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Chemistry for Whisky nerds…

We have but a few Whiskies of our last bottling left and The Whisky Agents have been busy trying to find an adequate sequel to the great Whisky we got to deliver to you last time.

Last week we visited Stefans new warehouse and tasting room. He climbed around on the stacks of casks to gather up six samples of different Whiskies. Two from ex-bourbon, two from sherry and two from peaty casks that previously held Whisky from the famous Islay distillery Laphroaig. Now I am often a little weary about juice that has been matured in smoky casks because it can taste a little disjointed. But we decided to take the sherry and Laphroaig samples home for further studies (aka. sipping) since we just bottled a bourbon version last time around.

A week later we tried the samples at various strengths and did find the 8 year old ex-Laphroaig to be quite impressive. We did leave it at cask strength, which was only around 48% vol. anyway.

It tastes like a candy of Marder Whisky (sweet, malty, creamy and fudgey) with a wrapper of Laphroaig ashyness around it. Sounds good right. Well it is…

We will let you know as soon as the Agents Whisky 2.0 is for sale.

The Laphroaig Brothers

The best selling Islay export I hear. I could go for a Laphy anytime but it’s not at the top of my personal Islay list. Today I will compare the original 10 year old to a 15 year old bottling by Clan Denny for Divo. Let’s see if they can change my mind…

laphroaig10Laphroaig 10 , 40% vol., 2017
S: 3 G: 3 P: 5 / Color: light amber / Score: 85

Noses quite dense and thick, brine and seaweed give way to some citrus fruits. All of that is of course smothered with cold smoke, ashes and iodine bandages. Some, wet tarry ropes are present and if you manage to get past all those hefty aromas you could find some vanilla hiding in a corner. The mouthfeel is oily, which I like a lot. Some anise, liquorice and a just a hint of Demerara sweetness. Good, light wood influence and of course ash, tar and a gulp of ocean water. Not overly complex but good Laphroaig the way we know and like it.

LaphyLaphroaig 15, The Clan Denny, 54.6% vol., 2016
S: 5 G: 2 P: 4 / Color: white wine / Score: 87

A lot fresher and brighter on the nose with lots of freshly made tablets (Scotch caramel, you should try it). Ripe, juicy lemons and surprisingly the peat is not to obvious on the nose. Interesting! Tastes sweet, thick and almost chewy. After this unusual start come signature the ashes and spices. Again anise, liquorice and additional cardamom and chilli for good mesure. Medicinal sweetness;) This is Laphroaig alright! Not as coastal as the 10 year old but really a great perspective. I suspect a good first-fill bourbon barrel had something to say. Like this!

The Clan Denny is somehow more intriguing. I will try to find a track to accompany this wee dram. Will publish shortly…