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10 Jan 2013

Laphroaig 1998 (Archives)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Laphroaig

The Archives series welcomes a new Laphroaig 1998 (there was another one earlier this year). I thought it would be thirteen in a dozen, there are so many Laphroaig releases you know. Mind the cask number by the way, I’ve never seen a cask from that range before.

 

Laphroaig 1998 ArchivesLaphroaig 14yo 1998 (53,8%, Archives 2012, bourbon hogshead #5619, 156 btl.)

Nose: this one surprised me right away. It has strong hints of car workshops, with clean tyres. A lot of freshly laid tarmac as well. Over time this impression fades away, and secondary notes start to show: antiseptic, hay, dark espresso, and some sweet lemon juice. Marzipan. But the initial feeling of deep, phenolic peat was quite unique. Mouth: there it is again, this unique rubberiness (in a good way). Have you ever been in a pit stop during a race? Nice. Very peaty, very tarry, quite dark, really beautiful and focused. Ashes, some liquorice, sugared lapsang tea, coffee roast. Marzipan and candy sugar. Hints of pencil shavings too. Finish: long, peaty, and slightly kippery.

A concept dram, maybe, but a nice one and not just an experiment in peatiness, if you know what I mean. It shows some unique notes and above average complexity. Nice to be surprised by a seemingly standard young Laphroaig. Around € 80, found here.

Score: 90/100

Laphroaig 1998 (Archives) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-01-10
  • Linh

    Thanks for the review!! I’m such a huge fan of your work because you are very concise! :D

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