After a few days of quiet at WI towers, whisky wise , we’re continuing with quite a few interesting new-ish (or not so news) expressions , starting with this lovely 18 year old Laphroaig by D.Laing.
Douglas Laing’s “Old Particular” is a unique series of individually hand-selected aged Single Cask Malts and Single Cask Single Grains from all over Scotland. Each is bottled exactly the way the distiller intended: Without coloring, or chill-filtration.The new Old Particular Consortium of Cards Collection is a series of four limited edition Single Cask releases, beginning with the “Queen of the Hebrides”, this Old Particular Laphroaig 18 Years Old. Distilled in December 1998, it was bottled at 50% after 18 long years spent maturing in a Refill Butt. It is one of 665 bottles available.
Nose: lovely big peaty reek on the nose, sweet BBQ meat, bacon and maple sauce, cinnamon buns, soot and ash. Big and lively, peppery.
Palate: ashy up front, then moving to sweet dough and lovely sweet smoke. BBQ meats, in sweet glazing. Tar, and cinnamon gum.and bitter espresso.
Finish : long, ashy, bitter sweet dark chocolate, wood smoke.
that’s A very very good whisky indeed, lots of peat reek, flavour and smokiness , cured meats, and sweet and lovely glazing and sugars going on, which make its just a perfect after meal dram for a nice winter day. Good good stuff, at 145 quid it’s not quite cheap as you can imagine, although the OB 18 is not cheap as well. This is however quite different than the OB. fiercer and sweeter.