Overall rating
91.75/100
votes
152
Whiskybase ID
WB213956
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Regensburger Whisky- & Weinclub (RW&W)
Bottling serie
Private Club Bottling No. 14
Bottled
25.06.2022
Casktype
old refill Bourbon, old refill/fresh Oloroso
Strength
52.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Walhalla of Whisky Heroes & Founders
Added on
05 jul 2022 3:12 pm by Cheesehut-Fellows
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 228.00

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Whisky reviews for Kilbride Killer NAS RW&W

40 users have left 42 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.75 points.

  1. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The whole shit about opening 5x beforehand and only drinking after the firstborn had sex for the first time scared me again. The fridge number just won't let me go.

    But here the mmn is not necessary at all. This is fucking shit. The only thing the dram needs is a calm atmosphere. My first dram was on the balcony - doesn't fit. Now I've drunk the second dram on the sofa in the familiar Notes environment. Perfect!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Tar, motor oil, sugar beet syrup, and melted chocolate, furniture polish, sherry and raisins boiled together - extremely multifaceted, every time you sniff it brings a new level, beautiful oak spice - alcohol and aromas are perfectly combined - nothing stings like a very good coffee with a dash of La**i 10 CS
    • Taste
      90 90
      Spicy and creamy with smoke and oak, everything is wonderfully interwoven here too, maybe a little too much wood, lots of hot chocolate
    • Finish
      92 92
      Oak spice and chocolate dominate, the finish lingers forever - but not only because of the alcohol and oak - the chocolate and coffee also linger on the palate for a long time

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  3. glenrob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

  4. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. Fuselfuzzi scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    "Killing me softly..."
    Mmmmm ... cherry chocolate surrounded by smoke.
    Alcohol perfectly integrated.
    Well done.
    Puts a smile on your face.

  6. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Very exciting that for some the nose clearly dominates here, while for others the taste is the nicer side of the bottling.
    For me, the taste is slightly ahead today.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Sweet, creamy, hardly any smoke at the beginning, later smoke from wet wood, essential oils, the sweetness takes a back seat, becomes a bit malty
    • Taste
      93 93
      Tar, ash, alternately sweet and salty, mouth-coating, strawberry jam on burnt bread, BBQ sauce
    • Finish
      92 92
      long, leaving a nice blend of sherry sweetness and burnt charcoal, later becoming more of a dark chocolate rich in cocoa and leather

  7. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. herby.usa scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    The bottle has now been open for a good 3 months and was able to breathe a little.

    Perfect dram!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Peaty, smoky mixed with sea spray, sweetness, malt, cocoa.
      Dark sweet fruits, dates, figs, dark chocolate
      Christmas spices (cinnamon, cloves, orange peel, gingerbread)
      Hints of cedar, furniture polish.

      Very complex and multi-layered. Again and again sea spray, peat and sweetness play each other out.
    • Taste
      96 96
      Start: the cask strength bites, it takes a while for the saliva to mix with the substance. it becomes sparkling, sweet and very chocolaty.
      The contents then become soft and smooth/creamy in the mouth.
      Smoke/ash spreads and constantly changes into dark chocolate.

      Sweetness, honey, Christmas spices, some oak.
      Sea spray [actually better MORE :-) ], algae/seaweed and again and again cocoa powder play their beats in the mouth and on the palate.

      Holy guacamole - the stuff is hot !!!
    • Finish
      92 92
      The chocolate flavor alternates with ash/smoke for a long time. Very great experience

  9. voodoochile scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    It's another great bottle made in the witches kitchen of slowdrink by Pit. Very balanced and smooth.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Sweet sherry notes, leather and dried fruits. To me it's a hint of smoke. There's fruit jam after some time and fresh salty notes.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Nice and sweet red fruits with liquorice and some medicinal notes. Very well rounded. The smoke is a little more intense in the mouth but cold smoke of ashes.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Very long and lasting. Warm sweet smoke and a hint of oak and tar.

  10. peterpeated scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Great Whisky nearly a perfect example for smoke and sherry Cask in my opinion. A bit too much oak in the end... Absolutely fantastic Nose.
    Please let the whisky rest in the glas

  11. LoverCop1989 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    I could already guess what to expect. But rarely had something balanced in the glass. A wonderful body in harmony with fine and subtle sherry and smoky notes. Very complex. I also gave him an hour of oxygen. He needs that too. Insanely great combination of old and new barrels. Actually almost perfect to the point. But only almost....otherwise it would be more points ;-). The 93 points are more than justified here.
    • Nose
      94 94
      At the beginning, a fine and not too obtrusive sherry fruitiness (mainly dried fruits such as raisins and dates) takes over, but also notes of plum cake sprinkled with cinnamon, a bit dusty or musty (old roof truss), only in the background does a very interesting and fine one appear Charcoal smoke note along with an elegant orange note, dark forest honey, tobacco, sweet, spicy, light vanilla & caramel, subtle notes of heated grease, mild herbs and hazelnut, oak
    • Taste
      93 93
      very spicy start (pepper in particular) with an intense sherry note of dried fruit + notes of smoked meat, then notes of liquorice come along with nuts in dark honey, oily, hints of lubricating oil, sweet, light caramel notes, oak spice, charcoal smoke, some citrus
    • Finish
      93 93
      Medium-long, spicy, a really great note of cocoa, oak, sweet, leather, fruity notes of sherry, tobacco, ashy smoke at the very end, very mild notes of sulfur, fresh coffee beans

  12. Luigisim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A great Laphroaig
    • Nose
      87 87
      See breeze and peat. Shy and pungent
    • Taste
      90 90
      Here we go, the great side of Laphraoig
      Sweet caramel and hospital corridors. Great impact of casks releasing a mild sulfuric note.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sulfur and peat, caramelised sugar

  13. Whiskywurzn scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    I was allowed to try a dram at a tasting with Glenlivets from the 50's to 70's... total contrast program... black smoked pork (of extremely good quality) tobacco notes, smoky sweetness in a crazy paradox of wild and yet fine and complex... Very Crazy stuff, outstanding in the most positive sense, even though I'm actually more into the gentle palate charms from the 50s to 70s... Hats off to this Vatting performance!!!

  14. WhiskyMue scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      91 91

  15. BehindSpace scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    ... like the previous bottling too:
    Unfortunately not my case. That's highly subjective. Sherry and smoke just don't fit me often.

    Haven't I let it air out long enough?
    Who know... I won't find out anymore...

    A sidenote, just out of interest:
    I find this bottle shock topic super exhausting.
    Can't an ancient malt already oxidize in the cask?
    Can't the bottler let that rest long enough when wed?
    Are you always in such a hurry when it doesn't work?
    A myth for me... it would probably be too nasty to talk nice...
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  16. Mankut scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Not from bad parents Pit is delicious, was a good idea with the sherry finish one tastes good has married well.
    This fat sticky dark fruit ash charcoal taste awesome i love it.
    Great art of keg management.
    Not from bad parents Pit is delicious, was a good idea with the sherry finish one tastes good has married well.
    This fat sticky dark fruit ash charcoal taste awesome i love it.
    Great art of keg management.
    Update….. is now open for almost 4 hours in the glass becomes more and more powerful juicy round in the taste I like to go up to 92 points great drink. Even a bit oily in the mouth. In the throat now the finish is long and warm. Big fat berries with smoke please no water is perfect.
    Wow is he cool. Reminds of the intense cherry aromas of the delicious Balvenie 15 that came onto the market a few years ago Forgot the bottle number ??? The fresh sherry cask comes into its own super super great whisky wow.

  17. BuzzT scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  18. GM scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    A great whisky! But he needs air, give it to him!

  19. ARDBERG scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A revisit after almost two months. The nose is considerably more old style Laphroaig, however, a modern sherry note comes up in the taste now that puts me off a bit and somehow hampers what I was hoping for. After the nose I was ready to up my previous scoring, the sherry note makes me want to reduce it. Let's call it a wash and I stay at 92, to honour Pit's effort.

  20. kanpai79 scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  21. Maltkanzlei scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    EYE/NOSE
    Dark amber gold. As soon as you open the cork, wonderful aromas flow out of the bottle. The first thing that strikes you in Glencairn are the consistent bubbles on the rim of the glass and the broad, oily trail left by the malt. The scent is intense and pleasantly fresh. Oranges, tangerines - if you know Satsumas, this is the first scent. Then delicate campfire smoke, dark forest honey and chain grease. As for spices, I note vanilla, nutmeg, green pepper and a hint of thyme. Complex bouquet, wonderful start.

    PALATE
    Full body, pleasant mouthfeel. Really nice wide malt. The alcohol is noticeable but absolutely cleanly integrated. The now emerging oak spice balances the sherry sweetness perfectly. Not a wild fellow but rather a very balanced Islay malt. One of his strengths is that he seems so grown up. This is because our test person shows a pleasant sweetness in taste, as in the nose, but never slips into the sticky. It's overall less barrel-driven than most of the ubiquitous younger releases these days. This makes the Kilbride look 'older' and more mature and automatically reminds of earlier generations of malts. Keep the beat. The smoke aromas from the nose are now becoming more maritime in taste and for the first time I even have a little iodine. The distillery reports. Nuts and caramel follow. Remarkable depth of taste. The hardest to grab are the fruits. Dark fruit syrup comes to mind. Almost as if you had put plums, blackberries and blueberries together in the smoker and then pureed them. The fine fruit nuances actually require a little practice and a slightly more sensitive palate. With the coarse grid, however, the essentials can also be well fathomed and summarized as follows: Tastes good!

    FINISH/CONCLUSION
    The taste of the malt lingers long and impressively. Warm, chalky-sweet smoke rises, briefly emphasizes the fine dark fruitiness again and then gains the upper hand for the first time in the finale. We are now fully on Islay's south coast. Below the carpet of smoke, the individual components fade away harmoniously. What remains is a kind of mild drought. Notably, no hint of bitterness.
    Very good. An elegant killer!

    More notes and reviews on Facebook under #Maltkanzlei

  22. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tobacco, toffee, dried fruits, bit of smoke, nuts, very nice sherry with great peat integration

  23. Pins scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  24. JoshNRW scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Today I finally have the leisure to try my 5cl sample. Two whole bottles are on their way to me so I really hope the whisky is as good as the reviews here.

    The nose is clean, intense and very good. The palate even a tick better.
    For me, almost 92 points, with the price-performance ratio, the idea behind it and the interplay or variety being the deciding factors for the 92 points.

    And yes: you notice a clear difference between minute 5, minute 30, minute 45 and minute 60. So it's best to organize a 5cl sample.

    It tolerates water well and stays that way, but I personally like it a little better without water.
    • Nose
      91 91
      91.5
      30 minutes in the blender glass and sniffed it in between. The first thing I notice is that the alcohol is strong but very well integrated; the flavors are rich and clean.
      The medicinal, clear campfire smoke in the foreground is accompanied by dark, rather dry aromas (burnt butter, tobacco, coffee beans, leather, sherry aromas, dry wood).

      The - very, very good - 10er Cask Strength (Batch 11), which I have in my glass at the same time, is much lighter in comparison, much less intense and rich in aroma.

      The whisky doesn't appear particularly aged and (on the nose at least) doesn't have the tropical fruit flavors of old Islay whiskies, but still offers a nice cleaner intensity.

      Over time, the whisky becomes slightly sweeter and the dry, dark aromas soften, with a hint of plum at the end. Surprisingly, the 10er CS (see above) and this one in the nose are getting closer and closer - but that's because the 10er CS Batch 11 also takes time in the glass and is a great whisky.
    • Taste
      92 92
      92.5
      On the palate it starts relatively mild, but then builds up a slightly salty and peppery smokiness accompanied by sweet dark fruit compote notes.
      The bitterness of the wood is almost perfect and subtle, but present throughout.

      Overall, the aromas are dominated by the iodine-smoky aromas and yet they harmonize very well with the influence of the sherry aromas. Again a great intensity and with a little water also an impressive creaminess.

      The 10er CS is much stronger and younger on the palate in comparison. This is where the Kilbride Killer's OBF influence is particularly noticeable.
    • Finish
      92 92
      91.5
      The mouthfeel is oily, dry and sweet at the end. The finish is rather long, not super-super complex, but quite exciting.
      With a little water you can literally smack it, it's so creamy now.

  25. gossm01 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It has an oily viscosity and a high intensity bouquet. I have aromas of dry maritime peat smoke, vanilla, creme brulee, plum wine, raisin syrup, cinnamon, clove, pipe tobacco, spicy oak and nutmeg. Pretty complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is well integrated and it has a heavy body.

  26. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    Starts great on the nose, still good on the palate, the leathery notes become louder in the finish which lowers my rating a bit - overall still very good
    • Nose
      93 93
      Dried fruits, plums, figs, nuts, fried sugar banana, tobacco, brown sugar, acacia honey, fine sherry wood, spices, cinnamon, hints of nutmeg, whiffs of peat and smoke - great!
    • Taste
      92 92
      Punchy, oily, creamy, liquorice, acacia honey, spices, subtle sweetmess, nuts, brown sugar, tobacco, sherry wood, dried fruits, hints of leather and engine oil, spices, pepper, nutmeg - very good!
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm, dried fruits, tobaccos, leathery notes, hints of sulphur

  27. herby.usa scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Bottle freshly opened.
    First impressions and notes below.
    Fact: As Pit already mentioned, the boy needs time and the connoisseur needs patience!

    Further details will follow at a later date.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  28. tommi71 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    After my sample was allowed to breathe in a larger bottle for a good 3 weeks,
    Today is the right day, and the Kilbride Killer can finally go into the glass.
    I'm very excited to see if he can do justice to the 92+ points in base.

    According to clear indications on the bottle, it is a Laphroaig, composed of different vintages.
    Portions and vintages up to 40 years old, well into the 1960s, were combined with portions of middle age many years ago and finished in an almost 50-year-old Oloroso Butt.

    After pouring, he was allowed to breathe in the glass for another 45 minutes, the alcohol perfectly integrated, almost non-existent.
    From the first smell it is clear where this malt comes from, it can only be South Islay.
    The nose changes every minute, new aromas are constantly being added or changing. Very exciting and mega complex.
    I could go on smelling forever, but I don't do it, I finally want to try it now.

    In the mouth then like an explosion, really a killer.
    Up and down, new flavors keep coming, very, very well done, I'm thrilled.
    Sorry, I'm not a notes writer, I can't even describe all the aromas.

    A very long finish follows, a somewhat dry iodine sweetness occupies the mouth for quite a long time.
    The substance is very tasty, I want the next sip immediately, I want more, too tasty !!

    Conclusion: Wow wow wow, great whisky cinema. My highlight of the year so far.
    Anything that comes next will have a hard time knocking him off the throne.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Fantastic and constantly changing.
    • Taste
      95 95
      explosion in the mouth.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Very long and intense.

  29. Dottore scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The 14th bottling of the Regensburg Whisky & Wine Club, bottled exclusively for supporters of the Walhalla of Whisky, a museum that will hopefully soon overshadow all Regensburg sightseeing highlights. A Laphroaig - the allusions in the text and label make no secret of it. Here, too, different vintages were composed, the majority probably from the 90s. The whole thing then matured in excellent sherry casks for several years. Phenolic smoke, immediately one has the Islay south coast in mind. Buttery burnt caramel, tobacco leaves, dusty attic. Definitely not artificial or sterile, here it smells of sweat and hard, honest manual work, of love for the art of whisky.
    Brutally medicinal in the mouth. Iodine, salt, cough syrup with these typical medicinal herbs. Smoke. phenols. Old school sherry fruit, wet wood, leather. An aromatic firework that perfectly keeps the balance between the individual flavor components. Super changeable, here the sweetness pops up, there the leathery tobacco notes, there the sherry, here the smoke. Flowing, wild and yet so well tamed that it is simply a pleasure to have this drop in the glass. Of course, the bottling is still fresh in the bottle, I'm excited to see how it will develop over the next few months. I am almost convinced that after 1-2 years of aging in the bottle, the fireworks can shine even more. Blessed is he who has a bottle. A real pearl. 93+ points

  30. Mitswhisky scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    What a masterpiece.

    Pit‘s recommendation to drink it is worth a try!

    After pouring out 20cl and lifting the cork every day for two weeks improves this beauty and amazing killer from 92 to 95 or maybe more points (for me)!

    Thanks and sláinte

  31. DannyDram scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A chameleon, very good intensity and a lot of depth. Unique.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Extinguished campfire, caramel, butterscotch, sherry, dark dried fruit, liquorice, tobacco, farmy. Balanced, pronounced intensity.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Medicinal, iodine, maritime, pepper, orange, liquorice. Round, nice texture, sweet, delicate, pronounced intensity.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Spicy, medicinal, iodine, pepper. Spicy, long finish, very nice aftertaste.

  32. Keppi63 scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    After opening the bottle 2 weeks ago and removing 10 cl, I dealt with this special whisky again today.
    I poured it into an open-pored ice glass, swirled it around and let it rest for another 45 minutes.
    He's still a grab bag that's always changing.
    With regard to the flavors, I can only agree with the previous reviews, my conclusion is: The substance knocks you off the chair in terms of quality.
    The Killer, the Seagull and the Volxwhisky are by far the best you could get in this price range. In my subjective opinion, the killer doesn't need to hide from the 1963 Bowmore Anniversery.
    Many thanks to RW&W, especially to Pit, who makes such enjoyment possible with his philosophy.
    Great cinema. Chapeau

  33. grinface scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wonderfully balanced and the mix of old and young casks is also recognizable. In addition, it was also a really good Oloroso cask. But that might also be a problem. This is a tasty and dominant component that gives the Laphroaig less air than I might hope for. Still, really tasty stuff! Thank you Pit for bottling this!

    Full review in a flight of 8 disclosed and undisclosed Laphroaig: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/07/19/laphroaig-oder-laphroaig/
    • Nose
      91 91
      Red berries, a nicely integrated smoke. Then it becomes beautifully herbaceous and intensely spicy. Nice young peat notes. I also like to hear a little broth and meat juice.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Nice smoke spinning in circles. In addition berries again. Now more in a compote or a cream, freshly mixed for the cake. Then come salty and maritime notes. Peat also becomes more intense over time. If you give it a little time in the glass, it also has coffee notes and dark roasted aromas.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Bitter notes carry the splendor through the door. Dark chocolate, espresso beans, intense tobacco. But let's not forget what was there before: smoke, berries (now crushed on the seeds and skin), everything is still there.

  34. RiverNevis scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

    Very impressive. I'm almost overwhelmed by its complexity, maybe give it some breathing room. It keeps turning, wow. Paradise on Islay, Zugsalve on Chimney Sweep!

  35. Hector_Savage scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Ah yes, if the nose is good but the palate is even better, then it's usually great shit.
    For me personally he is just behind the seagull, but I also like the Bowmore character a little better :)

    And the nose is also beautiful because it (fortunately) changes so well, because in the first 10 minutes it was a bit too inharmonious for me.
    Then a balanced, beautiful interplay of delicate smoke, lots of fruit and salty/maritime notes begins.
    It is also fascinating that after about three quarters of an hour the alcohol no longer stings the nose even from the Blenders glass.
    It sounds a bit crazy, but the desire for more alcohol for a stronger intensity or a longer aroma presence is there, because you have the feeling that it slowly runs out of breath after 30-40 minutes... I haven't had that with the Blenders glass either.

    The palate is then just phenomenally balanced, oily and very, very rich.
    You just don't want to stop chewing on it and because the finish is also super long, you can do exactly that for a long time and happily smack your lips.

    That's why I'm now stopping to write with a big grin on my face, because it's also dangerously easy to drink.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  36. jay83 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Slomotion gave 84 points. Absolutely no offence, but it would be very interesting to hear some contrary impressions...

  37. short0r scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Tabacco rolled bbq crisps
      Blueberry marmalade
      Toffee

  38. Dah6913 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Incredibly smooth, not a typical alcohol note. There is no stop, no enough. More and more and more. Not dyed and yet full of color. The nose is full, fruity and wonderful. The taste is intense but not overpowering. The drop is indescribable-indescribable, and that's why I don't bother any further. Who wants to know the diameter of the sun at sunset?!

  39. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [July 2022] Have you read the small hint "Bessie juice" at the bottom of the back label? There is just one "Bessie" known to whisky connoisseurs: Elizabeth Leitch Williamson (22 August 1910 – 26 May 1982) was a Scottish distillery manager and former owner of the Laphroaig distillery noted for being the first woman to manage a Scotch whisky distillery during the 20th century (source: Wikipedia). This dram is on you, dear Bessie! May you rest in Whisky Walhalla and enjoy all the great spirits there...

    ...and how I love such experiments! They mixed young and old Laphroaig single malt vintages altogether and let them marry and mature in one cask for several years. The result is both very interesting and quaffable. The nose smells more like that of a young Laphroaig while both taste and finish provide a flabbergasting mixture of young and older Laphroaig profile flavours. The texture hence mouthfeel / finish is excellent so all ingredients (different vintages) for this experiment were carefully selected, a big applause to Pit and his team!

    PS: Kilbride was a small settlement (less than 100 people) north of Laphroaig which is abandoned now. Laphroaig uses the water of the Kilbride Lake for its whisky production.

    [July 2022] A quick update after three weeks of oxidation in a half-empty bottle: The nose improved significantly with no punchiness any longer and more aromas popping up right from the start (91 points now). It seems the dram tastes rounder and smoother than at the first time (no score change).

    [September 2022] Another re-taste after two months in an almost empty bottle and still the taste is much better than the nose which is rather unusual. I like both taste and finish very much, but I am tempted to skip nosing after the first sniffs. Sounds strange? It is!

    [November 2022] Another re-taste and it seems as if the whisky improved in an almost empty bottle significantly. The nose is much better tonight with lots of subtle and delicious aromas which remind me of very old Laphroaig. They are rather shy, but this is true for any old Laphroaig. I could nose the killer for hours tonight, not kidding. That is the difference oxidation makes. I raise the nose's score from 90 points to 92 points and leave taste and finish as it was.
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose is a little punchy and harsh at the first sniff. So, I followed the hint of others and let the dram breath in a big spherical blender's glass for more than one hour. The result is astonishing: Now the nose is much smoother and balanced without any harsh or alcoholic moments anymore. The profile is mainly driven by the powerful aromas of younger Laphroaig vintages together with significant modern sherry notes. After my olfactory cells adapted to this profile, they recognise some older impressions too, but these are very shy, unfortunately. After about two hours the nose vanished almost completely so take your time until you start nosing but do wait too long (and use a cover for the glass during breathing time).
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is more balanced between the younger and the older vintages with all contributing a fair share to a multi-layered experience. The wood is firm and provides a clear structure for all these different impressions and it never tries to dominate (like it does in so many modern Laphroaig releases). After some chewing the flavours combine to new impressions like chocolate (both milk and dark), mocha, old leather and more. There is not a single flaw or off-note that I can find, they selected excellent vintages for this experiment.
    • Finish
      93 93
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coats all parts of my mouth with a fine creamy texture within seconds. There are some minor peppery moments which are not distracting at all. The finish is accordingly long and adds more impressions of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans without any distracting moments until the very end. Some water does not change a lot in the nose but turns the taste much smoother and dangerously quaffable, but the layers intermingle now. A further reduction turns the nose more peaty and the taste becomes now charming and silky. This dram swims like Michael Phelps (or Mark Spitz) and I like it both neat and reduced at various levels. So do not fool yourself with a strict "neat-only" drinking policy and play around with water, this is very recommended.

  40. Mitswhisky scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Very complex and has a astonishing development over time!
    Give it an Hour or maybe a bit more.
    This one needs to breathe.

  41. Cheesehut-Fellows scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This freshly bottled dram with old parts is currently in the discovery phase or in bottle shock. Since it had hardly any headspace in the barrels, i.e. hardly any oxygen and oxidative maturity, it now needs a lot of time: in the bottle and in the glass.

    Tar, peat, old bandages and plasters, leather, iodine, a hint of volcanic sulfur, chalky minerals, sherry, olive oil, flint, tires, campfire smoke, resin, plums, quinces, sour gooseberries, coffee, pepper, Mint, liquorice, ham crust, BBQ, wasabi, clams, chocolate, camphor, tobacco, gun oil and polished furniture. I finally have to drink after 45 minutes...

    On the palate it is round and sweet, even voluminous, it builds up and shows its class and the old parts. The sherry becomes clearer and accompanies the Islay character very successfully, as well as crack gun smoke, chocolate, iodine and grilled crustaceans. Acid meets sweetness. The alcohol is finely woven in, and yet the thing detonates and builds on the tongue.

    A very long finish follows, sweet, BBQ-like, also flint, burnout smells from big bikes, plum and sherry sweetness linger on. You want more, high drinkability is given. The long finale still influences subsequent whiskys because the iodine sweetness somehow bulges out. A real Islay cowboy around the old style campfire. Positioning in the line-up therefore rather ahead of other Islay whiskys.

    Conclusion: No rating yet, too much is happening here - some things will also unite and change positively. 'Give time' is the motto. God bless O2. Panta Rhei.

    Initial impressions are therefore likely to be different, and that's a good thing ... after all, it's just a schnapps!

  42. MFHaberl scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    The latest bottling from Regensburg changes in my glass every ten minutes and delights me with dry, rather yellow fruits and sweet spices - in the background I smell children's chocolate fresh from the refrigerator. The smoke is very much in the background and competes with subtle nuances of mace.

    The typical medicinal iodine then explodes in the mouth and then clears the stage for aromas of burnt morning pipe tobacco and dry licorice roots. The bitter sweetness of fresh oak bark completes the ode to our water of life, leaving a tannic and quite astringent dryness that fills every corner of my mouth for a very long time.

    I'm curious how this material will develop in the coming weeks and months.

  43. sealgair scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Only very roughly, because it changes/improves every few minutes: berry-sweet forest fire on the coast at low tide. But the highlight is the trick with the frog from Bonn...!

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