It might not be very 'PC' of us to say so, but this sherried young smokebomb, from a distillery near Islay's Loch Indaal, could be described as a bit of a Brui-ser, even though its real-life alter ego has a bit of a girl's name... MAXIMUM 1 PER CUSTOMER.
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CountryScotlandRegionIslayBottlerSpeciality Drinks LtdSeriesElements of IslayChill FilteredNo
Nose: Perfect. Hey, why not stop now and declare that those were the shortest tasting notes ever? Seriously, this is brilliant. Strikingly simple yet complex at the same time (in the middle ground). Leather tobacco barbecue cigars liquorice earth creosote carbolineum ham flints ink graphite motor oil bacon camphor… This baby doesn’t even need commas. Breathtaking ;-). With water: you would have thought it would have become quieter. Are you kidding? Right, maybe it got a notch more coastal…
Mouth (neat): Massive, ultra-powerful and all on… black olives and tar! Please note that I love black olives ;-). It’s really heavy – no, heavier – but by pure miracle, it’s not really cloying. I’m impressed (and I didn’t even mention these notes of ultra-strong Demerara rum). Wait, could this cask have matured under tropical climates? With water: wham! Extraordinarily massive, extremely concentrated and amazingly, well, heavy. Yes we’re afraid of nothing.
Finish: Very, very long, I guess that’s what some call a mouth coating whisky.
Comments: This one almost killed me. Careful with this stuff! SGP:578 - 91 points.
Customer Reviews: (2 reviews)
Blind Tasting Notes for Malt Maniac Awards 2012 (Krishna Nukala)
Sample No 92: I actually exclaimed- Laphroaig matured in sherry cask! Highly phenolic, like in hospital corridor- quality smoke and peat, coal tar. Lots of bacon and horse stables nose.
Palate- Brilliant! Sweet, syrupy and spicy, heavy mouth-feel, Extremely long, peaty and spicy finish. This is Top Class- 93 Points
- Krishna Nukala, 4th Dec '12
Behind the brutal introduction, a nice one and you wake up, you have a fantastic whisky.
- Lars-Erik Bengtsson Köping Sweden, 31st Oct '12
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