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Laphroaig 18 Year Old

(70cl, 48%)

Laphroaig 18 Year Old

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Laphroaig 18 Bottling Note

The hotly anticipated Laphroaig eighteen year-old. This expression replaced the fifteen year-old and comes at a higher strength. This is a much more exclusive affair with a powerful punch. Awesome stuff.

This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just get in touch!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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Laphroaig 18 Year Old Reviews

The best 18 yo Islay single malt scotch

Without getting into details...cannot get better than this! The most impressive aged whisky from Islay that I have had!

22nd December 2018

Your task: find it, buy it, try it...good luck though!

One of the best single malts I've ever had the pleasure to know...sure wish I would have stockpiled this stuff when it was available! If you can still find it (good luck), do yourself a favor and GET IT - this is one of those rare gems that must be tried to understand, words do her no justice...

3rd January 2018

Open it!!

To the reviewer below, do yourself a favour and enjoy that bottle. This is one of the best whiskies in my bar. Fortunately I heard in time it was to be discontinued, so I stocked up on two dozen. But not planning on selling any of them. Just want to be sure I can open one each year for the next 24 years.

13th August 2017

Getting hard to find

Wish I could review, but I bought one of the last bottles I've seen of this and don't plan on opening it. Hopefully it will make me some money down the road! Wish I found a 2nd one though... would love to try it.

4th February 2017

Laffe 18

Påtaglig doft utav rök samt tjära, inslag av citrus samt något otydligare andra fruktdofter med päron bland annat och återigen tydlig doft av vaniljstång som kommer mot slutet.
Jag tycker man behöver lite vatten till denna för att få ut det mesta men jag tycker ändå inte den är värd de extra pengarna jämte laphroaig 10.

15th November 2016

Lucky me

A dram with a peppery punch in the end, but before that it's mellow baked in a relatively light smoke with a lovely maturity and sweetness.

Haha... Lucky me. I found this in a bar at Stockholm Arlanda Airport yesterday. My flight was delayed with ten minutes, and I used those minutes very well.

No doubt... This is a really good whisky.

Discontinued..? Well... Things change. Yes, they change...

9th July 2016

Get it if you can

As MoM say: a dram with a punch!

6th March 2016

Exceptional scotch whiskey

Brilliantly taste, flavour, very smooth, peaty and quite exceptional scotch. Really smooth and refined - awesome.

28th February 2016

Unbeatable at the price

You either like the taste or you don't. If you like the taste, just enjoy it. One lifetime is all any of us have.

6th February 2016

Get it while u can

love the laph 18. Its still around as a medium-high end whisky - more on the high!
similar peaty is ardbeg 10 for bang for the buck.
its gonna be discontinued . get it while u can

5th December 2015

Mr Terry Seddon

Excellent flavour and taste, keep it going.

2nd December 2015

Going to be truly Missed

I enjoy my scotch and I will alternate my favorite malt scotch with a 18 yo Laphroaig. It has a favor that I truly enjoy. As we all have hears its going to no longer going to be made. Those of us who enjoy Laphroaig have seen the price of it has and still will see it go up by leaps and bounds. One it no longer going to be available the price of it will be unbelievable. My question is what will replace the favor of Laphroaig? I will truly miss it, and I was able to enjoy it while it was around.

27th November 2015


Very nice and strong.

6th November 2015


I like this better than the debut 18 year old expression-- which was excellent! My former favorite was the old 15...while this isn't as peaty, it is much more complex and balanced-- and it is peatier than the previous 18. VERY nice.

5th November 2015

Wonderful Single Malt

A friend brought this to me in Ecuador. I find this to be the whiskey which I am going to drink for many of my remaining years.

Severe sinus issues prevent me from enjoying the nose but the taste and finish are absolutely spectacular!!

22nd July 2015


So much nicer than the 10. Truly blown away!!
For the price point, this has to be 1 of the best. Rich and complex, yet so smooth. wow!!

17th July 2015

The best


9th July 2015

Mistress of Smoke

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

Many here have broken the rule.

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

Irn Bru

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

I love a good 18 year old

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

Are you insane?!

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

Just when I thought Lagavulin held a monopoly on the price point ($100) US

I really enjoy this 18 year. I always have it stacked at my home. Smoke… Peat…. YES

28th April 2015

Too mellow

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

Add Cola

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

A mellower Laphroaig

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

A Whisky for the Cold Late Autumn Rain

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

Superb mixed with Monster Energy Drink. Fizzy Goodness

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

Fire below

a really good taste on the palate, then that warming feeling, great

20th December 2014

$95 18yr single malt...and soda??

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.

20th December 2014

Grrrr Delicous

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

Dan Dugan.

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

If God were a Frenchman this one would make him move to the islands without any hesitation whatsoever

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

I hope to god you were trolling

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

Really huge and relish!

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

Keep coming back for more

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

Good stuff

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

Best whiskey I have ever tasted.

At least I think so.

3rd December 2013

Not worth it

very smokey and overpowering.... Gave it away.... I can not drink it...,sorry... Very overrated ...

26th November 2013

The comment above mine wins.

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

Quite overpowering!

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

Matured smoke

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

This is it.

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

I miss the 15year still....

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

Firm but fair

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

Beautifully balanced!

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

Laphroaig 18 Year Old just what the doctor ordered!

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

Laphroaig 18 Year Old

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

Delicious mellow Islay dram

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

So much better than the 10

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

Tell me why...

...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

Much loved

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

A Brilliant Whisky

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

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