1994 Laphroaig 18 Year Old K&L Exclusive Chieftain's Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

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One of the great visits from our 2012 visit to Scotland was Laphroaig distillery, where we learned many new stories concerning its fascinating history. The whisky's special combination of sea, smoke, and brine has had a magical effect on people over the years. In 1908, manager Ian Hunter decided to make Laphroaig one of the first distilleries to market itself as a single malt, rather than sell it off for blends. What an idea! Shortly after that, a failed attempt to purchase Laphroaig (as well as a childish attempt to block their water supply with large rocks) led Peter Mackie to build the now-defunct Malt Mill with Laphroaig's exact specifcations, hoping to recreate that unique flavor (he couldn't). Laphroaig was one of the first distilleries to have a female manager (Bessie Williamson) and they're one of the few today that still malts their own barley. Despite their repuation for forward-thinking, they continue to operate very traditionally, making only one type of spirit and filling into only one kind of barrel - first-fill Bourbon casks. While Laphroaig does not sell casks directly, we were able to broker one via Chieftain's exclusively for K&L. This 18 year beauty has everything we love about mature Laphroaig - medicinal notes, brine, and campfire smoke in a more subdued state, mixing brilliantly with soft vanilla and wood spice. It's classic in every way and at full proof - no water added. A fantastic whisky from an iconic distillery's older stock. (David Driscoll)

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2012 | Send Email
A very special K&L exclusive single barrel Laphroaig 18 we were fortunate to be able to get through an independent bottler, this is legitimately awesome whisky that merits its price tag. Drinkable at cask strength, its complex, multi-dimensional aroma and flavor profile is in constant metamorphosis, shifting emphasis from fruit to peat to confection to the sea and back again like a pipe organ shifting between notes polyphonically. The palate is seamless, with gradual mounting intensity of flavor and heat to a finish that is all elegance and no burn. This is the ultimate connoisseur's gift and a worthwhile addition to any collection.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2012 | Send Email
Another great purchase by the two Davids. This Laphroaig has a lot of peat and brine but the idoine is much less pronounced. This leaves this Laphroaig 18 a certain elegance and smokey flavors that are nicely integrated in the drink. With a splash of water it opens up with layers of complexity.

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