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Laphroaig 18-year-old

Overall rating
89.71/100
votes
40
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2013
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
New Label
Barcode
080686814030
Added on
16 Aug 2014 7:30 pm by Nezzer
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 339,24

11 × in wishlist

40 × member ratings

357 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 18-year-old

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.71 points

  1. DrBardamu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  2. euzlpz scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Now comes the hard part...giving it an unbiased score...Islay is my favorite region and Laphroaig is my favorite distillery-- (I must restrain my excitement!)...okay, considering it's age...90 points. I must admit, I've held a grudge for a long time due to QC issues with this distillery...things (still) have not been the same since the pre-red stripe era (10 y.o. CS)...those were incredible. I know what this distillery is capable of, and the 10s they put out today don't come close to their potential...regardless, this is a fine, fine whisky.. 
    • Nose
      Very coastal and sweet, fruity, with a peatiness that doesn't dominate, but rather; compliments...Southern USA burnt ends (BBQ-- mustard based dry rub with glaze on pork; over hickory chips, to be specific), milk chocolate, burnt potato skins, mango, used sex wax (surfer's tool), figs...sweet and salty uncured bacon.
    • Taste
      Entry: overwhelmingly pleasant...you may want to enjoy this one alone...ammonia, spicey mango, maritime notes...sweet/briney/chemical/fruity/floral.

      Middle: light chocolate fudge, sweet ham-- mostly on the uncured bacon end of the pig spectrum...hickory smoked Southern USA BBQ (the real deal, not the shameless selling of the reputation-in-a-bottle)
    • Finish
      Floral, hammy, bacony, gentle but assertive warming peat smoke...a minute or so later-- more ammonia and sort of a driftwood beach campfire fire thing (if you can imagine)...finally, mango returns and honeyed green tea emerges...a satisfying show...delightful and of medium length...my first impression was that it had a very short finish-- but now that I'm just finishing the bottle as I write this-- it is definitely longer than I thought at first. I'll take care to go slower with my remaining four bottles.

  3. Doctor B. scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  4. tobihb scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. bennythemonster 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)

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