Review #973 – Laphroaig 5yr Single Cask Nation 2011

Review #973 | Scotch Review #327 – Laphroaig 5yr Single Cask Nation 2011

The Schtick: This is an independent bottling of Laphroaig spirit that was procured by Single Cask Nation. It was aged in a bourbon hogshead and was bottled without coloring or filtering.

This is day 4 in my mini series: Single Cask Nation Spotlight. If you missed a previous day, here ya go:

Distiller: Laphroaig

Bottler: Single Cask Nation (Jewish Whisky Company)

ABV: 57.9% ABV

Age: 6 Years

Bottle: One of 312 Bottles

Maturation: Ex-Bourbon Hogshead

Nose: Honey, almonds. Strong bandages and smoke, that iodine peat presence is unmistakable. Big bright lemon zest, faint salinity and rich vanilla cream.

Taste: Thick, rich, no real heat. Sweet and loaded with vanilla cream. The peat smoke swoops in though, bringing bandages, vegetal funk, iodine and caramel with it. Big pepper also makes a strong appearance. It’s impressively sweet with lots of caramel, toffee and peanut brittle.

Finish: Short, rich and smokey. Lots of caramel and vanilla here, touch of salt, and a bright peaty finish. In your face, but doesn’t last for hours.

Overall: I really had doubts about a 5yr Frog, but this was really incredible. The caramel note was welcome and integrated very well with the profile of peat and smoke that Laphroaig sets out for. I thought this was phenomenal.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 8

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