Back in March I had the good opportunity to attend the Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza in NYC. You might remember that post. If not, here it is. It was a fantastic event and I plan on attending two of the Fall Events: one in Boston, one in Chicago. Details on the Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza Fall schedule to follow in the coming months.
The good folks at the SMWSA were kind enough to give me some samples of the whiskies they were pouring at the NYC event for review. So, before I get to the actual reviews, I’ve got to say thank you to Aron S for the samples!
Today I’m reviewing sherried Laphroaig peat monster and a light little ditty from Rosebank. Why am I reviewing two completely different whiskies in the same post? Well, it is MY blog after all. “I do what I want!”
Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, on to the review…
SMWS 29.88 – Laphroaig – Ex-Sherry 9yo 60.9% ABV
On the nose — It’s very easy to get caught up in the soot and ashes that are all over this nose…
However, getting past that, I found some great bread pudding notes.
After that it’s gets very sea-like…
with loads of fresh caught fish.
Nori wrapped brisket and olive brine.
On the mouth — Rusted iron frying pans soaking in a low-tide pool of sea water which is filled with flint stones and dying crabs, cracked shells and all.
I like this… sort of.
Honied ham sandwich slices and old brown lemons.
It all sound a bit too odd but, in context, it quite nice.
Chicoried coffee (like Luizzianne).
Salted caramels and chocolate covered toffee.
Finish — Full of coffee, chocolate and overcooked prunes.
A tad nutty as well.
All in all, it’s got a decent length.
In sum — Very much a whisky for specific moods. I liken this one to a drink one should drink when they’re ‘pissed the *BLEEP* off’. (to use the parlance of our times…). A really, really odd duck but one that I imagine you’d like if you’re a fan of the Ardbeg Uggy. Very complex and crazy stuff.
SMWS 25.55 – Rosebank – Ex-Bourbon 19yo 60.8% ABV
On the nose — A lightly fruited nose (think pear & pineapple) with hints of herbal teas.
White pepper and even some notes of sweet hay.
Milk chocolate and a touch of light caramel (nice notes I often find in Rosebanks).
Back to the fruits now (the same as before).
What amazes me is how easily, at 60.8%ABV, this one can be nosed.
You’d think this is a low ABV whisky.
Rose pedals and sugared & honeyed chamomile.
On the mouth –– Bright, effervescent and loaded with lemon fizz candies, over-sugared apple sauce.
Lemon, lemon, lemon, lemon, lemons.
Did I mention lemons?
How about… Lemons?
More white pepper and now some white bread toast.
Finish — Juicyfruit gum (like, dead on!), more white pepper and sugarcane.
Lasting peppery finish.
In sum — A very one sided whisky but one that is so easily consumed. Perfect as an aperitif, a mid day pick-me-up or a late summer relaxer.