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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Wednesday, 2 January 2013

LAPHROAIG 1998 - VAN WEES

Although Laphroaig is know as the 'medicin cabinet' of Islay, due to its iodine style, it has certainly taken a step to a more crowd pleasing style over the past years. I remember when I started drinking whisky and Laphroaig was incredible rough in style... and (I know its not quite the same) but Talisker 10 was a rough beast as well.

Now, I know your palate develops as you drink more and more whisky... but this is just not right - and many have pointed this out before - there's just too much aiming by the distillers for a pleasing style to suit the wide audience... and too much e150 in the mix!  I also recognise that running a distillery is a business - and not a whisky philanthropists paradise...but really?? with the popularity levels whisky has reached these days?? Couldn't you make some more for the whisky nerds, please? *end of the (first) rant of 2013*

Peat and sherry goes well together - I think we can all agree to that! and Laphroaig and sherry is no exception... and why not test this one from a pretty influential sherry cask picked Dutch bottler Van Wees.
This is a single cask and e150 free and at full strength - thanks to the whisky gods!

Laphroaig 1998 13yo (22.09.1998/22.08.2012) 60,1% refill sherry butt#700394, 716 bottles, Van Wees

Colour is nutty brown

Nose:
Dirty, oily, sherry, medicinal for sure - real antiseptic and iodine style. Peat and mulled wine, whiffs of a Starbucks shop, a little rubber adds to the experience.

Taste:
Trademark sherry Laphroaig. First a sherried/winey arrival then a huge peat 'Oomph'. Getting dry and nutty and bitter -  the like making a Gaelic Coffee with a peated whisky ;-) Spices, pepper, smoke and dried fruits in abundance. Finish is long on ashy peat, a little experience-adding matchstick sulphur and sweet notes...

Not overly complex as the sherry maybe has taken over a bit, but very enjoyable!

87/100!

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