In the nose just neat wet, medical and somehow also carbonated smoke over a massive bourbon note. Really sweet vanilla and caramel. Including lemon and grapefruit, so sour citrus notes. I put my nose even deeper into the glass come iodine, hospital corridor and disinfectant. Ointment. Sour red currant. Over it the vanilla sweetness and this smoldering smoke after coal. All very strong and massive due to the high alcohol content.
But I wanted to drink it:
Wow, great bound alcohol. Smoke is above everything. Strangely, it is much drier than in the nose. Reminiscent of burning cardboard. The sweetness comes right behind and then salty notes follow. Sea spray, rotting algae. Shellfish. The fruitiness loses something, but on the tongue is now a peppery spice. On the tongue fights pepper with vanilla sweetness, the back oral cavity, however, is covered by salty iodine and in the finish again much moister, medical smoke. Crazy as the smoky notes change from dry to moist when swallowing. And I think I've never had that much iodine in a dram. In the finish is also a certain fruitiness there. Especially the sour red currant and also some gooseberry. And also a certain slightly biting paint touch as if the painters were at work.
And while I'm writing this, he's all back.
Conclusion: Violent, great, intense Laphroaig. I like it very much, if not quite as good as its replacement on the bus, Octomore 10 years 2nd. It is even more complex and complex with even more massive smoke. What I'll do the same again.