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Review: Hart Brothers (distilled at Laphroaig)

May 8th, 2011

Hart Brothers (distilled at Laphroaig), 1990 vintage, 18 year old, 46%, $135

Bottled at 46% and not chill-filtered. Smart move! It really helps this whisky. This is a soft — almost elegant — Laphroaig (if that’s not an oxymoron). Very clean, with honeyed malt, ripe barley, brine, seaweed, and peat smoke, with just a teasing of the medicinal, band-aid notes that Laphroaig is known for. The owner-bottled 18 year old, which I rated a 90, is darker and drier, with more oak on the finish. I like this Hart Brothers expression just a little better.

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 91

5 Responses to “Review: Hart Brothers (distilled at Laphroaig)”

  1. Red_Arremer says:

    It’s hard to believe that this is even lighter than the current Laph 18, which for all its 48 % seems a little thin to me– But I will be keeping my eye out for this one nevertheless.

  2. Louis says:

    48% seems to be a sweet spot for the lower intensity Laphroaigs. It works well for the Quarter Cask as well. I find the distillery 18 to be on the mellow side, but it goes fast if I don’t warm up with some Cask Strength or Quarter Cask.

  3. Rick Duff says:

    I had not heard of band-aid notes before. Is that like a band-aid right out of the package.. or a used one?

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