A quick treat from a fellow whisky-a-holic: Tony. He picked this bottle up in Paris from the great La Maison Du Whisky shop while on business. This bottle was selected and bottled for the shop. La Maison Du Whisky also has a special place in my heart because they carry a lot of Japanese whisky – I can be pretty myopic when it comes to Japanese whisky. In any event, this was from the independent bottler Old Malt Cask.
Stats: Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask (Ref No. 5723), Distilled in November 1989 and Bottled in January 2010. 20 Years Old. 194 Bottles.
55.4%ABV. Sherry Hogshead.
Color – dark amber/orange
Nose – peat, orange, some apples in there too, sherry sweetness, caramel notes, oak? smoke, iodine
Palate – peat, big alcohol, chocolate notes, hints of orange, sort of thin,oak, the sherry isnt as present as I thought it would be, interesting spices
Finish – peat, bitterness, singes the taste buds, spices are there as well.
Nose – tones the peat down but its still there, more fruits, malty,
Palate – really opens it up, fruits come bursting out now, malty, peat is ratcheted down, the oak is still there too.
Finish – sweetness, peat
Comments: The nose is wonderful but unfortunately the palate doesn’t quite live up to it. It is definitely not bad, in fact the palate is quite delightful – just the nose really built it up. I still really like it, shows a lot more of Laphroaig other than the peat.