Laphroaig 14yo (1998/2013) The Whisky Fair

Wrong Order

Concluding the Feis Ile week (which I did not attend) with this Laphroaig. This sample actually landed unintentionally on my plate as I wrongly ordered it instead of a better whisky. I was going for the sherry matured Laphroaig 1998/2013 by the Whisky Agency (with a 90 score on whiskyfun), but screwed up while translating my bucket list into a concrete order.

laph1998.2013Description: matured for 14 years in a sherry cask (2nd fill?); pale white wine in colour, with thick legs in the glass

Nose: the set-up is pretty common: An obvious bouquet of peated notes, scorched crème bruléé, formaldehyde, rubber and coal ash, with soft hints of pine. Though there the soapy aromas are new.
(with water added: for a short moment strong notes of olive oil, rosemary and garlic emerge, but disappear almost as fast as they appeared.).

Mouth: lightly bodied, opens with a highly alcoholic stinging attack on the palate with the characteristics of citrus peel. Subsequently turns bitter, with notes of peat, smoke, rubber and charred oak.
(with water added:becomes more prickling and vanilla flavours are introduced.).

Finish: long, soft anise and oak, but with sharp notes of chili in the tale.

 

The Verdict: no sherry influence what’s so ever, bares all the characteristics of a Laphroaig but reminds me somewhat of a young Ardmore. Not sure what to say, good I guess? But good enough for a cask strength and surely not for a Laphroaig. I’m not wow’ed and neither should you.
Score: 84

Nose: 22

Taste: 21
Finish: 20 Balance: 21
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house