Sunday, November 21, 2010

Whisky review: Signatory Vintage Laphroaig 1999

This particular expression of Laphroaig was released by Signatory, an independent bottling company founded in 1988.  It was matured in a refill butt, which I assume means a refill sherry butt and not something slightly less dignified.  This means I would not expect a lot of sherry influence, since refilled casks lose the character of their original contents as they get used.

The whisky is seven years old and is bottle #343 of 778 from cask #2755.  Since it's a single cask bottling, this means there are only 777 other whiskies just like it in the world.  And, since my bottle is nearly empty, it's soon to be 776, at most.

Signatory Vintage Laphroaig, 46% ABV
Distilled 1999, 7 years old
Single malt Scotch whisky (Islay)

Appearance: White wine.

Nose: Peat, bacon.  Noses a bit like the Caol Ila 1978 25 yr.

Palate: Peat, some green veggies, more peat.  Coal.  Barbecue.  Lively and young, but deep with smoke and salt.

Finish: Peat, salt.  Very maritime-y.

Rating (of 100): 89.  Peat.  And other stuff.  But mostly peat.

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