Laphroaig 25, 2016 release, 48.6%. A vatting of second-fill oloroso sherry casks and american oak ex-bourbon casks. Part of the new re-design in packaging which started a few years ago.
Nose: amber, light smoke, hint of fruit comes later in the smell, very interesting.
Palate: slight cherry, mellow smoke, wood comes last, staged tasting.
Finish: short, little to no smoke.
I like long intense finishes, but with such a flavor, a short finish is welcome. It's obviously a mellowed laphroaig where the fruity notes are able to rise above the peaty smoke. I initially tasted light smoke and then it turns into a staged fruity profile. There is a certain mysterious balance that comes with it. Had this at Salon de Shimaji.
thewhiskeyjug.com, Josh Peters, 88/100
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