Whisky Focus - Laphroaig 10 Year Old Sherry Oak Finish Review

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Sherry Oak Finish

15th April 2021
Laphroaig launches 10 Year Old Oloroso sherry cask finished single malt.

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Sherry Oak FinishPerhaps taking inspiration from the popularity and quality of existing sherry influenced Laphroaig expressions such a Laphroaig PX Cask and Laphroaig Lore the Islay distillery has launched a new sherry influenced expression but this time carrying an age statement, the Laphroaig 10 Year Old Sherry Oak Finish.

The Laphroaig 10 Year Old Sherry Oak Finish is said to be a new take on the flagship 10 Year Old which Laphroaig fans will be very familiar with. The new Laphroaig 10 Year Old was initially matured in a combination of American Oak ex-Bourbon and Refill Oloroso Sherry casks then finished for between 12 - 18 months in Oloroso sherry casks before being bottled at 48% ABV and it is said to combine the unforgettable flavour of the iconic 10 year old whisky with the sweet, aromatic flavours from Oloroso Sherry casks.

John Campbell, Laphroaig Distillery Manager commented on the new 10 Year Old Sherry Oak Finish saying: "We are thrilled to announce the release of the newest Laphroaig expression. Sherry Oak is an exquisite addition, taking our iconic Laphroaig 10 Year Old and finishing it in Oloroso Sherry casks, which lend depth and sweetness. This is a perfect accompaniment to any whisky collection and a celebrated expansion of the Laphroaig range. Laphroaig drinkers are the most passionate Scotch drinkers in the world and with this new offering, we're delighted to give them another Scotch option that embraces our commitments to craftsmanship and innovation.

I haven't tasted the new Laphroaig 10 Year Old Sherry Oak Finish so I cant comment on its quality, it has a RRP of 65 and will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Sherry Oak Finish Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Sweet and peaty with medicinal notes, Manuka honey, with strong clove aroma but also grilled smoky bacon, a distinctive character of sweet leather, iodine, and pine tar.

Taste: Sweet and aromatic, with rich wax and furniture polish notes followed by treacle toffee, maple syrup, bitter dark chocolate combined with oak shavings, pine needle and cedar scented wood.

Finish: The finish is long sweet and spicy with chestnut honey and antiseptic aroma lingering.

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