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.

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.

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

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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