Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
Ex-Bourbon Casks
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
New Label
Bottle code
Added on
22 Jun 2013 5:44 pm

Average value

€ 288.11

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 18-year-old

153 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.42 points

  1. DoctorK scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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[+]

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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


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