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The nose has all the classic Laphroaig notes - sea salt, smoke, peat, iodine, along with the sweetness that a lot of Laphroaig's have, once you adjust to the powerful upfront aromas. A hint of citrus as well. Typically powerful Laphroaig - I can be several feet away and catch peat and smoke notes. It can be hard on those nearby who aren't into peaty smoky smells (like my wife), but for those of us who are, it is genuinely warm and scrumptious.
The taste is warm, full and mouth-watering - starts smoky, with notes of sea salt and iodine, and moves beautifully into a toffee sweetness with a hint of spice. There is peat there, but it is surprisingly light on the tongue.
The finish is long and powerful. It starts with the remnants of the toffee fading as the spice grows slightly stronger, and the classic peat and smoke come back in droves. As much as 15 minutes later, there is still a slow peat feel in the back of my throat. Truly fantastic!
I got a bottle of this when a mate of mine was up North in one of the smaller cities in the state and dropped into a whisky store. I don't think the owner knew what he had, because there were two on the shelf at a much reduced price. He bought one, and phoned me up to see if I wanted the other one. This had been on my list for a while, and at the price, my wife only required me to go through a relatively minor amount of begging... ;)
The flavours are fairly simple, but very well balanced, very powerful, and ~very~ Laphroaig. Robust and full of character, I honestly love this dram, and would recommend it to anyone who is able to handle the peaty smoky stuff.