The Kinship Laphroaig 20 Year Old
70cl / 55.2% abv
This limited release from The Kinship series has been bottled for the 2018 Fèis Ìle to celebrate the completion of Ardnahoe distillery. Distilled at Islay's Laphroaig distillery in 1998 and aged in 2 refill hogsheads for 20 years before bottling at a natural cask strength of 55.2% abv.
Notes from Ardnahoe Master Distiller Jim McEwan:
"At this age you would have thought that the savage from the South would have lost its power. Not a chance. It’s still blowing in on a gale force 10 so hold on tight and enjoy being seduced by “Peat the Reek”! initially, it seems on the nose to have been tamed by time but really it’s still got the oily kippers, the rage, the storm battered seaweed piled high in the gullies. The oily texture of tarry rope, liquorice sticks dipped in iodine and smouldering peat bogs. Hints of pine needles, old leather tobacco pouches and dive deeper you will be surprised as there you will discover little pockets of sweet dark vanilla, lemon drops, mint imperials, cinnamon sticks, cloves and bog myrtle, eucalyptus and aniseed all doused in wild honey, oak syrup and grapefruit. It’s a magical spirit, always lights my fire, a challenge for sure but with a heart as warm as a peat fire on a stormy night."