Laphroaig 1989 Old Malt Cask
Added on Sunday, Jul 12, 2009 at 11:31 PM
  Bottler: Douglas Laing
  Age: 20 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1989 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $115 Availability: Overseas Specialty
Distilled 1989 March       Bottled 2009 April       Sherry Hogshead DL Ref 5142       259 Bottles
Member Ratings and Notes
Last official ..erm...sample.... of the sherried Islays night so this one got the hardest seat.  The deep sherry nose and little peat smoke was a surprise considering we knew it was either Laphie or Lag.  The palate had more smoke and peat and it was really well balanced with the sherry fruits and sweets.  The dirty phenols were there also and they worked very well together.  I like it alot. 
Nose of smoke, cane sugar, cotton candy notes, and tandoori chicken... slightly dusty as well.  On the palate there's smoke, dates, and some salty and leathery characteristics.  That all feeds into a very long finish, with chewy and sugary tails that bring me back for more.  Nice complexity.  YUM YUM!  It's a quite smokey and aggressive single malt, but it never gets undrinkable the way some intense whiskies can.  The more I drink, the more I crave. 
Wow.  Based on the rarity of Sherry Cask Laphroiaigs and the $120 price tag on this one, I was sure there was gonna be something off with it.  Completely wrong.  It is nearly perfect, with the sherry sweetness fully integrated with the peat to create a unique sherry peat nectar of immensely enjoyable proportions.  Thanks Douglas Laing, you rock. 
As 8th of the night, notes are thin.  But it was good. Nose had paint and wheat bread. Palate was smooth. Mmmmmm. Finish was long lasting with peat and wood smoke.  Wish I had better notes, but it made me happy.  
Bitter, green stalks. 
Old Laphroig = yay.
This is strong, heavy, and right on the money.
My notes at the time: "Ridic."
So you know this shit is legit. 
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