Review #44 – Laphroaig 18 (White Tube)

Review #44 | /r/Scotch Review #17 – Laphroaig 18yr (White Tube)

The Schtick: Laphroaig is a Beam/Suntory scotch distillery in the Islay region of scotch. Known for several core age stated products, they also specialize in funky one-offs that make little sense and generally carry no age statements.

Distiller: Laphroaig (Beam/Suntory)

Bottler: Laphroaig

ABV: 48% ABV

Age: 18 Years

Source: Bottle, Purchased

Review #44 – Laphroaig 18 (White Tube)

Nose: Lots more sweetness, mostly in the vanilla note with a hint of oak. Then the smoke kicks back in, although much covertly.

Taste: Much better blended than the 10, the smoke and peat subdue a little bit and concede to some citrus and vanilla sweetness.

Finish: Longer and less rough. This reminds me of the difference between Lagavulin 12 and 16 but a bit more exaggerated.

Overall: This dram is a lot sweeter, and a lot less brash. Whether that is more favorable to the drinker is really up to him. I like it better than the 10, by a little bit.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6


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 | Insurpassable | No better exists


  1. Dean

    Appreciate this review and it helps. You saved me some money. A green tube Laphroaig 18 year is in one store by me for $190. Was thinking about saving my money to get it in a couple of months as I can’t remember what it tastes like. It’s been years since I had it last. After reading this I’m going to leave it there. Seems like there are much better drams out there for much less money.

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