Distiller: Laphroaig. Region: Islay. ABV 43%. Age: 30 years.
The 30-year-old Laphroaig. For a peat fanatic, this is a towering achievement. An absolute must if you can ever find it–not because it’s so peaty, but because the peat is so perfectly melded into the whole experience. What better way to celebrate the distillery’s 200th anniversary in 2015?
The nose brings a glorious combination of fruit, oak, sherry, and peat. The palate is an unbelievably smooth peat, along with a subtle hint of spice. The finish is consistent with the whole; warming, inviting, confident.
Very glad to have sampled this now largely lost classic. Cheers, friends! – TM