Edition Spirits Laphroaig Tasting Notes

Posted: December 30, 2015 in Laphroaig, Scotch Whisky H-Z

Edition Spirits ‘The First Editions’ Laphroaig 2001 (15 year old) 56.2%

Bourbon/ Code: EDI0187/ Dist: Feb 2001 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Dec 2016

A full and robust nose with earthy peat, coffee, natural caramel, butterscotch and vanilla. The barley has a lovely sweetness, but there isn’t much in the way of coastal character. With time a touch of iodine, herbs and sweet heather appear.

The palate is full and very sooty with gritty peat dust, honey and chunky oak. Quite dense and vanilla’d with seaweed, charcoal, and dark honey on the middle. Long with iodine and a touch of salt, citrus and medicinal peat in the finish. Lovely oily peat and tarry after-taste. Seriously impressive, but is it worth £170?

Edition Spirits ‘The First Editions’ Laphroaig 2000 (16 year old) 58.1%

Refill Sherry Butt/ Code: EDI0214/ Dist: Apr 2000 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

A dense, rich and malty nose with coffee, earthy peat, smoke and subtle medicinal notes. It becomes  quite herbal and seaweedy with time and a touch of iodine, barley and honey appears.

The palate opens with loads of burnt wood, soot, tar and creosote. The peat is heavy, earthy, oily and dense with a touch of malt and treacle coming through. Quite astringent on the middle. Long and remaining malty and tarry. Wow! That’s a thick and chewy ‘phroaig!

Water makes the nose crisper and fresher, brining out some coastal and lemon notes. The palate is still pretty malty, treacly and tarry with the oily peat lingering.

Edition Spirits ‘The First Editions’ Laphroaig 1996 (19 year old) 56.5%

Bourbon/ Dist: Oct 1996 Btl: Oct 2015/ Code: EDI0118/ Tasted: Nov 2015

Full, sweetly oaked with sweet but dusty peat, violets and sweet, medicinal herbs. Wow! This is quite a sweetie! With time it becomes quite barley’d with hints of iodine and salt.

The palate is like the nose – full and sweetly oaked with hints of salt, medicinal herbs, tar and gentle, phenolic peat. The lovely saltiness offsets the oak well and the finish is long and spicy with a dusty peat finish.

 

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