For this 2014 release, Laphroaig, “used Oloroso sherry butts, straight American white oak (non-filled with bourbon), PX seasoned hogsheads, Quarter Casks and finally of course first fill Bourbon Casks. This varied cask maturation technique enabled us to create 6 new flavour combinations that were then tested with our FOL’s (Friends of Laphroaig) to choose their favourite style.” This expression received very mixed reviews on release, with some bloggers using it to confirm their opinion that Laphroaig had “lost the plot”. Certainly, it isn’t as intense as the standard expressions, but then not much is…. Ignore the fickle obsessives on social media, this is another excellent offering from Laphroaig.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Not the usual intense Laphroaig nose. Carbolic soap. Vanilla and nuts. White chocolate. Stewed apple. Grapefruit.
Palate: Creamy at first, then a burst of the peppery Laphroaig intensity before allowing the white chocolate, oak, vanilla and nuttiness to accompany it through to the end.
Retails for around £30-40