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Laphroaig 18-year-old

Overall rating
88.36/100
votes
1002
Whiskybase ID
WB7255
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2009
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Label
Old Label
Bottle code
L9 348
Barcode
5010019637086
Added on
09 apr 2009 3:11 pm
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 509.95

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 18-year-old

86 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.36 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2009]  Finally I emptied a bottle that I bought for 61,50 Euro in April, 2009.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 87,5.  My notes state an easy to drink Laphroaig with just subtle peaty notes.

  2. Astrid scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    From the flagship of a famous Islay distillery you would expect more than just a straight-forward smoker with a hint of sulphur. For the full review go here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/02/14/evolution-of-laphroaig/
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      81 81

  3. MrDvorak scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The aroma contains delicate nuances of peat with ripe smoked fruits in a dusty barn. Black pepper with smoke and sea salt is the leader in taste. The finish is long, unexpectedly tannic, but round, with smoke and gray.

    The medical-smoky Lafroeig is completely unrecognizable, this release is rather gentle, not brutal, with a pleasant sulfuric touch.

    RATING: 90pts - | 90 - 92 (A-) → Excellent | - Here the golden pantheon begins.

  4. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Bittersweet basket of smoky fruits with iodine, dusty barn, pepper and mineral water.

    RATING: 90pts - [n23,t23,f22,b22] → |90-92: Excellent|

  5. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    After-tasting after two years: he has lost none of its quality.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. old-smokey scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    A wonderful drop

    Nose: smoke (phenolic iodine) and a complex variety of other aromas, not biting, but strong, but also fresh and slightly oak, wonderfully balanced

    Taste: In the mouth a strong onset, yet soft with light sweet notes, the smoke does not prevail and gives together with the oak a great round taste

    Fiish: finish long, dry, the smoke and sweetness still sound wonderfully.

    If the smoke seems too strong - a small drop of water makes the aroma in the nose and the dram on the tongue even softer, but actually you lose something to enjoy.

  7. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The 18 years provide a mild, balanced smoke. Great nose, "elegant" taste, classic finish. I like it very much.
    • Nose
      Spicy smoke (smoked ham), salt, phenol, peat - all there, what to expect from a Laphroaig. Here the ingredients are very well connected, they form a beautiful unity. The strength of the smoke fades over time and gives room for a fresh apple note. Behind (underneath?) Is loamy, damp soil. A great nose.
    • Taste
      On the tongue, the smoke is tamed, soft and supple, the malt fills every last corner of the mouth. The 18 years in the barrel you notice on the tongue, oak notes and feinherbe chocolate pass. Nutmeg, with leather and tobacco notes.
    • Finish
      Medium and dry, with the smoke of a smoldering campfire.

  8. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Whiskywiseguy scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Honey, peat
    • Taste
      Caramel, chocolate
    • Finish
      Smoke, peat

  10. elvispresley scored this whisky 100 points Member Junior

    THE Best Laphroaig!

  11. pyrotukker scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    What a complete and balanced whisky. All my notes include ' mellow' in the best way possible.

  12. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  14. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Like the old school label better, but honestly could not spot a difference in smell or taste when they made the switch. In regards to the new label that every new Laphi was bestowed upon, none of the standards changed then, rather over the years and/or decades. P.S. Good stuff, was cheap once, not worth 150 EUR/bottle to me now, but I am spoilt, I guess.

  15. gossm01 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It has a relatively oily viscosity and its bouquet is of a relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of intense medicinal peat smoke, oak, maritime notes, citrus fruit, vanilla and caramel. Moderately complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is relatively well integrated and it has a relatively heavy body.

  16. NXI scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Whisky, which has its merits, but is too oaky and herbal for my taste. Like a walk in the woods after rain.

  17. Nebuchadnezzar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The most balanced and harmonious of all Lafroiges I have tried!

  18. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A magnificent specimen, where smoke, creosote, and medical themes familiar to Laphroaig gave way to soft fruit aromatics. Great drink!

  19. Vallado scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. SRB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  21. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

  22. Maltlife scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  24. valery77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Light delicate smoke and peat, lemon pulp, chalk, vanilla notes, mineral motifs, tablets and new bandages, a dusty barn, a little sea freshness, freshly sawn boards, new leather clothing. 22
    • Taste
      From medium to full-bodied, moderately dry. Lemon, black pepper, smoke, sea salt, mineral water, a bit of oak. 21
    • Finish
      Long, astringent, enveloping, fading smoothly. At first, sulfur-mineral motifs dominate, oak barrels, towards the end, the same light delicate smoke and phenolicity come to the fore. 23
      Balanced, "rounded" whisky, everything in its place. Balance 22
      Total 88

  25. whiskyd scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  26. Lorion scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A bit too smoky for me, but I really like the bitterness. 83 points
    • Nose
      Intense smoke. A mixture of medical smoke and campfire smoke. Grapefruit and honey. Then oak is added, not very little.
    • Taste
      Ash. Citrus. Oak. With swallowing comes an impressive bitterness, which I continue to train - and certainly not pleasant for everyone.
    • Finish
      Long, ashy, very bitter. Intense espresso.

  27. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  28. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Begins very complex with a blend of citrus tones, spicy smoke, peat, phenolic notes, sweet barrel flavors and floral notes of juniper berries. In addition, salted caramel, a little bitter fruit and rose soap follow. With water: maritime, charred newspaper, citrus zest, salt and freshly pitted peat.
    • Taste
      Soft and full in the body. Smoky and peaty, again delicate citrus tones, tart herbs that change into oak notes, ash, salt, phenol, oysters and herring brine.With water: fragrant smoke, tart herbs, juniper, pepper and salt.
    • Finish
      Long, burned herbs, oak and peat.

  29. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  30. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. rottendon scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Damn, that's good! I assumed that there would be little difference between the new and the old bottlings of the 18-year-old, but far from it! The old one is much more set and fuller, the alcohol better integrated. In balance, he is in no way inferior to the new one.

    Bottle Code of tasted Sample was: L1339570
    • Nose
      Start cautiously with ripe yellow fruit and some iodine before the smoke slowly unfolds. This is phenolic but soft, it looks a bit cold. With service life, the whisky is a bit more set, the fruit notes are fuller and sweeter, next to it are now mineral notes, the smoke remains restrained. In contrast to the "New Label", the alcohol is even better integrated, nothing tickles here. A little toffee and a hint of vanilla complete the bouquet. Heat intensifies the fruits, produces peaty caramel and colors the malt increasingly dark. Incredibly full, slightly brightened by a hint of disinfectant and a bit of wet rock, everything perfectly integrated.
    • Taste
      It also begins sweetly in the mouth, first with light honey and a little vanilla, later darkening with an idea of ​​liquid block malt. In addition, there is a soft herbal note, which clearly strengthens to the rear, some black pepper develops. Oak tannins are clearly on the way down but also extremely soft.
    • Finish
      The finish is more of a fade, with the herbs and tannins becoming stronger for a brief moment, while the whisky heats up significantly in the throat and throat. In the end honey-dipped ash remains in the mouth for a long time.

  32. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2013]  I found this dram in a commercial advents calendar.  In
    my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  I
    took no detailed notes and never bought a commercial advents calender
    again.

  33. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2009]  I had this dram during a Prof. Schobert "Islay" tasting at Bonn.

    In
    my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  I took no further notes.

  34. whisky-malt did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      91 91

  35. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  36. Mark-E scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  37. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  38. peterjpvanas scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Colour: lightish Gold

    Nose: Smokey, Big and bold. Grains, cereals, , but then banana and some fruits. A hint of phenols (hospital)

    Taste: Rounded/thick, many concessions of smokiness; peat, smoke even salty. This time phenolic as in leather. Wood and a bit of anise\liquorice edging towards a minty flavour. The fruit becomes stewed prunes & plums. Some pepper tones too.

    Finish: sort of dry finish, long and lasting. Only now tasting a bit of buttery notes.

    The bottle nothing special

    Boy do I like this whisky... 
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      87 87

  39. hfos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  40. Daan Tje scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  41. dinis scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    in 2016 Laph 18y end

  42. DrinkingWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasted 01/02/2015.
    • Nose
      Rokerig, licht medicinaal (fenolen) maar valt mee. Ook frisse fruittonen van appel en peer.
    • Taste
      Lekkere rokerigheid, leer, verrassend peppery. Later komen ook de fuitige tonen naar voren, en proef ik daar wat anijs?
    • Finish
      Houttonen komt langzamerhand bovendrijven tijdens de (vrij droge en korte) finish.

  43. FernetBranco scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  44. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  45. DannyBacon scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    One of the favorites. Smoky, powerful yet lenient and elegant. Long aftertaste like
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      95 95

  46. wekke scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    International Wine and Spirits Competition 2013  -  GOLD

    San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2011  -  DOUBLE GOLD

    International Spirits Challenge 2013  -  SILVER

  47. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Complex TCP on the road for a long time.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10
    • Nose
      Cool smoke, medicinal, vanilla, honeycomb, salt, pepper, some apples in the back.
    • Taste
      Sweet smoke, salt, pepper, TCP.
    • Finish
      Long. Vanilla, liquorice, TCP!

  48. ARMINUS scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    A little more complexity on the palate and he would crack the 90. Nevertheless, an excellent whisky.
    • Nose
      Beautiful, varied "nose". Smoke is not as phenolic as 10YO and QC. Grapes, unripe pear, lemonade, vanilla, honey. Alcohol barely perceptible.
    • Taste
      Soft, alcohol very well integrated, almost oily. Vanilla again, sweet but drier. Light pleasant tingle on the tongue.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, fruity. Slight hints of dark chocolate.

  49. Falnor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    In almost
    everyway better than the simple 10. If you only care for smoke, than don't pay
    more for this one. It's also very similar to the Quater cask, but more complex.
    At this moment one of the few possibility's to try an older version of a
    Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      A complex Laphroaig reveals
      parts of itself in the nose. A rich vanilla and creamy sweetness rather than
      the burned woodsmoke you've come to expect from a Laphroaig 10. Of course this
      ain't without peat, but I love all the other things like the sea salt, herbs
      and oil.
    • Taste
      The 48% gives it a more oily
      and thick feeling. The increase in alcohol in comparison with the 10/ 15 isn't
      very peppery. Again lot's of vanilla, but also lemon and apples (the golden
      ones, not the green). More peat on the palate. A hint of walnuts and caramel.
    • Finish
      Smooth and lingering with a
      nice nutty exit. A good example that age and strength makes the whisky better.

  50. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  51. Master Quill scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Score for the 2009 batch: 86, Score for the 2012 batch: 85.

  52. irrerelevant scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    nose Vanilla with smoke, both very intense, behind milder American oak, really sweet, in beginnings lemon, charcoal, very round
    taste Smoke, clear white oak notes, granulated sugar, Meditionsin, medicine on sugar cubes, Cini Minis, neat vanilla, vanilla sugar, could be a bit fuller, for 48% vol a bit thin / Brennereicharakter-lastig, from the barrel should come after 18 years more
    leaving Medium-long, with smoke, oak, coal and caramel fuller, more complex, and denser than the "normal" 10's, but it lacks a bit of that Phenolic sweetness, which is so "typical Laphraoig", the nose is great with intense vanilla and smoke, but in the mouth for 18 years something " thin".

  53. MY MALTS scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    For me the best standard of Laphroaig ... Even without water very pleasant and soft, despite 48% ...

  54. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Noncillfiltered; Very good! But why has Laphroaig added colouring (E150A) to this?
    This 18 yo has an almost opposite character from the 10 yo. The 10 is hefty on the nose, but surprising sweet and gentle in taste and finish. The 18 yo is still complex, but more gentle on the nose, but a kickboxer in the taste, and especially the finish. Be aware, the gentleness is still relative: we are talking of Laphroaig here!
    • Nose
      No water: Malty. Iodine. Cigar-tobacco.Savoury, smoked herbs. Dry smoke of ashes. Sweet tones of apples. And liquorice.
      With water: Sweet, savoury malt. Salty sherry. Brine.
    • Taste
      No water: Hot, spicey, dry smoke arrival. TCP. A syruppy 10 yo. Citrussy development.
      With water: sweet heathery arrival. Development of smoke, tar, barbecue, honey.
    • Finish
      No water: Dry long finish of peppery oranges.
      With water: non-complex but long finish. Smoke and seaweed.

  55. Wolv scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      92 92

  56. Cipidos scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  57. Bond scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    A landmark.
    • Nose
      Mild smokyness, flanked by seaweed and some vanilla sweetness. Very smooth, the alcohol well embedded. After a while, apples and peppermints; overripe bananas.
    • Taste
      Body: creamy
      Palate: Sweet ans smoky. Caramel, buttered sweetcorn, pecans, lemon. Salty.
    • Finish
      Long. Sweet vanilla, flanked by decent smokyness. Coffee.

  58. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  59. Stenface scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  60. ricallende scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  61. Achany scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  62. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Didn't expect all that smoke and peat in the 18 YO (even though it is a Laphroaig). Extremly powerful. is it better than the 10 YO? I am not sure, but it is a fantastic whisky for all peat lovers.

    (Rating interval 85-89 p)
    • Nose
      Leather with nutty, sweet and spicy oak, nutmeg, mint/penny royal. Powerful peat smoke, coriander and delicate red apples.
    • Taste
      Sweet and smokey, almost barbecue (hickory), buttered salty popcorns, again red apples and licorice. A true explosion of flavors but a lot of them are hidden behind the smoke.
    • Finish
      Powerful (WOW), long and lingering, pepper and smoked tabasco pepper sauce. Cough medicine (tablet for sore throat). 

  63. n1d0 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Nose: Medicinal peat, phenols, gasoline, grass, lemon, green apple, apricot, vanilla, some mint and flowery notes. Overall a sweet 'n sour impression.

    Body: Medium weight.

    Taste: Peat and smoke, salt and pepper, walnuts, leather, lemon, vanilla and caramel, straw -and blueberries, blood orange.

    Finish: Long, on peat and leather, lemon, vanilla, herbs.

    Verdict: Great balance across the board, very drinkable and satisfying.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  64. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    So far my most beautiful experience with Laphroaig. Of the dominant phenolic smoke of the younger bottlings, I often often only have heartburn. The 18yo shows much more depth, maturity and complexity. Delicious.
    • Nose
      The typical Laphroaig peat smoke with lots of iodine and phenols opens the nose. However, much less massive and dominant than in the 10yo. Beyond seaweed and a little salt liquorice, even sweeter sounds come to the fore. Heather, citrus, caramel and vanilla. Even some dark fruits join.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly sweet. Again heather, a little honey and salt liquorice. Again phenolic smoke. Floral notes mix with a pleasant sea breeze. Vanilla and caramel.
    • Finish
      Long and smoky, with oak and a pleasantly fruity sweetness on the palate.

  65. Ivynor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very good Laphroaig, more modern than the 15 year old version, more sherry, but perhaps less fine.
    • Nose
      Peat, fat, apricot acid, lemon, a little iodine and earth. Light sherry touch (almond, caramel, spices)
    • Taste
      Sweet and oily, on peat, iodine, a little lemon. Sherry is much more marked: hazelnut, caramel, vanilla, wood. Very pleasant.
    • Finish
      Long, always greasy and peaty. Lemon, herbs, caramel and vanilla.

  66. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Apricot, apple, peat ash, sea salt, pear, banana and a slight vegetal touch.
    • Taste
      Peat, apricot, pear, cream, sea salt, lime, pepper
    • Finish
      Peat, chocolate, mocha and liquorice. Quite long.

  67. hefaists scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This was a decent expression of Laphroaig (and a good whisky). It reminded me of Ardbeg Uigeadail, but, compared to the Uigeadail, Laphroaig 18 lacked clarity on the palate. What is more, I don`t think this proportion of sherry casks suits Laphroaig. It`s not enough to be a "sherried" whisky, but the balance is certainly skewed in favour of sherry. Good whisky, but not great - especially considering the price.

  68. Alex scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Well composed and fully matured. Much more elegant compared to the 10yo. Maybe a little too smooth, lost some of it's character.
    • Nose
      Sweet peat smoke and phenols; some brine; later distinct apples & pears; elegant and well balanced nose.
    • Taste
      Sweet & malty, less smoke then on the nose. Some coastal notes and brine, nicely balanced with refreshing white pepper. Later undefined fresh citrus notes.
    • Finish
      Medium to short; coal ash and peat smoke; drying, the oak getting much louder; tannic.

  69. aby scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I am not a fan of Laphroaig (expect for the 70`s and earlier bottlings) but this is okay, including the chinese sambal in the aftertaste  85p.

    sample available on: whiskysample.nl

  70. D&A69 scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  71. Furtia scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  72. m884 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Typical Laphroaig, peat, smoke, medicinal, heavy peat sweetness,creme brulee and sweet herbal tea

    Mouth: Sweet peat, a bit smoke, peppery

    Finish: Very minty, smoke, oily, cream, herbs, licorice, bitter green leaves

    Comment: An a bit tamer Laphroaig. The higher ABV does well thou and the peat is much more dominant compared to the smoke peat combo of the 10yo. Not a price value killer like the 10yo but still very very good.

  73. granella2003 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A wonderful Whisky, the Laphroaig 18 Year is a wonderful Whisky with delicious aromas. Aromas of sweet honey, peat and light undertones of vanilla and pepper. Also an award winning Whisky, has in 2010 won gold at the World Whisky Awards.
    The texture is nice and smooth and creamy with clear notes of caramel, chocolate and sweets. A best sweet Whisky for a brand like Laphroaig, a brand with normal clear tones of cream and peat but that falls in this 18 Year bad. There are also delicate hints of leather, cream and floral ingredients to perceive. Very enjoyable.
    A long and persistent finish amakt it all off, a fine Whisky!

    http://www.drankgigant.nl/sterke-drank/whisky/laphroaig-18-year.html

  74. Alex scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    "Very smooth for Laphroaig -- the extra aging has mellowed this whisky. Soothing honeyed malt, creamy vanilla, and toffee provide a bed for peat smoke, charcoal, and tar; along with more subtle brine, smoked seaweed, anise, ginger, and citrus. A gentler, creamier, more tactile, less medicinal Laphroaig when compared to some of its siblings. Will you prefer the new 18 year old to the 15 year old it is replacing? That depends. I enjoy the balance and subtle complexity of flavors with the 15 year old, but I also like the enhanced richness and mouth-coating creaminess of the 18. The higher strength (and no chill-filtering) of the 18 is certainly a bonus." -Malt Advocate

    http://www.shanghai9.net/whisky-whisky/laphroaig-18-year-old-single-islay-malt-scotch-whisky.html 

  75. HunterRomario scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Against 15yrs more wood, smoother, sweeter, less iodine, peat remains, everything is woody, vanilla, honey, wood, peat and pinch of pepper. Decent speech, unusually mild to Laphroaig, but not bad at all.
    • Taste
      Oily, smooth, warm, sweet, sweetish and a little salty, oak, peat.

  76. Igor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Yep, a masculine character and utterly so, I reckon. Beefy, assertive, yet complex and with a glimpse of elegance at the same time. I urge you, genuine peatheads, out there use any opportunity to pick that 18 year old Islay delicacy. If you got such a chance, obviously, I'm sure you'll love it.
    • Nose
      Would you imagine a deserted sandy shore. Smouldering sweet smoke wafts, camphor, seaweed and iodine, refreshing sea breeze blows ever so slightly, some wood resin. Later hints of cured ham pop up, mint, vanilla, dairy butter, slight soapiness and yeast get through as well, a touch of mould, blue cheese.
    • Taste
      Savoury. Very thick, heavy, oily body. Smoked fish, BBQ, jamón with toasted cheese, peanuts, toffee, flapjacks?, a dash of paprika and ground black pepper.
    • Finish
      What an astonishing sensation that! The finish splits here in three stages of intensity, to and fro, much like those heavy coastal waves. Bringing walnuts, pistachios, brown spices, bitter oak undertones with Ceylon tea tannins. It feels pleasingly warming, really.

  77. mbinder scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Restrained, vanilla, smoke, peat. Very pleasant.
    Taste: But a bit stronger than the 15Y. Oily, vanilla, banana, plus the typical Laphroaigaromen.
    Finish: Medium long, froggy.

    Very nice and round.

  78. saintjimmy scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Coastal aromas: seaweed and brine. Followed by lemon zest and ginger. 
    • Taste
      lovely soft mouthfeel with vanilla and mint. The coastal notes return: seaweed and brine. Some ginger as well. Matured cheddar.
    • Finish
      long and very pleasant. 

  79. drkrylov scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  80. drkrylov scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Very drinkable
    • Nose
      Sweet and gently phenolic. Lemonade.  A pleasant refreshing mix.
    • Taste
      Very smooth for Laphroaig. Lemon curd. Biscuity also.
    • Finish
      Long with the smoke playing about.

  81. SpiritHall scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Great Islay malt.  Delicious at this alcohol content.  Price just on the high side, but it is relatively well priced, for an 18 year old. Nice
    and neat presentation.
    • Nose
      Gentle and pleasant aroma.
    • Taste
      Smooth, creamy, thick oily, sweet (slightly honey sweet) and
      a hint of nut.
    • Finish
      Medium long well balanced finish.

  82. christophe_carles scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  83. I_SPEY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Well, the Laphroaig 18 years old(neat) has a rather strong, peaty nose, with vanilla, some wood and bananas, but has ,eventhough, also a briny and seaweedy note, as well as some honey. This is all very attractive and at the same time remarkable too! (With water) Almost all the same, except more briny and smoky, even a iodine smell. 
    The palate is nicely thick, dry, woody, with some subtle notes of apricots and apples.(With water)More fruity, resulting in a smoother taste and smokier.  The finish is salty, smoky and sweetyish.  I very much enjoyed this dram, but do prefer the 15 yo!
    Thanks a lot for the sample, Victor
     
     
     

  84. Feusi scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Easy to drink apple notes in the nose (cider?) Phroig a really nice, warm and very pleasant. Oily sweet with a pleasant sweet and spicy smoke. A very pleasant bottling.

  85. hsmithjr scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This is quite good, but I long for the 15.

  86. Dede scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A good Laphroaig, closer to the usual profile of the distillery than the 15yo it replaces. The nose really has something good old 10yo, more subtle all the same. Despite? all, I prefer the old 15yo, more elegant and more fruitful, which had the advantage of cultivating a difference with the rest of the range.
    • Nose
      No doubt, we are at Laphroaig. The nose presents this peat, marine and medicinal peat, slightly camphor, mixed notes of fruit puree banana and grenadine. Vanilla too, which covers the bottom of sweetness and gives us this roundness, this iron hand in a velvet glove that we find in the OBs of the distillery. Become a farmer vaguely? the ration (horse dung).
    • Taste
      Powerful, very peaty and more acidulous than the nose (lemon). First medicinal, she gets bitter afterwards (gentian and iodine).
    • Finish
      It remains on the notes of ameres and marines of the end of mouth, before a return in force of the peat, very marked? retro-olfaction.

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