Iâ€™ve had (IBâ€™s) Laphroaigâ€™s that cost me a lot more and they were far from being as good as this one. This certainly is a welcome addition to my collection!
Neat: Immediately I get smoky notes underneath the high alcohol percentage. I pick up a scent of BBQ. Itâ€™s all in all very maritime. And although this whisky is a cask strength at 57.1 % vol. it doesnâ€™t burn off my nostrils like some others. With water: Much better now. It opens up a lot more. The maritime characteristics are on the surface now. I pick up more peat and smoke than before. The BBQ smell is more pronounced. Nice.
Neat: More on peat and smoke but itâ€™s very hot on my tongue. There is one thing I donâ€™t find. Sweet sherry influences from the cask (otherwise it wouldnâ€™t be a bourbon hogshead now, would it). I donâ€™t mind. Itâ€™s a bit more â€˜in your faceâ€™ than most Laphroaigâ€™s. Itâ€™s not an oily whisky either although it is kind of silky but it really needs some water. With water: Hmmm. The bourbon barrell does it job like itâ€™s supposed to. A lot of smoke, peat, scorched wood and no sweetish sherry notes. Itâ€™s a very nice change. Itâ€™s a bit more â€˜roughâ€™ than usual, but I like it.
Very long and lingering with a faint touch of smoke. After a few minutes I still feel the salty flavours on my lips.