It’s been a while since I smoked. I often wonder why that’s the case when so many are so very good. Again, a refill ex-sherry butt is credited but I believe the SMWS is now crediting the previously used cask too – at last!
N: There’s that familiar vegetal aniseed-y/watercress/ > nutmeg allium onion-ness straight off the bat, underlined by straight & not at all intrusive bourbon cask-like activity at the core. In fact, I’d say the cask element was neutral and simply oaky – so a proper refill! Are those violets in the background? Yep! Besides this, there’s all manner of fuels, fires and BBQ delights.
T: Tastes as you’d expect after the nose. Needs some kind of water management straight away. It’s instantly sweeter with water [in the mouth], with more violets for confirmation. Light meaty sooty soaked violets in fact with a hint of allium-like liquorice. There’s a little pepper, but in comparison to the previous G1.7, it’s next to nothing but a light seasoning.
F: Becomes bitter into the finish as the vegetal peat and char effects come to life. Concludes with sooty > meaty violets in smoky sugar water.
C: A thoroughly decent peated whisky that’s not been messed around with. The SMWS has had oodles of cracking Laphroaig, the place to go for excellent and affordable single cask offerings. Drink and enjoy.