[53.5%・18 Years Old・Distilled in 1979・Bottled in 1997・Clydesdale Bottling・Cask No. 5967・Single Cask Release of 222 Bottles]
The heavy cowshed presence is surprising, hints of coal smoke, apple wood incense lingering above a wholesome, oily base of overripe pears, honey and malt. Traces of iodine, white pepper and aged ginger cubes vaguely surface from the background.
Palate & Finish:
Certainly fares more like a period Laphroaig on the palate, a stunning mic of vibrantly juicy dates and earthy tar and peat. Greek style sweet almond shortbread cookies and marzipan pears, with this striking sake elegance.
Grilled bell peppers bring about a subtler tail, dried fruits dipped in honey with some burnt toffee coated walnuts and chocolate drizzled coconut chips.
Stunning aromas followed by an exquisite delivery.
Quite unlike the typical vintage Laphroaig expressions from the late 1970s, early 1980s in that it fares more like a Brora of all things.
Which is to say that I adore it thoroughly.
☆☆ [Highly Recommended]