1994 Laphroaig 18 Year Old K&L Exclusive Chieftain's Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) (Pre-Arrival)

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One of the great visits from our 2012 visit to Scotland was Laphroaig distillery, where we learned many new stories concerning its fascinating history. The whisky's special combination of sea, smoke, and brine has had a magical effect on people over the years. In 1908, manager Ian Hunter decided to make Laphroaig one of the first distilleries to market itself as a single malt, rather than sell it off for blends. What an idea! Shortly after that, a failed attempt to purchase Laphroaig (as well as a childish attempt to block their water supply with large rocks) led Peter Mackie to build the now-defunct Malt Mill with Laphroaig's exact specifcations, hoping to recreate that unique flavor (he couldn't). Laphroaig was one of the first distilleries to have a female manager (Bessie Williamson) and they're one of the few today that still malts their own barley. Despite their repuation for forward-thinking, they continue to operate very traditionally, making only one type of spirit and filling into only one kind of barrel - first-fill Bourbon casks. While Laphroaig does not sell casks directly, we were able to broker one via Chieftain's exclusively for K&L. This 18 year beauty has everything we love about mature Laphroaig - medicinal notes, brine, and campfire smoke in a more subdued state, mixing brilliantly with soft vanilla and wood spice. It's classic in every way and at full proof - no water added. A fantastic whisky from an iconic distillery's older stock. (David Driscoll)

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2012 | Send Email
What can I say about this exquisite distillery? Having visited the grounds finally, I've developed a clear picture of what makes Laphroaig so special. They do one thing and they do one thing EXTREMELY well. Make smoky whisky, peat some of it on site, and fill it into ex-bourbon barrels or quarter casks. They're are really really good at doing that. This whisky tastes great when it's ten and it's like a dream as it ages. Here we have a classically mellowed 18 year that probably is a bit more smoky than the distillery bottling. The expected iodine nose, has fallen to the back ground and what comes out is a classic nose of oyster shell, sea spray, little marmalade, and vanilla bean. This is a great deal for any lover of this special Islay distillery.

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