Nice bottle with a trendy minimalist/chemical design.
Nose: less extreme, a little more on wood smoke and antiseptic at first nosing, with also a little more fruits (mostly ripe apples) but gets then almost as smoky, sooty and tarry as the ‘As we get it’. Very similar as a matter of fact. [Editor's note: AWGI refers to the Laphroaig 'As We Get It' tasted by Serge at the same time as Lp1.]
With water: the resemblance with the ‘AWGI’ got even bigger. Same brilliant whisky, please read above (S., you lazy old bean!) [The relevant part reads: "it got extremely wild and, indeed, medicinal and maritime. A hospital near the ocean. Hints of fresh almonds, wet fabric, ‘a plate of seashells’ " - Ed.]
Mouth (neat): as powerful as the ‘AWGI’ but a little more complex and certainly more medicinal. Huge spicy notes (pepper galore) and an immense ‘tarry’ peatiness. Salmiak. Rather extreme, a true Peat Monster.
With water: now it got clearly different from the AWGI. Earthier and rootier (liquorice wood). Hints of gentian and marzipan mixed with a little honeydew (note to self: have to try that one day).
Finish: as long as a job done using MS Excel 2008 for Mac.
Comments: classic young Laphroaig from the best cuvees. SGP:348 - 88 points
[These tasting notes have been reproduced from Serge's excellent 'Whiskyfun' website]
Nose: Initially grassy, with hints of golden syrup. The peat is quite restrained at first, manifesting as woodsmoke lurking in the background. A clean, young character with aromas of meadows and a lemony citrus note. Develops sweet cinnamon, soot and clove oil. Water brings out more of the lemony notes and some unexpected, but not unwelcome, aromas of legumes and mint.
Palate: Sweet honeyed cereal and coalsmoke - a quite dramatic peat entry. Smoked cereal, brown sugar, bonfires and crushed pepper, which keeps up with what is becoming a roaring peat / coal inferno. Water tames it, emphasising the coal and brown sugar.
Finish: Very long, warm and spicy, with compensating honey as the intermingled peat and spices slowly fade.
Comment: An immensely enjoyable whisky, big and potent on its own, but takes to water like a duck. Delightful.