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03 Aug 2011

Laphroaig 10 years old (Rotation 1968)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Laphroaig

Note n°750 on this blog so let’s dig up something special for the occasion. And special it is, no doubt: a Laphroaig 10 years bottled in 1968. Yes, that’s 1950’s distillation! It’s bottled in clear glass, look at that colour…

Ardbeg collector Geert Bero managed to find a pristine case (!) of these beauties in the States (most of them rotation 1967 actually). Some people have all the luck… Well done of course and I was happy to able to taste it.


Laphroaig 10 (1968 Carlton)Laphroaig 10 yo (91,4 US Proof, OB 1968, 4/5 quart, Imported by The Carlton Company)

Nose: peatheads would be disappointed. No big fireworks. Instead it evokes tobacco leaves, cigar ashes in water and unlit coal bricks. All of this mixed with a lovely almond sweetness and even buttery pastry notes. Quite rounded and definitely sherried. There’s a whole range of tiny micro-notes as well: motor oil, leather, turpentine, tea, sea air, dust… Stunningly delicate old Laphroaig. Mouth: quite punchy and briney / salty. Then it grows sweeter with tobacco again (reminds me of the pralines with Havana leaves by Dominique Persoone). Smoked tea. A little toffee maybe. Hints of lemon. Relatively peaty for such an old malt with a slight earthiness in the very end. Great combination with the silky nose. Finish: long, rather sweet and smoky with toffee and liquorice.

This shouldn’t be evaluated like modern malts. The nose is exceptional: delicate and aromatic at the same time. On the palate there’s slightly less complexity but it’s still very beautiful. A lovely piece of history. Thanks Geert!

Score: 94/100

Laphroaig 10 years old (Rotation 1968) 5 Ruben Luyten 2011-08-03
  • Johan

    Congratulations with your 750th note Ruben! Nice one to celebrate…

  • Tim F

    Congratulations, Ruben – and respect for celebrating in such style :)

  • Geert Bero

    Indeed a nice one to celebrate number 750
    Keep up te good work!!!


  • Michael

    Congratulations Ruben. Great tasting notes, as always. I start my day by going to your WhiskyNotes. Thank you.



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