Laphroaig 22 Years Old 1991 Authentic Collection

49.8% ABV, £90.40 for 70cl

Score: 89/100

Laphroaig 22yo 1991 Cadenhead bottle

What they say:

Distilled in 1991 at Laphroaig distillery on Islay, this has been matured for 22 years in a bourbon hogshead and bottled in February 2014 for a 168 bottle outturn at 49.8%

Laphroaig 22yo 1991 Cadenhead

What I say:

Drool, welcome to whisky heaven, definitely one for those who love peat but there was no harshness of TCP/germolene or smoke for that matter. This was really just an earthy peatiness covered in thick layers of vanilla custard, and everyone loves custard – right? Definitely without a doubt my favourite of the evening.

Colour:

Very refractive gold

Nose:

Earthy peaty peanut, sweet floral violets and roses, pineapple cube sweets, peaches and apricots

Taste:

Bubblegum (cinnamon?), peat smoothly and subtly makes itself noticed whilst creamy vanilla and coconut custard oozes out

Finish:

Delicate and long, further vanilla custard increasing to icing sugar-like sweetness, becomes almost sickly if not for the earthy peaty influence

Sampled at Jolly Toper Tasting 21/02/2014