...and it is rather comparable to the 2017 edition, profile-wise. In terms of balance and delicateness I prefer this 2015 over the 2017 because it is more harmonic and complex. The 2018 is more powerful in the nose and taste/finish (peatier, medicinal) but it is significantly more simplier too.
[August, 2019] I can not resist to do another head-to-head of two 1990 vintages, this 25-years old versus the 28-years edition from 2018 (WB id 116673). All in all these two drams are very comparable with the 25y more peaty and a little more powerful while the 28y charms with even more delicateness and some additional (shy) sherry flavours, hence offers a somewhat greater complexity. And by the way, this is exactly what one expects from more maturation years of the same distillate. Hard to choose which one to prefer - maybe the nose of the 25y is a notch better as is the taste of the 28y. I think this is a clear draw (on a very high level).
The colour is old gold and the nose offers a rather delicate profile for a Laphroaig. It is very complex on dozens of different aromas and comparable to that of the 2017 edition with less peaty aromas but more waxy and fruity notes. Give it some minutes to breathe and it will enfold its full beauty (it is a little shy straight out of the bottle). After around 10 minutes it offers Laphroaig at its best - complex, balanced and very, very delicious...
The taste is truly multi-layered with literally all the tasty flavours I can think of: It starts with an unusual bitter-herbal layer but very soon delicious molten sugars sooth the bitterness that then is strengthened again by a peaty-medicinal layer. But the fruits and honeys counter this attack nicely and support the sugars in creating a balanced profile. The spices are last, as usual, but they really pep up this mix greatly. The woods are perfect to provide a fine structure where all the different flavours can adopt to but they never dominate (like in today's Laphroaig NAS woodsky releases). Wow, this is pure pleasure on my palate and I like it even better than the already great 2017 or the powerful 2018 taste. Water is not needed with this release - it is perfect with its 46.8% abv.
The initial mouthfeel is simply great: Warming and charming with a creamy coating feeling without distracting moments. The finish is long and turns more fruity-sweet which is very tasty in combination with the maritime peaty and medicinal notes. Just a very slight drying moment pops up towards the end but this is not distracting, actually. This finish again is better than the 2017 and 2018 edition which are on par on that dimension.