This Laphroaig bottling has got a very promising nose, exactly what you would like from a 30 euro standard bottling from this distillery. But then the palate, we do have a slight problem with that. It is so short that you need directly a next sip to actually enjoy it. A good way to sell more of your spirit probably, as the bottle empties fast. Anyway, a few years more in the quarter casks, which now supposedly is about 8 months, and I think it would have a really good whisky.
The first noticeable impressions involve ashes, seaweed and bandages together with a few drops of lime juice. The smoke has indeed a “Laphroaiginess” that swirls around coal, bandages, cigarette ashes, lemon skin, and lime and orange juice. A hint of tequila in the background, and some herbal notes, which I cannot directly pin down. It gets sweeter and fruitier with the addition of some grapefruit, orange-flavoured sweets, and honey. Very pleasant and a full-filling nose for this youngster.
Licking an cigarette ash tray, then coal dust, a drop of lime juice, maybe also orange juice. The iodine, seaweed and bandages stay rather in the background. and come forward a little later. However, the development is really short. Whoosh, and the ashy gust is gone. Too bad, I was really enjoying this!