Friday, 11 October 2013

Laphroaig 1998–TWE hand picked single cask

This little number was recommended to me by Billy of TWE during an email exchange about me looking for that the Edradour Sauternes I tried at the Whisky Show.  Its beautiful, really lovely, but just too expensive. Maybe one day.  Anyway, we got onto talking about Laphroaig and it turns out he helped choose the single cask (refill sherry butt 700393) that turned into 551 bottles of this.  He called it big peat and big sherry and hence his perfect whisky and I can see why, its stunning.

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Laphroaig 1998–TWE hand picked single cask A⊕+

Nose – Deep, deep dark fruit.  Marker pens and sauna.  Prunes soaked in rum with mascarpone eaten next to a bonfire. Very sexy sherry, well integrated with smoke.  Beautiful and very rich, OMG.

Body – Deep, perfect peat.  Rich tropical fruit tries and briefly manages to appear before being swept away by a wave of classic and intense Laphroaig peat.  Toe curlingly intense.

Finish – Medium.  Rich, peppery tannins and massive peat and oak integration. 

Stunning.  Better buy a couple more… thanks Billy!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ben,
    I am desperately seeking a 100ml sample (or a bottle), preferably in a swap, so I hope you bought a couple more... (Got here from Malt Facination).
    Please look me up on FB - Yori Costa - or email me at: yori.costa (at) tama.co.il
    Thanks,
    Yori

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