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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 18-year-old
132 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.28 points
- 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
- 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.
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.
Soft, rich, lemon peel, charred branches, peat, charcoal, sticky mineral shades, leather goods, dark chocolate, toffee, ash, metallic acidity.
Spicy, invigorating, peat, light smoke, ash, sour metal, cola, coffee, dark chocolate, oak, toffee.
- A Laph right in his boots, a classic French GDS. He was a very good Q / P, no more now.
It lacks complexity elsewhere.
A carnivorous peat, on the smoking of meat or fish. There is salt and this medicinal side of Laphroaig. A nice nose.
Light attack, it rises crescendo during the tasting.
Always on peat oil, smoking fish. Spices make their appearance and a vegetal side.
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.
- Simply a top whisky!
Subtle smoke, slightly medically but more towards campfire, also bacon, sweet orange, fruity and fresh, lemon juice, salty sea breeze, red apples, vanilla
full and creamy, salivation, spicy nicely integrated smoke, apple compote, lime, vanilla, caramelised sugar, dark chocolate, leather, getting dry harmoniously, simply great!
long, smoky, oily, dry, sweetened coffee and leather
- 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[+]
- Really good value for money. Got it for around 60€.
- 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
Fruity, apple and blackberry followed by the sherry and then quite heavy peat.
Very sweet on peaches predominantly and peach syrup, with pale cream sherry, icing sugar and sweet oatmeal biscuits.
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.
- so expensive now?