#453 • SMWS 29.165 Laphroaig 20 years

57.4% alc./vol.
Laphroaig Distillery, Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland

"Cigar-smoking, perfumed nurse".

Another bottling of the SMWS we are presented here with this excellent Laphroaig of 20 years of age, bearing the words "A perfumed nurse who smokes the cigar" ...

It was distilled on 4 April 1995 and aged in ex-bourbon casks, for a rendering of 214 bottles.

If you do not know the SMWS you can continue reading. If you want to immediately go to the consumption of the criticism of this bottle, please skip the next two paragraphs.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society , or SMWS , is the largest whisky club in the world, with more XNUMX XNUMX members spread across XNUMX countries. With their roots in the UK, they are so extensive that they can afford to buy whisky casks and bottle them for sale exclusively to their members.

Always single casks, bottled cask strength without any mention of the distillery, their expressions are always highly praised and worshipped. Although the percentage of alcohol and the age of the whisky are indicated on the mysterious bottle, no mention of the distillery of origin is found there. The only clue to its origin is in the form of a cryptic code that cannot be deciphered until one has access to the appropriate legend.

As the American politician said so well William Shippen, sr (1712-1801) said so well:

Of course, money does not buy health, but you can at least offer you pretty nurses to bring it back.

Chardonnay of bourbon casks.

Nose:
Fruity peat, citrus and vanilla, lemon, grass and damp earth. Dressings and ashes. Grabbing.

Taste:
Peat, salt and lemon. Oak and hot spices. Citrus fruits continue the party with vanilla, smoke and salt return.

Finish:
Curiously sweet for a peated at this degree of alcohol. The peat is a little less to make room for salt and lemon.

Balance:
A dram in beauty, a Laphroaig that could even be described as epic. I will bring back Patrick order and put this traffic jam in the category " Rhapsody Because, for many reasons that we will not list here, S & M is unfortunately a clumsy example of symphonic metal.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★

#430 • SMWS 29.140 Laphroaig 18 years

60.2% alc./vol.
Laphroaig Distillery, Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland

"Juicy, Salty and Sooty".

Another pillar of the SMWS is put forth here with this too easy to drink bottling of a Laphroaig of 18 years of age, bearing the nickname "Juicy, Salty and full of Soy"

It was distilled on 4 April 1995 and aged in ex-bourbon casks, for a rendering of 189 bottles.

If you do not know the SMWS you can continue reading. If you want to immediately go to the consumption of the criticism of this bottle, please skip the next two paragraphs.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society , or SMWS , is the largest whisky club in the world, with more XNUMX XNUMX members spread across XNUMX countries. With their roots in the UK, they are so extensive that they can afford to buy whisky casks and bottle them for sale exclusively to their members.

Always single casks, bottled cask strength without any mention of the distillery, their expressions are always highly praised and worshipped. Although the percentage of alcohol and the age of the whisky are indicated on the mysterious bottle, no mention of the distillery of origin is found there. The only clue to its origin is in the form of a cryptic code that cannot be deciphered until one has access to the appropriate legend.

As the Canadian figure skater, silver medalist at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, Elizabeth Manley (1965-) said so well:

"Our mentors are the oranges of which we are the juice. "

Peaty pallet and bourbon cask.

Nose:
The dirtier accents of this peat are timid but still present. However, they give way to a medicinal side more typical of Laphroaig. Sea salt, citrus and grilled malt. Ash.

Taste:
Sweet and sweet, it reveals a beautiful peat lemony and iodized. The spices of cask strength push us to accelerate our analysis before they drown us.

Finish:
Still the peat accompanies us through lemon, pepper, honey and vanilla. The complexity of barley returns effectively in retro-olfaction.

Balance:
A sublime nose, an intensely fiery mouth with a finish that gently brings us back to earth, would this emotionally strong whisky have been as much with a more docile alcohol level? Maybe, but that's not the way we like to play with the SMWS.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★