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27 Jul 2011

Laphroaig 1989 (Douglas Laing Platinum)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Laphroaig

Here’s another sherried Laphroaig, distilled March 1989 and bottled last year by Douglas Laing in the Old & Rare Platinum Selection range. In March 2011 another 1989 cask was bottled in the same series (58,5%).

 

Laphroaig 1989 Douglas Laing PlatinumLaphroaig 21 yo 1989 (56,9%, Douglas Laing Old & Rare Platinum 2010, refill sherry hogshead, 212 btl.)

Nose: the tar seems to be a little softer here, but apart from that, the nose is very similar. Big tobacco notes and cocoa. Dark fruity notes. Cigar boxes. Of course also the usual coastal notes, sweet peat and antiseptic. Some graphite. This one leaves a slightly sharper impression than the Liquid Sun bottling. A little mint maybe. Mouth: quite dry, with big peat, some walnuts and hints of olives. Pepper and lemon zest. Big smoke. Seaweed. Certainly less fruity, which makes it less unique (but perhaps more classically Laphroaig). Liquorice. A little ginger. Finish: long, dry and leafy, with salty and bitter touches.

From the nose I though this would be nearly identical to the Liquid Sun release, but on the palate it turns out less rounded and balanced, less sherried and more extreme. Not bad of course, but at this price? Around € 230 – now sold out. This year’s cask is still available but it will cost you over € 300, that’s just ridiculous. Thanks for the sample, Johannes.

Score: 88/100

Laphroaig 1989 (Douglas Laing Platinum) 4 Ruben Luyten 2011-07-27
  • Charlie

    That price is NUTS!

  • Duffer_dk

    Same whisky in a standard bottle at 60 £ and without the box, I would buy. Who needs all that packaging :-)

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    £ 60 is probably not realistic, but if TWA can deliver for € 150, it’s clear that € 300 is pushing it a little too far (certainly because they could offer a similar cask with the same packaging for € 230 a few months ago).

  • http://whiskycritic.com Whisky Critic

    Sounds tasty, but at that price? No way. I’m willing to pay for my whisky, but I can’t afford that!

  • AquaVitae

    I have the 22 year old version, same year, 207 bottles. One of my favorite bottles. It captures the real essence of Laphroaig. The nose is fragrant, vibrating, warming, perfumed and sweet. Maybe the sweetness of older Ardbeg (not sure). More tar on the palate. Sea on the background. Sweetness and a long and lingering tarry, peaty finish. Evolves in the glass. I don’t know about the one Ruben tasted (this one is absolutely fruity, so apparently a very different bottle), but I must say this baby is definitely a solid 90. Price was ridiculous, but worth the money if Laphroaig has a special place in your heart. You only live once…

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  • Tony: I wonder if the rest of the cask is the TWE 1981 just released with no cask number (and a similar though not identical strength)...
  • john marrinan: That is true, but to all intents and purposes a score of 87 is the same as a score of 90. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the maniacs scored it the
  • WhiskyNotes: It's not so much a matter of trusting a score as it is a matter of being able to relate to it.

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