Nose: Rich demerara notes, golden syrup & creamy vanilla. Oh, and a fistful of smoky peat.
Palate: Pepper & spice, iodine, brine, and of course that intense coal - the best signifier of Laphroaig to look for when tasting blind. Fiery, with woodsmoke also very prominent.
Finish: Lasting, peppery peat and lovely, lengthy rich malt.
Comment: The star turn in the Laphroaig range. On this evidence it's not difficult to see why this was voted 'Best Single Malt in the World' in Whisky Magazine's 'Best of the Best' in 2005.