This is basically the quarter cask with an additional rest time in refill sherry casks. I know many reviews panned this for being less brash and in your face than other Laphroaig's. Now that it's discontinued, might it get more love?
Nose: Cough lozenges, black licorice, antiseptic, that note of germinating grain, vanilla, loads of sweet oak, salty, the nose feels a bit closed.
Palate: Oily, astringent grain, smoked fish, and carbolic give way to sweetness, currants, dried fruit & spices. The palate is soft, all in vanilla, menthol and earth.
Finish: Rich, oily, grassy, licorice & strawberry candy with sweet smoke.
The Blab: The medicinal elements seem to sit tight amidst the successive oak treatments, the ashy smoke is what is replaced by the sweeter elements. Not the one for those looking for that Laphroaig slap in the face but if you like the the distillers editions of Lagavulin and Talisker this is a winner.
Thanks for your review. I must have had a very different batch than the one whence came this bottle. I hate black licorice, so I can say I did not get that note at all. Your last sentence is pretty spot on, though. Definitely more sweet alongside the peat.
@MadSingleMalt what a difference a few years makes, this was first released as travel retail and then became part of the stable. At that time it would have still been possible to obtain Laphroaig 15, 18 rather easily.
Now that we find ourselves inundated in NAS Laphroaig expressions, perhaps people don't feel so bad for this one.