LAPHROAIG 1998 Over 20 Years

Islay Single Malt – 54.7%, 70cl
Single Cask #10494 – Bourbon Barrel
Limited Edition of 165 bottles
LMDW Exclusive

When it comes to peated Scotch whiskies, Laphroaig undeniably holds a special place in the hearts of enthusiasts the world over. The iconic bottlings for the Italian market in the 60s and 70s, and more recently the legendary Laphroaig 1974 selected by La Maison du Whisky in 2005 are perfect examples. Going beyond superlatives with blissful naturalness, this version reveals one after the other all of the flavours and aromas for which this single malt is renowned. This is complimented by a timeless charm that is impossible to resist.

Colour: greenish gold.

Description

refined, distinguished. Heady florals (lily, hyacinth), ash, candied lemon, roasted pineapple, marshmallow, lavender honey and a chocolatey peat play the leading roles in a truly incredible first nose. Allowed to breathe, the fruit takes on more breadth (gooseberry, blackcurrant, wild strawberry). It then becomes increasingly medicinal (tiger balm, savory). A magnificent note of black truffle now floods the palate.

rich, radiant. The very chalky attack brings to mind cliffs eroded by relentless waves. Peat flirts with anthracite, and fleur de sel seeps into coconut milk and the same roasted pineapple. The mid-palate is characterized by incredibly subtle notes of Havana cigar. Gradually, the chromatic palette takes on particularly bright yellow tones (straw, Mirabelle plum, pear, lemon).

long, minimalist. The very delicately outlined contours of the flavour palette use charcoal to sketch the history of an intensely seductive peat that goes right back to the very origins of whisky. Next, aromatic plants (sage, verbena), ash, salt and grey pepper spread evenly across the palate. On the retro-nasal olfaction, grated ginger, nutmeg and acacia honey draw the tasting out indefinitely. With breath-taking finesse, the empty glass is smoky, fruity (pear), lemony, spicy (curry) and exotic (passion fruit).

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