- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 18 years old
- 48.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- New Label
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 01 Feb 2016 7:36 am by KonstUA
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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 18-year-old
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.46 points
- Laphroaig 18 year old sits at the graceful end of the distillery’s bottlings – whilst it still manages to evocate both Islay and medicinal peat smoke, it does so with a high degree of refinement. This bottling proves that bold flavour doesn’t always need to come with a sledgehammer attached – robustness and sophistication can share the same bed. Balanced, delicious, charming and sorely missed.
Classy sophistication – a merger of well-aged fruity aromas with trademark Laphroaig coastal peat, that’s altogether much more subtle than you’d find in younger bottlings. Under ripe apples, oranges and candied citrus peels are taken on a trip to the bakery – buttery pastries, flans, tarts and toffee sauce. Then, we’re off for a more savoury main-course of smoky BBQ burnt ends and heavily reduced ham stock. Laphroaig-yness is still ever present, coastal, briny, mineral and peaty – but wonderfully restrained and played off against aged fruits and patisserie. A few drops of water brings out further orange and nectarine aromas as well as some ginger spicing.
Oily, full, rich and sweet. Fruitiness again, this time strongly favouring oranges, nectarines and tangerines. Cask influence is higher with both ginger and pepperiness coming forward and amalgamating with sweet but sharp coastal smoke – TCP, iodine, rock pools (you know the score by now). Heathery honey and fresh tobacco mingle with rich buttery flavours – cakes, dough and malt bread. The addition of water adds some biscuity notes, softens the fruit elements and pronounces ginger even further.
Long in length and delivering dusty clouds of dry coastal smoke and burnt meats.
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