Whisky Review: Laphroaig 18 Years Old (circa 2009)

Style: Fruity and Smoky

Nose:

A healthy dose of bonfire smoke, iodine drops. Vanilla and charred oak working around some lay-low mocha. Tropical fruits shining through with a subtle hint of green moss. Rich and structurally sound. Nice.

Palate:

Radiant Tropical fruits beaming with astounding sweetness on the palate. A soft perfume touch, while condensed smoke, Lapsang and bonfire ashes orbiting around the fruity core. More barbeque briquettes, fruits crystallized beautifully and dropped into chocolate Mocha. Everything in place, sophisticatedly crafted and perfectly balanced.

Finish:

Smoked chocolate fused with yellow fruits and roasted coffee beans waning softly, elegant finish.

Thoughts:

What a dram. Resoundingly rich, smoky and fruity. At this spec, we have optimum balance, good architecture and perfect coordination, what else can you really ask for? I guess a little more magic can make this from great to legendary. An all-time classic me thinks. I can even argue this is 2 stars.

☆ [Recommended]

[48% • Original Bottling • General Release • Non Chill Filtered • circa 2009 Bottled • *+]

-Esmond