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)
ABV: 48% ABV
Age: 18 Years
Source: Bottle, Purchased
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.
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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