COLOUR : Rich deep gold
NOSE: Very powerful, "medicine", smoke, seaweed and ozone characters overlaying a sweetness
BODY: Full and strong
PALATE: A massive peated burst of flavour with hints of sweetness at the end
FINISH: Long and savoury
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 93 points - Heavily smoky and meaty on the nose yet balanced by subtle citrus aromas and a hint of apricot and candied ginger. Light bodied but with powerful flavors of peat smoke, sea brine and toasted walnut. Vanilla makes an appearance before finishing robust and smoky. (Apr 2014)
Wine Enthusiast 90 points - A veritable aromatic feast of maritime notes: seaweed, iodine, pine needle, matchstick and olive brine. The palate entry is full of mint, Sherry, pork rind, bacon fat, chimney soot and rancio tastes; by midpalate flavors of cocoa, coffee, pipe tobacco, chocolate-covered orange, marzipan and vanilla extract proliferate. Luscious and stupendously good.
— P.P. (12/31/2007) — 90-95 (Dec 2007)
A potent, cask strength release from Laphroaig. A very pungent version of the 10 year old.
The nose is big and rich. There is a dark peat, some dry moss and burnt heather and, somehow, toffee has softened the blow. Then, at last, the usual suspects: iodine and tar.
The palate is rich and full and very chewy. Notes of malt and tar carry an urbane sweetness followed by peat smoke.
The finish long and compounded as burnt sugar tapers off against a backcloth of chewy sumptuous smoke and peat.