Laphroaig 30yo tasting notes
Let me preface these notes with the fact that I passed on purchasing a bottle of Laphroaig 30 four times due to price and/or interest in others at the time. I finally took the plunge and very glad I did as it will disappear when the new 18 & 25 are released. Here's my impressions:
Name: Laphroaig 30yo 43% abv
Color: Dark amber
Nose: Seaweed, sour/herbal, weathered oak planks, dusty books, mild pie spices, dark dried fruits after a minute (apricot, dates), a sweet dried floral note at the back like potpourri, very faint hint of ashes, as it sits awhile soft leather and old pier
Palate: Sweet, tangy spice, strong oak dryness in the middle, sorghum, wood char, then a drier spice wave picks up steam
Body: Oily, long legs
Finish: Assertive fade toward the oak with ashes again at the roof of the mouth that hangs around forever
Notes: This one puts all other malts in perspective. I can feel the quality, the age, the balance, the heritage of this distillery's style that led up to a 30 year journey from 10 to 15 and this leap shows what patience can do. The marriage of flavors and aromas speaks volumes and the above notes are just a hint of what's in there. I was expecting more smoke to be left, but the way it integrates so subtly just makes it all the more an integral element than any sort of dominating factor. With a splash of water: the aroma is all about multiple tones to the senses, an antique store, a garden nursery, a forest after a rain; the taste emulates all that is good about the aroma, just so drinkable.
Quote: The legend lives
This is just the first small dram from a freshly opened bottle. I plan to do sort of a journal throughout, with different moods ,it may reveal a lot more than this snapshot. Stay tuned.