Thanks to my good friend Chris Lauriers – whisky ambassador for Belgium – I have the opportunity to try no less than 10 – ten! – Feis Ile bottlings from Laphroaig in a row from 2007 until 2016. This is going to be a trip to remember.
This is the 2015 release, bottled to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the distillery. According to the PR blurb, this 11 year old Laffie should be very similar to that of 200 years ago.
The nose starts rather sweet, with a lot of vanilla and citrus. Limestone. After a few moments, the peat takes the reigns and it develops nice notes of smoke and a sea breeze.
Despite the high ABV it is quite soft and pleasant on the palate. Peat and spices come first. Think pepper, nutmeg and a single chili. Lapsang Souchong tea!
The long finish is its best quality: long, warm, spicy on peat with some oaky notes.
Wonderful Laffie, no two ways about it.