Island of Islay Laphroaig Distillery Scotland Whisky from 200 euros and over

Laphroaig 21yo FoL

Review of one of the bottles that celebrated Laphroaig's 200th anniversary.

Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 48.4%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon First Fill
Chillfiltered: No
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Suntory
Average price: € 300.00
Official website: www.laphroaig.com
Vote: 89/100

Anyone with a passion for Laphroaig is very familiar with FoL, Friends of Laphroaig, the club founded by the distillery itself and accessed by registering on their website on the dedicated page, with the code from the booklet that always comes with their bottles.
Founded in 1982, it received a bottling in its own honour during the distillery’s two hundredth anniversary, celebrating twenty-one years since the club was founded.
Distilled in 1993, it was matured in classic first-fill ex-Bourbon casks whose staves had been partly air-dried, adding (their words) the flavours that come with the changing seasons.
Bottled in 2015 in the unusual 35cl format, it was initially offered for sale in a ballot among club members at a price of £99, before being added to their online shop and found, today, almost exclusively at auction.

Tasting notes

The nose is frontal with its soul more coastal than medicinal, marked but not overpowering, softened by an apricot tart that rounds off the tones. Vanilla, cinnamon, a hint of cloves, cooked apple and a splash of brine. The smoke is a velvet that envelops the aromas. Full-bodied, enveloping, to be sniffed at length getting lost in the billows.
In the mouth it’s more decisive and sharp, with a whiff of pepper and ginger that precedes a profile that is still fiercely maritime, seawater and seaweed on smoked oysters, cinnamon, lemon, pineapple, pear, a touch of licorice, an impression of sugar paste. Wood smoke especially in length. More fruity and at the same time more saline.
Medium-long finish of liquorice, pineapple, dull embers, pastry, salt.

A truly phenomenal nose, a balanced but not surprising palate, a finish that leaves you feeling less than you expect… it’s a downhill experience, which nonetheless ends on a very high note, but a little disappointing in terms of the legitimate expectations it creates in the glass.

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