On the palate, the caramel strikes again. Seasalt, brown sugar, limejuice, more smoke, some cashews and grilled meat. Ridiculously good balance between spirit and cask. Also the strength feels perfect for me. The only downside is the relatively short finish.
This is by no means a „modern“ Laphroaig. This is subtle, refined and very well balanced. It even has the appeal of some 60’s/70’s bottlings. I can totally see why a few people are disappointed when they expect a huge TCP peat blast from their Laph. On the other hand, I think Douglas Laing did a great job bottling this particular cask for Feil Ile. Its a nice example of a more refined Laphroaig of the past decades. A blast from the past, so to speak. On par with some vintage sherry matured 70’s Ardbeg I could try. Love it!