BTC: Sample 12 (Ben Nevis)

Another ‘educated’ guess. Another sample that I could not pinpoint to a distillery, not even to a region. I started to get specifics from what I smelled and tasted to try and deduce a distillery, region or anything. Considering specific bottlings is something quite impossible with this many different samples.

Nose:
What I got at first was sherry and wood. Also some ‘ripe’ meat that can have that sickly sweet smell sometimes. Also some overripe fruit.

Taste:
A slight burning sensation, sweet, with quite some tropical fruit. Also something fresh on the background. Maybe anise?

Finish:
The finish is long with the sweetness and the meatiness again.

Laphroaig SMWS 29.97I was thinking of a slightly oversherried Highland dram. Quite some wood and fruit influences and a meatiness that I couldn’t really connect to a distillery. There aren’t that many distilleries that have the guts to release whiskies that are bold in a way like this one. I got to Ben Nevis because of that. I think I smelled a slight peatiness.

Laphroaig 20, 1990-2011, SMWS (29.97), 59.1%

Well, this has to be the second most unpeaty dram of Laphroaig I know (I tasted an unpeated one, a while ago from Cadenhead). The flavours put me in a bit of a dilemma because at some points I didn’t like the meatiness, but with the next sip I did. It is on the brink of tasting like rotting meat, but in a very interesting way. The wood and fruit are very nice and it is quite cool to taste something that is so inlike any Laphroaig I know!

4 stars

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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