An incredible new release from Laphroaig. This was originally launched for the duty free market, and it is a tour de force from the Islay distillery. First off, they mature this in bourbon barrels, before transfer into quarter casks, and a third maturation in Oloroso sherry European oak butts. Astonishing with oodles of peat smoke and sweetness.
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Nose: Molasses and oily toffee. Dates, walnuts, notes from the Maker’s Mark barrels (vanilla, toastiness, sweetness etc). We got oodles of butter, zest, cool wood smoke, almond, and passion fruit.
Palate: Dry and medicinal, with exotic spices, perhaps even some turmeric. The palate is surprisingly savoury at first, with what John described as “dry dampness” (taste and it’ll make sense!) - think musty wood sheds and hints of moist autumnal forest floor. The sherry notes are there too, but rather than being the big Christmas pudding flavour one often expects from Oloroso-aged whisky, we are instead treated to a much more restrained iced fruitcake, graced with hints of Laphroaig’s classic smoke.
Finish: Oaked. The mustiness carries into the finish, which lasts for a good while, with oily spices and dried fruit.
This is a fantastic whisky. Very rich with an additional sherry layer added to the standard quarter cask. The sherry is added in a subtle way so it doesn't overpower the normal Laphroaig characteristics. The nose is also very complex and the sherry adds some fruitiness. The finish is extremely long and pleasant with the typical laphroaig smokiness at the very end. Great !
14th February 2015
Smoky is an understatement - The first smell is like a burning tyre, if you can get past that your in for a treat.
I say a treat, if your lover of TCP!
There may have been other flavours in there but why bother? A fine whisky should be a beautiful thing, not something that requires a glass of mouthwash as a chaser.
8th February 2015
Disappointed with Ardbeg???
second bottle after 2 or so years
I have no words!! This is a very good whisky but the Ardbeg is in a class of its own...
4th January 2015
.. tried this a couple of years ago head to head with the Ardbeg 10 and was so disappointed with the Ardbeg which cost me about the same as the TW. the triple wood had lots more character, better texture, and no nasty chemical cleaner notes that was dominant in the Ardbeg. reading my notes from the first bottle,Nose; smoke , slight tar, sherry, hints of toffee, raspberry, water helps developing flavours ,a definite leather note to the nose, oak ,nice fruit cake and raisins .peat nicely prominent.strong slight citrus taste after the initial burst of smoke subsides a bit. my score 87/100. On to the Sscond bottle,nose not as strong as first bottling, peat, soft fruit, molasses , slight tar,taste; peat,salt, pepper(slight)well intergrated sherry, cranberries again only slight).not suah a coating texture as first bottle. seems to have been tamed a bit definitely more balanced than 2011/12 bottling. almost like it lost something. time will tell. initial score 80/100.
14th November 2014
... it's decent, but the quarter cask is much better value.