Official comments by Laphroaig - “Vigilance and craftsmanship hold the key to this amazing fusion of flavours. The first maturation is in ex-bourbon barrels, followed by transfer to charred American white oak casks (quercus alba in Latin). This second intense maturation creates a blend of peat smoke balanced with warm, spicy vanilla notes. The length of time this powerful stage takes varies, meaning each cask is carefully selected by hand to ensure the exact balance of flavours.”
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: A pronounced fruitiness (oranges and lemons?). Salty and sour. The peat is relatively restrained for a Laphroaig, but it’s there under the surface, waiting for you to taste it….
Palate: Sherbety, with Pontefract cakes and defined punch peat. Surprisingly soft overall though.
Finish: …and there it is; it’s not the massive peat of other Laphroaigs, but quite restrained and subtle. Lemon skins. Spicy and tingly. Vanilla. Very drying at the end
Retails for around £40-50