Starting with rich sweetness of figs, moving into a floral flavour of lavender and black pepper developing into sweet natural honey notes
Very peppery, spicy also liquorice root with a slight saltiness. Moving to gentle oak tannins, lovely orange peel and then a dry earthiness
Lovely creamy walnuts enveloped by the very distinct Laphroaig peatiness that lasts and lasts
Translated as Big Ocean, this unique expression is a celebration of the art of Laphroaig, with only the best batches hand selected by our distillery manager for their exceptional flavour. All have been matured in first-fill-only ex-American white oak bourbon barrels in our warehouse right next to the Atlantic. This whisky is then carefully re-casked and left to sleep in the finest European oak. The result is an extraordinary fusion of flavours, from our unmistakable medicinal peat, to the soft and spicy caramel tones of the American wood, to the big, rich “burnt apricot and raisin” of the European oak. Finally bottled and non chill-filtered, the distillery manager’s selected batches are marked with his signature. Anything that can withstand the Atlantic for 200 years deserves a little recognition.
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Reviews by Drammer.com users
- Tasted at:
- Smoky, slightly medicinal, maritime (seaweed, oysters), wood ashes, damp earth, dried fruits (apricots and raisins), honey and caramel notes, marmalade, some lemon. Water opens up farmy notes and fruit acid drops
- Slightly sweet and salty, smoky and ashy, phenolic, iodine, brine, lemon peel, some green apple notes
- Rather long, slowly getting dry, a bit oaky, salty, nutty
- Nice whisky despite the fact that it’s NAS. Very “Laphroaigy” expression with proper strengths and medicinal nature, however, it’s quite rounded. Very good balance and overall drinkability. Quite expensive as for NAS but worth the price on my opinion.