Laphroaig’s 200th birthday celebration has regrettably come to a close after an increible year of celebration. But seeing as it was the distillery´s bicentencital, we don’t begrudge them a year of partying, especially as it has featured a few special releases.
They ended the festivities with one final celebratory release, saving the best for last – Laphroaig 32 Year Old
Like many of the legendary, long-aged Laphroaig releases, this spectacular 32yo Laphroaig is all about sherry casks. To craft this whisky, distillery manager John Campbell sourced a variety of Oloroso Sherry casks, including refills and spirit aged for up to 35 years. He then bottled the finished whisky at cask strength with no added color, a clear glass bottle to show the liquid’s deep red hue, and of course no chill filtration.
Nose: Blackcurrant and licorice sweets, damp bracken and smoldering hay. It smells old, with classic dunnage warehouse flavors of bung cloth and earth joined by rich peat. The traditionally sharp medicinal notes of TCP and sea-spray ozone sit on top as a contrast, although sweet notes of icing sugar, chocolate butter icing, candied fruit and boiled sweets keep things balanced.
Palate: Rich peat, dark chocolate and damp-forest campfires – earthy rancio, tree bark and burning pine needles – red berries, cinnamon spice and freshly cracked black pepper. Behind the earth and spice are the sweet-and-sour fruity notes that you’d expect from a Laphroaig of this age – apples (sweet, sharp and baked), mango, star fruit, lime skin and bitter orange peel – as well as dark, sweet licorice.
Finish: Big and spicy to start, with tingly black-pepper heat. The flavors fade slowly, leaving liquorice, chocolate sauce and stewed fruit.
There are only 6,000 bottles available worldwide