Review: Laphroaig 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

18 yrs
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Laphroaig (Port Ellen, Scotland)

This old Laphroaig is produced in limited quanitities, and thus is generally but not always available. It comes in at quite a good price if you find it at the right place. However, as typical with aging, don't expect it to be as peaty as your typical Laphroaig - the age diminishes the big smoke.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L505557C 14:30

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

It seems light – because it is not as smoky as many other Laphroaigs. Quite fruity – apple, apple seeds, cucumber– with vegetal peatiness lurking in the background. Some biscuit and fruity aromas too. Creamy and sweet with the vanilla in the background. The oak is present, and dense- and fades with added water. Apple juice, elderflower, clove, - Some rich oils come through as well which I didn’t see as much in the younger expressions – perhaps they are just more revealed here. The palate shows a bit of smoke and salt, charcoal, raisins, elderflower, and finishing with oaky spices and apple and some emerging white pepper. Interesting to taste a laphroaig which is a bit more restrained – and a lot of the complexity is brought in by their beautiful peat, which fades with time in the cask.  Some of the oak tannins work well with the smoke, and provide a drying sensation alongside the smoke and the tingly spiciness of the whisky. It is nice…but could be nicer…it’s no slouch though!

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $120.