Category: Laphroaig

Laphroaig 21 Years Old 1996 29.249 Sweet black tea in the surgery ( 48.6%, SMWS, Refill PX HH, 230 Bottles, 2018)

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SMWS 29.249 Sweet black tea in the surgery whisky review: OK so it is a finished whisky and my conscience still tells me that doesn’t sit right with the old ‘Product of a single cask’ statement the bottles used to carry. Finishing is not only here to stay within SMWS, but has apparently been around since 1991 according to John. So here’s to there being a little more explicit information or openness around finished casks. It only occurred to me after the tasting, but I wonder if finished casks have previously failed the tasting panel so badly they get sent for finishing? Whatever the history of this cask, it is undeniably tasty and drinkable now – in case a 21 year old PX sherry finished Islay malt hadn’t piqued your curiosity… 89/100

Williamson 6 Years Old 2011 Cask #130 (61.14%, A. D. Rattray, Sherry Butt, 504 Bottles, 2017)

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Williamson 6 Years Old 2011 Cask #130 whisky review: Probably would have been my dram of the night if the Cask Islay (Caol Ila?) hadn’t been so darned good! A lot earthier in its peat this one and some substantial cask influence despite the use of a bigger vessel (butt) over a relatively short period. Perhaps if left a few more years this one could have been truly amazing? 87/100

Laphroaig 15 Years Old 1998 The Un-Chillfiltered Collection (46%, Signatory, Refill Sherry Butt #700385, 839 Bottles, 2014)

Laphroaig 15 Years Old 1998 Unchillfiltered

An interesting mix of real creamy and gently fruity ice cream flavours with a dash of salt and plenty of thick peat smoke. Somehow this combination really works for me and is verging on a heavily peated session dram though I suspect either sickly sweetness or more likely peat reek would take over before too long. Enjoyed it while it lasted. 85/100