Laphroaig 30yo Ian Hunter Series 2


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The smokiness is so well-integrated…

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It always surprises me that Laphroaig that big, smokey, challenging Laphroaig, has been a perennial favourite of Aussie malt imbibers.  It always appears in the nations top 10 whisky sales lists.

We just love that Islay smoke!

So, what a treat to see one at its imperious best at thirty years of age.  Released in 2020 and now re-badged as the Ian Hunter series, the legendary distiller at Laphroaig from 1908 to 1954.  And it it looks like this gem was fully matured in Spanish oloroso sherry casks.

From DrinkHacker, “It isn’t until I tucked into my first sip that I really became aware of the peat, the smokiness is so well-integrated with the other aromatics, giving it a lovely, gently smoldering character. It’s soothing and comforting, but also incredibly decadent, that sherry evoking clove-studded oranges, honeyed nuts, and some nutmeg dusted atop. The finish continues the theme, intensely winey and nutty, with chocolate notes emerging in time. It’s absolutely gorgeous and literally impossible to stop drinking, and now that I have no more, I find myself intensely, terribly sad.

Official notes read, “A non-chill filtered whisky with sweet sherry notes underscored by Laphroaig ‘s characteristic peatiness, aged for 30 years in Spanish Oak Oloroso Sherry oaks”.


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