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04 Feb 2009

Aloha Grip (Daily Dram)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Laphroaig

Let’s review another Laphroaig after the Laphroaig Cairdeas. It’s a single cask bottling by The Nectar in their Daily Dram series. It received a silver medal at the 2008 Malt Maniacs Awards (86 points) so we can expect it to be good.

Aloha Grip is another funny anagram for Laphroaig. Earlier in 2008, they had a 9 years old bottling called Hag Rap Oil.



Aloha Grip – Laphroaig 1992 16y (58%, Daily Dram 2008, 180 btl.)

Peaty, but not overwhelming. Very round, with even less smoke and iodine on the nose than the Cairdeas. Lemon and sweet apple. Vanilla. Nice coastal notes which grow stronger if you add a drop of water. Powerful mouth. I really like the fact that there are different waves of flavour that seem to come and go: lemon at first, then getting spicier and hotter, a small peat explosion with a pinch of salt and afterwards notes of Napoleon lemon sweets (without the sour centre that is) and lemon pie with distant ashes. A parade of typical Laphroaig notes. Long, sweet finish.

Not a cheap dram (almost € 100) but a Laphroaig cask with a lot to offer. Sold out according to The Nectar, but a few stores still seem to have stock.

Score: 86/100.

Aloha Grip (Daily Dram) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2009-02-04
  • Johan

    ‘A lot to offer’ is in my opinion an understatement, I think it’s frightening good whisky and close to the 10y cask strength.

  • Ruben

    At least for me it outperforms the Cairdeas (which is in line with the MM Awards scores), so thumbs up for the Daily Dram!

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  • MARS

    Tryed it yesterday.
    It is really good with an alcool well integrated.
    It looks older than it is.



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