70cl // 51.5% ABV
It looks like Laphraoig has done just that as this year’s special “friendship” bottling contains 11-12 Year Old whisky that was produce as close to the old Laphroaig way as possible. All the malt came from their own maltings and only the 2 smallest stills were used for distillation. It’s as Laphroaig as Laphroaig can get.
Nose: Refreshing fruit with solid peat at the front. Kind of minty, vegetal, slight peanuty, green grapes, and lingonberries. Bit plasticy.
Taste: Sweet herbal notes. Ferns and it makes me think green for some reason. Kind of refreshing like an Irish Springs soap bar. Peaty but not very strong. Even though this is bottled at a hefty 51.5% it does not taste like it. I would have thought it were more in the area of 46%. It comes off as being light and a bit oily.
Finish: Nice and long gentle sweetness with easy peat. Sweet like herbal tea.