This is the Laphroaig 25 cask strength release from 2008. It was pulled from a combination of bourbon/sherry casks and bottled at 51.2% ABV.
Nose: Iodine and a well aged peat leading off – the peat gives away its age as its mellowed out substantially allowing an earthy, charcoal like oak to come through with some watermelon bubblegum.
Palate: Beautifully balanced peat/oak intermingle with briny malt taking on earth notes from time to time. Overarching ash notes persist throughout.
Finish: Peat and a slightly citrus-laden oak last for some time in a fairly long finish.
Value for the money: You’d have to turn to auctions to find this particular Laphroaig 25 at this point, and most recent results I’ve seen point to this being just north of €400 which is a pass for me.