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Month: May 2019

Laphroaig 1999 19y. SMWS 29.260 / oloroso sherry cask / 56.9 % Vol. / 507 bottles / Bottled for Feis Ile 2019

Laphroaig 1999 19y. SMWS 29.260 / oloroso sherry cask / 56.9 % Vol. / 507 bottles / Bottled for Feis Ile 2019

A brand new dark sherry Laphroaig from the SMWS vaults, bottled for Feis Ile 2019. Quite an interesting bottling if you ask me, with two different sherry casks (american & european oak) being used for maturation.

 Laphroaig SMWS 29.260
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Nose:

Ground coffeebeans, espresso, lots of antique oak, lovely old leather notes, furniture polish, mahogany, humidor, old books, funky whiffs of cannabis smoke, a touch of flintstone, salty seaspray, tar, herbal peat, wet earth, moss, mushrooms, plum sauce, venison, game, beef stock and cooling menthol. Distant notes of bonfire and seashore. Very nice and seductive. Love this nose. Let’s see what the palate brings.

 

Mouth:

Very thick and resinous arrival on dark seasalt chocolate, coffee liquor and espresso. Blackberries, dark cherries, raisins soaked in PX. Cigar smoke. Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and black pepper. Gets very meaty, with Hoisin sauce and grilled beef. Tangy and salty seaweed notes and hints of herbal peat in the long finish give away the islay heritage of this oakmonster.

 

Comments:

A lovely dark sherry bomber with faint hints of the sea. If you sometimes enjoy get beaten over the head with a sherried baseball bat, you’re good to go. I am one of those masochists, it seems. /92

Port Charlotte 2008 10y. The Maltman / bourbon cask / 53.1 % Vol./ 310 bottles

Port Charlotte 2008 10y. The Maltman / bourbon cask / 53.1 % Vol./ 310 bottles

Another fairly recent release by the Maltman. I liked their previous Port Charlottes a lot, so I had to give this one a try aswell.

Port Charlotte 10y. Maltman
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Nose:

Tarry ropes, maritime and phenolic peatsmoke, atlantic seabreeze and juicy vanilla notes from the american oak. This is a mighty fresh bourbon cask! (Long time no see) Leatherboots, burnt driftwood, fishnets, brine, oysters, mustard, a hint of menthol, cowstable, freshly cut grass. More floral with time.

Mouth:

Arrival on salty peatsmoke and loads of sweet vanilla. Fish oil, kippers, menthol cigarettes, drops of limoncello, riesling, camphor, thyme, liquorice. Long, peaty finish on tar, cough syrup and oak.

Comments:

Great cask selection again by meadowside blending. It’s been a while since I came across a first fill (?) bourbon cask in this quality. The price is steep but justified. Reminds me of the great Ardbeg 1998 Renaissance. /90