oloroso sherry casks used to make it.


Laphroaig Four Oak

Aged 3 years*. 40% ABV.

*for lack of age statement

Nose: Pencil erasers. Acacia sap. Iodine. Beets. Cherry candies. Hints of manure. With time some germolene and grass.

Palate: Thin. Salty caramel. Bitter wood tannins. A bit too bitter. Honey. Carbolic soap. Camphor.

Finish: Short. Dry. Rubber. Light wood.

Would I buy this: No

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 funny one for me. Originally I didn’t like it at all. It had a very closed nose, and the palate was overwhelmingly bitter. After some time it did open up on the nose and the bitterness subsided a little and it became quite pleasant. It’s not a great whisky, and not what I look for in a Laphroaig, but not a bad easy sipping whisky with a slight peaty character to it.


Laphroaig The 1815 Legacy Edition

Aged 3 years*. 48% ABV.

*for lack of age statement

Nose: Superglue. Vineyard peach. Maple syrup. Germolene. Peach. Grapefruit.

Palate: A bit of peat. Salty caramel. Woody cough syrup. Stewed fruits.

Finish: Medium. Red fruits. Slightly farmy. Woodspice. Wood oils.

Would I buy this: No

Would I order this in a bar: No

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: No

VFM: 1/5

It pains me to say how much I didn’t like this one. It just wasn’t really a Laphroaig, massively fruity with a few of the peat notes here and there. Looking at my notes now this should be the kind of whisky I like, but I found it just massively unbalanced.


Laphroaig 30

Aged 30 years. 53.5% ABV. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at batch strength.

Nose: Dust. Modelling clay. Terracotta. Brine. Kippers. Quite a rough acetone. Needs time maybe. With time and water: Germolene Green herbs. Vicks. White chocolate. Jasmine.

Palate: Copper. Dark wood. Wood oils. Walnuts. Linen. Burlap. Hemp. Melted butter.

Finish: Butterscotch. Tar. Wood oils. Maple syrup. Manure.

Would I buy this: No

Would I order this in a bar: No

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

VFM: 1/5

Right, here goes. I was kind of disappointed with this whisky. Now, hear me out. The notes were great. It was complex, it still had Laphroaig character to it and wasn’t just cask juice like some older whiskies can be, it was for intents and purposes, a good whisky. It just lacked flair, or something special considering the fanfare and price asked for this. It generally was well received though, so this could all boil down to my palate, I regularly admit to preferring younger whiskies. Just a tad upset considering the affinity I have for Laphroaig and what I know they are capable of putting out.


 

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