Laphroaig 1970 Gordon & MacPhail - Meregalli, a very limited bottle.
1970! Remember the Samarolis? Plain and utter masterpieces… Will this one match them? Colour: full gold. Nose: phuuuh! It starts both mineral and chartreuse-y, kind of haughty, and certainly very medicinal, albeit not exactly ‘hospitaly’. Wet concrete and rocks, camphor, aniseed and mint, cedar wood, sour apple juice, grapefruit, bandages… And then more tropical fruits kick in, such as not-too-ripe mangos. Maybe these funny star-shaped fruits, I think they’re called, err, star fruits. It’s fuller, wider, kind of sexier than the 1972. More extravagant. With water: fab. Polishes and dried tropical fruits, tiger balm, and everything we’d already found before water was added. What a nose!
Mouth (neat): holy featherless crow! Liquorice, mango chutney, marmalade, camphor, myrtle, sloe, kippers, chartreuse again, caraway, salt, menthol, caraway, grapefruits, ashes, something fusely… A real tornado of a whisky that combines some fatness and a superb sharpish side. With water: exceptional again. Please call the Anti-Maltoporn Brigade again. Finish: endless, citrusy, waxy, peaty, salty, tropical, medicinal. There isn’t anything missing. Perfection. Comments: only disappointment, I was expecting this – while we all love good surprises, don’t we. Pure magic, these batches of Laphroaig sure are among the best whiskies ever bottled. Shouldn’t we contact the UNESCO commission? They sure deserve classification! SGP:568 - 96 points.
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|Bottler||Gordon & MacPhail|
|ABV/ Volume||55.2%/ 75cl|