2004 Laphroiag 17 Year Old Cask #5633389 54.8% ABV
The Octave™ Premium Range showcases years of maturation expertise transforming some of Scotland's oldest and rarest whiskies into gently expanded and more sophisticated forms.
These premium whiskies from some of Scotland's most iconic distilleries have been held in sherry casks to intensify their flavours and add new dimension to their flavour profiles, bringing out the best in each rare dram.
BEFORE Tasting Notes:
Nose: Starch typically on iodine and sticking plasters, the peat is quite sweet but not cloying. There are some wonderfully engaging fruity notes underneath - stewed apples and sweet citrus.
Palate: The peat is more ashy than on the nose - driftwood bonfire, fresh oysters in brine, but all balanced with an appealing sweetness. Fresh green fruits rather than the cooked fruits of the nose.
Finish: Well balanced between sweet and dry, the smoke fades and a salty sweet note emerges.
AFTER Tasting Notes:
Colour: Pale Gold
Nose: Restrained, earthy smoke. Sweet toffee sherry with butterscotch. Gentle fruitiness, buttery baked apple and just the slightest hint of a maritime seashore and very soft peat.
Palate: Dry sherry, brine, smoke, toffee, dense and concentrated. Some fruits, cranberry, and pomegranate. Lovely texture on the palate. Some warming spice appears.
Finish: Off dry and peaty. The sherry seems sweeter now. Long and lingering. A classic Laphroaig with some lovely nuances.