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This review is of a sample kindly donated by @RianC
I tried it neat initially but found it needs a little water to tame the heat.
Bonfires, TCP, wet straw, toffee
Quite a thin mouthfeel, but the warmth and smokiness fills the mouth. The arrival is short with a lot of ash, iodine and buttered pancakes and a hint of dried fruits. Development is like a cloud of smoke billowing through your mouth filling every millimetre with a sweet smokiness. Like burnt sweet peppers from a Barbecue. Finish is long and lingering with more smoke, carbolic soap, a hint of green apples and then a salty seaweed note that goes on forever.
Not the most subtle of drams but it has it own simple charm. Just a classic Islay brute of a dram. Shows you how good Laphroaig can be. A thousand miles from the disappointing lacklustre standard 10 of recent years. If this was more readily available I'd never be without a bottle in the house.
I was going to do a comparison to the Lagavulin 12 but haven't actually got around to it. But I can tell you now this is in the same ballpark as the Laga 12 in terms of quality. From memory the Laga is a little more citrussy. This has a touch more iodine and dried fruits. I think there are sherry casks in it.
Anyway thanks @RianC I may well seek out a bottle of this when I'm a bit less strapped!