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Laphroaig 14 Year Old Creative Whisky Company


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

11th Jun 2011


Laphroaig 14 Year Old Creative Whisky Company
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  • Taste
  • Finish
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This Laphroaig was bottled by David Stirk's Creative Whisky Company in their Exslusive Malts range. It was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2011. Only 322 bottles at 50,8% are available.

The nose of this Laffie has the very typical coastal aromas and smoke, but there are some rather unusual smells in there as well: floral, herbs and something like vinegar. Balsamico and - don't laugh! - a touch of yoghurt! Weird, but not unpleasant. Leave it for a few minutes and the effect fades, releasing the more classic aromas: citrus, salt, peat. But the smokiness that you would expect from a Laffie is very subtle, almost subdued, barely there. The addition of water offers smoked ham.

It's very soft on the palate and the peat is more outspoken. White pepper, citrus and licquorice are dominant. Again something peculiar: pineapple. In the distance, sure, but unmistakable. Adding some water makes is creamy and salty.

The finish is medium in length and bittersweet with a salty end.

The least you can say of this Exclusive Malt Laffie is that it's the odd one out. Good, absolutely, but different.

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