Laphroaig distilled Mar 1988, bottled Feb 2005 for The Whisky Fair 2005. Aged in refilled butt for 16 years and bottled at 50% ABV. Loss of citrus fruits, paired with classic medicinal notes, peat is gentle.
Two interesting Glenallachie landed in The Writing Club today: 2008 and 2009 single cask, exclusively bottled for Denmark.
Both bottled in May 2020, the 2008 spent 11 years in Chinquapin Barrel, which is a kind of slow growing American Oak with soft wood, which allows deeper penetration of the distillate during maturation. This oak is usually mixed with other oaks to make barrels, and these barrels tend to produce flavour of nuttiness to resultant whisky. This particular cask 6886, made entirely out of Chinquapin oak, previously used to mature bourbon, imparted ample nuttiness (chestnuts) to this expression, making it a very unique, yet familiar whisky!
As for the 2009, cask 1050 which previously aged First Growth Bordeaux wine, was selected to aged this whisky for 10 years. Plenty of dried citrus fruits, cinnamons, honey can be experienced on the palate.
Both of these are bottled at cask strength and can be enjoyed now by the dram in The Writing Club!