Posts Tagged “Laphroaig”

Fèis Ìle Laphroaig Open day – Tasting the Càirdeas 2014

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Fèis Ìle Laphroaig Open day – Tasting the Càirdeas 2014

Laphroaig is one of the most popular distilleries on Islay, and the Càirdeas releases have an almost religious following among aficionados. Officially, this is a Friends of Laphroaig release which to the best information I have is an 8 year old, having spent seven years in ex bourbon casks and was finished for one year in Amontillado…

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An Independent Fèis Ìle Bottling – Douglas Laing’s Laphroaig 14

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An Independent Fèis Ìle Bottling – Douglas Laing’s Laphroaig 14

Yes, I know…we’re right in the middle of a Talisker series that will still include the 18, 25 and 30 year old expressions. But Fèis Ìle is here, and I got together all of the festival bottlings from last year to taste on each distillery’s open day. This is a concept pioneered by my colleague and…

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Laphroaig 10 – Unchanged for 75 years???

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Laphroaig 10 – Unchanged for 75 years???

Laphroaig prides itself on the 75 years in which the Laphroaig 10 hasn’t changed. But that’s part of the unspoken fiction in the world of whisky: the idea of sameness in whisky. Whisky is not the same as it was decades ago, for many reasons: The barley isn’t from the same strain, the yeast isn’t the…

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Sister Casks are Nice – Triplets are Delightful, Especially when Stumbled Upon

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Sister Casks are Nice – Triplets are Delightful, Especially when Stumbled Upon

What can be more fun than finding a large denomination bill in pants that came out of the wash? Stumbling on a triplet cask of whiskys you tasted bottled by another indie bottler! Geeks record as much information on their whisky as possible. This trait came in handy as I tasted the final indie Laphroaig…

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Back to our flight of Indie Laphroaigs – An Utterly SPICY Laph!!!

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Back to our flight of Indie Laphroaigs – An Utterly SPICY Laph!!!

A Laphroaig that’s a spice bomb? Sounds unlikely, doesn’t it? But there you have it, I had a 19 year old 1990 vintage Creative Whisky Company (David Stirk) Laphroaig at cask strength. David Stirk started the CWC in 2005, and keeps his operation small. He selects casks and bottles them into three ranges: Exclusive Malts…

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To Nicely Counter Yesterday’s Sherry Cask 1998 Laphroaig, a Bourbon Cask of the Same Vintage

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To Nicely Counter Yesterday’s Sherry Cask 1998 Laphroaig, a Bourbon Cask of the Same Vintage

Yesterday I reviewed a sherry matured 1998 Laphroaig, and today I review a same vintage Laphroaig matured in a bourbon cask, bottled for Aquavitae in 2011. It’s interesting to note that while the sherry matured Laphroaig has no vinegary notes, this one has them in abundance. This being the first Malts of Scotland bottling that I’m…

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Ultimate Laphroaig 1998 – Another Sherry Matured Laphroaig

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Ultimate Laphroaig 1998 – Another Sherry Matured Laphroaig

Earlier this year I was in Berlin, and bought a bottle of the Ultimate Laphroaig 1998 at cask strength (reviewed here). This cask was bottled just a few months short of its 14th year. At the end of last year, Dutch bottler van Wees released sister cask 700354 at 46% and my friend Erik Olink sent me a…

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Laphroaig An Cuan Mor – a Wintry Dram

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Laphroaig An Cuan Mor – a Wintry Dram

At long last, we have a wintry day in Tel Aviv, and that put me in the mood for some Laphroig. I’m sure some of you will laugh to hear that winter here means intermittent rain and 15C degrees (59F), but for us this is a winter wonderland 🙂 One of the newer Laphroaig expressions…

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Celp – Everything But Seawater inside a bottle – Whisky Tasting Notes

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Celp – Everything But Seawater inside a bottle – Whisky Tasting Notes

Celp is a fun whisky. You can’t actually call it scotch whisky, because it has an branch of seaweed inside the bottle, and is aptly named “the seaweed experience” and thus holds the moniker “Single Malt Islay Spirit”. It’s thought to be either a young Laphroaig or a young Lagavulin, bottled by The Ultimate Whisky Company,…

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One Quick Dram: van Wees The Ultimate 13 Year Laphroaig Cask Strength – Cask

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One Quick Dram: van Wees The Ultimate 13 Year Laphroaig Cask Strength – Cask

Sherry cask matured Laphoraig at cask strength aged 13 years and 11 months (couldn’t you have waited 3 weeks?). This is one cracking dram and is a real gem that separeates the type of stuff Indies bring to the market vis-a-vis the official bottlings, especially looking at the new plethora of NAS and, sadly, with the…

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