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This whisky is unapologetic and brazen, however soulfully honest.
Nose: Blue reek, coal, coal tar, iodine, earthy (leaf mulch, sweet malt. develops into a spicy aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg. also detected a trace of carnation milk and a faint golden syrup note
Palate: big, butch and full bodied (steroids possibly used ;)) mouth coating and thick, rich, phenolic, wood smoke, sweet gristy malts, coal developing mid way.
Finnish: very long indeed, sweetness maintains itself with the peat and coal lingering around for a while longer.
overall: Its a gently giant, huge and grizzly but, yet still being pleasant and well mannered. Its a lot more full and intense than 10yo and my favourite Laphroaig so far.
Why I marked it 97 is the caramel e150a in there which is completely useless imo. it would cost them alot less for it not to be in there.
Buyer Beware!!!! this is not a whisky for the novice drinker, it is a challenge even for some old noses and once the cork is out there is no going back!!! (But hey at the £26.50 I paid, its cheap enough for a punt).