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A limited edition Laphroaig 18 to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Part of a release of just 3000 bottles, the award-winning 18 year old is a stunning whisky. The distillery is donating £3000 from the sales of this bottling to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust which helps young craftsmen.
Please note: This bottle's presentation tube has sadly experienced some damage during its lifetime - there is a 4.5cm wide dent to the front edge. The bottom edge of the front label of the bottle has been very slightly pushed up, and the back label has a thin air bubble in it.
Nose: At bottling strength, a soft toffee sweet but faintly spicy flavour counterbalances the trace of delicate phenols and fruit. An all encompassing smoothness brings these together. A touch of water allows the seaweed and salt to come through but not enough to overpower the vanilla and honey sweetness with just a trace of new mown hay and peat at the finish.
Palate: An instant warming tang of smoke fades into smooth floral scents, which blends seamlessly into an oaky nuttiness and leaves a lasting sweetness on the taste. With a touch of water, the peaty warmth fills the mouth but does not overshadow the sweet chocolate smoothness. This is balanced by the rich toffee taste and slowly fades into a delicate hint of heather and peat smoke.
Finish: Full bodied, long with a luxurious oily smoothness.
Overall: Delicious peaty goodness.
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Very peaty, very spicy, light salt, faint sweetness , abit of oak. Overall too spicy for me! Using whisky stone helped alot on lowering the spicyness.
4th September 2012
If you wish to drink this excellent tipple,save yourself £9 by simply buying the usual 18 years old. It is exactly the same whisky. The extra cash is for the Jubilee Carton limited edition packaging. Still, good for collecting should you want to keep it intact.
26th June 2012