This tasting note is for the 18-year-old Laphroaig 1998/2017 SMWS 29.225, which the Scotch Malt Whisky Society named “Slapped by a kipper“. Since my last Laphroaig tasting wasn’t much of a success, let me give it another try with this one!
Colour: Pale straw, almost white wine. Thick lines trickling down the glass.
Nose: Light peat with sweet vanilla warms the nose. Luckily for me, the first aid box smell isn’t very pronounced. Instead, there’s a touch of lemon combined with seaweed and earthy peanuts revealing itself after a couple of minutes. With water, it gets even sweeter and more earthy. This is quite pleasant, I’m happy to say!
Taste: Warming but relatively thin in the mouth. Still, it’s off to a pleasant sweet start again, mostly on a prominent vanilla taste. Then, green tea and fennel appear, followed by a medicinal taste that I’d expected but hoped to avoid.
Finish: Oily liquorice, white fish sushi. Getting slightly dry and more medicinal later.
Comments: Enjoyable dram from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s “Heavily peated” category. I’m not sure I would have put it in that category, given that it’s not that peaty to be fair. “Oily and coastal” perhaps? But I digress: The Laphroaig 1998 SMWS 29.225 is well-balanced, surprisingly sweet and less medicinal than expected (i.e. feared). It’ll be well worth your time if you’re into this type of whisky. Cheers!
Rating: I rated this whisky 86 out of 100.
(Nose 22, Taste 21, Finish 22, Balance 21)
I found the following tasting notes on other blogs:
I enjoyed this dram to music by Robben Ford. Here’s a recent live version of “Indianola” off his 2002 album “Blue Moon”: