Hunter Laing Laphroaig Tasting Notes

Posted: June 27, 2013 in Laphroaig, Scotch Whisky H-Z

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 2002 (12 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2476/ Dist: June 2002 Btl: Apr 2015/ Tasted: May 2015

Very citric and lightly oiled aromas with a lovely, fresh brininess. Hints of menthol and camphor appear along with some Agricole rum-like herbs. Lightly peated, in fact the aromas are more ashy in character. With time some seaweed, barley and subtle stewed fruits emerge.

Soft and a little subdued with barley, iodine, menthol and sweet peat. Medium length with lingering iodine, light coffee, tar and sweet herbal peat.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 2004 (12 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OMC2637/ Dist: Sept 2004 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

Lovely, dusty peat aromas with hints of seaweed and medicinal peat. Quite pungent with barley, coffee and a touch of oak.

The palate is full and milky, opening with a subtle saltiness. Gentle peat and coal dust follow and the coastal astringency builds well on the middle. Quite citric and salty on the finish with lingering coffee, seaweed and dry peat.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 1999(?) (14 year old) 50%

Code: OMC2440/ Dist: 1999(?) Btl: ?/ Tasted: Nov 2014

The nose is quite full, sweet-ish, oily and nutty with hints of bog myrtle and brine. Gently, sweetly peated with hints of manure, wet tar and robust barley.

Soft and oily on the palate with a light marzipan oak and subtle sweet peat beginning. Again quite full with plenty of barley and hints of herbs and brine. It becomes fresher as the saltiness develops along with some citrus notes on the middle. Long, sweet barley and sweet parma violet finish and a lightly smoked after-taste.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 2000? (14 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2371/ Tasted: May 2014

A big, herbal, leafy Oloroso nose. Lightly blemished with a struck match note and hints of treacle, creosote and fairly buried earthy-peat. With time hints of violet, baked fruit and bleached wood appears.

The palate opens with liquorice coated dried fruit and again a struck match note. Full and herbal middle with hard-ish barley, light brine, iodine and medicinal notes. Some dusty peat and drying dusty tannins come through on the finish adding a little dark chocolate. If it wasn’t for the blemish.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 2000 (14 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2411/ Dist: June 2000 Btl: Aug 2014/ Tasted: Sept 2014

A fragrant nose of bog myrtle, seaweed and herbs. Lavishly honeyed (by ‘phroaig standards) but the honey is relatively unsweetened. Fairly gently peated – more smoke than peat and that smoke has a lovely, slightly sweet fragrance.

The palate displays some sweet-ish barley, seaweed, iodine and chocolaty-tar. Building herbal notes and herbal-peat come through on the middle with some unsweetened honey. Long, peat and wood smoke finish. The after-taste is very dusty with hints of violets and lingering herbal notes.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 2000 (14 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2450/ Dist: June 2000 Btl: Jan 2015/ Tasted: Feb 2015

Lightly medicinal aromas with iodine, herbal peat, coffee, manure, seaweed and salt. Quite full with barley and a light honey note underpinning.

The palate is pleasantly soft and quite honeyed with building salt, peat and seaweed. Quite barley’d and robust with a touch of oily vanilla. Good length with a lovely dry peat, bog myrtle and coastal finish. A real salt encrusted after-taste!

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 2000 (14 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2456/ Dist: Jun 2000 Btl: Feb 2015/ Tasted: Jun 2015

Quite toffee’d aromas with vanilla ice-cream, barley, seaweed, medicinal peat, iodine and astringent herbs.

The palate displays as much oak as the nose would suggest, opening with vanilla and toffee. Hints of honey and dry, dusty peat and medicinal notes battle against the oak. Finally the spirit wins and the finish is long, slightly sugared with juicy Seville orange, peat smoke and astringent coastal notes all being released. Now that has some lovely progression.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 1999 (15 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2385/ Dist: Mar 1999 Btl: June 2014/ Tasted: July 2014

A fresh and very phenolic nose with dusty peat and medicinal peat mingling with a touch of iodine. Pleasantly astringent coastal notes appear along with a touch of barley and dusty, sweet parma violets.

The palate is fuller as the oak has a greater input. The natural caramels dampen a little but it’s still lightly phenolic with hints of earth and salt. The spirit freshens towards the finish as the salt and citrus get going. Lightly oiled and tarry finish with finally some medicinal peat emerging.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 2000 (15 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2494/ Dist: Apr 2000 Btl: Aug 2015/ Tasted: Sept 2015

Oily, tarry and phenolic on the nose. Pretty heavily peated and coastal fresh with earth and medicinal notes. Still there is plenty of barley and oak beneath with a touch of sweet, heathery peat and mocha emerging.

The palate is very oily and salty, but the oils and the oak arrive fairly quickly. The phenolics are gentler and the peat has a lovely chocolaty character. Lightly medicinal with iodine and a fair amount of wood on the middle. Long, chocolaty with the peat becoming more astringent but the nutty oak lingers and balances. A lovely ‘phroaig!

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 2001 (15 year old) 50%

Refill Sherry Butt/ Code: OMC2561/ HL12357

Dist: Feb 2001 Btl: Apr 2016/ Tasted: May 2016

A nose of chunky sherry and tar with earthy, primal peat and yet more tar! Intense and complex with hints of sweet blood orange, bog myrtle, camphor and iodine. With time a touch of seaweed, medicinal peat and a lovely mingling of raw sherry smoke and peat reek.

The palate is more polished with old oak and leather. The sherry gently creeps in along with hints of earthy peat and dry wood smoke. Quite ashy on the middle, all set against a tarry, sherried backdrop. Long and peaty with seaweed, smoked bacon, medicinal herbs, orange marmalade, salt and lingering tarred rope and peat. Lovely chewy after-taste. Now that is damn good!

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 2001 (15 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2586/ Dist: Feb 2001 Btl: Sept 2016?/ Tasted: Oct 2016

Intense peat reek on the nose with a slight, non sherried sulphur note. In fact that sulphur note becomes rather dominant. I’m quite surprised by that as I would have though that 15 years in oak would have been plenty of time to remove those compounds. Hints of barley, white fruit and petrol follow.

The palate is full of sweet barley and a fair amount of oak. The peat is subtler and smokier with hints of seaweed, coffee and salt. Quite a bracing, citrus middle leads into a long and slightly sulphured, dry peat and tannic finish. Not the greatest cask of ‘phroaig I have ever tasted.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 1996 (16 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2276/ Dist: Oct 1996 Btl: May 2013/ Tasted: June 2013

Quite a big, rich, malty and coffee’d nose. Substantial slabs of iodine laced thick peat overwhelm the senses. Seriously deep and dense with a lovely maturity and finally a touch of sweet barley, smoke, creosote and tar.

The palate is densely fruity and honeyed, showing more fruit than peat – lightly baked apple and apricot. The peat hovers in a delightfully dusty, earthy, sooty form. Exquisitely mature with a gentle coastal nuance. Long smoky, violet tinged creosote, tar and duty, crumbly spice finish.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 1997 (16 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2347/ Dist: Oct 1997 Btl: Jan 2014/ Tasted: Feb 2014

The nose is extremely sweet and estery. I know ‘phroaig can be a bit of a sweetie art times but I’ve never come across so much squashed pineapple, apricot and banana before. Lightly medicinal, lightly smoked and lightly peated with just a touch of coastal astringency. A lovely rounded nose with the peat locked inside the sweet malt.

The palate is a little shy to begin with, opening with some sweet barley and subtler fruit. It starts to get into its stride as the light medicinal peat and coastal notes arrive. Lovely length with a sweet fruit and barley fade accented with camphor and bog myrtle. It may take a little while to get going but when it does it becomes beautifully rounded.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 2000 (16 year old) 50%

Refill Sherry Butt/ Code: OMC2650/ Dist: Apr 2000 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

A seriously astringent and costal nose with a lovely freshness. Crisp and salty with barley and salt infused medicinal peat. With time there’s a subtle sweetness from the cask.

The palate is a little fuller but still very fresh. There is a little more oak and medicinal peat with a touch of earth and dried peat developing. Pleasantly salty middle, with maybe a little less astringency, but the finish is long with the dusty peat lingering and being joined by a touch of coffee and chocolate.


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Laphroaig 2007? (6 year old) 46%

Code: HEP0039/ Dist: ???? Btl: June 2014/ Tasted: July 2014

A sweet and violety nose with plenty of creamy oak and edgy but sweet peat smoke. Mellow, rounded and sweet with no shortage of oak character.

The palate is ashy and dusty to begin with. Lightly oiled with some dense oak. Very ashy on the middle. Good length with lingering tart citrus and guess what? Yes, ash!



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