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Overall rating
90.00/100
votes
26
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
New Label
Bottle code
L430257C
Barcode
5010019637086
Added on
01 Feb 2016 7:36 am by KonstUA
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 149,50

7 × in wishlist

26 × member ratings

136 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 18-year-old

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.00 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2018]  This review is on batch no. L4224578 (so it was bottled on the 224th day of 2014).  You find this bottling hall code on the back of the front label (in the upper left corner, simply hold the bottle against the light and look through the glass from the back).  I bought this bottle for 59 Euro in October, 2014.

    The colour is old gold and the texture shows many small tears with slow legs that consolidate to bigger, sticky teardrops over time.  The nose offers this typical modern Laphroaig profile of medicinal phenols, malty sugars and heavy wooden notes.  But contrary to the younger NAS editions of the recent years that are completely wood-driven this profile still is in a good balance.  It arrives warming and coating in the mouth with minor drying-adstringent moments from the woods.  The taste is barley sugary sweet with heavy phenols, maritime flavours and spicy wooden notes.  Not as complex as the sixties or seventies Laphroaig but still very nice.  The finish is long and adds some dry ashy notes (cold campfire) that are rather interesting in this context.  It offers an enourmous sweetness at the end that is delicious.  Some water releases much more aromas and flavours both in the nose and on the palate that really increase the complexity and delicateness of this dram.  I like it best when reduced to about 43% abv (the score for the neat dram is two points less).  

    This is one of the last great Laphroaig releases (besides the Cask Strength editions) that was distilled during a time when they still went for quality instead of quantity and a "I punch that dram into your face" attitude (heavy phenols and heavy woods alone do no create a great whisky - at least not for my taste buds)...  Grab these bottles as long as they are somewhat affordable!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. VollePulle scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  3. Jackson05 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I can’t be sure this is the exact 18 year I am drinking, but nevertheless.

    A lovely soft and elegant peat with peach and pears. Soft ash notes and vanilla. Classy malt. Elegant and understated. A great 18 year old. Should have bought a few when I had the chance

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