Laphroaig 1994 12 Years Feis Ile 2006, a special bottling from the 2006 Islay Festival of Malt and Music. This cask was filled in 1994 by John Campbell, Laphroaig’s Distillery Manager, back when he was an apprentice, and was bottled for the 2006 Feis Ile to commemorate John's 12 years of service as the first true "Ileach" to become Laphroaig’s distillery manager.
Colour: gold. Nose: sharp, clean, powerful, maybe just a little closed at first nosing. Unusually floral (lily of the valley), quite grassy with not much peat at first nosing but lots of maritime elements (sea air, oysters, shells). Rather austere I’d say, with also some very nice notes of fern and moss. Mouth: powerful and much smokier now, almost hot. Lots of apple juice, hints of fructose, violet sweets, liquorice… Gets then as medicinal as one can get and nicely camphory. The finish is long, a little hot but balanced, on full peat and green apple mode with again quite some liquorice. In short, the whole is a tad rough but very good and ‘not compromising’ indeed. 90 points.
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|ABV/ Volume||56.0%/ 70cl|