Laphroaig 32 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland
Reviewed March 14, 2022 (edited May 20, 2023)
Got a sample and I won't be able to fully get into this one, but I'll start my notes here. Nose - What in the HELL? Blasts me with alcohol, red wine, medicinal, funky...weird...rotting fruits? What in the world? As it opens distinct oloroso starts to come out, still, this medicinal funk and smoke is permeating from the glass. This is about as aromatic as any whisky has ever been. This is SHOCKINGLY bold on the nose. There isn't even 1/4 oz of whisky in this glass. A few more minutes later and smoked vanilla, ash, and freshly burned light oak. Lovely , classic Laphroaig has escaped these crazy sherry casks. Taste - Mineral lemon/lime, smoked to hell in the glass. Transitioning to the most perfect smoked lime funk. This is the 25 turned up on the linger, turned up on the smoke, and just rich. Now where is that sherry? Oh yeah it's there up front. More red fruit forward, perhaps a hint of chocolate ever so subtle, but it's there. Oh god....mint huge mint. I need more time with this but for now 4.25. Amazing well aged Laphroaig with a mouth and body that rivals anything. The real show piece is that mineral laphroiag lemon lime thing. It's so much more chalky mineral than most. Unbelievable punch of flavor.