Islay single malt scotch whisky
Lp6 is one for Islay fans who like their whiskies dry and lean, with more emphasis on peat and smoke than fruit. This bottling is from the late 1990s, and was matured in a quartet of ex-bourbon barrels.
Core FlavourMedicinal and smoky
Cask detailsFour 1998 bourbon barrels.
NoseA multitude of aromas here: medicine, brine, black pepper and smoke. Slightly austere and challenging.
PalateTropical fruit arrives in the form of mango and pineapple, with some lemon zest, big peat and smoke. Still on the lean side, then vanilla adds richness. Adding water ramps up the fruitiness.
FinishLong and lingering, with a dry, smoky edge and a touch of vanilla.
Plenty peaty, with good helpings of vanilla and vibrant fruit flesh notes.
Master of Malt
A big Laphroaig with two faces: a savoury, smoky side but also a rounder, fruitier character (especially if you add water).
Fruitier than the official cask-strength bottling but it still focuses on the strong medicinal distillery character.