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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!

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