Nose: Laphroaig’s ‘sweet peat.’ Honey, mild salt, smoke, malt, pears, and just a hint of lemon cough drops. The individual notes aren’t particularly crisp, but they do come together beautifully. Mellow but powerful, with a nice rounded sweetness.
Palate: Here's where it suffers from the 40%. The texture is slightly on the watery side. Brine, smoke, earthy peat, pepper, with a light honey note. Briny and coastal, with more intensity than the nose suggested.
Finish: Drying oak, smoke, honey, and some citrus. Long and peaty, but still mellow.
Thoughts: The low abv and Laphroaig’s endearing honey/sweet character certainly calms this one down, particularly when compared to the Quarter Cask. With time, it mellows out even further and becomes a sleek and easy sipper with a very pleasant honeyed character. This is a nice alternative to the huge cask strength Islays that seem to dominate my cabinet. This fits nicely in a niche of lighter, more casual peated whiskies that I enjoy.