I struggle with reviews like this one. There’s always the question as to the value in posting them. Any time I’m jotting notes for a long gone, overly-expensive or single cask release I question if I’m actually providing content that matters. Let’s face it…only a wee handful of folks will ever try these drams. So why bother, right? I suppose the flip side is that we all sort of have an obligation to record what we can as we can for the sake of posterity. Far too much has already been lost to time already, even in the tiny microcosm of the whisky world. So…forgive the indulgence with some of these oddballs, but I think we’ll keep throwing them out there. Especially seeing as how few others can or will. Let’s keep our liquid history alive.
This l’il gem was a real treat tossed in at the end of an utterly spectacular Laphroaig tasting I took part in some time back. While we went beyond this one in terms of age (up to the spectacular 40!), this one had to cap the eve, as its overwhelming depth of sherry would have buried the more delicate 30 and 40 year olds. The soupy viscosity of this lagoon-black dream dram was in a league all its own that night and, quite frankly, probably on any other night as well.
It’s malts like this that help keep the excitement alive. Shame they’re so few and far between nowadays, but it makes the hunt a bit more sporting and the catch just that much more special. Being a 2007 release (distilled in 1980), I imagine it’s well-nigh impossible to track down a dram of this stuff, but if you can, do so. 972 bottles from a vatting of five Oloroso barrels.
Nose: An absolute explosion of sherry. The kind of drink you need to spend time with. Orange zest. Orange fruit flesh. Thick jam. Cherry and raspberry. Chocolate. Dark stone fruit. Mint. Heavily oiled leather. Very faint peat, surprisingly enough. Licorice. Hoisin sauce. Very savoury nose, all told.
Palate: Chocolate. A decent heft of spice. Dried fruits. Christmas cake. Coffee. Dark chocolate. Quite figgy. And very oily. Licorice. Orange. Again savoury. Nice smoky linger.
Thoughts: Truly unique offering. Another one of the malts responsible for pushing Laphroaig to the top of my favorite distilleries list.
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– Image & words: Curt