Laphroaig 18-year-old

Overall rating
88.51/100
votes
1329
Whiskybase ID
WB42886
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2013
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Casks
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Label
New Label
Bottle code
L330257A
Barcode
5010019637086
Added on
22 jun 2013 5:44 pm
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 448.91

133 × in wishlist

1329 × member ratings

5621 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 18-year-old

145 users have left 164 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.51 points.

  1. Heemhoeve scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Delicious Laphroaig, intensive taste. Take your time and you will experience a wonderful dram!

  2. manmathiou scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. Gusto scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very good balance of sherry - fruit - and smoke. Enjoyment. A bit reserved.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. DistiLesha scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Radically different from the 16-year-old is a much greater restraint of smoke. I liked the very nice balance between smoke and fruit.
    N:22 T:23 F:22 B:21
    • Nose
      Citruses, phenol, tropical fruits, burnt leaves, fruits, some acetone, smoked prunes, eucalyptus, licorice, lemongrass, lemongrass. In the air, it dynamically develops and reveals more and more tones of tropical fruits, polished furniture, wax.
    • Taste
      Sweet, smoked tropical fruits, peach, passion fruit, papaya, lychee, very balanced smoke with fruits, oily and complex, burnt leaves, smoked prunes, where without signature salt and spices, seaweed. There is also alcoholism.
    • Finish
      Tannins, astringent, woody, phenols, salt

  6. Igitor scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Matthias80 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Yummy stuff.
    Nice triad of smoke, sweet aromas from the barrel and still plenty of fruit. The very powerful, intense and ready is the Islay enjoyment.
    • Nose
      First the smoke, of course. The herbs, fruits and already in the nose associations of sweets make me think of a candy (throat cleaner).
    • Taste
      Phenolic smoke, of course. Strong body, very pleasant. Sweet as honey, but remembered a little less than the 15 year old. Citrus notes and apple bring in the fruit elements.
    • Finish
      Apple, smoke and citrus

  8. stalker1971 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Gous scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. DGV scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    22/22/22/22

  11. Killswitch scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. The_Osprey scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig 18 year old 48% official bottling. Golden orange. Aroma is big on the pineapple and white chocolate vanilla. Stonking. Maybe just a touch of Pritstik. But this nose is tropical white chocolate with a hint of oaky perfume. Taste has almost no smoke up front. A muted smoke builds. There are also no medicinal notes until very late on. Crystalline hard-edged pebbly sandy fruity notes. Salt and sand are intermingled with dried old tropical fruits and a whisper of smoke comes through on the finish. I mean it's nicely complex. You don't get obvious spirit, oak or peat - of course there are suggestions of all of those things but they're rolling into and on top of each other, creating something more. The impression given is sandy, flint, cumin, earthy clay but also impressions of fruit. Later on the oak forms a more obvious structure and there's a slight bitter note. If you breathe over the top of the whisky in your mouth you get more of the peat. It's an interesting whisky without doubt. It certainly breaks the mould for Laphroaig's official bottlings. My personal taste favours a little more of the spirit character vs oak than is delivered here, but it's still a great whisky. 3.6/86

  13. zydas55 did not rate this whisky Newbie

    What was a retail price for it before discontinued?

  14. Saftkenner scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It used to be a nice standard bottling with a good price-performance ratio. In 2021 only remaining stocks will be available at double to triple the price.
    When it comes to smoky ex-bourbon casks, I often long for sherry casks and dark red fruits. With this dignified, aged bottling, you don't get the impression that anything is missing. But on the contrary. A great whisky, which unfortunately cannot be replaced by the new 16-year-old in terms of taste, although the latter is also very successful.
    • Nose
      Tender and elegant smoke, a lot of vanilla, ash, juicy blood orange, tangerine, a touch of passion fruit, honey, delicate American oak, mango, light-colored leather and pipe tobacco.
    • Taste
      Very oily. Powerful start, well-integrated alcohol.
      A little cold smoke, strong oak spice, passion fruit, vanilla, tangerines, a hint of cherry.
    • Finish
      Medium-long finish. Espresso, dark chocolate, blood orange, vanilla, oak spice.

  15. Tordeaux scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Quiet an elegant delicate Laphroaig. Love the oily mouthfeel and delicate peat. The finish is good, however everything else doesn’t stand out and lacks complexity. And where’s the medicine box?
    • Nose
      83 83
      Mild smoke and peat, a little honey, bandage for kids fingers, pinch of seaweed. Delicate Laphroaig?
    • Taste
      83 83
      A little bit of everything the nose suggest. Good mouthfeel, oily.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium long, little peat smoke but love the oily mouth coating delicate peat.

  17. Ostap scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Whole, harmonious, not fussy and extremely consistent whisky. There is no expression of 10, smoke and hospital themes are muted. I suppose he may seem boring in his aristocratic restraint. Expected a little more.
    • Nose
      Moderate, soft, tickling aroma, delicate smoked peat, dried prunes, seaweed, ash, extinguished hearth, salty, canned peach, sweet cake, a faint hint of a medical theme, baked apple, citrus background, raisins, a little minerality . Alcohol content is zero.
    • Taste
      Juicy, thick, oily, bright, smoky, pepper, fruit, a little bacon, baked apple, baked vegetables, notes of baked fatty duck from the oven, the perfect balance of sugar and salt.
    • Finish
      Glowing head, ash, knits like persimmon, medium, dry, smooth.

  18. Kostian scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    One of the best whiskys I have tried.
    If you have one of those bottles keep it as it has been discontinued for some years.

  19. Kostian scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    One of the best whiskys I have tried.
    If you have one of those bottles keep it as it has been discontinued for some years.
    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      99 99
    • Finish
      100 100

  20. Kostian scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    One of the best whiskys I have tried.
    If you have one of those bottles keep it as it has been discontinued for some years.
    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      99 99
    • Finish
      100 100

  21. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. Foudos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  24. Dogs2 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  25. Islay1815 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  26. Willum scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  27. JohnnyTheSmoker scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  28. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  29. old-smokey scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    A wonderful drop, a top Laphroig. The smoky note is present, but not dominant

    With its light golden yellow color in the glass shows wonderful, slowly pulling down oily legs
    • Nose
      92 92
      Elegant, pleasant smoky-sweet, slightly fruity smoke, also slightly phenolic-medical. No biting alcohol can be felt, banana and vanilla are also noticeable
    • Taste
      93 93
      slight peppery sharpness, peaty smoke with pleasant sweetness. The phenolic-medical taste is clear at first, then the oak slowly follows.

      lies pleasantly oily-creamy and soft in the mouth,
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, light tart note, smoke and oak remain on the tongue for a long time, even a slight sweetness is retained

  30. Funtik scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Expected more
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. craide scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    You could still become a fan of the Smoky Malts. Another great part. Round, harmonious, delicious.
    Similar to Talisker 18Y, the smoky notes are not dominant, appear more as companions and consistently provide a fine contrast.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Slight citrus note at the beginning, there is clear smoke, somehow slightly cooling, mint-fresh, goes towards the fireplace or campfire. In addition, ham, smoked bacon, vanilla and sweet, fruity orange peel, apple, salty, maritime notes, slightly grassy after dry hay. Alcohol is very well integrated for me.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet vanilla honey with a nice contrast through the smoke. Everything looks very creamy, round. Slightly tingling spice with orange, peach, apple, lime, chocolate, has a slightly dry mouth.
      For me, however, a great, balanced and harmonious whisky.
    • Finish
      88 88
      long finish, smoke is largely retained, with a dryness with coffee and a slightly sweet note.

  32. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    One to try if your previous impression of Laphroaig has been one of an exclusively peat-driven bruiser. This is actually very sophisticated and laid back.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Musty, mellow, with a much-muted peatiness. The wood is pretty prominent, but thankfully not of the "fresh", i.e., gingery-peppery variety. Rather refill-oriented. A bit farmy as well.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Iodine, camphor, thyme honey, smoked fish and a faintly tropical fruitiness at the death. Amazingly soft and mild for 48%.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, obviously, but not quite as long as you might think or hope. Somehow thinner than the palate had me expect.

  33. g00se scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Delicious bourbon barrel ripening with the little extra kick through the charcoal smoke. Does not tolerate water, but really delicious. The years have made it smooth, but not incredibly complex.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Color: light gold-yellow
      Individual thick legs form and slowly run down the glass wall.
      Cool nose, light fruity (grapes and pears) and charred wood. Very pleasant smell, the alcohol is well integrated.
      With water, the smoke is barely noticeable and the whisky overall is even more fruity.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Beautifully viscous, tingling mouthfeel, the fruits are a tad darker and the smoke more subtle.
      Oh it does not tolerate water well, just a few drops and it looks limp and thin.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Short to medium long, dry, fruit and smoke have combined.
      The only thing left with water is the tingle and an impression of charcoal on the tongue.

  34. gaboruso scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  35. keizerjos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Spicy forest scent jumps in your nose, without too much resin. Smells like a log cabin in the right way. A piece of very good Sardinian cheese brings miraculous new vistas. The whisky initially becomes excessively sweet and then warm, layered, with honey and a hint of orange.
    The complex scent of wood, masculine perfume, mint is followed by a dry, medicinal and spicy taste. A piece of genuine 95% cocoa chocolate burial bitter reopens the negotiations. Slightly sweeter, soft, long finish, interesting spicy and o-ver-all wood. Peat is hardly to be found, at most in the aftertaste there is a hint of smoke. Also a bit salty. This excellent.

  36. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      subtle smoke (slight iodine note); Vanilla; slight herbal note; nice barrel note (damp tobacco leaves and very light chocolate), sweet citrus note;
    • Taste
      long; subtle smoke; sweet; Vanilla, nice and creamy; light, delicately bitter oak, becomes dry in the mouth, sweet vanilla; the smoke is totally tender and very tasty; very sweet, the leather is slowly coming into the taste. WOW, I really like it
    • Finish
      Smoke, becoming slightly tart, the smoke is very subtle, beautiful oak, dark chocolate, a light hint of leather; spicy, absolutely delicious and round, great maturity

  37. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  38. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Simple, straightforward, quite rich and recognizable Laphroaig. sorry only the body failed, too simple for 18 years. To get acquainted with the basic line is a very decent example
    • Nose
      Sufficiently dense and saturated with smoke and medicine. Nothing more, juicy, but fairly straightforward. Citruses and dried salted fish make their way a little later
    • Taste
      Dry wood with a drop of oil
    • Finish
      light, enveloping in smoke, a little pepper and iodine

  39. huseeraaja scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  40. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Good whisky, dense, saturated, smoke and peat after 18 years of aging gradually fade away, harmoniously merging and enriching with the derivatives of the barrel (and all the time it seems that there was no sherry here, although purely bourbon aging), this is an adult malt, without youthful excesses and inappropriate maximalism.
    • Nose
      Discreet, dry, peat, lemon peel, dry boards, old leather goods, dark chocolate, creamy notes, boiled condensed milk, toffee, mineral shades - ash, stone chips; light medical motives.
    • Taste
      Soft, rich, lemon peel, charred branches, peat, charcoal, sticky mineral shades, leather goods, dark chocolate, toffee, ash, metallic acidity.
    • Finish
      Spicy, invigorating, peat, light smoke, ash, sour metal, cola, coffee, dark chocolate, oak, toffee.

  41. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  42. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Fine Whisky (88)
    • Nose
      Pharmacy, sweet ointment, fruit notes, vanilla ... deeper farm, machine oil and salt, extinct candle (22)
    • Taste
      Salt, Fruit, Ashes, Cream (22)
    • Finish
      Spicy finish, vanilla salt, iodine, smoked meats, ointment, pharmacy (22)

  43. robain scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      86 86
      citrus, peat, smoke,
    • Taste
      85 85
      little bit sweaty, oak, smoke, tar,
    • Finish
      89 89
      hints of vanilla, chocolate, and peat

  44. Moses scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    First of all, one of the best 18s I own. This velvety tender despite plenty of alcohol is very special. The sea air nose and the taste from salty, sweet, fruity to smoky. Everything there. Fantastic. House whisky.
    • Nose
      The combination of fresh sea breeze with nutty chocolate notes is very special. Everything also makes a very sedate impression. With peaty maltiness, sweet candies and spicy but wonderfully subtle smoke.
    • Taste
      Everything in the middle weight class but wonderfully creamy. With leathery smoke and always sweet with bitter notes, but not disturbing. Fruity and floral rather gray with earthy ash. There is also salty caramel with citrus notes. A poem.
    • Finish
      Very tender, soft and yet long. Peppery with a metallic finish, but not too bitter. Very special and always stays sweet.

  45. Bretorianer scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  46. LeChiffre scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Great smoky-sweet malt. The aromas are well balanced and the smoke is well integrated. Very interesting and nice smoky-sweet mouthfeel. For 140 € but very expensive. The Talisker 18J says more to me.
    • Nose
      87 87
      pleasant smoke (phenolic-sweet); maritime salty note; beautiful sweetness behind it; spices; very pleasant
    • Taste
      89 89
      superficially smoky with notes of peat; behind it fine pronounced sweetness; spicy oak; lies pleasantly oily in the mouth
    • Finish
      87 87
      strong smoky; spicy; nice sweetie; no bitterness; the smoke lasts a long time; minimal and pleasant iodine note

  47. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A Laph right in his boots, a classic French GDS. He was a very good Q / P, no more now.
    It lacks complexity elsewhere.
    • Nose
      A carnivorous peat, on the smoking of meat or fish. There is salt and this medicinal side of Laphroaig. A nice nose.
    • Taste
      Light attack, it rises crescendo during the tasting.
      Always on peat oil, smoking fish. Spices make their appearance and a vegetal side.
    • Finish
      Average length on cocoa, gourmet and vanilla peat. There is also this side leather that I did not have before but that is very pleasant.

  48. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Fruity, harmonious nose, banana, vanilla, marzipan, and of course some peat. In the mouth then much peat smoke, slightly dry, slightly peppery, long finish. Nice.

  49. SweetPeat scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    A good whisky, but not the revelation I was hoping for. He is more mature and calmer than the 10s, oily and soft, but not very complex. I would not buy a bottle for the price.
    • Nose
      put smoke, some disinfectant, iodine, ham, "bacon", citrus, caramel, vanilla, oak
    • Taste
      very oily, the 48% feel very soft. Smoke, salt, ham, then a nice sweetness and a light fruitiness, but I can not assign.
    • Finish
      very long (10/10), smoky, herbaceous, salty

  50. WillemvdK scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Kind of sad to realize that I bought a bottle of this wonderful malt for less than half the price back in 2015. Just 3 years ago... €54. Still have the receipt. Thought it was very expensive.

  51. uap304 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig 18-year @48%

    My second bottle and I just don't get it. The 10-year is so incredible, but this takes away the vibrancy and I can't really pick up on any added complexity. I'll probably try for another bottle because I'm weak, but meh.
    • Nose
      Classic Laphroaig peat. Definitely tamed and toured with the extra years. Some vanilla and rather prominent oak.
    • Taste
      Full body. Not a problem. Peaty and woody.
    • Finish
      Dry, peaty, some bitter oak.

  52. Grutslurp scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Decent middle aged peaty whisky. I am starting to think that I prefer my peated whiskies young though. At least Laphroaigs, as I prefer QC, 10 CS and Cairdeas 2013 to this 18 year old.
    • Nose
      A softer and more restrained peatiness than younger Laphroaigs. Pine, liquorice, mint and dry oak. A hint of tropical fruits in the background.
    • Taste
      Bitter with liquorice and herbs. Vegetal peat and oak.
    • Finish
      The bitterness remains with oak and liquorice. A little ash too.

  53. Stef89 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  54. Rien scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  55. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  56. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very nice Laphroaig, deliciously sweet smoky.
    • Nose
      Sweetish peat and smoke, fruity, citrus. Some grilled meat, vanilla, a little orange
    • Taste
      Light pepper, sweet peat and smoke again. Fruity, citrus, also some caramel. Creamy structure, soft mouth feel. Tropical fruit now also continues.
    • Finish
      Light peppers still, again sweet smoke, fruity, vanilla, long finish. Soft and smooth, peach.

  57. bikenerd scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It´s a pity that this great stuff isn´t available anymore. I really like the smoothness and balanced mouthfeel!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  58. larswehmeier scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Great, complex whisky!
    • Nose
      Fine, elegant smoky note, which is still immediately recognizable as Laphroaig. Phenolic medicated with lots of iodine and some tar. Then, however, the flavors behind them will show up as well. Sweet malt, nuts, salty caramel and some light fruit.
    • Taste
      Slight tingling on the tongue. Spicy start with strong oak. The smoke is there too, but not too present, especially on the palate. Slowly gets a little sweeter with a touch of dark chocolate
    • Finish
      Long and warm. The plume of smoke stops in the throat.

  59. mr_braun scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great thing, unfortunately only very expensive to buy.
    • Nose
      If you are used to the 10 year old Laphroaig is a very atypical nose. Much more elegant and set with a decent campfire cargo paired with great sparkling citrus notes. Vanilla is also clearly noticeable. Very balanced and harmonious. A great nose!
    • Taste
      In the mouth then much more typical at the beginning with phenolic hints. The longer the Dram lingers in the mouth, the more it shows its power and the oak spiciness comes out well. Beautifully mouth-filling with smoke, oak and light citrus sweetness.
    • Finish
      Medium to long - an interplay with smoke / ash - barrel wort. Slightly dry without becoming bitter.

  60. DocF scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Delicious. Not as ashy as the 10's, so I like "smoker".
    • Nose
      A hot campfire, now burned down, smoldering, lemon, lime, green apples, fresh and cool, dry spice from the smoke, freshly mown grass, a sea breeze, a little cough syrup. Honey sweetness.
    • Taste
      Soft and spicy, dry smoke, doughy mouthfeel, lime and apple juice, cough syrup, dry smoke. Burned campfire.
    • Finish
      Oak spice, coffee, a lot of dark chocolate, dry smoke. Mowed grass, stays long.

  61. Markie81 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The best Laphroaig I've tasted sofar. 
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  62. mema82 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  63. Briebump scored this whisky 97 points Member Junior

    Super Laphroaig, complex, elegant, yet strong and precise!
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      99 99
    • Finish
      97 97

  64. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    rated price is 55eu (when it was launched)
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  65. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    very good but not as elegant as the 15 yo.
    88/100
    • Nose
      medicinal, iodine, ozone, peat smoke, coal smoke too. all that embedded in a thick layer of sherry and some oak. cannot get much fruity aromas. maybe a teaspoon of orange jam and some vanilla.
      nevertheless , there is a certain sweetness in the background. lovely nose!
    • Taste
      sweet peat, quite some vanilla, a nice balance between the peat and the sherry. and there´s a dryness creeping on my tongue that is very pleasant. quite some oak but not really disturbing.
      there are two seconds in every sip where I get passion fruit but it´s only a short flash of it.
    • Finish
      long, dry, laphroaigish

  66. Rien scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  67. Blo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Much better than 10 years old. At the original price (65 €) it was a good deal, to that of today, I spend my turn ...
    • Nose
      A sweet and round peat, vanilla, smoked meat and maybe a little eucalyptus that brings welcome freshness to the whole. Round enough and much less "raw" than most Laphroaig.
    • Taste
      Sharp and spicy attack, which is softened very quickly, the peat is present but more melted than the nose, like a taste of vanilla vegetable ... It does not look very sexy said like that, but in fact it's pretty good ...
    • Finish
      Quite fleeting, a little sweet, with a light aroma of candy powder.

  68. mer1973 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  69. DoctorK scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig at it´s best, the 18 Y imho represents the character of the distilery like no other bottling, except the CS. The 18 years in the cask took a bit of the alcohol edge and therefore added some nice compexity. Smoke, iodine, salt, wood and phenol, an amazing dram. Get it while you can
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  70. Whisky-Tester did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  71. jeoff scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  72. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2014]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 60 Euro in September, 2014.

    [December, 2014]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 60 Euro in October, 2014.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 87,5 both times. 

    My notes state a very quaffable dram that is rather subtle and delicate (instead of the usual Laphroaig "raw" power).  I like it!

  73. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Complex Laphroaig. Pleasant salty, sweet, fruity, smoky ratios.
    • Nose
      Sweet peat, grilled citruses, salted caramel, bacon, camphor, vanilla, honey and smoke.
    • Taste
      Strong, bittersweet. Citruses, salted caramel, antique skin, prune, banana, camphor, earth and ash.
    • Finish
      Long, creamy, smoky, ashy.

  74. Vince' scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Color: gold
    Nose: Subtle smoke, honey, vanilla, lemon cheesecake comes to my mind. Alcohol can not be felt, but even harsh notes I can not find, if you hide the smoke. The smoke is not a hospital, rather spicy, which I really like. After a while, subtle tart notes emerge. Second nose makes me associate something like milk chocolate, but always accompanied by a pleasant smoky note. I do not know why ... but I also think of melted or lightly burnt butter with biscuits ... mannoman, super interesting nose!
    Taste: Pleasantly sweet, with associations of butter biscuits and honey, but then comes the peat smoke flavor ... Honey Barbeque does it quite well for me.
    In the aftermath sparkle on dark chocolate and my association of sourish wood tones such as tobacco and leather. Very nice, I like it very much! The smoke remains in the background with some iodine. I would describe the finish as medium to long. Unfortunately, the leather or tobacco association disappears relatively quickly, but the main thing is that it is there. A light sweetness with subtle smoke remains on the tongue.
    Conclusion: You can tell that the drop has its 18 years on the hump. I really like it a lot. The balance between the pleasant sweetness and the meaningful finish is wonderful.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  75. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2015]  I had this dram during an "Laphroaig Bicentenary" tasting at Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  I took no detailed notes as I knew it before.

  76. Othorion scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Simply a top whisky!
    • Nose
      Subtle smoke, slightly medically but more towards campfire, also bacon, sweet orange, fruity and fresh, lemon juice, salty sea breeze, red apples, vanilla
    • Taste
      full and creamy, salivation, spicy nicely integrated smoke, apple compote, lime, vanilla, caramelised sugar, dark chocolate, leather, getting dry harmoniously, simply great!
    • Finish
      long, smoky, oily, dry, sweetened coffee and leather

  77. hfos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  78. malthead-sven scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The smoke has degraded too much complexity especially in the nose. Very elegant on the tongue and on the finish, more set and less stormy than younger Laphroaigs, but I also had very high expectations for this bottling.
    • Nose
      Fairly sweet, beautiful smoke, but more discreet and not typical medical, seawater, pretzel shrimp, interwoven with coconut oil, Voltaren ointment, extinguished campfire, a burned-out fireplace in the morning, salted liquorice, pine resin, chlorinated water, vanilla, crunchy cereal, chewing tobacco
    • Taste
      mineral, smoky, mouth-filling, tingling starch, no fruit and also little sweetness, mint pastilles
    • Finish
      Mouthwash (Odol), herbal toothpaste, very mild oak, again smoky, ashen, burning sparklers, herbaceous, laying on the cheeks with a certain freshness, medium to long

  79. Malinois scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Need to adjust my score from a while ago from 87->88.

    Also very nice that Laphroaig went for 48%. Otherwise it would have scored less.
    Wanted to sell my bottle, but that ain't going to happen. This one is going in a dark dusty corner where it can rest for a few years before I enjoy it again.
    • Nose
      Salty, bit sweet, citric, something fresh. 

      After half a dram: minerally notes adds
    • Taste
      Bonfire, salty, bit sweet, citrus and with a nice punch to it. 
    • Finish
      Fades out with -initiel bit sweet- citric bonfire, nice

  80. Svenson scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Here is the rating of WHISKYDREAM.de

    Laphroaig 18 years

    Color: full gold. First one smells clear camp fire smoke, then additionally coming dried fruits. With repeated smelling the dried fruits disappear again. Instead, again and again briefly citrus fruits are perceptible, which suddenly turn into phenolic smoke. He smells very clear overall. Wood tones are rather light and in the background. (86)
    In the mouth at the same time clear smoke with decent sharpness and citrus aromas. When the aromas fade, there is mild to moderate dryness in the mouth. His age makes him round and full-bodied. (87)
    The finish is extremely long. Oily, the whisky flows smokily and warming down to the stomach. Anyone who stands on the North Sea beach in the winter and has it with him will not regret it. (90)

    Overall rating: 87 points
    Repurchase probability: 80% , a very good whisky, but it also has its price.

    More info: http://whiskydream-de.webnode.com/tastings-az/l/

  81. whisky-malt did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      89 89

  82. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  83. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Last orders at the Whisky squad bar.
    N: Soft yet deep putty<peat. It’s so refreshing to nose aged peat malt over the swathes of young smokers crashing onto the market these days. It's like the difference between virgin and second fill for casks, i.e. significant. That age [18 years+], softens the phenols and can allow a deeper, more complex alchemy to ensue.
    T: Soft, fruity, vegetal, squidgy yumminess.
    F: A sweet>bitter=sour finish with wisps of a mechanics tool cupboard.
    C: Ideal final dram, probably the best of the night. Loved the softness despite the ample [even generous] 48% abv.

    Scores a B[+]

  84. Andytka3 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Unusual, sea air and ink-y. Stale air in the closet. Alluring dark
    chocolate aroma, nutty. Candy sweet follow by choking spicy chili
    smokes.

    P- Medium. Thick flavours of burnt leather smokes with sweet prunes.

    F- Velvet, smooth and very long. A layer of chili spicy remain at the back of throat with creamy dark cocoa.


    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  85. kot1803 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  86. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  87. robain scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  88. robain scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      bacon, smoke and peat, some citrus
    • Taste
      mild and sweet at first, not so peaty
    • Finish
      gets more peaty on the finish, some wood smoke.

  89. Patrick93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  90. Daan Tje scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  91. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Just lovely.
    • Nose
      Quite complex actually. I noticed that a lot of people detect medicinal, salty elements. Of course these are there (boggy peat, shells, camphor, iodine, brine, smoked bacon), yet it has a good portion of quality wood influence (vanilla, sawdust, smoking chips) too. Further, it's rather earthy with licorice and fennel, fruity (citrus, peach, pineapple) and nutty (almonds). 
    • Taste
      Lovely kick at 48% with a not too sweet, yet pleasantly sour and bitter note. It's not too fruity anymore, but rather dark and earthy. The amount of ginger and pepper get louder towards the end.
    • Finish
      Long, peaty, salty on smoked bacon, with the softness of the oak and punch from ginger.

  92. Butz75 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  93. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  94. Alex scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    excellent nose on heavy smoke, phenols and quite medicinal, very laphroaiggy. The taste is very elegant and polished, lighter than expected. the finish is medium on nice dry smoke

  95. Jan Francisco scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  96. pianoman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Distant log fire. Pickled bright fruits, honey, some glue. Sawdust.
    • Taste
      Bright fruits with a light smoke. Dark chocolate, coffee.

  97. Edward MacKenzie scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  98. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I like it very much, a great Laphroaig. Blind tasting --Wichtelbus XX -
    • Nose
      Mmmhh, I am immediately struck by spicy-spicy smoke and a rich peat note. Phenolic. Sea spray. Salty. Very nice start. The nose quickly gets used to the smoke. He is still there, but now comes sweeter notes. Ripe red apples, red grapes, but also some lemon mix nicely with the smoky notes. I like the nose very much. Smoke and peat remain for a long time, behind / fine sweetness beside.
    • Taste
      Yes. The tongue confirms the nose. Mild but very full and creamy onset. Direct spicy, phenolic smoke, heavy dark peat, smelly gum. Watts with draining water. Schlick. In addition, lemon and, over time, oak, which suggests an age around 15 - 18 years. Nutmeg, leather, tobacco. The fruit notes fade over time. Smoke and peat become stronger at the end, the palate becomes drier and it puts a fine salty layer on the tongue.
    • Finish
      Medium length finish, getting dry. The finish is great. I really like this smoky dryness on the palate.

  99. ZwiJo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  100. Unclimbability scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Colour: E150a

    Body: Full

    Nose: Rich and complex. Classic Laphroaig peat smoke offset by a creamy vanilla sweetness. Toffee, medicinal notes- TCP, cough syrup, bandages, bacon/cured ham note, lots of liquorice root, aniseed, honey. Soft fruit in the background- Apple and a coastal mineral note- Flint, seashells, briny sand.

    Water: More aromatic- Cooking bacon, more coastal- Brine and seaweed then more creamy and sweet- Candy and cinnamon rolls. Tropical fruit- Mango, pineapple, banana.

    Taste: An instant creamy sweetness quickly develops into huge Laphroaig peat smoke, but more sweet and less harsh than the 10yo. Burning grass, ash, charcoal, TCP, but a toffee and vanilla sweetness throughout, burning caramelised sugar. Building oakiness- Liquorice and aniseed. Big coastal note- Sea salt and shells, kelp, wet granite and flint, iodine. A little tropical fruit towards the finish- Banana, mango and pineapple.

    Water: Less peat, more sweetness. Fruity sweetness- Apple and raisin, more tropical fruit too- Mango and pineapple.

    Finish: Long length. Coffee then lingering briny peat.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  101. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  102. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A classic that shows the complexity and balance of mature Laphroaigs
    • Nose
      Beautiful rounded complex nose of medical ash, phenol and iodine, curd soap, chlorinated pool, green apples, sweet vanilla, some citrus, salted toffee, licorice
    • Taste
      Smoke, gum, fruit sweetness, honey and salt, spicy oak - not as complex as the nose, but nicely round
    • Finish
      Smoky, phenolic, medicinal, sweet and long

  103. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very nice Islay standard, which concerns the without finish my favorite so far.
    • Nose
      Peat, iodine, yet elegant & "soothing", green apples, wax, some citrus & tannins, toffee
    • Taste
      Medium heavy smoke, apples, licorice, chalk, sweetness & iodine, vanilla, "plaster", toffee, beautiful oak
    • Finish
      Medium to long, round but strong, peat, sweetness, iodine and apple peel remain

  104. HammerHead scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  105. Murxus scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This one was my first Laphroaig, more than a year ago.
    It was a fundamental mark on my way of Whisky, and when i now have a dram of this in my glass it´s still the same impressive bottling to me. Without doubt (to me of course!) the most impressive 18yo standard bottling from Islay.
    90/91 pts.

    02.03.2017: confirmed, tendency to 91 pts.

  106. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  107. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  108. peatbogger scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    gentle and sophisticated
    • Nose
      the peat is there even from a distance, then comes the typical Laphroaig medicin/iodine, but they both fade over some time

      salty sea and citrus, but also some sweet fruits

      much "calmer" and civilized than the 10yo
    • Taste
      salty but also sweet

      quite a bit of oaky tannins

      big piece of smoked meat and fat oily nuts
    • Finish
      again saltythe tannins make it go dry, but slowly

      some notes of menthol or campher

  109. domani scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A good and balanced Laphroaig - 03.04.2015
    • Nose
      Medical smoke, oil, wet grass, earthy, sweetness, caramel, raisins, lemon
    • Taste
      Smoke, phenolic, the sweetness is very well integrated, caramel, lemon Aromatic, oily and earthy, spicy
    • Finish
      Lang

  110. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  111. Speedo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Thank you, Helgo, for this delicious sample. I have the 10 yo in the glass very often and am always enthusiastic, but the 18er exceeds that still a lot. Milder, sweeter and more balanced ... A great whisky!
    • Nose
      Slightly phenolic smoke, iodine, green apples, vanilla and caramel. The alcohol keeps back pleasant, overall, the whisky appears very round and balanced.
    • Taste
      The light smoke is repeated as well as the sweet components. Sweet liquorice alternates with vanilla and caramel. Again, the alcohol is holding back and confirms the first, balanced impression.
    • Finish
      Long, strong, smoky and sweet. The smoke remains in the mouth for an extremely long time. After a while leathery notes are added.

  112. Laga93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  113. steinrich scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  114. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  115. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: sweet, spicy, fruity, honey, soft, mild smoke
    Taste: smoky, flowery, oak, slightly sweet
    Finish: long, soft, dry, smoky

  116. maltaholic scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The intense smoke is about to smell as soon as you get closer. However, not very phenolic, rather mild. Quite different than the 10s. Oh man, who pulls in at the first sip, very nice strong, intense, fruity, smoky. Class combination. He is now even fruity, it comes a little sweet. The finish is not too long, but very pleasant. Conclusion: better than I expected. Very good!

  117. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    In the nose very complex, in the mouth then harder sounds are struck, which does not bother me.
    • Nose
      Medical smoke, smoked bacon, cinnamon and vanilla, straw, some chocolate, grassy, ​​hay, fruity pear and quince. After the first sip, the nose becomes even more fruity.
    • Taste
      Smoke! Salt! Oak! In the beginning, short fruity sweetness, then it becomes intense smoky and maritime, seaweed
    • Finish
      dry, the smoke lasts medium

  118. Pikehunter scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  119. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Really good value for money. Got it for around 60€.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  120. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    So far my most beautiful experience with Laphroaig. Of the dominant phenolic smoke of the younger bottlings, I often often only have heartburn. The 18yo shows much more depth, maturity and complexity. Delicious.
    • Nose
      The typical Laphroaig peat smoke with lots of iodine and phenols opens the nose. However, much less massive and dominant than in the 10yo. Beyond seaweed and a little salt liquorice, even sweeter sounds come to the fore. Heather, citrus, caramel and vanilla. Even some dark fruits join.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly sweet. Again heather, a little honey and salt liquorice. Again phenolic smoke. Floral notes mix with a pleasant sea breeze. Vanilla and caramel.
    • Finish
      Long and smoky, with oak and a pleasantly fruity sweetness on the palate.

  121. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Laphroaig 18 yo (48%, OB, +/-2015)  I haven’t formally tasted the 18 since it came out in 2009, but I had liked it quite a lot at that time (WF 87). It was replacing the old 15, but it seems that it’s now replaced with the new 15. Go figure. Colour: gold. Nose: starts with some sawdust and vanilla, which is a little disconcerting, but everything is soon to fall into place. A mild smoke, some autumn leaves, some seawater, a little bacon, hessian, seaweed, pu-erh tea, humus… It’s not big, it’s even a little shy and fragile despite the rather high strength, but I do enjoy this delicate nose quite a lot. I find it classy. Mouth: oh very good, chiselled, complex, elegant… There’s a little newish oak again, like at first nosing, but these salty bacon and kippers, plus the smoked tea, plus the touches of tropical fruits that hint at the distillery’s more glorious ages are most appealing. The whole’s just a little simple. Finish: medium long, with ideas of mangos indeed. Comments: very very good, I think, just somewhat lacking inspiration, oomph, and complexity. As if some re-racking in newish bourbon oak had occurred at some point. Not too sure. SGP:456 - 84 points.

  122. EarlMobile scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Well-balanced Laphroaig, in which a lot of peat has already been mined in sweetness. As a result, this tastes a lot "rounder" than the standard 10er bottling. Maybe a bit too sweet for me ...

  123. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  124. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Maybe a little thin for 48%ABV, or smooth, depends on your personal taste. I think it was a good standard bottling and its sad that the stocks are so low these days that they had to discontinue it. Well maybe in a few years time.. Who knows. Until then - farewell my friend.
    • Nose
      Smoked red apples, citrus fruits, maritime salty peat, a little oak in the backround. Not as smoky and medicinal as the standard 10YO, rather the fruity qualities of the new 15YO 200th anniversary bottling comes to mind. 
    • Taste
      Creamy and fruity arrival followed by oaky chocolate notes. Very sweet, beefy development on the palate. A mix of smoked bacon, bbq sauce, oily cashews, honey and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Medium length with a mix of salty peat, menthol and oak.

  125. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  126. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    With water it is fruiter on the nose and the peat is more subdued.

    The palate is creamy now on icing sugar, croissants and shortbread, the peat is definitely in the background and the swet sherry still in abundance.

    Still medium length and very sweet.

    I think this would be an excellent dram for an introduction to Islay whisky and peat.

    I really like it
    • Nose
      Fruity, apple and blackberry followed by the sherry and then quite heavy peat.
    • Taste
      Very sweet on peaches predominantly and peach syrup, with pale cream sherry, icing sugar and sweet oatmeal biscuits.
    • Finish
      Medium length and still very sweet, not that powerful for 48% but  could turn that round and say it was smooth and refined so it depends which way you spin it.

  127. Helgo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great whisky! Nice fruity and balanced or balanced as QC and TW. The smoke is already coming back a bit, the phenolic is not so present anymore.

    Has the stuff as personal Laphroaigfavorite ascend ;-)
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  128. d1scostu scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  129. Rom scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Medicinal peat nose, burnt wood smoke, some alcohol in the form of turpentine and apple. Small tip of caramel attack, alcohol is well integrated but the texture a little watery, bitter plants and liquorice. The finish is warming on the plants and with a saline texture. Good.

  130. Opeth83 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  131. ThS scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Good but, as in all OB recent of the distillery, the oak is too much present.

  132. Koloman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    How sad: This lovely bottling is withdrawn from the market… (http://whiskyexperts.net/bestaetigt-laphroaig-18yo-wird-aus-dem-programm-genommen/)

  133. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I'm having it side by side with the 10 yo. This is of course more refined, more complex, has more depth. But I find a bit too much of the drying wood here and I#m missing a bit the juiciness of the young one.  
    • Nose
      smoke on the sea-water, yet not a very medicinal smoke, rather from a soft, already fading bonfire, sand, salted toffee, crème brûlée, butter cream, apple peels, yeast, grain, oak.
    • Taste
      soft arrival, medium body, initially very salty, a slight barley and honey sweetness is adding, oak tannins, barbecue, black pepper, white pepper, ash, walnuts, a faint note of sherry.   
    • Finish
      it lingers for a long time of course, but the actual dram finishes rather quick on peppers, licorice, tar and quit some dry oak. 

  134. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  135. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A strong showing by Laphroaig. I like this one much better than the new (and old) 15yo.
    • Nose
      Salty seaweed with subtle peat and sal ammoniac. A fruity sweetness perfectly balances out the coastal elements. Ripe banana and baked apples, sprinkled with a little bit of ash.
    • Taste
      Creamy, salty peat and some iodine as well. Very soft, showing its age. And some nice sweet flavours too. Vanilla, lemon drops and more banana. Also heather.
    • Finish
      Long, zesty and smoky.

  136. Shane_IL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A lovely aged, peated dram. Wish the nose was as complex as the palate. Great nonetheless. 
    • Nose
      Light peat. Varnished wood. Baked apples. Vanilla. Sea spray. Marine rocks.
    • Taste
      Big salty peat. Wood soaked in salt water, like an old boat. Big oak note. More apples, fresh. Iodine. Smoked snoek (a tasty fish). 
    • Finish
      Long. Salty, rich maritime notes and dry wood. 

  137. squaadgras scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  138. rottendon scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    What makes this whisky is its perfect balance. The flavors are complex and everything is well integrated, especially the smoke and the alcohol. Nothing wins here a disturbing dominance. He has matured in the 18 years in the best sense of the word. The smoke is pushed back, but has lost nothing of its character, everything fits together harmoniously. Hard to believe that the supplies should be finally at last. It's a pity, it's one of my favorite drums.
    • Nose
      Mild, yet powerful Laphroaig smoke beguiles the nose with a clear hint of vanilla. After a few moments unfolds the full variety of flavors. Sea, iodine, salt on one side, but also caramel macchiato and some orange peel on the other side. The longer you smell it, the drier and stiffer it gets. Malt flavors come up. In between, the alcohol taps surprisingly strong for a Laphroaig, but does not get uncomfortable. Warms much stronger sweet notes, especially vanilla.
    • Taste
      Very powerful onset, only slightly honey sweet, but very spicy with clear oak and strong, salty smoke. Lightly burned grilled meat with honey marinade.
    • Finish
      The sweetness and the salt fade only slowly, and on the palate remain an ashy smoky note and the tannins of the oak long to very long.

  139. FernetBranco scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  140. Georges scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  141. Georges scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, toast, salty, buttery, fruity (bananas, oranges, apples), vanilla, chocolate, coffee
    • Taste
      Creamy, oily, peat smoke, rounded, salty, spicy, prunes, chocolate, orange marmalade, buttery
    • Finish
      Long, liquorice, oranges, salty

  142. tobihb scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  143. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Laphroaig 18
    Tasted 2015-05-08 @ Tobi:
    N: iodized salt, medicinal, fenolian smoke, light vanilla
    G: spicy woody, slight bitterness, vanilla on the finish with a long dry tobacco finish
    - very good strong "men's whisky", 86

  144. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      88 88

  145. Goethe scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Complex TCP influenced chocolatemix. Not so much smoke in the back compared to the 18 year old green.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10
    • Nose
      Cool smoke, hay, green walnuts, surprisingly fresh, winegums, milk and dark chocolate, vanilla, honeycomb, sweet fruits, salt, pepper and banana.
    • Taste
      Sweet smoke, salt, liquorice.
    • Finish
      Long. Vanilla, milk and dark chocolate.

  146. Zumbar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Added color.. not cool.. ;)
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      82 82

  147. notesofmalt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig 18 years old, original bottling, 48% alc.
    Region: Islay, Scotland

    Nose: Smoky but not intrusive. The alcohol content is noticeable. The smoke is a mixture of sea breeze, brackish and algae on the one hand and iodine, disinfectants and other medicinal flavors on the other hand. With is also a somewhat artificial sweetness, resembles gummy bears. The whisky is then drier and slightly woody, but the smoke is always pushing forward. Mild spices without bitter oak.

    Palate: peat smoke, phenol and a touch of tar paper. In addition, a really strong sweetness with light fruit, caramel, vanilla and honey. In addition, a touch of fleur-de-sel, now the oak is a bit present.

    Finish: Long and spicy with peat smoke (now less medicinal) and slightly oily / earthy aromas.

    Conclusion: Very nice standard bottling, which should now be replaced by a 15-year-old Laphroaig. Let's see if this can then keep up.

    89/100 points (tasted 2015)

  148. vb_bembel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  149. webdiver scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      85 85

  150. Koloman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The addition of water causes a loss of harmony and dominates the maritime-medicinal aromas.
    • Nose
      Open window in the chimney room of a pharmacist: cool, aromatic smoke, fresh sea breeze, polished wood, fresh sweat, damp moss.
    • Taste
      Walk on the seashore: fresh, salty gusts, with something nutty and spicy like smoked ham, strong, sweet and warm.
    • Finish
      Extinguishing pipe: streaming smokes, peat and woody notes, ripe fruitiness, licorice, soft, balsamic sweetness, complex, vital and sensual.

  151. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Considering the price of round about 55€ this may be one of the best value for money ratios of all whiskys. 

    And furthermore bottled at 48%vol....superb!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  152. hartist scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The typicality of the distillate (some would say brutality) is significantly softened thanks to increased aging.
    • Nose
      Smoke of campfire, peat, iodine, toast, but also fruit and vanilla, toffee.
    • Taste
      Sweet and balanced with an earthy side. On peat, smoke, ashes, vanilla fruits, also tarry licorice. Less brutal than 10 years.
    • Finish
      Long, on smoke, liquorice and dried fruits (nuts ....).

  153. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  154. Dionysus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  155. taldish scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      95 95

  156. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Balanced Laphroaig, which the age is good to face.
    • Nose
      Balanced. The typical Laphroaig smoke fades into the background. Vanilla and honey. Dried fruits. Citrus fruits. Wood. Spices. Salt.
    • Taste
      Sweet and salty at the same time. Oily. Floral notes. Citrus fruits. Oak. Apricots. Smoky.
    • Finish
      Only mild and sweet. Then the smoke and the oak unfold. Dark chocolate. Espresso. Full-bodied and long finish.

  157. The_Rock scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    In any case, more complex than the 10, but it is not enough smoky me. If you can overlook this, you get a great whisky!
    • Nose
      little smoke (less than the 10s), sweetness and vanilla
    • Taste
      strong, spicy onset, pepper, like on the nose on the tongue vanilla, relatively little smoke
    • Finish
      long and warming, a little more smoke with sweetness, which reminds of caramel, moreover the oak comes through now

  158. drkrylov scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Very drinkable
    • Nose
      Sweet and gently phenolic. Lemonade. A pleasant refreshing mix.
    • Taste
      Very smooth for Laphroaig. Lemon curd. Biscuity also.
    • Finish
      Long with the smoke playing about.

  159. drkrylov scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  160. Vitamin W lover scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Very smooth and silky. Like it a lot! This is a very elegant expression with a nice strength!

  161. Wild Thing scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I really liked my first Laphroaig and makes you want older bottlings ... :-)
    • Nose
      Cold campfire, lots of sweetness with vanilla and caramel right at the beginning. Then nothing for a long time ... After a few minutes of intense smell comes the sea. A few citrus fruits are also locally just like the seasoning on tap ...
    • Taste
      Spicy, salty start with strong oak and smoke. Lemon, apricot, eucalyptus and floral notes blend with light vanilla.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, warm and smoky with lemon peel and eucalyptus ... Wow, what a long finish.

  162. Wild Thing scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  163. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A bit sweeter and less ashy than the 2009 edition. Apart from that, they don't differ very much.
    The berries make me suspect that a small portion of sherry casks was involved.
    • Nose
      Apricot, apple juice, peat, red berries, sea salt, citrus, banana, vanilla and pineapple.
    • Taste
      Peat, peach, vanilla, red berries, liquorice, sea salt, pepper and lime. When adding water also some apple.
    • Finish
      Vanilla, peat and chocolate.

Tastingtags

Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.

Whiskybase

Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  




Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 60207205
VAT: NL853809112B01

Copyright © 2022


Forgot your password?

Login