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Laphroaig distillery (the name means "the beautiful hollow by the broad bay") was established in 1815, by Alex and Donald Johnston. It was sold to Long John International in the 1960ies and subsequently became part of Allied Domecq. Today the distillery is owned by the American spirits company Beam Inc. Triple Wood was originally released in 2008 as an exclusive expression for travel retail and due to its ongoing success was moved to the core range in 2011. It has enjoyed a triple maturation in three types of cask: the first maturation is in ex-Bourbon barrels, the second one in quarter casks, followed by the final maturation in Oloroso Sherry casks.
The nose is full and rich. There is soft smoke, vanilla and banana, followed by a touch of butter and milk.
The palate is full-bodied, mouth coating and a tad spicy. Rich smoke, vanilla and caramel take centre stage. Gets dry towards the end.
The finish is of medium length, spicy and warming. Oaky dryness and smoke last up to the very end.
I very much enjoyed this expression of Laphroaig. It is very well balanced and rounded, the soft smoke and the vanilla flavours going superbly well together. This probably is the most “yummy” Laphroaig that I have ever tasted, and indeed my bottle was gone in under two months!