Douglas Laing’s Laphroaig 18yo (Consortium of cards)

Douglas Laing continues to keep things fresh with one of the latest releases.. The consortium of cards is a limited release of Old Particular bottles that  has been themed around a pack of cards..  The first release is an 18 year old Laphroaig that has matured in a single refill Butt, producing 665 bottles and is of course all natural !  Bottled at 50% abv..

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When you first open a Laphroaig you kind of know what to expect and if your a fan then you know it’s going to be smoky  with a little iodine for good measure so let’s see what this one has to offer..

My thoughts.

Your instantly transported to the beach, with the barbecue finished, the waves lapping on the rocks, your feet cooling in the damp sand, its dark and there is a salty dampness in the early morning  air,  just a few feet away the once roaring  fire is starting to smoulder, the damp wood is crackling and the smoke is rising through the spitting fire. You reach into your pocket for something to eat but all you have is some dark toffee and a few segments of the Orange chocolate infused with ginger that you shared out earlier, someone offers you one of those fruit salad sweets you used to eat as a kid and a little cinder toffee and you wonder off into your own little world.. After a few minutes of fruity dreaming you reach down for a thick damp branch that is  just smouldering on the edge of the fire and write your name in the darkness, the wafting smoke fills your nostrils and eyes and stains your clothes  with the scent of ash, once again  you feel the urge to eat toffee apples and vanilla fudge, liquorice sticks and burnt apple strudel.. Alas is it all a dream or a distant memory… The power of the dram !!

Thoughts.. This is a very nice Laphroaig that just draws you !  The first sip dries upon impact and leaves you dreaming of days gone by.. Smokey, fruity and full of those typical Laphroaig notes.. A real stonking Islay malt and very worthy of carrying the Douglas Laing Stamp..

I would like to thank Douglas Laing for this official sample..

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Brett Macc says:

    A very interesting way to do a write up.

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  2. Whiskymad says:

    Hello Sorren, I had to read this review twice before I understood what you are trying to say but I now get it, a very interesting way to review a whisky and the thoughts it provokes are powerful. Well done indeed.

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  3. sorrenkrebs says:

    Thanks George.. 👍

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  4. George, elPolako says:

    This is manipulation of the best kind. I didn’t need to close my eyes to FEEL! Sorren, this is magical piece. I love your style, i would love to sample this beauty. Thank you for this so personal, so deep review. Bravo!

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  5. sorrenkrebs says:

    They do design a great bottle/label/box package 👍

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  6. Ditto Tobi@barleymania, thats a bit steep for me also. But man I would if I could. And the bottle itself is just gorgeous, I’d buy just to have it looking pretty on my shelf.

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  7. sorrenkrebs says:

    It is certainly a lovely dram and any laphroaig fans are going to drool over this one !

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  8. Man, this sounds great! I’m really intrigued by this whisky, but the EUR 200 pricetag attached to it is a bit out of my reach at the moment… thanks for sharing your impressions of it so vividly & congrats on scoring a sample, Sorren!

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