The 2019 is more velvety, softer and more fruity than the 2018. Due to the largely absence of smoke, the 2019er approaches the even older bottlings of Laphroaig - 28yo or 30yo - more than the 2018er. On the tongue, the 2018 is a bit tart and less fruity than the 2019. In the finish, both bottlings align again.
As different as the two bottlings are on the nose and on the palate, I see them both equally at a (very) high level.
Oh yes, this aroma of grilled apricot slices that slowly but steadily works its way into the nose, hardly hampered by peat smoke - it can really only be discerned subtly. Soft and not intrusive, reserved, but full of fruit and oak aromas.
Although kelp, algae and salty sea breezes can only be seen at a distance, you still don't feel transported further inland. The sea is in front of the house, only much calmer than usual. Vanilla, honey, warm toffee, milk coffee.
Fantastic start, soft and smooth, with apricots, peaches, melon. More smoky than in the nose, not too intense oak note - but the fruits are dominant. A honey note, almost waxy. Mild dosage of pepper and salt, as well as seaweed, queller, warm tar (just a hint). Dried tobacco leaves, leather, nutmeg. Nougat. The sweet fruit notes remain on the palate for a long time.
Long, soft and velvety with a nice note of grilled apricots. Not a bit bitter, let alone bitter, no intrusive oak note, instead an almost perfect combination of fruit sweetness and mild peat smoke.