SMWS 20yr Laphroaig

SMWS 20yr Laphroaig - 29.122 Cool as a mountain stream

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Mashtun notes:

The nose on this dram gave us sweet sherry, smoke, boxes of fireworks, sulphur, and treacle. The palate was very earthy with sulphur, matches, polish, iodine, and as one member put it “the skipper’s nautical shoes”. The finish was long, smoky, and malty – tangtastic! Letting this one breathe brings out burnt rubber and deepens the sherry notes and sweetness. A little water smoothens the taste without removing any of the substance – careful not to drown it though as it’s easy to add too much water to this dram. Overall this is a typically fantastic offering from the SMWS.

Overall Mash Tun Score = 73

SMWS 20yr Laphroaig - 29.122 Cool as a mountain stream

Nose:

Lovely sweet peatyness

Palate:

Dirt, sulphur, and matches

Finish:

Long, smoky, and malty

Colour:

Rusty

Texture:

Thick

Air:

Opens up the sulphur and peat and brings out burnt rubber. Also brings out sherry and syrup notes. Like drinking sweet dirt.

Water:

Lightens the taste but it still has baws! Also lengthens the finish

Overall score and comments:

77/100 Stunning Islay. Everything you want from an Islay and more. A classic peaty sherry Laphroaig.

SMWS 20yr Laphroaig - 29.122 Cool as a mountain stream

Nose:

Instant sherry notes and heavy peatiness, boxes of fireworks, tarmacadam, treacle sponge

Palate:

School gym hall, yacht varnish, the skipper’s nautical shoes, sherry

Finish:

Medium-long finish, familiar Laphroaig smokey aftertaste

Colour:

Mahogany

Texture:

Soft, dense

Air:

Sherry notes seem to deepen with time

Water:

Smoothens out the flavour, restraint required not to drown it

Overall score and comments:
68/100 a nice offering from Laphroaig, meets expectations but doesn’t exceed them, hence it doesn’t quite make a 70.

SMWS 20yr Laphroaig - 29.122 Cool as a mountain stream

Nose:

Smoke, peat, sherry, and sulphur. Really sweet sherry notes

Palate:

Earthy polish with iodine

Finish:

Tangtastic – dirty!

Colour:

Rusty water with very nice legs

Texture:

Maple syrup

Air:

What Dave said J

Water:

N/A

Overall score and comments:

75/100 I just love the stuff

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