Nose: Peat smoke and barley sugar, classic Laphroaig medicinal notes, with TCP dialled back and brine making itself known. Lime zest, sweet liquorice, bandages and light spice.
Palate: Sweet and stony up front, with crushed granite, zesty lime and lots of sweet sherry fruit. Black liquorice comes in from underneath, with lots of tingling woody spices (cinnamon & clove) and some driftwood earthiness. Water tones things down, revealing sweet raisins, fruity dark chocolate and delicate black pepper.
Finish: Surprisingly soft, but long - brown sugar, gentle spice, menthol, apples, dark chocolate and green leafiness.
Comment: A bit of a beast, with lots of sherry balancing a very peaty Laphroaig. At full strength the flavour is intense and impressive, but it takes water well, revealing sweet fruit and complexity that can be lost in the undiluted onslaught.