The anticipation for this release has been in the making for sometime now. A classic peaty dram the Laphroaig 10 is a staple in most whisky households. For its simplicity and flavor profiles it just too enjoyable. However, when thinking of this Laphroaig, just 5,880 bottles of this exclusively first-fill Oloroso Sherry cask matured 32 year old Laphroaig have been produced. With such a limited amount of bottles produced, I am glad and very fortunate to have had the opportunity to give this dram a whirl. Also it didn’t hurt to try this sitting next to Simon Brooking, a well known National Ambassador for Beam Suntory.
Name: Laphroaig 32 year old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Region: Islay, Scotland
Nose: Floral and earthy it has nice light faint smell of dark oak wood, toffee and licorice. The sherry is faint but very noticeable on the nose. There are rich notes of dark berries, cherries and fruity cake.
Palate: Velvety smoothness, with smoke and cinnamon mint. Earthy with light peppery notes and the big wood spices linger on the tongue. Lot’s of fruits, apples, oranges and tangy mandarins are present as well. Almost smells like an abandoned distillery left in the sun for a little too long, and all the casks spilling around being absorbed into the wood by the heat.
Finish: The finish is big and bold. Lots of sherry and dark chocolate, light burn with hints of cherry vanilla and butterscotch. There is some smoke, but not too much. A lot of angel share and cask strength has overpowered the peat with the sherry.