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Laphroaig 18 yo

by Oliver Klimek on August 19, 2009

48 %


My Tasting Notes

Nose: Medicinal, slightly smoky, some apple
Palate: Liquorice, salt, medicinal, a very faint fruitiness can be made out
Finish: Long and spicy with a bit of smoke
Overall: Much more wood and less rounded than the 15yo. In a way it’s closer to the 10yo. But I think I still prefer the 15yo.

Score: 86/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$

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Josh Maislin November 27, 2009 at 6:41 pm

You know what, I’m really happy you pointed out the “medicinal” note in Laphroaig. I used to be really, really into Laphroaig, and then one day I had the 15 and noticed a strong “lavender” note — the flavor of cough syrup you might’ve had as a kid. This kind of turned me off, since I have negative connotations with that flavor. But I’d really like to get back into Laphroaig. Any ideas on what Laphroaigs are the least “medicinal” ??

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Oliver November 27, 2009 at 7:19 pm

I think we are talking about two different concepts of “medicinal” here. You cite lavender which rather is a floral note and call it “medicinal” because it reminds you of cough syrup. But the common definition for “medicinal” notes in whisky is related to the phenols that come with the peat. It represents something like the smell in a medicine cabinet or the disinfectants used in a hospital, so it’s rather chemical than floral.

This medicinality is one of the key aromas in Laphroaig. An un-medicinal Laphroaig would be extremely untypical, and I don’ t know if there ever was one.

Your mentioning of lavender reminds me of the Bowmores from the 1980 that were commonly called “FWP tainted” (“French Whore Perfume” for those who don’t know the expression).

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