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I missed out on a bottle of this from Laphroaig on the day of release. I was gutted and believed that this expression would pass me by. I am delighted and unreasonably excited to have got my hands on some.
Unlike any other Laphroaig that I have seen this is has the most amazing pink colour. It looks like pink champagne (of course without the bubbles). This limited edition Laphroaig is initially matured in bourbon casks then finished in Port pipes/casks.
As soon as you smell this you know its a Laphroaig. The smoke, iodine and sea spray plus new overlaying fruity waves of orange and lemon plus some darker fruits.
It has the punchy nature I expected with a softer fruitier side. Smoke, peat, sweet dark fruits like plums and dates, a twist of orange peel. To me the port finish gives it a sherried quality I associate with many Speysides. I know there is a school of thought to not mix smoke, peat and sherry but to me this works. The finish is a little dry and I love it. It gives me what I expect from Laphroaig with a new dimension. I would like to see them try this again with an older cask and then they will have something truly exceptional.