Beam Suntory’s Laphroaig recently launched a new 10-year-old Sherry Oak Finish — a new take on its iconic single malt. The malt is an addition to the distillery’s core range and will be available starting this month for around $90 per 750 ml bottle.
The Scotch whisky is finished in Oloroso sherry casks for twelve to eighteen months and combines the flavor of the Laphroaig 10-year-old with what’s described as the sweet and aromatic flavors of the sherry casks. Each of the casks is hand-selected to compliment the taste of Laphroaig, the distillers said.
The Laphroaig Sherry Oak Finish, according to distiller tasting information, has an auburn and tawny hue and has a rich, full-bodied flavor. There are notes of Manuka honey, bacon and maple syrup with classic smoke, seaweed and a hint of salt. The finish is long-lasting, sweet and spicy.
“We are so excited to announce the release of our unique and premium expression, Sherry Oak Finish, taking our iconic Laphroaig 10 Year Old and finishing it with the sweet flavours of Oloroso sherry cask,” John Campbell, Laphroaig Distillery Manager said in a prepared statement. “This is a perfect accompaniment to any whisky collection and a celebrated addition to the Laphroaig range.”
Here are the distillery’s official tasting notes on the Laphroaig 10-year-old Sherry Oak Finish:
- 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.
- 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.
- The finish is long sweet and spicy with chestnut honey and antiseptic aroma lingering.
- European Oak Oloroso Sherry Finished + Refill Oloroso Sherry matured + American Oka ex-Bourbon Matured.
- Bottled at 48% ABV
Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.