Ultra-aged expressions of Laphroaig can be some mighty fine whisky. For 2018, the distillery has released a 28-year-old expression. The whiskies that make up this expression have matured in different sized casks, from quarter casks to butts. For the last year, they’ve been married together in sherry casks. Peated whisky in sherry casks? I’m sold.
Bottled at 44.4% ABV, Laphroaig 28-year-old has a fantastically interesting nose with hints of toffee, dried herbs, tropical fruit, anise, and cloves. On the palate, fresh fruit juice and stewed pears are matched with toasted cedar staves, peppercorns, brine and grilled mushrooms. The finish is long with sweet peat, grilled tropical fruit, and spice.
The Islay-based distillery has done it again. It’s released a carefully matured whisky showcasing some of its best qualities. This expensive ($799) bottle is a treasure trove of classic Laphroaig aromas and flavors delivered in droves. The tropical fruit and spice notes are prominent, as the famous medicinal-like notes come across in a more laid back fashion. Delicious. Yes. Expensive? Definitely. Worth it? If you can afford it. 9/10
Thanks to Laphroaig for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.