Giveaway Winner Announcement and Whisky Review: Van Wees Laphroaig 1998 13 year old 60.1%

It’s time to announce the winner in Whisky Gospel first birthday giveaway. As most of you guessed correctly, the answer to the question (big clue in the blog header picture ūüėČ ) – it’s Laphroaig! So the winner will get a Laphroaig 18yo bottle.

But just announcing a winner is boring, so bear with me for a little while more and let’s review a cracking¬†Laphroaig bottle before announcing the winner¬†(but you can scroll down to find the winner if you’re a bit impatient).

Having a close by friends who shares the love to the same distillery is a good thing. Take Michael (of Malt & Oak Blog) for example Рhe recently went on a trip to Europe and brought back a surprise Рthe Van Wees Laphroaig 1998 and I felt that a Laphroaig dram is the fitting choice to review for the winner announcement.

laphroaig 13-vw-1998

This one was distilled on 22.09.1998 and bottled in August 2012 after it spent 13 years and 11 months (1 month short of being 14yo!) in a Refill Butt #700394. So, is it good as I expect it to be?

The Ultimate Van Wees Laphroaig¬†1998¬†13yo (60.1%, 716 bottles, buy for ‚ā¨ 98.95¬†here)

laphroaig 13-vw-1998Nose
: Initial impression is of an angry beast¬†restrained by chains – there’s the great Laphroaig profile here, full of peat, iodine, bandages, all being held back by the sherry impact. There are raisins, red berries and lovely sweetness. Since it’s a 60.1% monster, I’ve added water (you don’t have to tho!) and it helps releasing out the ashes and the sherry is less noticeable.

Palate: The beast is out! ash, peat, brine, grilled BBQ meat, sweet raisins and berries. With water the sherry is diminished.

Finish: Long, peat monster is back in cage and restrained, meaty, sweet cured meat. With water, sour-sweet berries.

Conclusion:I’m biased but this is a cracking Laphroaig dram.¬†Up my alley with peat and sweet working great together. A bit expensive one for 13 yo old but still worth it IMHO. Thanks Michael! (you can find his review here)

So now, after I made you thirsty, it’s time to announce¬†the give-away winner.

*drum roll please*

The winner is: Manfred Reinhofer

Thanks to all those who participated and to all my readers. I hope you enjoyed the first year  of the blog and I promise that the next year will be even better. Slainte!


1 thought on “Giveaway Winner Announcement and Whisky Review: Van Wees Laphroaig 1998 13 year old 60.1%

  1. Yori Costa

    Congratulations to Manfred Reinhofer – you’re sure to enjoy a great bottle, probably among the best VPM available – definitely for what you will pay ūüôā


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