Whisky Review: Hand in Hand Laphroaig 2011 Selected by Sansibar Whisky for Liquor Library, Helvetica Bar, Whisky and Alement and The Oak Barrel

Style: Delicate Sweetness, Young and Smoky

Nose:

Begins with classic Laphroaig signatures – lemon candies, liquorice, barbecued oysters, sooty smoke with some earthiness to it. Citrus fruits building up a cool, amiable sweetness, the underlayer swift towards more dry spice – cumin, nutmeg, chilli shreds with a touchof curry powder. An acidic overtone bridging the elements and holding the expression together nicely.

Palate:

Fiery coal smoke powering the orange sweetness, an energetic charge at the front. Thin layer of moss and minerals can hardly cover the buzzing chilli spice. A clean herbal stroke, lemon balm coating around liquorice roots, the sweetness is unexpectedly round and gentle, while smoky water keeping a polite distance from the core. Youthful, or raw if you will, but it is showing some beyond-its-age composure… Interesting. Kombu and vinegar lurking underneath towards the end.

Finish:

Earthy soot burying citrus fruits while malt slowly rising from chocolate sludge. More liquorice, herbal finish.

Thoughts:

You know, as a whisky-loving Australian, I am so happy to see some exclusive bottling collaborations done by our industry legends, got to start somewhere, don’t we? Now back to this dram, this is a young Laphroaig which has just come of age, while it is understandably raw given it is just 7 years old, but it is showing all the necessary traits for Laphroaig, that is a big tick for me. More interestingly, some of the movements are conducted in a cautious, elegant manner (sometimes a little bit too shy) which is a rather rare sight – You are ready young lady, welcome to the brave new world, this SS Ferret is charging very close to one star.

✓ [Recommended if you like the Style/ Distillery]

[53.7% | Idependent Bottling |2011 Distilled | 2018 Bottled | Aged 7 Years | Natural Cask Strength | Non ChillFiltered | Non Coloured |T+]

-Esmond