Scotch Single Malt - Islay - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Scotch Single Malt - Islay - 2013
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.
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I recall the first time I drank this. I was new to the ways of Single Malts, and this was my very first pour.The Peat hit me like a ton of bricks. I was not sure I had spent my money very well. So I let it sit and tried a couple other well known single malts.So a while latter, I revisited this first experience of Single Malts. I was exuberantly surprised as it had mellowed and changed from my first experience and left me drooling for more. I can say, this is not for those of the light heart. It is an acquired taste. A taste that suits mine.
3rd July 2015
firstly, the rule broken here by many is: never tell someone else how they ought to enjoy the whisky they paid for. That said, I don't feel like a review should be written on anything but a neat dram. ANYWAY, this is a delightfully balanced drink, where peat and sweet, dark, almost religious notes pervade the nose. a very adventurous palate that finishes in style. definitely a must try.
20th June 2015
Amazingly complex and smooth! I add just a dash of water to help with the higher abv. Superb.
19th June 2015
...those who would mix this otherworldly scotch with anything? Idiots.
12th June 2015
I mixed this beauty 70:30 with Irn Bru (L:IB 70:30) and it took my head off - classic scotch. Buy it.
8th June 2015
I cannot believe how smooth and complex this whisky is. I've been meaning to buy this for a while but kept swaying towards the ardbegs and the lagavulins. Having taken the plunge, I was expecting a similar taste to the 10, but slightly more rounded. The truth though, is it just offers so much more. It is so elegant and smooth, with the sweet, toffee/vanilla element really coming to the fore, with the peat lingering in the back ground, "I was expecting more peat!" with a welcome addition of spice and salt in the finish. Worth noting that this started to taste a lot better once I had left it 5 minutes to open up.I would say I now rate this higher than the corryvrecken and probably the airigh nam beist. A great whisky. The only problem is goes down a little to easily!
22nd May 2015
This is one of the best I've had in this price range by far. Love the smokey flavor, the finish warms the soul.If you mix this with anything but a dash of water you should be hung for your war crimes.Amazingly I can get this from a local store for $80 USD/bottle.
15th May 2015
Unless you're a brilliant mixologist, mixing this gem with anything is a shame, but adding Cola especially seems utterly absurd to me.Btw, the price for this one has gone through the roof! :(
29th April 2015
I really enjoy this 18 year. I always have it stacked at my home. Smoke… Peat…. YES
28th April 2015
As many other here say...its more mellow than other standard Laphroaigs. But thats not really why I drink Laphroiag or any other Islay whisky, to taste something mellow.Prefer all the other Laphroiags ive tasted so far over this one, 10 yr, QC, Triple wood, Cairdeas.If it had a higher ABV it may have had some more punch to it...maybe.
21st April 2015
I normally mix it 50/50 with cola. The acidity of the cola really brings out the phenol.
3rd March 2015
Great Peat Smell, subtle smoke, wonderful maritime salinity provided by liquorice, oak chips. Seaweed and sesame followed by sweet mint. I simply adore this dram from Islay and became a staple bottle on my shelf. Passes with flying colors. Add water and taste how sweet it is. Then add an ice cube and taste how sweeter it gets. Simply Wonderful.
11th February 2015
The 18yo used to be a go-to bottle of mine whenever I felt like having a softer Islay whisky tempered by age, but due to the current price I'm no longer interested in it. For €100 I expect more than this.
21st January 2015
The nose on tonight's dram was like the hour after grey late autumn rains, with hints of ashy smoke. The first taste had a strong bite out the gate followed by buttery smooth numbness. The whole drink building in a peaty ash. Adding a drop of water to open it up the taste stayed, perhaps a bit smoother on the initial bite, the peaty smoke still dominating. Long after I finish the peat lingers warmly and comfortably in my mouth.
9th January 2015
A perfect 10, settles beautifully with an inch of monster energy drink, the fizz adds a magnificent spark to the smokey undertones of this scotch. Absolutely stunning.
7th January 2015
a really good taste on the palate, then that warming feeling, great
20th December 2014
Why would you waste an ounce of this with soda? Isnt that what jw red is for.....Excellent scotch. I prefer islay whiskys and this is up there. In US the price is comparable to the Lagaluvin 16. My preference is the Lagavulin but thats me. This is a great drink a little smoother than the "like drinking a burning church" 10 year. (I forgot where I read that description of the 10 year but its cracks me up). Excellent all around. If you like islays youll enjoy this.
I love Laphroaig / Ardbeg anyway. But this baby is absolutely stunning. Let it air out for a wee while and enjoy slowy. A tip though - if you like your Islay drams you really can't beat the QC for taste and price. Asda today - £33!
3rd December 2014
Straight up.There is no substitute.
13th November 2014
Not what it used to be, but ok. Price has gone mad though...
30th October 2014
A nose that fills the room like an exquisite subtle perfume. The taste seems to go on forever, changing from moment to moment, form turf to a sudden smoke going slowly towards a slightly seebreeze kind of salty aftertaste. Really can't imagine anything better in the whisky area.
13th August 2014
please in heavens name tell me you did not mix Dr Pepper with an 18 year old scotch. The ancients are weeping do to your alcohol abuse. This is great stuff if you have better sense than to mix it with Dr Pepper.
13th July 2014
Finest Islay I've tried. Vastly better than the 10 and the quarter cask or Ardbeg 10 or supernova or Lagavulin 16, which are in the same cabinet but have gone untouched. Great peat but refined from nose to finish.
24th June 2014
fine expression of an Islay pleated whisky, excelent body and finish but the nose is reminiscent of wet dog, nevertheless it is well worth the money
25th April 2014
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)....WOWI 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