Mackillop’s Choice Laphroaig Tasting Notes

Posted: January 12, 2017 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!

Mackillop’s Choice Laphroaig 1990 (25 year old) 48.5%

Bourbon Cask 11729/ Dist: Oct 1990 Btl: Jan 2016/ Tasted: Nov 2016

The nose is mellow and richly honeyed with spicy wood tannins, camphor and very subtle medicinal peat. Quite malty with a touch of Bowmore-esque violets and Ardbeggy burnt driftwood. With time the beautifully sweet barely emerges along with bbq smoke infused orange, iodine, soot and earth.

The palate is full and mellow. Malty and dense with baked fruit, tar, bonfire ash, peat smoke, dark honey along with subtle medicinal and iodine notes. A touch of lightly oiled Guyana-esque dried fruit comes through on the middle and the finish is intensely citric and salty with a tongue tingling vibrancy and lingering coffee, salt, seaweed and camphor. Lovely sooty after-taste. A stunning old ‘phroaig, mind for £450, you would hope so!


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