Laphroaig 18yo was introduced in 2009 as a replacement for the old 15 year-old (Prince Chuck's sorely missed favourite whisky, lest we forget). This is a stronger, altogether gutsier affair at 48%. A category winner at the World Whisky Awards 2010.
I have been enjoying my single malt scotch for some time now. It became time to restock my scotch and where I buy it were giving free samples of 18 yr. Wow it hit my taste buds like a long lost friend. The taste of hot tar, with licorice with a slight taste of smoke. I stood there not knowing what to say, but I added it to my other scotches I was buying. I now have a dram of it now and then to give me a fine break from my other scotch I enjoy. Yet I see it goes a little faster than I want. So that means I have to go out and buy some more. But this time I am buying more than one bottle of it. Cheers everyone
- Glen from Minnesota, 15th August
Save the 18 for relatively special occasions, affordable daily dram should be - by default - Laphroaig-QC (Quarter Cask) for its "kick" ... Cheers !
- Toronto Tim (Canada), 11th March
Nose: Sweet BBQ, toffee, fresh moss, liquorice, absinthe, fennel, coal tar and some TCP. Palate: Big, powerful, needs some water to open up. Sugar notes, peppermint and savory malt flavors that mimic salty bacon start to develop with water. Relatively fresh peat smoke. Sherry-sweet influenced. This dram is still young and the balance is not great. Far from perfection and needs a couple more years to develop.
- Scotch Fan , 11th Dec '13
Wow. This is beautiful.
- anonymous, 28th Dec '12
It's just beautiful. The best Laphroaig!
- anonymous, 5th Mar '12
I have been drinking this bottle since Christmas and it is a good one. Typical Laphroaig tarry rope and pungent smoke, some days there is a bit of smoked fish too but not always. Rich and complex flavour with a rounded, malty sophistcation that comes with age. Powerful but mellow finish with lingering pepper. Dry and a bit more oak compared to younger expressions.
- Kevin H, 19th Jan '12
its heavenly nothing more i would say.....uuummmmmmaaahhhhhh
- anonymous, 17th Oct '11
Just finished half a bottle with my friends last night. Smokey and smooth, always leaving a need for 1 more round. Outstanding whisky. What a desert!
- yoav, 13th Feb '11
It's awesome when you can get an 18 Year for the 15 Year price : ) This stuff is basically a more powerful version of the 15 Year. Complex and masterful.
- anonymous, 6th Jan '11
Considerably sweeter than any Ardbeg or any Islay malt. I have never liked Laphroaig because of that sweet tar, but this is decent.
- Mikko, 11th Dec '10
An excellent mature Islay single malt with class and character. Back when I got the FoL email telling that my old favorite 15yo was going to be replaced by this I got a bit worried - could the 18yo live up to the standard? Fortunately, it did even more than that: Laphroaig 18yo is spicier and peatier with a tad stronger finish. Not quite as mellow as its predecessor, so needs a bit more time to get used to, but still very drinkable especially with a few drops of water. 9 out of 10.
- VM, 10th Nov '10
James Saxon you do talk some rubbish at times. There is certainly NOT a 'seaweedy and dry oaty maltiness' about this refined beauty.
- Lawrence Edwards, 11th Jun '10
One of the best at this price. Smooth and peaty, with a mellow finish. Worth the wait.
- anonymous, 17th May '10
Great stuff. The most fitting words are luxurious and refined. It has all the expected Laphroaig flavors with no rough or overbearing traits. I love their Quarter Cask as well but this is definitely a couple levels above that. I wish I could make a direct comparison to the 15 yr but I haven't had that in a while.
- Vegas Alex, 27th Apr '10
not quite reaching the same height as Laphroaig 15
- Inoue Kosei, 1st Apr '10
Deserving of all its high praise. I had to take this one seriously, having found the extremes of the standard 10's character a little overbearing. The extra maturation has allowed for a deeper, more mellow and balanced presentation of the classic peaty, seaweedy and dry oaty maltiness of this unique distillery.
- James Saxon, 6th Mar '10
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