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Tasting in honor of Laphroaig Live 2012, five proposed whiskies. I have all of them but Ardmore so I will taste three Laphroaigs and Connemara.
I missed the online event for a matter of hours so I sorted the whiskies as I though it could be best. I think that the drams has been sorted slightly different on the online tasting with Connemara and Ardmore being tasted in last place.
Join us online at Laphroaig Live 2012 that this years will be celebrated at Oktoberfest in Germany.
Laphroaig Live will be online at 21:00 EST ( 20:00 UK ) for everyone to join Laphroaig Distillery Manager John Campbell, Master blender Robert Hicks and two great whisky minds as Bernhard Schäfer and Pierre Thiebaut.
You can join them and me on the a worldwide online tasting of:
Islay is an island in the west of Scotland that produce a style of single malts that you either love or hate: peated whiskies.
(Photo on top of one of the Jura Pups looking south overseeing the Isle of Islay by Gregor Haslinger)
You may wonder why such an small island have so many distilleries and I hope this article enlighten you and share with us the passion for peated whiskies.
I have tasted already many of the whiskies created at Islay but I really wanted to taste them all in a row so I can compare them side by side. I hate when I taste blindly a whisky and I can’t decide if it is a Caol Ila( most are ) or an Ardbeg.
So come with me in this trip around Islay in nine drams. Oh man! I am sure you can smell the smoke from there.
“Very good Laphroaig but the old batch-less cask strength whisky was better.”
The third release of Laphroaig's riotously popular small batch editions of their famed ten years old cask strength Islay single malt. No doubt this will be as big a hit as the previous editions - this is an expression that never disappoints.
“Awesome Laphroaig! Heaven tastes like this whisky!”
Original cask strengthLaphroaig is bottled at natural distillery strength with all the depth of genuine taste and texture normally associated with sampling whisky at source.
Matured in seasoned oak barrels, charred before filling to impart a slight sweet vanilla nuttiness. Original Cask Strength Laphroaig is barrier-filtered only, to remove the small char particles present. However cask strength is non chilled filtered. This means you will enjoy Laphroaig exactly as we made it.
“I prefer the old Laphroaig 15 years old. Where did my peat go man?”
The new Laphroaig 18yo is a replacement for the 15 year-old (Prince Chuck's favourite whisky, lest we forget, and it'll be sorely missed when it's gone). This is a stronger, altogether gutsier affair at 48%. A category winner at the World Whisky Awards 2010.
This dram has a gold-like color.
Nose (88): more than average.
peat, honey, citrus, iodine, wood, floral.
I had to read twice the bottle to be sure it was a Laphroaig. Where did the seaweed peat go?
“Very good Laphroaig with some notes of burnt wood.”
Zesty oak and warm peat smoke top notes, with sweet undertones, reminiscent of fresh nutmeg and toasted almonds. Faintly salty. Laphroaig 15yo is a smoother and more elegant elder sibling to the robust 10 year-old.
This dram has a fino-like color.
Nose (90): more than average.
sweet, peat, iodine, citrus, peaches, wood, coffee.