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This cask bottling, distilled in May 2011, was matured in a refill bourbon hogshead. It was bottled at cask strength in September 2016 at 57.9% ABV. Cask #185 yielded 312 bottles.
Our tasting notes are as follows:
Color: White Gold
Nose: Fresh coastal peat leads the way with lemon meringue pie and coal dust coming in behind. Beyond these opening notes there's green banana and agave syrup with the mineraliness for which 21st century Laphroaig has become known
Palate: Wonderfully viscous (it is a SCN bottling, after all) with a coastal saltiness, exuberant coal notes, and hints of banana split around the edges
Finish: The lingering peat and coal notes are unmistakeable but there's a lingering sweetness (yellow PEZ) and spiciness (Big Red gum) that gives the finish a certain harmony. Give it a minute and then lick your lips; that's what you taste when you take a windy walk down by the distillery
On the label: Oily and coastal with a discernible mineraliness then lemon meringue pie and coal dust notes on the nose give way to a salty and syrupy experience in the mouth.
The Laphroaig distillery is situated between the old Port Ellen distillery and Lagavulin. Laphroaig is known to have oddly small stills, seven in all. The short squatness of the still design seems to be responsible for the heavy, rich quality of their spirit. The phenol levels (peatiness) on their barley is between 35-40 ppm. Should you ever find yourself on Islay, be sure to first go to the Laphroaig website to "claim your square foot of Islay." Owners of Laphroaig land can claim rent from Laphroaig and, once per year, you can get yourself a 5cl bottle of one of their whiskies. Fun.