By: The Distilled Spiritualist | Review Date: 4/5/2010
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.