SMWS 29.167 “Wowf” (Laphroaig 20) Review

This is a 20 year Laphroaig that from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society that was matured in a refill ex-bourbon cask and bottled at 58.6% ABV.

Nose: Peat is much stronger here than I would expect for a 20 year malt. Slight varnish, natural style peanut butter (heavy on fresh peanuts), smoke from campfire embers, dried dill.

Palate: Punchy peat with dried grass, strong dill throughout again, bitter herbs, iodine, salted seaweed. The oak is almost fully masked by the other notes – must be third + refill.

Finish: Medicinal malt with strong peat, a bit of brine, and some subtle vanilla.

Rating: 90/100

Value for the money: This retailed for $170 which isn’t bad given what you’re getting. However, when stacked up against the Laphroaig 18 OB which can be found for around $99 usually, it’s harder to justify.

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