Picture: The Whisky Exchange
Feis Ile 2015 is well underway and Fred Laing and the Douglas Laing crew hosted a few whisky tastings on the magical island of Islay these past few days. To commemorate the Festival of Malts and Music they released a special Feis Ile whisky: a single cask Laphroaig bottled under the Old Particular label. Enough chitchat, let's have a look at it!
Identity Card Douglas Laing Old Particular Laphroaig 14yo
- Independent bottling from Laphroaig Distillery, Port Ellen (Islay)
- Douglas Laing Feis Ile 2015 bottling Old Particular single cask series
- 14-year-old single malt Scotch whisky
- Alcohol: 48.4 % ABV (reduced)
- Distilled in February 2001, bottled in February 2015
- refill sherry butt DL 10694 | 636 bottles
Heaven at 55°37'47.5896 N, 6°9'13.0716 W
Tasting notesColour: A nice golden barley hue. Slow legs form on the side of the glass if you are patient. The liquid is pretty sticky and leaves small beads on the glass.
Nose: There is no need to stick your nose deep into the glass. A few seconds after pouring a glass, the room fills with a stunning (and very Laphroaig-like) perfume. The signature peat and tar are hard to be missed. A mixture of mashed raspberries and soft Haribo bears. Sweet eucalyptus and another Islay trademark fragrance: bandages and antiseptics. After a while, I'm getting more earthy aroma's like wet potting soil and heather. And there's a faint hint of dark chocolate and nuts. A few drops of water reveal some juicy blood oranges to me.
Taste: The mouthfeel is oily and warm. Toasted wood and bandages. Sweet red fruits and a slightly salt note of seaweed. Again those earthy flavours from the peat. Lemon preserved in salt. Water gives me an extra boost of peppery peat and a peach-like sweetness at the same time.
Finish: Salty lemons, smoke, eucalyptus and wood ash dominate the long aftertaste. It almost screams: more please!
Price: £89 / €125 and up. Picture: The Whisky Exchange A sample (and a bunch of goodies) was provided by the kind folks of Douglas Laing. Thanks Jenny!
|The goodie box with an Old Particular nosing glass, the Laphroaig sample,
some Big Peat peat cones and a Rock Oyster cocktail recipe booklet.