- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 18 years old
- 48.0 % Vol.
- 750 ml
- New Label
- Added on
- 16 Aug 2014 7:33 pm by Nezzer
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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
- 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..
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.
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)
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.
- 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)