70cl / 60.8%
15 Year Old Sherry Cask Signatory
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Laphroaig 1998 Reviews
Tasting Notes by Billy A
Nose: Peat smoke and barley sugar, classic Laphroaig medicinal notes, with TCP dialled back and brine making itself known. Lime zest, sweet liquorice, bandages and light spice.
Palate: Sweet and stony up front, with crushed granite, zesty lime and lots of sweet sherry fruit. Black liquorice comes in from underneath, with lots of tingling woody spices (cinnamon & clove) and some driftwood earthiness. Water tones things down, revealing sweet raisins, fruity dark chocolate and delicate black pepper.
Finish: Surprisingly soft, but long - brown sugar, gentle spice, menthol, apples, dark chocolate and green leafiness.
Comment: A bit of a beast, with lots of sherry balancing a very peaty Laphroaig. At full strength the flavour is intense and impressive, but it takes water well, revealing sweet fruit and complexity that can be lost in the undiluted onslaught.
4 Customer Reviews
Great stuff, the best sherried Laphroaig I've come across so far. This is as good or better than the best batches of the 10yo cask str, but a little different and for once a Laphroaig where the sherry is in a perfect balance. Needs a good dose of water to open it up properly, but it's wise to add the water in slowly since each time you give it more it opens up a new taste or smell.
Best Laphroaig I've ever tried. Amazing complexity. Put it up against the Corryvrackan and Uigedail and it won. That's all folks.
Gave a drop of this to my wife's best friend last night. Lucie hates whisky, but Joolz comes from a whisky family and LOVES a good drop, so she always gets a taste of my best! She loved it, and might be after a bottle herself. Her notes? "So sweet! Like bacon when you haven't had it for the longest time!" And today... "you know a whisky's good when you can remember what it was like the next day!"
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.