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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: It says 'single cask Scotch whisky' on the label, so yes, technically it can even contain a bit of Girvan grain. Not that it matters a lot though.
  • kallaskander: Hi there, could be a teaspooned blenders cask... technically not a single malt then.... that seems more probable than letting an IB bring out the fir
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