The fourth day of Feis Ile belongs to Laphroaig, the distillery that sparked my journey into whisky. My commemorative review is of a young Laphroaig, only 6 (and a half) years old bottled for whiskybase.com to celebrate the fact they have 100,000 bottles in their database for users to create and track their collections and stock.
It’s named ‘Same as 10k’ because it was a Laphroaig they bottled for 10,000 bottles in the database. It was distilled on 5/5/11 (nice date!) filled into a Refill Sherry Hogshead #3199 and bottled roughly 6 and a half years later on 23/1/18. This hogshead yielded 354 bottles at 58.7% so the angels didn’t take much out of it.
Laphroaig 2011 6 Year Old ‘Same as 10k’ for Whiskybase (58,7%)
Nose: Laphoaig nose with the peat smoke and iodine, some ashes, TCP, very pharmaceutical and then some subtle red fruit sweetness.
Palate: Sweet peat, dried red fruit and berries followed by ashes and smoke and eventually red apples peels.
Finish: Medium length, peat, dryer smoke, lingering red apple peels and dried berries sweetness.
Thoughts: Simple, young Laphroaig tasty. A classic session dram to share a bottle with friends. There’s no doubt it could benefit from a few more years in the cask but then we’d have to shell out much more $$ to buy a bottle as prices for aged Laphroaig whiskies is quite high.