Laphroaig 1996 / 12 Year Old

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Laphroaig 1996 / 12 Year Old
70cl / 57.5%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Whisky Society
This TWS bottling of Laphroaig is a big, savoury, sooty dram bursting with authentic Islay character with plenty of black pepper and a subtle, honeyed edge.
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CountryScotlandRegionIslayBottlerThe Whisky SocietyBottling StatusDiscontinuedSeriesThe Whisky SocietyAge12 Year OldVintage1996Bottling DateOct 2008Cask TypeRefill SherryNo of Bottles576
Tasting Notes:
Tasting Notes by Tim F

N: Smoke and dark chocolate initally, becomes very charcoally, with brine, soot, coal, bonfires and tarry rope also evident.  Very little in the way of fruit, although some runner bean notes appear after a few minutes.  Opens up with water to reveal some hay / grassy character.

P:  Plenty of soot / coal dust and roasted cereals balanced by a slightly honeyed edge. Chilli hotness and a lot of pepper. Some menthol appears mid-palate.  The cereals become more honeyed with water, which also lifts the spices.

F:  Lengthy, warm, and drying, with the black pepper and honey really lingering and a roasted, mocha-like character appearing towards the death.

C:  A very savoury dram with a well-hidden sweet side.  Really comes alive with a drop of water.

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