Review #1201 – Laphroaig 18yr Malts of Scotland Sherry Hogshead cask 18001 51.8%

Review #1201 | Scotch Review #409 – Laphroaig 18yr Malts of Scotland Sherry Hogshead cask 18001 51.8%

The Schtick: This is an independent bottling of spirit distilled at Laphroaig and bottled by Malts of Scotland. It is fully matured in a sherry barrel and bottled at cask strength without coloring or filtering.

Distiller: Laphroaig

Bottler: Laphroaig

Selection: N/A

ABV: 51.8% ABV

Age: 18 Years

Nose: Rich, fungal peat. Seaweed, dead fish, honey, vanilla. Fresh baked bread, rich stewed fruits. Pepper, light ash. The blackberry and currant is powerful and inviting. Sweet and syrupy with an enticing savory backbone.

Taste: Thick, rich, loaded with honey. Ashy, filled with burning wood and the sea. Brine, seaweed and pepper. Light rubber presence and then the fruits storm in. Blackberry, fig, currants, cherry, its all here. Caramel is subdued in lieue of big fruit character. Mild oakiness, good tannic structure. Heat is nowhere to be found despite the proof.

Finish: Long, rich and sweet. Blackberry jam, apricot and vanilla bean meld with fresh baked cake, ash and a briney, peppery exit.

Overall: Just phenomenal. This was exceptional and I may break my auction drought to hunt down something like this. I need more.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 8



1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


  1. Dean

    Best of luck on your hunt. In a small store by me I found the regular 18 year Laphroaig. The owner wants $190 for it. I’ll think about it some more. Thanks for this wonderful review.

    1. Post

      Oh god, I’d pass at $190 in a heart beat. I had it before many times when it was easily found, and found it kinda snoozy, even in its much cheaper days. Thanks for reading!

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