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Laphroaig 1989 / 25 Year Old / Xtra Old Particular

Jovial & Settled

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

3rd Dec 2016


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A Laffie of a quarter century old, of which a bottle will set you back some 600 EUR? Craziness! Or is it? Is it just me? Must be. Glad I was able to score a sample of this, as I cannot afford a full bottle. It comes from the Douglas Laing warehouses and was bottled in their XOP – Extra Old Particular – range at a whopping 57,8% ABV. I will put it head to head with another Laffie 26 Year Old 1989, a sister cask that was bottled about a year after this one. It is round and soft on the nose, more sweet than peaty and simply delicious. Vanilla custard with marzipan and a hint of citrus fruit. Quite waxy. There is also a lovely salty note like fish on the barbecue. Thyme, seaweeds and something mildly medicinal. It certainly is Laffie, but with a soft character. Jovial. Settled. There is also a mild floral hint that I was not expecting, leaning a touch towards perfume. You can almost chew this one, such is the body of this whisky. The peat speaks first and leaves no doubt as to being the top taste in this mix. Brackish sea weeds with yellow apples, lemon juice, vanilla and pepper. Soot with brown sugar (What? Yup!). Overinfused tea. Grand and not so jovial and settled as on the nose. Wonderfully long finish on liquorice and smoked parma ham with again a big medicinal touch at the death. Big, complex and stunning Laphroaig. Pity that it is quite unaffordable (for me).

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