Laphroaig, 25 Year Old (2019 Release) (700ml)
A cask strength Laphraoig is truly something to behold, much less one that's seen a quarter of a century of ageing!
This here is the 2019 release of Laphroaig's 25 Year Old Cask Strength expression.
The smoky single malt has been matured in a duo of both bourbon barrels and Oloroso sherry casks for a whole 25 years.
Eventually it was bottled in 2019 at cask strength, weighing in at a generous 51.4% ABV.
Nose: At bottling strength the aroma seems quite closed giving only a rich, sweet scent but a touch of water releases all the multitude of different flavours. The initial sweet, sherry sweetness is quickly followed by the time-honoured Islay peat tang. After this opening burst of flavour there is a smooth fruit ripeness that complements the tang of salt in the background.
Palate: The burst of peat that fills the mouth is quickly restrained by a sherry sweetness that slowly develops into spicy apple fruitiness.
Finish: Very long and warming leaving a distinct tang of Islay.