Single malt whisky - tasting notes

21 Dec 2011

Laphroaig 1990 (Whiskysite.nl)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Laphroaig

Based on the limited number of bottles and the link with The Whiskyman, we can probably assume this Laphroaig 1990 is from a shared cask. Jack, the friendly chief of Whiskysite.nl kindly provided a sample.

 

Laphroaig 1990 Whiskysite.nlLaphroaig 21yo 1990 (48,4%, Whiskysite.nl 2011, selected by The Whiskyman, bourbon hogshead, 60 btl.)

Nose: quite aromatic. It’s definitely peaty and smoky (hints of bacon) but there’s a nice layer of banana, gooseberries and vanilla to make it a little rounder. Similar to the Laphroaig 1990 by Malts of Scotland in that respect. Nice lemon candy. Some seaweed in the background. Balanced nose. Mouth: sweet and citrusy. More emphasis on the smoke now (smoked fish). Hints of liquorice and antiseptic. Some briny notes as well. Again good fun. Finish: very long, smoky, citrusy.

It’s complex and certainly up there with the other great Laphroaig 1990 we’ve seen in the past few months. Around € 120. They also have a sample for you to try.

Score: 89/100

Laphroaig 1990 (Whiskysite.nl) 4 Ruben Luyten 2011-12-21
  • http://samirdave.com samir dave

    Looks interesting enough to purchase. I’m sold, ordering now…

  • http://www.thosop.com Luc

    All these 1990 Laffie’s are IMHO great drams. You always get that touch of sweetness & fruit that makes them joyfull.

  • http://www.whiskysite.nl Whiskysite

    Thanks for the awesome notes Ruben!!!

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  • WhiskyNotes: You're right, it is a refill bourbon cask. Sorry if I suggested otherwise, but I believe a single cask can never be 80% sherry and 20% bourbon like th
  • Tabrulavubeg: I've tried the 18yo Single Cask yesterday. It's really quite good, but from Ruben's conclusion "an exquisite version of this already really good dram"
  • Johan Andersson: Yes this cask is really fantastic. If you did the Cadenhead Warehouse tasting with Grant MacPherson in Campbeltown 2013 and until Open Day in May 2014

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