Laphroaig 12 yo 2000 (51,7%, The Whisky Agency ‘Perfect Dram’ 2013, refill sherry hogshead, 291 btl.)
Nose: powerful smoke and ashes, a little antiseptic and Vicks. Also a nice sherry sweetness in the background, some red fruit preserve maybe. Hints of eucalyptus. I like it, it’s really balanced.
Mouth: good balance of sweet peat and herbal notes again. Peated cough syrup. Camphor and mint. Caramelized almonds and toffee. Candied fruits. Not bad but lacks a little depth, I’d say.
Finish: medium long, sweet and peaty. Nothing new happening.
The sherry influence in this Laphroaig is relatively subtle, which makes it seem like a standard Laphroaig, just sweeter and slightly more fruity. Good Islay whisky but not a must-have like the Laphroaig 1991 Liquid Sun, in my opinion. Around € 80.