Nose: As intense as the Quarter Cask. Big toffee, caramel, wet forest, pine, earth, peat, indistinct sherry. This is medicinal, and a beautiful sherry/peat marriage.
Palate: Strong, mouth-coating, drying oak envelopes everything. Pine, band-aids, sherry, candied fruits, peaches.
Finish: Candied sherry, peach, huge oak, faint pine, earth, with a plaster/medicinal tinge. Long, prickly and drying.
Thoughts: Laphroaig is typically about big peat. While this is no exception, it’s also about oak and sherry. It is just as oaky as the QC, with a better integration of fruitiness than the 18. Time relaxes the oak and brings out some of the fruity subtleties. Afford it time and patience and you will find nuance and complexity here. It's balanced and powerful. My favorite of their NAS releases. Delicious.