Nose: Classic Laphroaig peat, grass, nougat, toffee, and chocolate-caramel. Slightly fruity too, with plums, apples, pears, lemon zest, and unsweetened orange juice.
Palate: Ballsy stuff. Heavy, dark peat, asphalt, camphor, medicine cabinets… you get the idea. Followed by a bitter lemon rind, loads of brine, oak, and licorice.
Finish: The peat is still huge. Strong licorice/anise note here, chocolate, honey, wet wood, brine, candied apple, unsweetened orange juice, and camphor, underpinned by some indistinct notes.
Thoughts: I didn’t care for this much when I first popped it. I didn’t find it balanced. But it’s been open for over four months at the time of this review and it’s improved quite a bit. The peat and fruity flavours are better integrated now. It’s and heavier than I would have expected for an 18 year old, but then again Laphroaig always goes big. Overall this is nice, but I don’t consider it much better than the 10 year old, which is half the price. Also, I think better casks could have been used. Good, though.
*剛打開的時候我並不是很喜歡,因為味道不是很融合,但是打開後的幾個月味道變了很多,泥煤和雪莉味更加融合,比起其他泥煤味18年的酒,這一款卻超越他們,不過也不意外,因為LAPHROAIG的泥煤味總是非常強烈,這款很好,但是並沒有比LAPHROAIG 10 好,我覺得他們可以選用更好的CASK.