There is no secret that Laphroaig is a favorite dram of HRH Prince Charles.
The distillery was awarded with Royal Warrant during Prince’s first visit in 1994 (he’s been back for his 60th birthday in 2008 and for the distillery’s 200th Anniversary in 2015). To commemorate the Royal Warrant Laphroaig has been releasing bottlings for Prince Charles under the Highgrove label since 1994. (Highgrove is a family residence of Prince Charles located in Doughton, in the county of Gloucestershire.) Here we have the 2008 release, whisky distilled on June 27, 1994 and aged in ex-bourbon cask no. 7229. The cask yielded 280 bottles at 46% abv.
Nose: perfectly balanced, peat smoke, tarry ropes, iodine, vanilla, caramel popcorn, buttered toast, delicate floral and citrusy notes and touch of aniseed.
Palate: very complex, peat smoke, vanilla custard, caramel, candied lemon peel, lapsang souchong tea, lemon grass, dash of salt and touch of mint.
Finish: long, sweet and smoky, extension to the palate.