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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 18-year-old
139 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.36 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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[+]
- A classic that shows the complexity and balance of mature Laphroaigs
Beautiful rounded complex nose of medical ash, phenol and iodine, curd soap, chlorinated pool, green apples, sweet vanilla, some citrus, salted toffee, licorice
Smoke, gum, fruit sweetness, honey and salt, spicy oak - not as complex as the nose, but nicely round
Smoky, phenolic, medicinal, sweet and long
- Really good value for money. Got it for around 60€.