This is a 17 year Laphroaig that was matured in an ex-bourbon hogshead, selected by Binny’s, and bottled at 54.7% ABV.
Nose: Very ashy and full of peat with a helping of lemon curd alongside burning dried leaves.
Palate: Grapefruit juice up front cutting through the ashy peat – lemon meringue and smoked fish.
Finish: Peat and sweet smoke lingers with slight apple cider vinegar note.
Rating: 88/100 – A solid Laphroaig that’s a bit heavier on the peat side than I expected at 17 years.
Value for the money: This retailed for $130 which is a pretty fair price for the quality of this expression.