James Macarthur Old Masters Laphroaig 1998 (12 year old) 57.2% Single Malt Whisky
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Dist: 1998 Btl: 2010
Tasted: Aug 2011
A full, butch, briny and phenolic nose with coal tar and creosote. A lovely substantial depth of coastal fruit and just a touch of medicinalness! With time it becomes more manurey. Classic!
The palate is lightly oily with the peat carry a slight coffee inge. Quite sugary and violety, this makes the peat wonderfully sweet but the sooty, coal tar and rubber notes soon barrel in on a wave of fish oils. Really robust and full and even though the alcohol is imposing it is sublimely balanced. Good length with a violety/ sooty finish.
A drop of water mellows the nose a tad, the sugar has become quite crystalline in form and there is a slight grassiness now. The peat intensity has dropped off a bit, but itís still wonderfully manurey though! The palate follows the same theme and has become a lovely sooty mouthful. Seriously long leaving the mouth coated in a slightly oily, rubbery coal dust!