Bartles Whisky Laphroaig Tasting Notes

Posted: December 23, 2015 in Laphroaig, Scotch Whisky H-Z

Highland Laird Williamson 2006 (8 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Dist: 2006 Btl: 2015/ Tasted: Aug 2015

Named after a remarkable woman called Bessie Williamson, who became the manager of a certain Islay distillery when it was un-mothballed after the end of WWII.

The nose is very buttery and oaky with plenty of sweet and herbal peat. The oak calms down with time and an almost Tequila-esque pulped white fruit note becomes apparent along with hints of rhubarb, manure, cut grass and a faint whiff of aniseed and biscuity spirit notes.

The palate is full and biscuity with malt and plenty of oak. Subtly peated with a little background salty notes and again some Tequila-esque fruit. The earthy and sooty peat and iodine builds on the middle and explodes onto the finish along with salt and medicinal notes. Now, that is a lovely Islay finale!

Highland Laird Williamson 2006 (8 year old) 46%

Re-Tasted: Apr 2016

Briny and medicinal aromas with earthy peat and chunky, sweet barley. Wonderfully fresh with manure, creosote, tar and hints of oak and biscuits.

The palate is quite full, barley’d and biscuit with drying, mouth-coating sooty peat and medicinal notes. Lovely intensity with a touch of citrus, salt and iodine. Long and wonderfully crisp and salty with a mouth-watering medicinal finish with lingering oak notes. A classic Islay.

 

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