On the twenty-third day of the Dramcalendar, we have the Laphroaig 2005, bottled by Duncan Taylor as part of their ‘The Octave’ bottling series.
An octave cask is one eighth the size of a butt (i.e. 50 liters). Due to the increased wood-to-spirit contact, the small casks have a fast, very noticeable effect on the whisky inside.
|Bottling series:||The Octave|
|Age:||10 Years Old|
|Category:||Single Malt Scotch Whisky|
|Cask Type:||Sherry Octave Cask Finish|
|Number of bottles:||88|
All the stuff you expect from a Laphroaig. Medicine, iodine, bandages and smoldering ashes – or to put it short: a burned down hospital at the beach. Embedded in a mix of red apples and honeyed citrus fruits.
Full-bodied, sweet and oily. Peat, medicine and seaweed balanced by white pepper, honey, vanilla and caramel.
Long, very dry and slightly peppery. Dark chocolate and mocha.
Very straightforward and not all that exciting overall. I don’t have the feeling, that the octave really added too much to the whisky. All in all a (slightly) sherried regular 10 Years Old in my opinion.
Score: 84 / 100