This is the 18 year OB expression from Laphroaig which is bottled at 48% ABV.
Nose: Peat full of a bouquet of sweet notes: caramel rolls, brown sugar, vanilla, strawberries, candied oranges with some cardboard and nutmeg notes in the background.
Palate: Falls a bit flat compared to nose as most of those sweet/bright notes disappear. Turns much earthier/farmier with hay, fresh earth, and a bit of cocoa powder.
Finish: Dark chocolates, fresh earth, pipe smoke, and subtle peaches toward the tail end.
Rating: 91/100 – This has always been one of my favorite Laphroaigs – it’s consistently very good with plenty of depth.
Value for the money: This used to be one of the best value buys around as it retailed around $99-109 (I’ve even seen it on sale for $80 around me in the past). I recently learned it is going to be discontinued supposedly by the end of 2016. A very sad story, but I guess I’ll have to start buying up any cheap ones I see around me.