COLOUR : Bright Gold
NOSE: At bottling strength, asoft 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.
BODY: An intense depth that is exceptionally balanced and warming.
PALATE: 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.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 94 points - Starts off with a surprisingly delicate perfume of white flower, ripe apricot, grapefruit zest and pink peppercorn before leading into decidedly reserved flavors in the mouth. Delicate flavors of smoky pine and apricot linger before culminating in an exquisite, tropical finish. (Apr 2014)
The hotly anticipated Laphroaig eighteen year-old. This expression replaced the fifteen year-old and comes at a higher strength. This is a much more exclusive affair with a powerful punch. Awesome stuff.
The nose is spiced and fruity. Medicinal with a phenolic kick. Quite coastal. Its taste is full and dark with heather root, peat smoke, iodine, spice, and a vanilla sweetness. The finish is long and oaky with phenolic spices.