Color: Bright yellow gold color like canola flowers with quick but thick and oily looking legs.
Nose: Sea spray, wet sand and dried mackerels. It feels like I am crawling into the oil soaked engine room of a fishing boat... Fish skin, olive brine and fresh rosemary leaves. It gets green and vegetal with a few drops of water: Aloe vera, steamed green asparagus and celery hearts.
Palate: Salted and cured fish, grilled lemon halves and burnt ends. Yellow grapefruit slices, sea salt and samphires. Adding water adds a creamy texture... Quite dry: Dry roasted salted nuts, lemon juice and mineral water. Peat, dry soot and charcoal.
Finish: Long with burnt firewood, burnt lemon peel and ground coriander.
Overall: Powerful whisky... I love these bone dry, young(ish) and citrusy Laphroaig bottlings and this whisky is definitely checking all those boxes. Actually it reminded me very much the Cairdeas 2017 release which was a cask strength Quarter Cask if you will remember. A very solid cask choice and an equally good decision to bottle it at cask strength.