|typo on the label... it should be 10/96-05/13
Color: Chardonnay with very slow and thick legs. Almost like a vegetable oil.
Nose: Surprisingly subtle, floral and elegant. Apple compote and freshly sliced Bartlett pears. Hyacinths and daffodils... Distant peat, candle wax and green malt. Banana cream pie, vanilla extract and simple syrup. A few drops of water lifts the peat on the nose, gets more coastal, less floral: Seaweed, wet sand and ocean spray. More like a Laphroaig now...
Palate: Here is the peat... Dry, not medicinal but earthy peat. Fireplace ash and campfire. Beeswax, chestnut honey and creme caramel. Fresh quince slices and grape seeds. Adding water brings plastic food container, cracked black peppercorns and roasted almond notes. Perfect wood influence... You barely feel it but it wraps everything nice and tidy.
Finish: Long with sea salt, black pepper and spruce.
Overall: This is a very nice, delicate and floral Laphroaig. I very much liked it... Those waxy notes both on the nose and on the palate could easily make me think that I was tasting a heavily peated Clynelish in a blind tasting. By now everybody knows how big of an ex-bourbon barrel fan I am but I have to say ex-bourbon matured old Laphroaig's are a real treat. I remember the days when we were able to find these beautiful green hexagonal OMC tubes on the shelves almost in every reputable liquor store at very decent prices. Those days are long gone... They are still around but harder to find and their prices are tripled like almost everything else unfortunately. Thanks to Josh Hodas for the sample.