Single Cask Nation / Laphroaig 10 2017 55.0% / 750mL
Color: White goldThis cask bottling, distilled in December 2006, spent ten years maturing in a 2nd fill ex-Bourbon Barrel. It was bottled at cask strength in May 2017 at 55.9% ABV. Cask #0800123 yielded 144 bottles.
Nose: Minerals and farmyard, fried fish oil, smoked chamomile (if there were such a thing), star fruit and quince, caulking, tar and pine sap, Red Hots, and grape leaves, dirty pool water
Palate: Good amount of pepper and cinnamon up front (reminiscent of a peppery Bowmore but dingier) with very pleasing sweet cereal notes and sugar cookie butteriness. There’s an oiliness that builds mid-palate
Finish: Clean with coastal air and key lime
On the label: Clean and crisp while sweet and salty, this classic example of the distillery style balances a smoky oiliness with a spicy, peppery palate, and a coastal finish