Laphroaig 18 Years

This popular expression from Laphroaig replaced the 15-year-old and has now in turn been replaced by yet another 15-year-old. A very complex and mature Laphroaig.

This popular expression from Laphroaig replaced the 15-year-old and has now in turn been replaced by yet another 15-year-old. A very complex and mature Laphroaig.

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1397
Laphroaig
Scotland, Islay
Single Malt Whisky
18 Years
48%
0.7 l
Original bottling
Chill filtration - Without Artifical colouring - With
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Nosing
Peat Smoke:
Sweet:
Spices:
Maritime Notes:
Seaweed:
Fruit:
Salt:
Caramel:
Honey:
Vanilla:
Herbs:
Hay:
Oak:
Berries:
Chili:
Heather:
Leather:
Medicinal Smoke:
Pepper:
Sherry:
Herb:
Tasting
Peat Smoke:
Sweet:
Maritime Notes:
Seaweed:
Spices:
Nuts:
Oil:
Chocolate:
Oak:
Caramel:
Floral:
Heather:
Vanilla:
Herbs:
Malt:
Chili:
Honey:
Alcohol:
Pepper:
Salt:
Sherry:
Bonfire Smoke:
Cinnamon:
Lemon:
Zitrus:
Finish
Peat Smoke:
Nuts:
Oil:
Malt:
Spices:
Oak:
Chili:
Fruit:
Sweet:

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Tasting Notes 2

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Nosing:
At bottling strength, a soft toffee sweet but faintly spicy flavour counterbalances the trace of delicate phenols and fruit. An all encompassing smoothness brings these together. A touch of water allows the seaweed and salt to come through but not enough to overpower the vanilla and honey sweetness with just a trace of new mown hay and peat at the finish.
Taste:
An instant warming tang of smoke fades into smooth floral scents, which blends seamlessly into an oaky nuttiness and leaves a lasting sweetness on the taste. With a touch of water, the peaty warmth fills the mouth but does not overshadow the sweet chocolate smoothness. This is balanced by the rich toffee taste and slowly fades into a delicate hint of heather and peat smoke.
Finish:
Full bodied, long with a luxurious oily smoothness.
Comment:
16. Dec 2017
Davisscholar
23. Mar 2015
The old bottlings of Laphroaig 18Y inspire hope that the new ownership by the perfectionist Japanese will render results.

Given the steep asking price, the 18Y was the most disappointing Laphroaig in a long time. While the signature "mineral bonfire-by-the-seashore" aromas were present, they were greatly overshadowed by a strong sulfury note of over-boiled eggs, meaning hydrogen-disulfide from improperly treated barrels.
Sherry, oily rags and smoked fish was noticeable in the background, but lacking in intensity due to the addition of E150A.

The palate may have been even more disappointing as it seemed very "flimsy" for 48% ABV. Slight sweetness and a walnut-skin tannin structure quickly faded, leaving only a pungent alcohol and strong sulfury after-taste.

It unfortunately seems that all three distilleries along the South shore of Islay have suffered grave quality losses over the past ten years...
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