The Laphroaig distillery was established in 1815 by Donald and Alexander Johnston, it is located in Port Charlotte, and is currently owned by Beam Inc. Since 1994 Laphroaig has been the only whisky to carry the Royal Warrant of HRH, Prince Charles of Wales. It is known for producing one of the most peated Islay single malt whiskys, among Lagavulin, Ardbeg, and Bruichladdich.
Old Malt Cask range is produced by Douglas Lang and Co, Glasgow, an independent bottler, that has been producing fine single malts since 1948. The OMC range emerged in 1998 with a caveat that the single cask bottling would only be available in limited numbers. But the initial 50, to commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary, was gradually passed and today over a hundred superb Malts are offered to the connoisseur or anyone else with good taste for that matter. The Old Malt Cask offerings are not chill filtered, leaving in each bottle all the oils, fats and enzymes that combine to give the quality of the nose, palate, mouth-feel and finish. A preferred strength of 50% alc/vol (referred to as the Golden Strength by old die hards) is maintained as owners Fred and Stewart Laing wholeheartedly believe this strength creates a fine, round, full quality for various Malts when taken “neat”.
Laphroaig 16yr The Old Malt Cask was distilled in 1996, matured in a single refill hogshead for 16 years and bottled in 2013. Only 120 bottles ever made. This particular bottling was selected only for US by Brad Jarvis, the Master of Whisky, and our good friend. It is an old school Laphroaig, balanced, elegant, and crazy complex.
NOSE: Floral, malt, vanilla, gentle peat smoke.
PALATE: Fruit, honey, smoke emerges on the midpalate with notes of apple and spice.
FINISH: Medium, smoke, cinnamon.