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Laphroaig Cairdeas Ileach Edition Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Laphroaig

“First class Laphroaig that just need a drop of water to open.”

Laphroaig Cairdeas Ileach Edition
Cairdeas derives from the Gaelic for 'Friendship', this is a rare cask strength edition from the Laphroaig distillery.

This dram has a white wine-like color.

Nose (89): more than average. Peat, honey, iodine, citrus. Very closed nose.This whisky says very little about itself when you nose it.

Palate (92): smooth, powerful, oily. peat, iodine, citrus, wood, coffee, pepper.

Finish (91): longer than average. peat, citrus, hearbs, pepper, iodine.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Laphroaig Cairdeas Ileach Edition with 91 points over 100.

Laphroaig 16 years old 1990 Old Malt Cask Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Laphroaig

“Good Laphroaig at 50% by Douglas Laing with notes of dark chocolate and macadamia between a sea peat symphony.”

Laphroaig 16 year 1990 Old Malt Cask
Distilled in Laphroaig in November 1990, aged in refill hogshead for 16 years and bottled in December 2006 for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. A release of 295 bottles.

This dram has a gold-like color.

Nose (89): average. peat, salt, marine, citrus, honey, peaches.

Palate (90): powerful, oily. peat, salt, citrus, floral, honey, spices, pepper, dark chocolate, macadamia.

Finish (90): longer than average. peat, floral, honey, salt.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Laphroaig 16 year 1990 Old Malt Cask with 90 points over 100.

Laphroaig Vintage 2000 by Signatory Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Laphroaig

“Good Laphroaig Signatory has here... Sweet and with a lot of peat. It reminds me of Quarter Cask.”

Laphroaig 2000 Vintage Signatory
Another young bottling of Laphroaig from Signatory, and really great stuff if you like your drams up front and peaty.

Pure peat muscle bottled at cask strength. You can't get wrong with this one.

Delicious single malt whisky that reminds me of the stunning Laphroaig Quarter Cask.

This dram has a fino-like color.

Nose (93): strong. honey, peat, malt, iodine, salt, citrus.

Palate (90): oily, powerful. peat, honey, citrus, iodine, wood.

Finish (90): long. peat, citrus, floral, woo.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Laphroaig 2000 Vintage Signatory with 91 points over 100.

Laphroaig Live 2011 from Sidney

By Miguel in News , Laphroaig

Laphroaigs’ Live broadcasts have been enjoyed by over 100,000 whisky fans over the past half-decade, with this year’s 5th annual show set to be the biggest and most exciting yet.

Tomorrow, October 6th 20:00 ( GTM+11) at Sydney, Australia Laphroaig live will be broadcasted at http://www.laphroaig.com/live

Sydney Opera Theater

Laphroaig Live 2011 will be broadcast live from Sydney, against a stunning harbour-side backdrop with views of the iconic Opera House. Views that have no doubt changed somewhat since they were enjoyed many years ago by one of the founders of Laphroaig, Alexander Johnston.

Alexander Johnston and his brother, Donald Johnston, founded Laphroaig back in 1815 and together they developed the unique flavour of Laphroaig that is adored by whisky fans
throughout the World. Then in 1836, Alexander sold his share of the distillery to Donald for an unthinkable sum of £350 and he and his family set sail for Australia where they began a new life.

Alexander’s great-great-great granddaughter, Lin Johnston, will be joining the event in Sydney along with current Distillery Manager, John Campbell, Master Blender, Robert Hicks and author, Rebecca Varidel for an unforgettable tasting experience.
During the live show they will be tasting the Quarter Cask and the newly launched Triple Wood. They’ll also be reunited with a very old member of the Laphroaig family, not seen for over 50 years…

During this year’s live show they will be opening and tasting a historic Laphroaig 10 year old, distilled back in the 1950s in one of the last batches ever to be bottled by Lin Johnston’s ancestors. Very few of these bottles remain today, and those that do are collectors’ items, so tasting this ancient liquid really will be a momentous occasion.

Bookmark http://www.laphroaig.com/live right now!.

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WhiskyLive Madrid 2011 Tastings

By Miguel in Tasting , News , Featured , Destilerias Liber , Laphroaig , DYC , The Macallan , Compass Box , Suntory , Yamazaki , Edradour , Talisker

WhiskyLive Madrid 2011 celebrated at May, 26 on Hotel Villamagna, has been a great whisky show against all the odds: Great whisky, pretty girls, good friend. Whatelse?!

Touching a bottle of Macallan 25 years old at Macallan Masterclass in WhiskyLive MadridFinally I got time to write down the tasting notes and here they are. I am quite happy of the result. The whisky show has been great and I tried lots of expressions that it is not easy to taste here in Spain.

During the evening at WhiskyLive Madrid, that I spent with Richard Barr of WhiskyIsrael, we tasted more than twenty whiskies so bear with me if last tasting notes are not accurate.
If you haven’t read yet about our visit to WhiskyLive do it now!. We had a great evening together.

So here are the tasting notes. I am still missing some of them that I wasn’t able to properly write while on the show.

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WhiskyLive Madrid 2011: A whisky show at Spain's heart

By Miguel in News , Featured , Destilerias Liber , Laphroaig , Lagavulin , DYC , Cardhu , St George , The Macallan , Compass Box , Glenfiddich , Highland Park , Bowmore , Suntory , Yamazaki , Redbreast , Edradour , Talisker

Taking place at the Madrid business center, at the Hotel Villamagna, this whisky fair, although small, has been really interesting with lots of surprises.

Hotel Villa Magna at Madrid

Before attending the show, I meet Richards Barr, a member of Whiskyisrael that was also attending the show and we went there together after having a tasty Spanish lunch.
Richard Barr and Miguel Angel Blanch after 25 drams of whisky at Whiskylive Madrid

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Muchacha en la Ventana by Salvador Dali

By Miguel in Laphroaig , Drink & Arts

Woman figure at window is one of the earliest works of the famous Spanish painter.

The Picture

Woman figure at window - Salvador Dali
The model was Ana Maria, Dali’s younger sister and only sibling. For a long time Dali and Ana Maria were extremely close, especially after their mother’s death, when Ana Maria took on the role of mother to the demanding Dali. Ana Maria was the only female model Dali used until Gala replaced her in 1929.

In 1949, Ana Maria wrote an autobiography that portrayed a very different view of Dali to the one he had carefully constructed in his autobiographies; this led to the collapse of their relationship. In revenge for Ana Maria’s disloyalty, Dali painted another version of this Figure at a Window in 1954 and called it Young Virgin Autosodomized by her Own Chastity.

As with Seated Girl Seen from the Rear, we can not see the face of the girl and so our focus is drawn to the view that she is looking at from her window. The view is the bay of Cadaques, a Spanish seaside town where the Dalis spent their summers. The predominant colors of light blues and lavenders give the painting a peaceful feel that is unusual in much of Dali’s work.

The dram: Laphroaig Quarter Cask

a bottle of Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Can you smell the seaweed? Don’t you see the waves dying against the rocks? Smell, Look. It’s smells of Laphroaig.
A vibrant young Laphroaig whose maturation has been speeded up by ageing in Quarter Casks. This shows soft sweetness and a velvety feel when first tasted, then the intense peatiness so unique to Laphroaig comes bursting through. A really terrific whisky and great value.

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Finished Laphroaig Cask Strength: Whisky maturation

By Miguel in News , Laphroaig

A Laphroaig Cask Strength 10 years old matured for one month on a small four litres cask that contained Oloroso sherry.

Extra matured Laphroaig Cask Strength in a glencairn glass

I have matured this cask strength Laphroaig for one month on a 4 litres american oak cask that has contained oloroso sherry for 4 months.
Initially I had in mind maturing it for a few years but someone advised me against the idea because most of the whisky will evaporate and explained me that typical maturation periods for these small casks are within months.

Nose (20): Sweet, iodine, hospital, raisins, vanilla.
Taste (22): Peat, sweet, ripe apples, sherry, cocoa, chocolate.
Finish (22): Peat, wood.
Balance (21): Too much sherry.



It is really worse than the original cask strength Laphroaig, the sherry took too much influence on the whisky.

The whisky isn’t bad, but the original peat punch of Laphroaig isn’t there anymore. It is still peated a lot, but as someone said, peat and sherry doesn’t do good friends. Each of them is cancelling the other.

Anyone wants 2 bottles of this? :)

I am thinking about breaking now a Macallan in a Moscatel Sherry cask :D

Last call for Laphroaig Triple Wood

By Miguel in News , Laphroaig

a bottle of Laphroaig Triple Wood

This expression of our famous whisky, from the remote island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland, has enjoyed a triple maturation in 3 types of cask.

Just as with our standard Quarter Cask expression, the first maturation is in American oak, ex-bourbon barrels. We then select the most suitable of these barrels, containing a range of different aged spirit and transfer into small 19th century style Quarter Casks for a second maturation.

The final maturation is in specially selected, large European oak, Oloroso sherry casks.

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Laphroaig 10 years old Original Cask Strength Tasting note

By Miguel in Tasting , Recommended , Laphroaig

“Awesome Laphroaig! Heaven tastes like this whisky!”

Laphroaig 10 year Original Cask Strength
Original cask strength Laphroaig 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.

This whisky has been replaced by a new small batch version.

This dram has a amber-like color.

Nose (90): more than average. peat, citrus, honey, iodine, seaweed, floral.

Palate (93): powerful. peat, honey, citrus, iodine, vanilla, iodine, apples, coffee, earth.

Finish (92): longer than average. peat, honey, citrus, iodine, coffee.

So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Laphroaig 10 year Original Cask Strength with 92 points over 100.

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