Me? I took one sniff and knew rushing through this wouldn’t do justice so took my wee sample home…
However the other gents gamely carried on… enjoying immensely!
My turn came a few weeks later, on a relaxed evening after a manic few weeks of work.
Laphroaig 19 year (Oct 1996-Feb 2016) Cask No 10720 53.9% (Old Particular) Bottle 1 of 22, Refill Hogshead
- Nose – Medicinal, smoky, maritime sea salt, a bit of black pepper peaking behind, then mellowed into an incredible cinnamon sweetness, chased by an almost pine freshness… after some time more like creme brûlée, chocolate caramel. cappuccino with a dusting of mocha… in short yum!
- Palate – Wow! All chewy leather and toffee, nicely smoky and spicy, all swirling about, chocolaty even
- Finish – Leather, tobacco, more of that cinnamon sweetness, long and lingering
It gave the impression of a beautiful complex nuanced dram… As I literally only had two small sips, no chance to try with water but it was a delight to have any at all to try!
It also was my first snifter of the evening, with no hint of harshness for the 1st nip of alcohol, let alone a cask strength one. An exceedingly good sign of it being a dangerously drinkable dram!
I’ve not had the pleasure of “Old Particular” bottles but if this was any indication… I wouldn’t mind keeping an eye out…
No luck tracking down further details about this particular sample, however the Old Particular Laphroiag 18 year can be found at The Whisky Exchange for £150.
What else did we sample in our Krishna Collection evening in July 2017?
- Glen Grant 60 year (14 Oct 1950 – 22 Nov 2010), CS No 2750, 2760 40%
- Bowmore 12 year (1970s – 80s) 40%
- Bowmore 16 year “The Prestonfield” Vintage 1972 (28 Feb 1972 – 1988), CS No 1036-39 43%
- Glen Garioch 17 year (1996-2016) Cask No 3730 55.7% (Adelphi)
- Caol Ila 36 year (1980 – July 2016) Bourbon Hogshead, 52.3% (Cadenhead’s) 210 bottle
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