Batch 3. Bottled Jan 2011 - The third release of the new Laphroaig Cask Strength which is now being bottled in small batches.
Sherry. Batch 003
Btl: Jan 2011
Quite a subtle nose, along the lines of Batch 001. The sherry certainly holds the phenolics in check and it is the cask sweetness which is at the forefront. Rich and quite malty with some oily banana, cocoa and charred wood amidst the developing briny, phenolic peat. Superb complexity with hints of bog myrtle, seaweed, earth and some youthful cereal.
Flavours of wet tar and creosote hit the tongue first followed by mentholated, medicinal peat and ooh look more tar! The palate is the reverse of the nose with the sherry wood playing second fiddle, mind it does fight back with some pleasant leafiness. It moves into a slightly rubbery, charred wood middle before descending into a salt encrusted finish. You’ve just gotta love this stuff!
Water mutes the nose a touch and its shows a lot more of its oily side. It’s possibly a touch on the sugar coated side now. The palate is sootier and gentler and the sherry character is more prevalent and keeps the rampant peat in check. It’s a lot sweeter now and like the nose it has a definite candied dénouement. The wood does impart a bit more of an over bitterness to the finish, so personally I would drink this neat.