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Archive LAPHROAIG 1998 Over 15 Years

LAPHROAIG 1998 Over 15 Years

Single Malt, Scotland / Islay 70cl Ref: 17979

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90 points, Serge Valentin sur Whiskyfun.com, 14 octobre 2013

Tasting note

  • Appearance : topaze.
  • Nose : intense, large, profond. De l’exotisme à fleur de peau (mangue, passion), des épices fortes (girofle, muscade), du chocolat noir, des fleurs capiteuses (genêt), du charbon, une tourbe humide qui respire le sel et les embruns. De l’iode, du cuir, du bacon plus quelques fruits rouges (fraise). Une volupté, un soyeux incomparable. En un mot, ce Laphroaig est ENORME.
  • Palate : merveilleuse d’onctuosité. Elle propose immédiatement toute une kyrielle de fruits, classiques, exotiques, acidulés, sucrés, amers, à la peau duveteuse ou bien plus rêche, ... Puis, place à la tourbe qui se fait tour à tour humide, sèche ou réglissée. Une intense fumée (feu de cheminée) envahit alors le palais ainsi que des notes de tabac, de zan et de bonbon pour la toux.
  • Overall : elle caresse littéralement le palais et l’enrobe d’une fine couche de goudron et de tabac frais. Quelques fleurs des champs parsèment les tourbières qui s’offrent à nos regards. Désormais, plus d’alternative, on est et on restera les pieds enfoncés dans la tourbe. Le Saint-Graal pour les amateurs. La rétro olfaction procure la sensation agréable de fumer un grand Havane. le verre vide est marqué par le coeur d’artichaut et la racine de gentiane.
The brand

The brand

Due to its phenolic character, Laphroaig is well-known among amateurs. It’s no surprise then that the distillery owns its own peat bog, capable of guaranteeing the supply of peat for the next 4,000 years. Laphroaig will never lose its character nor, consequently, its fans and its critics – since such a peaty malt cannot be loved unanimously – even its water, drawn from the Loch Kilbride spring, is filtered through peat! Find out more

Merchant

Although the independent bottler Signatory Vintage cannot claim to be one of the oldest in Scotland, it has managed to build up an extremely solid reputation amongst the great malt connoisseurs. The creator of the famous range The Prestonfield and many other well-known ranges, it is best known for its un-chillfiltered and cask strength bottlings that offer amateurs the chance to enjoy their whisky in its most natural form. It was also one of the first independent bottlers to acquire a distillery and now offers a growing number of expressions of one of the most artisan single malts available.

The line

Baptised ‘Artist’, this new range makes no bones about proclaiming its identity. Cosmopolitan and contemporary, it draws its inspiration from the style that gave the Italian bottlings of the 60s and 70s their cult following. From the choice of whiskies (distillery, ageing process, age, strength, bottling procedure) to the design of the bottle and choice of label, every detail has been carefully considered. This range offers a fine presentation of both the whiskies and the artist whose works have been selected for the back labels.

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