Intro – The oldest whisky I have ever purchased. I did taste the 25 and 32 at a recent Laphroaig Tasting. When I originally bought this bottle I thought…An 18 year old Laphroaig, it has to be amazing. I have learned through the first few years of my whisky journey that age doesn’t always mean it’s better. It doesn’t mean you’ll like something more just because it’s older. It depends on many things…the spirit, the distillery, the casks and your personal tastes. But since it is a Laphroaig the chances are good I will love it. Bottled at 48%, non-chill filtered but colored. I think I paid about $85-$90.
****Reviewed neat on 10/29/16****
Nose – light/under ripe red fruits, strawberry chewing gum, mint, chocolate undertones, soft & fruity, sweet pepper, smoke is contributing but not dominating. delicate nose. The Laphroaig character is all there…smoke, licorice, seaweed, sea salt…but it’s very light and hard to find. That really let’s the fruitiness shine through.
Taste – sweet and spicy arrival, gentle and light…not the usual Laphroaig assault on your taste buds, caramel, licorice, red fruits are in and out, chocolate, pepper, vanilla and more caramel towards the end. Not very smokey to me – it’s there but it’s very light.
Finish – medium finish, pepper, licorice, smoke, slight caramel but besides that nothing else sweet on the finish.
Favorite Part – The Nose.
Conclusion – A great whisky which would probably be enjoyed more by someone who likes a small amount of smokiness in their whisky. This would be a great introduction for someone who wants to explore Laphroaig. All the characteristic Laphroaig notes are there but are more approachable. It’s become painfully obvious that I enjoy younger Laphroaig. The 18 year old is easy to drink and gives a great performance. Maybe it’s too delicate for my brain to figure out? Maybe when I see that Laphroaig bottle I just want to be abused by smoke? Would I buy another bottle? Probably not. For $90 I could get a 10 year old and Triple Wood. Maybe years from now age will matter more. Right now it doesn’t…at least not with my Laphroaig.
Read my Laphroaig 15 review right here.
Or check out my comparison of the 15 & 18 HERE!
Rating – 80/100
- Presentation – 4/5
- Nose – 23/25
- Taste – 31/35
- Finish – 17/25
- Value – 5/10