Whiskyreview #81 Laphroaig 18yo 48%

lappThis is an older expression from the famous Islay distillery – Laphroaig. The 18 year old bottling was released in 2009 as a replacement for the 15 year old.

On the nose: Wow! Very maritime stuff this, more seaweedy than the 10 year old. Big tary notes.. I’m getting seasalt, ropes, ash, bonfire smoke and fried fish. This is lovely stuff! With water it get’s warmer in a way, with a subtle fruityness starting to appear. Peaches and cream, peat, earth, and a hint of mint after some time in the glass.

On tha palate: Salt, ashy and very smoky.  But I’m also getting whiffs of heather and honey. There’s also a dry tobacco note present.. With water it gets more Laphroaig’y in my opinion, as the medicinal notes and the burnt fish notes become more prominent. The finish is long with lots of oak and smoke. Slightly more bitter with water added.

I love this, probably the most maritime whisky I’ve ever tried! It has slightly more depth and complexity than the 10 year old, which really suits Laphroaig.

90/100 points

 

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