Laphroaig 18 year old, Islay Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1049366 90 points Whisky Advocate

 Very smooth for Laphroaig -- the extra aging has mellowed this whisky. Soothing honeyed malt, creamy vanilla, and toffee provide a bed for peat smoke, charcoal, and tar; along with more subtle brine, smoked seaweed, anise, ginger, and citrus. A gentler, creamier, more tactile, less medicinal Laphroaig when compared to some of its siblings. Will you prefer the new 18 year old to the 15 year old it is replacing? That depends. I enjoy the balance and subtle complexity of flavors with the 15 year old, but I also like the enhanced richness and mouth-coating creaminess of the 18. The higher strength (and no chill-filtering) of the 18 is certainly a bonus. (Side note: I know this is a moot point now, but I would like to have seen the 15 year old bottled at 48%, rather than 43%.)

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Price: $115.99
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By: The Distilled Spiritualist | Review Date: 4/5/2010
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I had read mixed reviews about the Laphroaig 18 Year Old, so I had to just try it for myself to form an opinion. Boy, was I ever pleasantly surprised! First thing that comes to mind for me is the salty vanilla creaminess in the nose-- a bit like the Laphroaig Quarter Cask in that sense. Of course, it does have the usual aromatic suspects for which Laphroaig is known, such as some iodine and bold peat smoke, but it also has some fried ripe banana drizzled with honey and almonds. On the palate, I was transported back to memories of hot summer days spent visiting Cape Cod, smelling the pungent seaweed in the sticky air while eating fresh, locally-made salted toffee. Fond memories indeed, and this malt brings it all back. True, it isn't quite as superb as the 25 year old; especially if, like me, you enjoy the influence of sherry butts, but certainly much more affordable.

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Alcohol Content (%): 48