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Laphroaig 25yo 1986/2011

(60.6%, A.D. Rattray Cask Collection, Bourbon, C#2123, 170 Bts.)
Average Score: 87
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
DistilleryLaphroaig
BottlerA.D. Rattray
RangeCask Collection
Brand NameLaphroaig
Age25
Year Distilled1986
Year Bottled2011
Alcohol By Volume60.6%
Other DetailsBourbon
Cask Number#2123
Bottles170
Issued2011
Average Score87


Maniac Ratings
Robert Karlsson88
Konstantin Grigoriadis83
Ho-cheng Yao87
Thomas Lipka85
Rich Howard90
David Wankel83
Keith Wood89
Oliver Klimek85
Ralf Mitchell93
Ralf Mitchell93


Retired Maniac Ratings
Johannes van den Heuvel84


Tasting Notes
Robert KarlssonBig sweet-tooth nose here. On the candied oranges.. and smoke? Considerably drier than expected, with spicy really lively white-peppery smoke. The fruits arrives in the aftertaste. A big chewy aftertaste that is. Special one.
Rich Howarda smooth and well-integrated nose, with moderate wood smoke, hints of charred wood, sea air, sweet cream and vanilla. a bit deeper and more well-rounded than those notes might suggest. the palate is strong and sweet, orange citrus, butterscotch, and vanilla, with plenty of smoke throughout and lingering on the finish. water sweetens up the nose a bit on vanilla and fresh caramel, adds a subtle undercurrent of fresh bandage that grows strong over time, a hint of antiseptic. the palate is still strong and punchy, with orange citrus and orange zest, salted caramel, and quite some tobacco and a bit of pepper on the finish. summary: a smoky, fiery dram with a lovely undercurrent of sweetness that stands up to both time and water. [tasted blind for the 2011 Awards]
Keith WoodGlass: Classic Malt - Colour: 21ct yellow gold - Nose: An initial burst of galia melon and papaya is followed by a suggestion of cherry wood. After 3-5 minutes a smokiness begins to appear which is followed after 2-3 more minutes by a slightly antiseptic suggestion. - Palate: An initially smooth mouth-feel offers an expanding fruity punch and a light pepperiness. This expands to include lots more fruit and then light peat. - Finish: Very long and fruity with a mild peatiness. - Overall Impression: Another truly excellent Laphroaig approaching "Greatness", but not quite.