Looks like I've been right, because where would I have had points to justify this.
It's the damn best dram I've had in at least two decades!
Pop the cork and the faint odor leaving the bottle let you know you're in for a real treat.
The initial sherry nose is strong, but more on the gentler Oloroso than on the heavier Ximenes. rich sultanas, prunes, red plums and a mix of red forrest berries.
Next to all of this fruity sweetness is a mellow smoke and peat.
The typical Laphroaig medicinal nose comming through, also carrying muffled notes of tar and seaweed.
Old wet premium oak with hints of sour mash barley.
A tiny twist of citrus zest on the edge.
So many aromas mixed together there's something new every time you nose it, but nothing that stick it's head up too high, it's all so increadebly well integrated and ballanced.
Spent more than 20 minutes just nosing this, in a combination of pure pleasure and fear of being let down by the taste.
No need to worry, the taste lives up to it's nose.
Initially lightly spiced and warm.
Thick and creamy but strangely also a slight dryness.
Of course there's sherry, but it's spent 20 years in a 500 liter butt, so it's not like an A'bunadh, rather gentle, like plum jam.
All the notes of the nose are present; muted gentle Laphroaig profile with it's smoke and peat, a little citrus, a pinch of salt, rich dark roasted coffe... all intertwined in almost perfect ballance.
Without any kind of burn or spice, just warming kindness.
Changing and evolving in an extended length, making you hold back on the next sip to enjoy the full finish.
Nosing the empty glass is a combination of smoke from an open fire and honey melon.