This is one of the most complex and elegant drams I tasted so far with the broadest aromas and flavours profile of them all, most probably. It is simply delicious and a lot of fun to explore (if you are lucky enough to enjoy more than just a small sample). Contrary to most of the high-priced modern releases of 40-years old whiskies this dram is worth every cent of the release price of 460 Euro per bottle. Is it worth today's outrageous price tag? It all depends upon the deepness of your pockets...
[September, 2020] Thanks to my sample library I am able to re-taste this dram tonight and I am as flabbergasted as I was the first time. It is very delicate and subtle with all my taste buds dream of: fruits and peat, molten sugars and medicinal aromas, oils, waxes, herbs, spices and and and... all in a perfectly balanced mix. I could sniff and chew this for hours!
The colour is amber and the texture shows a fat sticky ring at the top of the glass that builds some fat sticky tears over time that refuses to build legs at all (a great oiliness!). The nose is rather shy for a (modern) Laphroaig - but hey, this baby slept for 40 years and of course anyone looses some power over such a long time. But it gained an incredible complexity instead: Actually there are at least twenty to thirty different aromas to find (and I do not own the finest nose at all), very delicate and elegant with not a single off-note. Perfectly balanced - one to sniff for hours (but do not expect anything that comes close to today's "I punch that in ya face" Laphroaig style).
The taste is about as delicate and complex as was the nose with even some richer flavours, especially the peaty and medicinal notes are stronger here. I really like that! It is truly multi-layered and I have to force myself to finally swallow the whisky as my taste buds cannot get enough of this tasty experience.
The dram arrives smooth and absolutely charming on the palate. It immediately covers the whole of the mouth and shows not a single bitter or astringent wooden note (again, if you like the modern style wood-driven Laphroaig forget about this one). This is by far the best arrival I experienced since years! Close to perfection... The finish is long (but it could be longer if you ask my taste buds) and without any distracting moment, too. Absolutely flawless and clean and with the same flabbergasting complexity as were the nose and the taste. Water is not needed.