Tasting: New Laphroaig 18 Year Old

on 17/02/12 at 9:38 am


“A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to a Laphroaig tasting held at Albannach (a posh whisky bar in Trafalgar Square in London).  I’m not often invited to this sort of event as I’m not very important in the grand scheme of things and very few people know who I am – the majority of the tastings I go to are our own events organised by TWE Vinopolis – so this was a real treat.

The tasting was hosted by the Laphroaig distillery manager, John Campbell, who was candid in response to requests for technical information, modest and self-effacing with regards to his own achievements and clearly fiercely proud of both Islay and the Laphroaig distillery and its products – and rightly so, as the new releases are superb.  In an age of PR bull and marketing waffle, it was refreshing to be told about a product by someone who actually knew what they were talking about, and was able to communicate in a sincere manner without ever slipping into hype.

The Laphroaig 18 (which is replacing the much-loved 15yo) was being bottled that day, so we tasted a pre-production sample.  Laphroaig 18 has been bottled at 48% (the same strength as the Quarter Cask) and is due to arrive imminently, with a pricetag of around £50.”


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