Scotch Single Malt - Islay - 2013
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Interesting fact… Laphroaig 18 Year Old whisky spells its name whisky as it originates in Scotland. Had it been produced in America its name would be Laphroaig 18 Year Old whiskey, instead of whisky.
Tasted by us with Laphroaig's Distillery Manager, John Campbell:Nose:Very big. This is a beast of a whisky, with a breakfast character (granary toast, salty butter, a touch of orange juice and coffee). After a while of nosing it you’ll start to get banana loaf, developing alongside the applewood smoke, perhaps even cocoa too.Palate:Very rounded and thick. Golden Syrup? Salt spray, fiery wood spices, dark and brooding peat, star anise, dark chocolate and stewed prunes.Finish:Very long, with liquorice, Seville orange marmalade, salty butter and kippers.
I, unlike others here, am not well rehearsed in Laphroaig and its various incarnations I remember a bottle of 10, maybe that many years ago. But this 18 is absolutely fabulous! Bigger, rounder, longer finish than the Ardbeg I love. Superlative!
27th March 2014
Among my very favorites of Islay, although for the money, you can't beat Laphroaig's QC.
27th February 2014
Much more mellow than the angry 10 yr old. Smoke, peat and an underlying sweetness once you get past the gruff exterior. The taste of phenol which is so prominent in the 10 is subdued. Outstanding scotch.
29th January 2014
Firstly, Mr/Mrs "Quite overpowering!" (29 Oct)....WOW
I give this flavourful whiskey a 4 stars, as it's unfortunately not compatible with Dr Peppers, and thus loses points for versatility :(
Full marks for taste if you drink it neat! Unfortunately I cannot compare with the 10 or 15 year, but compared to other similar distilleries, it's one of the more memorable malts.
22nd January 2014
At least I think so.
3rd December 2013
very smokey and overpowering.... Gave it away.... I can not drink it...,sorry... Very overrated ...
26th November 2013
I love that guy, whoever he/she is. That aside, the 18 is wonderful stuff. so much going on, so well balanced. Lightyears away from the quarter cask, which is like comparing Century Sam's to Padron Cigars.
12th November 2013
For many years now I have taken whisky with my Dr Peppers. I find this a great mixed combo and have always enjoyed them together. However I have to say that Laphroaig 18 does not work with Dr Peppers and at this price I am really disappointed.
29th October 2013
Just had my first dram of this after prolly a nearly 1/2 a year after tasting the quarter cask. Its thunderin and rainin and lightning outside and all of that settled into my dram. I might just take it to bed just to hug it all night. ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. I dunno which ta choose. Laga 16 or Laph 18 - both are just great. Im happy :-)
19th October 2013
This a very good Laphroaig. Complex and multilayered smoke with fruity twist. Not too sweet, actually quite dry in the finish, I liked that. If they only would cut that caramel! I really don't like phrase "mit farbstoff".
6th September 2013
Smoky, peaty and rich in taste. Really excellent and a great improvement over the mediocre 15-year-old. A real Whisky for friends of whiskies.
8th August 2013
The 18year deserves some appreciation for sure, but not at the price of 120ish a bottle. If you never had the 15, your don't know what your missing. Fans of the pungent medicinal flavor will be disappointed as it is barely noticeable in the 18. For the price I would rather hunt down deal on some Lagavulin 16 as it is less harsh, slightly more medicinal, albeit slightly less smokey, but also only about $80 bucks usually. I wil go back to the 10yr laphroig at $40bucks, until the price comesdown on the 18. If It were about 70bucks would easily be a 5star.
26th July 2013
The strong, fumey peatiness that is the signature of Laphroaig, but between these initial flavours soon appears a lingering mellow, almond-sweet taste. Has the nicely oily mouth feel of the younger barrelings, but with an added sophistication, despite the higher alcohol content, which means that this whisky both pleasingly soothes and kicks like the proverbial mule.
23rd July 2013
The raw vicious peat is still there, but so much more manageable. Over time it has settled down to become the beauty that it is, I go through three bottles a year! Even though much left to taste, this is currently my favourite Islay dram. Cheers from Sweden
1st April 2013
I come from Venezuela where blends are kings, but a month ago I went to a bar and tasted Laphroaig 18. OMG, what a pleasant surprise! the balance of this single malt is incredible with a smokey flavor that is not overwhelming but just about right. Since that experience I became a big fan of Laphroaig distillery. Enjoy my friends.
28th March 2013
I could not agree less with the good reviews for this whisky. It has been completely stripped of the depth, character and flavour to be found in the 10 and the magnificent 15 year old varieties. Having paid a significant amount of money for this whisky, I felt I had been cheated. I would never waste money on this product again. P J
24th March 2013
Ah, yes, the fitful 10 year old aged to adulthood ;). Definitely has become more moderated, flavors more integrated, edges considerably softened. A nice one to drink with friends, especially if they are not conditioned to high peat.
29th January 2013
To me the 10 tastes rough but with some interesting flavours. This removes everything bad about the 10 though slightly tones down the good stuff too. Easily worth the money over the 10 but though it's better than the quarter cask it's not that much better.
13th January 2013
...are they still adding caramel and only declaring it in German?! This to me, shows disrespect for the (British) consumer. People are using the internet to research, inform themselves and communicate with each other I am incredulous as to why it is still being done. I can only draw the conclusion that it is to hide inferior barrel usage and although I'm keen to purchase this very scotch, will not do so until they listen and remove the infernal brown dye.
31st December 2012
Easily more refined than the 10 and I would take a bottle of this over two of the 10 year old any day. Whether the 25 year old is worth four of these is another question I am hoping to test soon...
13th October 2012
I have a friend who thinks nothing of £60-120 for a bottle and I can honestly say most of them are very good, but none worth the money in my view, with one notable exception. My personal limit is the price of a bottle of Lagavulin 16YO, but I bend that rule for this beauty of a dram. worth every penny.
20th May 2011
I love this stuff; it's like the 10 year old but with some of the "anger" removed, whilst retaining that classic Laphroaig taste. I never tried the 15 year old so don't know how it compares.
Would have been 10 out of 10 were it not for the price. It's a lot nicer than the 10 year old, but is it worth well over double the price? Pehaps, to a richer man than I...
14th February 2010