Laphroaig 18 Years Old 1995 – 29.150 Hand rolled Cuban cigars

Islay single malt scotch whisky

59.2% ABV, £69.70 for 70cl from Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Score: 89/100

SMWS

What they say:

Cask No. 29.150

We all agreed that we are visiting a harbour watching the fishing boats unloading their catch which is mostly shellfish like clams, mussels, oysters and scallops. It is early in the morning and aromas of bacon rolls with brown sauce are mingling with the fresh, salty sea breeze. The taste is chewy and juicy like wine gums but at the same time there is the earthiness and smokiness of a peat hearth combined with the spiciness of cinnamon and nutmeg. With water turning fresh and fruity like an apple ginger lemon juice, sweet as a vanilla cupcake and the flavours of sweet tobacco – premium hand rolled Cuban cigars.

Drinking tip: Switch off and let the world go by

Date Distilled: 4 April 1995 Colour: Peach gold Age: 18 years Flavour : Heavily peated Cask Type: Refill ex-bourbon barrel Whisky Region: Islay

What I say:

Sampled during Water of Life Society (WoLS) meeting 30/01/2014 – Edinburgh Whisky Blog (EWB) Prohibition Tasting

An 18 year old Laphroaig (SMWS distillery #29) from a refill ex-bourbon barrel. Distilled on 04/04/1995, bottled at 59.2% ABV for a total outturn of 197 bottles. During the prohibition-era in the U.S. many inventive ways (both legally and illegally) were found to get around what was basically an unenforceable ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol. One of my favourite anecdotes from this period is that the super-peaty Laphroaig whisky from Islay was so full of phenols that it was considered purely medicinal as nobody would drink it for pleasure. In actual fact it was legal for medical doctors to prescribe alcohol (whisky?) for medicinal purposes. The extent to which this took place made a mockery of the law, much of the medicinal whisky (or correctly – whiskey) came from the hundreds of distillers still in the U.S. producing spirit “unexcelled for medical purposes” but in practicality was exactly the same content in the bottle as pre-prohibition. Tiger and Chris also thought it particularly fitting that this bottle was named after another highly prohibited item in the U.S.