Colour: Young Sauternes
Laphroaig has been releasing a 10 year old Cask Strength version every year for the last five and I’ve managed to get my hands on all except the second. So if you have access to Batch 002 somehow please let me know.
Right, now on to the 5.
Strong Laphroaig-ian nose. Unlike the recent Cairdeas releases where the nose has been very subtle this one makes no excuses about it’s birth-right. The strong peat, seaweed and iodine burst through beautifully riding on a wave of golden, dark oranges coated in a lovely brown sugar brittle. Finally there’s a touch of butterscotch with a crinkling of almond husk and an unusual hint of fresh soap.
The palate is a strong white pepper delivery on a wave of oaky sweet honey, raisins and lemon tart. This one has to stay on the palate for a while to be truly appreciated.
The long long finish is a touch spicy and coats your entire mouth with a slightly chalky (but in a good way), salivating minty finish.