March 23, 2013
It is amazing how medicinal this old whisky still is. The complexity in this epic dram is enormous. – Rating: 90/100
November 14, 2012
The (mild) PX sweetness makes this an interesting variation on the Quarter Cask. It is well worth a try although it shows a little less complexity. – Rating: 87/100
May 6, 2012
Quite unusual for a Laphroaig and obviously from a worn-out cask. Not all bad, but not all good either. – Rating: 76/100
April 26, 2012
A very strong wood influence takes away some of the fruity delights pleasing the nose. This is a very un-medicinal Laphroaig. – Rating: 85/100
April 16, 2012
It may not be immediately recognizable as a Laphroaig, but it’s a fine example of a rather typical Islay style malt. – Rating: 86/100
March 24, 2012
The full sherry impact masks the Laphroaig-ness here, still this is a fine dram which shows that peat and sherry can get along very well. – Rating: 85/100
March 10, 2012
An unusual sherried Laphroaig, the wine takes away some of the maritime peat punch and replaces it with a nice fruitiness. – Rating: 86/100
March 3, 2012
This is a quintesential Laphroaig, much cleaner and crisper than the original bottlings in a way. – Rating: 88/100
November 26, 2011
I can only describe this malt as very crisp. It is not overly complex but it leaves no doubt that it is a very fine young Laphroaig, focussing on the essentials. – Rating: 87/100
September 29, 2011
This Laphroaig is a bit on the sweet side which complements the smoke and spice very nicely. – Rating: 86/100
September 12, 2011
Not really typical for the distillery, but this is a malt whisky which gets your fantasy rolling. The essence of Islay in a glass. Perfection. – Rating: 90/100
July 19, 2011
This dram is living proof that combining peat and sherry can work very well. Strangely it feels slighty watery neat, but adding a little water gives it some more depth. – Rating: 89/100
July 5, 2011
The sherry cask adds a slight fruitiness to this Laphroaig that is in perfect balance with the trademark medicinal peat. Very delicious! – Rating: 91/100
May 26, 2011
This fine peated dram has got the typical Laphroaig tang, but it is not quite as flavour-laden as the standard distillery bottlings, probably because it does not seem to have been matured in a first fill cask. – Rating: 85/100
January 11, 2011
A very nice Laphroaig with a rather typical flavour profile, just a little smoother and less aggressive than the original 10 yo. – Rating: 86/100
December 15, 2010
The sherry is well noticeable and is taming the rough distillery character a little. Quite smooth on the palate despite the 48% and not as medicinal as the 10 yo. – Rating: 87/100
December 8, 2010
This is a very unusual Laphroaig as it displays almost none of the medicinal notes that the distillery is so well known for. But it’s a very high quality malt with a lot going on in the nose and on the palate. – Rating: 89/100
August 27, 2010
I was lucky enough to secure samples of batches 001 and 002 of the new bottlings. And I happen to have an open bottle of the now obsolete 55.7% red stripe CS on my shelf. Time to pour three wee drams and hunt down the differences.
August 11, 2010
Not as medicinal as the reular expressions in favour of a nice citrus fruitiness. The 2010 Cairdeas is a bit unusual but very enjoyable nonetheless. – Rating: 87/100
July 15, 2010
Compared to the 10yo Cask Strength this is a rather mild Laphroaig, but the higher age does not really result in a more rounded character. – Rating: 83/100
April 29, 2013
It all started with Glenmorangie.since the 1990s the concept of multiple cask maturation of whisky ahs been established in the industry.
April 5, 2013
Diageo’s recent announcement to build a new big whisky distillery next to Teaninich has again – much like it was the case with Roseisle some years ago – prompted a wave of disapproval among whisky geeks.
March 15, 2013
Here is a little idea that came into my mind when I made myself some Fish & Chips today….
January 31, 2013
Musings about the 2013 Whisky Bible
January 23, 2013
It came as quite a surprise when I received an official invitation for the Victoria Whisky Festival a few months ago. Here is the report.
January 10, 2013
Name: Lawrence Graham
Year of Birth: 1958
Place of Residence: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Whisky Involvement: Festival organizer, blogger
January 4, 2013
A closer look at an interesting phenomenon.
January 2, 2013
Looking back at 2012, it was quite a turbulent year in the whisky business, particularly in the second half. Lots of things have happened, so it is worthwhile to take a break and reflect some of the major milestones.
January 1, 2013
I am not too much of a statistics geek, but every once in a while it is quite interesting to have a closer look at what happens on the blog.
November 5, 2012
Lamenting about rising whisky prices has become a regular pastime. So I think it is time to have a closer look at how much prices have actually risen over the last years.
September 22, 2012
I have done some number crunching with the bottle data in the Whisky Monitor to see if there is a noticeable trend how independent bottlings do for a specific distillery.
May 17, 2012
A summary of the Scotch single malt blind tasting competition
April 18, 2012
You will be amazed to see what drink can teach whisky a lesson
March 9, 2012
Here is my selection of distilleries that let their whisky do the talking.
November 17, 2011
For the day after WhiskyFest New York, fellow Malt Maniac Peter Silver invited me to a special event in Brooklyn.
October 10, 2011
I received an invitation for this year’s Whisky Show organized by The Whisky Exchange at Vinopolis in London. Even though it was not quite easy to fit this into my schedule, I decided to accept anyway.
June 16, 2011
Here is the basic knowledge you need to find your way around in the world of Scotch whisky, divided into ten categories.
June 11, 2011
An in-depth review of five different whisky glasses
February 9, 2011
Most people like sweets to so some degree, and I am no exception. A classic treat that can be made rather easily is fudge. And a classic variety of fudge is the one that has whisky added to it. Needless to say that this is my favourite.