Whisky Review – Laphroaig 10 year old Douglas of Drumlanrig TWS Exclusive

Laphroaig 10 year old Douglas of Drumlanrig TWS Exclusive

46% ABV

Non-Chill Filtered

Natural colour

£83.00 from The Whisky Shop

  

Nose.

Sweet, dirty, Laphroaig goodness! It is sweet and salty! Salty sea air with sweetened vanilla ice cream. Moss. Wet ropes. Tar. Intense medicinal smoke. TCP, but not as strong as some older releases of the ten year old, this is sweeter smoke. Elements of heavily maple syrup encrusted bacon on a BBQ. Ozone. Pepper spice intense. Damp hay bails. Lots of complexity here. This is a very nice, down and dirty Laphroaig. 

Palate.

Sweet grassy arrival. Lots of sweetened green fruits. The mouthfeel, while mouth coating, is quite light. The development becomes a little oilier, literally, with some engine oil intensity coming into play alongside, the earthy moss characteristics. Liquorice. Herbal notes, some peppery green leaves, cress. Apples run through the experience alongside all of the ashy smoky goodness. 

Finish.

Warming, spicy and earthy. Ash, with wet green grass and some herbal lozenges. 

Adding water.

A few drops added. The nose has now become more concentrated on the fruity aspects, green apples, juicy and fresh, with the smoke taking a back step. The palate also highlights this now fruitier aspect to the dram, it really is quite delicious. Less dirty and earthy and Laphroaig like, but more approachable and very fulfilling. The mouthfeel also seems thicker somewhat. The finish is also much fruitier, with an added pepper twang, there is still the earthy smoke and moss, but very much in the background, and now hidden in the chest during the finish. Breath out and the smoke comes with it. Quite the enhancing experience. I recommend water for experimentation, you may not like it as much if you like your smokey whiskies dirty through and through. 

Conclusion. 

An excellent Laphroaig. Really beautiful, intensive, heightened experience stuff. Love it. 

Thanks so much to The W Club for providing the sample. 

Whisky Review – Glenfarclas 1994 TWS Exclusive

Glenfarclas 1994 TWS Exclusive

43% ABV

Non-Chill Filtered

Natural colour

£84.00 from The Whisky Shop
  

Nose.



On first pour we have orange juiced soaked sultanas. Rich boozy Fruitcake. Some light prune juice. Cinnamon. Pepper. Clove. A touch of oak. It has a very whisky barrel warehouse feel to it. With a little time to breath and things become a little more rounded and intense. With apple juice joining in, rum and raisin, coffee mocha and some thick golden toffee. 

Palate.

Rich dark fruits dominate arrival, and slowly develop into complex orange chocolate and coffee flavours. The mouthfeel is quite thick and oily. Further development reveals cherry, light pepper spice and a well rounded balance overall with a touch of oak late on. There is something quite rum like in nature to the palate. With some of the vibrancy of the spirit still present. I’m not sure if it is completely representative of a 20 year old whisky (it feels younger), but it does have a very fulfilling palate. 

Finish.

Coffee and dark chocolate are the main features of the long length and warming finish. 

Adding water.

I don’t think this will take much water, but a drop is added for experiment. A much softer nose now. The orange and citrus juices are back up front with more vibrancy and less richness. The palate reflects this new found juiciness at the expense of the more aged undiluted palate. The finish has a little added effervescence. Again, fruitier, concentrating on the citrus and less of the sherry matured richness. Much preferred without water. 

Conclusion. 

A very beautiful Glenfarclas. Very representative of the Glenfarclas signature, tasty and delicious. Personally I’m not so sure of the bang for the buck, it does feel younger than its age, but this does happen. I guess for a 20+ year old Glenfarclas £84 isn’t so bad when compared to the official bottle price for a 21 year old.  

Thanks so much to The W Club for providing the sample. 

Whisky Review – Scallywag Cask Strength

Scallywag Cask Strength

53.6% ABV

Non-Chill Filtered

Natural colour

£49.95 from The Whisky Exchange

  

Nose.



On first pour I get lots of sticky sweet caramel, slightly salted and runny. A rich and milky chocolate. Some light cinnamon and vanilla. With some time more of a nuttiness comes forward, some clove and more fruit becomes present. Sticky boiled in caramel plums. The precursor to making a plum pudding. Some orange rind and some Christmas pudding mixture. Very Speyside. 

Palate.

Arrival is richly sweet and fruity. The quieter fruit notes on the nose are up front on the palate. Chewy and delightful. Develops more chocolate and nuts as the flavours progress. Waves of fruit, fruitcake, spicy chocolate, touches of oak, then back to chocolate fruit and nut. There is a lot of complexity here in the neat form. Intensely sweet and evolving experience. 

Finish.

Long length. Sweet sugars and boiled juicy fruits alongside the dryness of nuts and some dried fruits. With grated milk chocolate at the very end. Quite the experience. The finish lasts longer than the time it takes to eat an average chocolate/nut bar! 

Adding water.

I personally wouldn’t normally add water to this. But a few drops anyway to see what happens. The nose is now more nut concentrated with added intensity on the spices. There is more wood noticeable, with pine wood most prominent. The palate still has a great fruity intensity, a little more oak throughout the development now. The finish is again, more intensive on the nuttiness, slightly shorter, less sweet and less chocolatey. Personally I prefer the sweetness, but if that isn’t your think then water will take that sweet edge of and give a nice variation. 

Conclusion. 

A great dieters dram. If your craving some rich sugary delights this is it! I love it’s fattening feeling and there are some lovely sugary wonders to experience here. Comparing to the standard strength bottling I would go for the cask strength every time. It gives a great show of how just a few extra percent of alcohol can transport a wonderful world of additional flavour. 

Thanks so much to Douglas Laing Co. for providing the sample.