This is a 2016 new addition to the core Laphroaig lineup which is NAS and made up of combination of first fill sherry butts and quarter casks. It’s bottled at 48% ABV.
Nose: Huge peat notes right up front full of iodine followed quickly by overwhelming rubber notes – reminds me of a new racquetball smell. Slightly oaky in the background, but the phenols/rubber notes dominate.
Palate: Intensely rubbery – like licking said racquetballs from the nose – peat remains strong and pungent with a slightly floral malt tucked away in the back.
Finish: Rubber notes fade here for the most part as oak picks up with lingering peat.
Rating: 73/100 – The rubber notes really killed this for me – I get them with some peated whisky, but this is by far the strongest notes I’ve encountered thus far.
Value for the money: This retails around $120 and is an easy pass for me given I like most of their core expressions better than this (and they’re all quite a bit cheaper for the most part).