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.
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.
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.
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