This expression is part of the core range of Laphroaig and is quite young compared to the others. After aging in an ex-bourbon cask, it’s transferred to a quarter cask (a much smaller cask) which results in much more contact with the wood leading to faster aging in terms of wood profile. This is bottled at 48% ABV.
Nose: Strong peat right off the bat as to be expected but with a fair amount of sweet undertones. Briny, slightly medicinal – but less so compared to other core Laphroaigs. Stewed tomatoes with red pepper flakes lend a savory element.
Palate: Smoked meats, savory but sweet – peat is not as strong as I expected due to an abundance of fresh oak (presumably from the quarter cask).
Finish: Sugary, smoky, peaty, and full of oak.
Rating: 88/100 – one of my favorite of the core Laphroaig lineup. Definitely interesting to see what they can achieve with a relatively young malt thanks to the small cask size.
Value for the money: This retails for around $60 which I think is a fair price for what you get.