Laphroaig Brodir Batch #002 48% (Port Wood Finish) – Whisky Review

 

I would like to state it’s been a while since I last posted a Laphroaig review but this is not the case after reviewing Laphroaig 16 earlier this week ūüėČ But as a Laphroaig fan I’m trying to taste and review as many Laphroaig whiskies, good and bad (or less good?) as I can, and I got one more for you this week.

Today the victim is the¬†European Travel Exclusive Laphroaig, Brodir (Which means ‘Brother’ in old Norse language), Batch 002 which was bottled in 2015. Brodir is a NAS bottling, matured in Ex-bourbon casks and then is finished for unspecified time in European Oak Ex-Ruby Port casks before being bottled at 48%.

Laphroaig Brodir Batch #002¬†(48%, Port Cask Finish, ‚ā¨99)

Photo credit: thewhiskyexchange.com

Photo credit: thewhiskyexchange.com

Nose: First sniff is not a promising one as the nose feels thin. There’s sweet strawberries and smoke. Then you can feel the sweet peat and a bit of that medicinal note so associated with Laphroaig and assortments of other berries shows up but that sums it up and the overall feeling is of a flavored whisky.

Palate: Sharp, heavy and dry peat smoke that leaves a dusty feeling behinds, raspberries, spicy.

Finish: Medium length with dust and lingering heavy smoke and soft red berries.

Thoughts: A very underwhelming and disappointing Laphroaig. It feels thin, flat and is lacking a¬†personality. For me, all along the way it felt like a flavored whisky, you know, like those experiments with hops, lemon and honey but here it’s with Port flavoring. The relatively weak Cairdeas 2013 (I should post a review of it someday) was a much better Port Laphroaig. Maybe Laphroaig and Port just doesn’t mix well together?

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