Douglas Laing – Old Particular – Feis Ile 2015 – Laphroaig 14yo – Tasting Notes

The first ever commemorative bottling for Fèis Ìle by Douglas Laing to honour the whisky island’s festival of Malt & Music is a 14 year old Laphroaig expression. Only 636 bottles produced in the Old Particular series, single cask refill butt with reference DL10694 and bottled at 48,4%.

We were sent a sample of this just before we went to Islay for the festival, and took it with us, so we could enjoy it with some great views that Islay has to offer.

So looking outside now, looking over the water that’s hitting the rocks, rain and wind taking over, feeding the plants and water sources for the distilleries, and some Norma Munro playing, this is the perfect dram for drifting away a bit and enjoying the beautiful island Islay…

Nose
Peaty and dense sweetness coming from the nose with some heather notes, rich dark berries and some vanilla richness. There is a feel of fruit behind the peat, making me think of red apples, banana and pear juice.

Palate
Sweet feel of peat with some honey and heather notes, creamy chocolate, strawberries, raspberries and black current. Bit salty note lying underneath with some earthy notes. There is some lemon and orange notes on the end of the palate noticeable.

Finish
Medium length, sweet honey and some chocolate with vanilla notes linger on. Bit almost woody dryness feel on the end though.

Score
A sweet and fruity peaty expression. Scoring it a 7,5/10. Thanks Douglas Laing for sharing this with us!

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