Country: Scotland
Region: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 48%
Score: 92 points

Laphroaig 18 Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Image courtesy Beam Suntory.This replaced the 15-year-old Laphroaig in 2009, and the extra three years have rounded off some of the rougher edges. The nose has a slightly milder peat influence than other Laphroaigs, and there’s a toffee-like sweetness to balance out seaweed and brine notes, along with a subtle touch of almonds and hazelnut. The taste is thick and sweet at first, with the peat taking a few seconds to develop to an intense spiciness that fades to reveal notes of dried apricots, pears, and a bit of apple. The finish is smoky on the back of the throat and sweet on the tongue.