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Laphroaig 18 Year Old

Quintessential Laphroaig

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@VictorReview by @Victor

29th Aug 2012

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  • Nose
    22
  • Taste
    24
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    24
  • Overall
    93

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The reviewed bottle has been open five months and is 80% full

Nose: classic Laphroaig peat, smoke, medicinal, briney malt, with a moderate and balanced sweetness. Very nice flavours, though not an intense amplitude of flavours

Taste: beautiful positing of the Laphroig-ness on the delivery. This was good when the bottle was first opened, but became extraordinary after the bottle was opened for about 2 months. Rich, deep, sweet peat and accompanying flavours. Silky yet deep and rich at the same time

Finish: just lasts and stays the course, with lovely flavours

Balance: this is great whisky. I am at this point in my whisky experience a huge fan of the Laphroaig 'house style' and I consider Laphroaig 18 to be a quintessential example of that style

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8 comments

@valuewhisky
valuewhisky commented

Victor, great set of 4x Laphroaig reviews. I've had all but the Cask Strength. Agree with you how mellow the standard 10 yr is (just because it tastes strongly like peat doesn't automatically make it intense - a common misconception I think), and the 18 has the longest finish of any whisky I've ever tried (and I'm drinking Corryvreckan right now!).

6 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

Thank you much, @valuewhisky! They are all very enjoyable drams.

6 years ago 0

@michaelschout
michaelschout commented

@Victor Great review as always. I opened a bottle of Laphroaig 18 about a month ago and almost can't imagine how it could get any better, but indeed I'm waiting with much anticipation to see if it happens or not!

6 years ago 0

@Jules
Jules commented

I can get this bottle for 96$US at the moment - I normally don't pay this much for a scotch I've never tasted before, but as I love the Caol Ila 18, Ardbeg 10 and Laphr'10 I assume it is worth it, based on everybody's comments & reviews..?

5 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@Jules, do keep one thing in mind with Laphroaig 18...when I first opened this bottle I thought, "Oh, is that all there is?",...then with the bottle open about 2 months, "WOW!!!" Give it 2 months air before expecting it to be at its best.

5 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

This bottle is still a 93 point whisky, three years later. Delicious.

3 years ago 0

@Jules
Jules commented

@Victor - I bought this on your recommendation and was indeed not dissapointed. What a beautifully un-doctored, pure, crisp Laffy. Sweet brine & subtle oily peat at it's best.

Makes you wonder why Laffy insist on fooling about with all those wood finishes when their base spirit is so perfect...

3 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@Jules, I wonder the same thing about Laphroaig and the wood finishes. Fortunately there are plenty of good straightforward standard house style expressions of Laphroaig available.

On the whole I would say that I consider Laphroaig to have the most consistency of high quality of product among all of the Scottish distilleries. I've never tasted a bad Laphroaig.

3 years ago 0

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