For a good while this expression was the oldest of the Laphroaig core range, and was the pinnacle of the collection of many an Islayphile. It was sadly discontinued leaving the Laphroaig range fairly sparse in terms of age stated expressions. This was quite expensive in most markets but not prohibitively so.
Aged 18 years. 48%ABV.
Nose: Light peat. Varnished wood. Baked apples. Vanilla. Sea spray. Marine rocks.
Palate: Big salty peat. Wood soaked in salt water, like an old boat. Big oak note. More apples, fresh. Iodine. Smoked snoek (a tasty fish).
Finish: Long. Salty, rich maritime notes and dry wood.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
To be honest it didn’t quite live up to the hype. I found the nose not as exciting as the palate on this . It is still a great whisky, don’t get me wrong. The peat notes are there but scaled back, letting the maritime character play more of a role, and some great old wood notes in here too.