Mackillop’s Choice Laphroaig Tasting Notes

Posted: May 18, 2013 in Laphroaig, Scotch Whisky H-Z

Mackillop’s Choice Laphroaig 1990 (22 year old) 52.1%

Bourbon Cask 11731/ Dist: Oct 1990 Btl: Mar 2013/ Tasted: Apr 2013

The nose opens with a gentle ashy brininess and a huge chunk of shimmering vanilla oak. That oak is incredibly chunk and adds a delicious vanilla weight and it is pretty oaky by ‘phroaig standards but there is plenty of balancing exotic fruit – greengage, kiwi, green pineapple, green banana and a touch of barley. With time some smoked meat becomes evident along with a light medicinal, tcp note and a touch of iodine. Finally the oak pushes through and dominates the nose, but it’s just so evocative and sweet, even the bog myrtle and peat smells sweet! 

Soft, ash infused banana, macerated apricot and greengage open the proceedings. Quite herbal with some resolute oak vanillins. Like the nose it is quite sweet and full with the vanilla oils tempering the light ashy/ woody-peat, charcoal and wood spices. However finally the peat breaks free of the oak shackles on the finish, but the barley-vanilla sweetness hangs in there. Vanilla oils coat the mouth and some feather like wisps of smoke mingle with hints of chocolate and earthy peat on the finish. Wow! Breathtaking!

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