Reviewed on Sat 30 Jan, 2016
This bottling was aged for around five years before being finished in a quarter cask for several months, the size of the cask is quite small, thus does not require such a long maturation.
After trying - and being suitably unimpressed by Laphroaig's "QA Cask" offering recently, I decided to give this one a go instead. Released in 2004, this bottling was aged for around five years before being finished in a quarter cask for several months, the size of the cask is quite small, thus does not require such a long maturation.
On the nose: Medium peatiness, pecans, whipped butter and lemon zest. The nose on this is considerably better than the QA version. It's a solid, complex aroma.
The taste: A big whoompf of smoke, held up by a nice peppery peat. There's some chilli flakes in there and a fair old amount of sweet taffy.
The finish: The finish is medium-long... the smoke hangs around for awhile but eventually gives way to citrus bursts and a salty, taffy-like tang.
Personally... Again, I'm not really the biggest fan of these heavily peated whiskies, but I quite like this. It's certainly head and shoulders better than the QA Cask version I bought from the airport. There's a lot of complexity and smoothness to this whisky considering the young age. I've seen this on special a few times for under £35 - if you can grab a bottle for that price then do because I feel it's slightly overpriced at the average of £40-45.
Personal Rating: 82/100
Value for Money: 80/100
Overall Rating: 83.2/100