Laphroaig 18 yr old

Jun 22

Laphroaig 18 yr old

Laphroaig 18

Mashtun notes:

This was quite zesty on the nose with hints of malted barley, peat smoke, leather, fresh mint, and sweetness. On the palate we got wood smoke, salt, pine, malt, and medicinal notes. The finish was medium and earthy. It also gave us sweet malt, wild garlic, and wood smoke. One panel member got a hint of coconut too. The colour was light gold and the texture was medium and smooth. Letting this dram breathe brought out some more malty notes and medicinal flavours. Adding a little water slightly sweetened the dram but didn’t really do much.

All in all we really enjoyed this slightly older offering from Laphroaig. It doesn’t deliver that TCP / Peat hit a standard Laphroaig does but it’s still a fantastic whisky. It’s a better-rounded dram than the standard 10 year old release and it has more subtle flavours – Laphroaig ‘light’…

Overall MashTun Score = 76/100

Laphroaig 18 yr old

This 18 Year Old expression of Laphroaig is made in limited quantities each year and savoured by a fortunate few. A soft, sweet and spicy Islay peat smoke greets you when you first open the bottle. The immediate taste is an oak sweetness, from 18 years in the barrel. A faint hint of the sea can be detected, testimony to its time maturing on the remote island of Islay.

It is bottled at 48% ABV and is non-chill filtered for a depth of taste and texture

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Laphroaig 18 yr old

Nose:

Medicinal notes, peat smoke, and sweetness

Palate:

Very earthy with wood smoke, sweetness, and light medicinal notes

Finish:

Medium. It’s a very warm finish that has sweetness, wood smoke, and wild garlic

Colour:

Light gold

Texture:

Oily

Air:

Brings out TCP

Water:

Sweetens and brings out warmness on the palate

Overall score and comments:

74/100 – Not a signature Laphroaig but well worth a try – it’s Laphroaig ‘light’…

Laphroaig 18 yr old

Nose:

Fresh mint, coriander, lemon zest, subtle peat notes, fennel, newly-malted barley

Palate:

First notes that hit me were malt and pine, followed by the peat. Slightly sweet with a touch of pleasant bitterness

Finish:

Medium-length malty aftertaste with a little coconut note

Colour:

Pale Amber

Texture:

Soft and smooth

Air:

I didn’t pick up on any change in the whisky due to air

Water:

This didn’t seem to evolve with water

Over all score and comments:

78/100 – This has a lot more going on than the standard-release Laphroaig, I found it vibrant and lively though fans of Laphroaig expecting a hearty blast of peat smoke may be disappointed.

Laphroaig 18 yr old

Nose:

Small (peat) hint of the normal Laphroaig signature. Zesty and has leathery notes

Palate:

Peat, salt, and a little TCP

Finish:

Salty malty goodness

Colour:

Gold

Texture:

Medium/creamy

Air:

Brings out more malty notes

Water:

Doesn’t do a lot.

Over all score and comments:

75/100 – Better than the standard but not sure it’s worth the price, but still worth a go! As a big Laphroaig fan I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed that this dram didn’t offer more.

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