Regardless of the complexity, I find the current price of € 7,000 already adventurous.
By far the darkest Laphroaig I've had - both in color and in aroma. Slow, oily legs roll along the glass wall.
Immediately after pouring, a heavy and aromatic cloud of smoke spreads in the glass. It is not about the young, impetuous smoke that pulls the tears from your eyes, but about a smoke that has already been clearly broken down.
This smoke is initially complemented by bitter and slightly rotten wood notes, which gives the aroma a very dignified character. Especially in the initial phase, these rustic notes tend to dominate. Leather and tobacco also come to mind.
Over time, the Oloroso barrel becomes more and more noticeable in the form of plum jam, forest honey and very ripe, dark fruits and a little petroleum. In addition, the smoke moves into the background and more filigree and maritime notes are revealed. The combination of dark fruits, rotten wood and maritime character reminds me in parts of the Clynelish 1995 (barrel no. 11230) from Signatory.
The 56.6% vol., Which is quite high for this age, is excellently integrated and at most has a slightly cooling effect on the nose.
The start is strong and spicy, the smoke is more noticeable from the start. With a very oily mouthfeel, jam, peaches and ripe citrus fruits spread on the tongue again.
After a short time, an interesting interplay of the old, spicy-tart wood notes and the still very dark, juicy fruits begins. In addition, hints of lovage and dry charcoal are noticeable, which together with the fruit keep the smoke well under control.
The tart wood notes in combination with the slightly sweet fruits are clearly reminiscent of dark chocolate.
In the finish, the aforementioned fruits fade comparatively quickly and give more rustic notes such as espresso and oak a lot of leeway. The smoke flashes one last time and the wood is slightly astringent. Spices and some oak remain on the tongue with a slightly dry feeling.