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Scotch Malt Whisky Society – SMWS 29.100 (Laphroaig) – A League of its own

January 14, 2012 Drink No Comments

I finally cracked open one of my bottles of A league of its own, as the SMWS titled it.

From the website:

Islay, South Shore

Wet peat, raw oysters, almond oil, smoked mussels, crispy duck, heather smoke, hot diesel engine, earthy dunnage floors and a whiff of perfumed new make made a diverse first nose. Diesel, dirty like a burnt pan, white pepper, rock salt and grilled mackerel or sardines to taste; while water made it sweeter and perfumed. There were mentions of Brylcreem, cinder toffee, flake (Australian gummy shark) and one Panellist was ice fishing with Grumpy Old Men Jack Lemmon & Walter Matthau. To taste this was ‘easy drinking’, smoky, salty, sweet, earthy; one Panellist had radicchio or red chard. Prince Charles’ favourite whisky.

Drinking tip: A brilliant Islay and a very interesting example of the make

Colour: Platinum gold
Cask: Refill hogshead
Age: 12 years
Date distilled: April 1998
Alcohol: 58.5%

With 238 bottles in existence, only 150 of them made their way to the U.S. I got 2 for myself. However, after tasting it, I think I need to create a stockpile before it’s sold out! Tastewise, it’s similar to my open bottle of Laphroaig’s 10 year Cask Strength (Batch 002; Dec. ’10), but sweeter.

As a side note, I find it curious that there exists another 29.100 bottle with the label Sticky toffee pudding ecstasy. Apparently, it’s a 20 year old Laphroaig casked in a refill sherry butt that was unveiled at 2011 Whisky Live Taipei.

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