Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Additional coloring: No
Average price: € 200.00
Official website: www.laphroaig.com
We return to the series dedicated by the Islay distillery to the cask strength version of its well-known 10-year-old, and we do so with one of the earliest editions, dating back to January 2012.
For many, this is the true ten-year-old of Laphroaig, free of the “brakes” of tamed alcohol and presented totally au naturel.
The 11th batch had me convinced, will it be the same with this older one?
My thanks to Fabian of Whisky Stonk for the kind gift of the sample.
Gold with amber highlights in the glass.
A very bright marine and mineral peat, full-bodied and almost chewy, which climbs and fills the nostrils with its toasty scents. But there are also peaches, ripe banana, orange juice, nutmeg and Catalan cream. There are also woody scents of bark and pine needles, almost balsamic. Very rich and inviting.
The considerable alcohol content is there but it blends perfectly with the distillate, with that push of black pepper that teases without biting, enriching the ocean of peat that tarred (in a good way) the palate, rich in salt and ash, with an impression of grilled peppers and scallops. Toasted caramel, vanilla, candied orange and again that balsamic touch in the background that cools from the embers.
Long finish of ash, orange, wood, caramel and a touch of pepper.
Compared to the eleventh batch, here we are on a completely different tone, more elegant and sober, almost compassionate (as far as possible), rich and without edges. It’s really difficult to say which one I prefer, even though they are in the same line they are clearly different, and so for the sake of fairness I sum up the impression in the same numerical judgment.