The bottle I sampled from was distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2011. Cask Reference ID 6997. This expression had a very limited run, though some bottles are still out there. It’s a must own for big Laphroaig fans. Everything about it is typical Laphroaig. As older Laphroaigs go the peat seams to die down during the aging process. This one is pretty good but far from fantastic. The nose is medicine and sweet fruit while the palate has some medicine and peat with a lighter finish and lingering smoke. It’s lighter than most Laphroaig expressions.
On the nose there is some spice and cheap wine. The palate is fruity and semi sweet with the smallest amount of peat/smoke. This gets a little musty but overall it has very little character to it, similar to most blends. The finish is unremarkable. This expression is pretty common in steak house type places as their top shelf. As for retail, bottles can run anywhere from $50 to $80. It’s not a bad bottle, but far from a great expression.
It’s time to review one of the American iconic expressions. The nose is a bit raw almost like a paint thinner. The palate isn’t bad at all, typical sweet American bourbon. The finish is what makes this bottle a low rating. The finish is hot and without character. It’s rare when I turn down a free second taste, but this is one of those times. Not much else to report here…
Batch that was sampled 0512T/bottled 05/12…. The nose on this is strong and fruity with some malt and nuts. The palate has some vanilla and sweet fruit, syrup. The finish is hot with some spice and black liquorice. Delicious is the best way to describe this expression. For the price this bottle is a steal. Fantastic stuff!
The nose is fruity with some earth and brine. On the palate there is more earth, moss and some lighter peat. The finish has some lingering peat/smoke. I would like some more peat and heat; however, this is a pretty good expression. It’s very nicely done with some great ballance. I’m a fan!
The nose on this is so rich, I have to nose it around for a while before I sip it. Lots of big spice and sherry here on the palate and the nose. The palate tastes like candy cane and a spiced sherry mix. The finish is much more complex than that of the younger expressions though it’s a little light, there is some smoke that is also present. This is a very good bottle…..B+/A-
The nose has spice, smoke and wood. The palate has some really nice oats and sherry. The finish is a bit hot and not as complex as some of the older expressions by Highland Park. There is a bit of smoke in the finish. Overall this is a really nice starter bottle in the single malt world. I usually have a bottle of this laying around somewhere.