Whisky Review: SMWS 29.202 Laphroaig “Smoke Cherry Bomb”

Style: Smoky and Punchy

Nose:
Classic big smoky Laphroaig on the nose. Sharp, a touch of citrus lemon and orange leading to round apricots and cherry sweetness. Flanking chilli spices, a faint kiss of coastal waves and saltiness, TCP with medicinal undertone. Tight but oily, subtle coffee ground too finish.

Palate:
Salted caramel popcorn on the first touch. Massively sweet core, beautiful oiliness with assorted fruits – Citrus, banana, garden berries, cherries and apples. Powerful peat smoke shrouds the palate but all the flavours remain clear and visible. Dense and smoky. Subtle notes of dying ambers, more TCP, sea salt all running on a spicy blazing trail.

Finish:
Smoked ham, glazed honey fruit and finishes with smoky water.

Thoughts:
Feisty, youthful (even it is a 17 years old) Laphroaig. Doing what a typical, modern Laphroaig does best, punchy flavours injected by massive smoke and Islay elements. Slightly salty, but there’s nothing to dislike with a spirit like this.

✓ [Recommended if you like the style/ distillery]

[58.4% • 2016 Bottled • 1999 Distilled • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Chill Filtered • Non Coloured • 234 Bottles • Aged 17 Years • Matured in Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel]

Tasted at Barangaroo – Shirt Bar 

-Esmond