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29 Jun 2010

Laphroaig 1996 (The Bonding Dram)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Laphroaig

The Bonding Dram is one of the leading web retailers in Belgium. To celebrate its 3rd anniversary, there’s a bottling of Laphroaig 1996 in the Malts of Scotland Clubs range.

 

Laphroaig 1996 - Bonding Dram Laphroaig 13 yo 1996 (57,3%, Malts of Scotland 2010 for The Bonding Dram, cask #7313, 255 btl.)

Nose: classic young Laphroaig. Peaty with notes of bandages. Tar. A few coastal hints (iodine) and overtones of lemon grass. Sweet apples. Water makes it even better, with more fruit and lemon marmalade. Balanced and round, with everything you’d expect from a young Laphroaig in the right amount. Mouth: rich and ashy but again balanced by sweeter notes and a creamy texture. Tar again. Some salty liquorice in the aftertaste. Water doesn’t change it much, but brings out a nice toffee sweetness in the end. Finish: long, smoky and slightly salty.

A particularly solid Laphroaig with a great balance, congratulations to Jeroen. Available here, priced € 59 and you get a free 5cl mini.

Score: 88/100

Laphroaig 1996 (The Bonding Dram) 4 Ruben Luyten 2010-06-29
  • Dede

    I tasted this one during the Witch. I thought it was an “Ardbeggian” Laffie, with a dry smoke reminding me more of Ardbeg 10 than LS for example. It’s very good indeed.

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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