Tasting notes, Laphroaig live 2015

LaphroaigOn Thursday 24th September at 8pm local time the ninth annual Laphroaig live 2015 as broadcasted live on the web from the island of Islay. This evening 4 very special expressions were lined up to be nosed and taste.

The one off’ Laphroaig 15 yr – The official 200th Expression, Laphroaig Cairdeas 2015 (distilled using only the original small stills), Laphroaig 21 yr – Created for the Friends of Laphroaigs 21st Birthday and a unique Laphroaig 32 yr 100% sherry matured- A very rare, special expression.

My tasting notes of these 4 expressions:

Laphroaig 15 yr, the official 200th expression

  • Color: Dark and rich
  • Nose: Sweet tropics, with hints of smashed papaya, banana and mango, complexitiy of smokiness, citrus, fresh vanilla and salt.
  • Taste: Deep smokiness, nuts, mango, banana all mixed up with warm honey and caramel
  • Finish: Lovely medium

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2015

  • Color: Amber
  • Nose: Sweetness of red apple, creamy, citrus, hints of peanut-butter (I know it is a bit weird), salty and hints of drop (licorice), peachy.
  • Taste: Sweet, smashed red apple combined with the citrus, peach, nuts, salt covered with vanilla, basil and honey
  • Finish: Medium warm

Laphroaig 21 yr

  • Color: Sunny
  • Nose: Caramel, sherry, red fruit combined in a bowl and all mixed up,  sweet, nutty, smokey. Tropical hints, of mango, banana, lemon and citrus,
  • Taste: Fresh, honey, salty and very tropical with a complexity of coconuts, mango, lemon and squeezes citrus
  • Finish: Heart warming

Laphroaig 32 yr

  • Color: Sunset golden
  • Nose: Sherry, red fruit, red berries, cherries, green apple, sweet, warm and a complexity of warm caramel. Reminds me of summer cake, fresh.
  • Taste: Spicy, sweet, hints of wood, a complexity of sherry, salt and peat
  • Finish: Warm, like at a fireplace in the wintertime

More info: Laphroaig & Youtube

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
― Edith Sitwell



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