This another bottle that got a bad seat in the tastings....last after 7 solid sherried or bourbon casks.....it was just too different....I think. Nose is cinnamon and bacon and Palate with some bite on the tongue. Spicey peat but the nose screams more tha the palate provides. I thought it was weaker than I wanted and I gave it a B blind. Once I knew what it was I was surprized because I had tried this before and thought it was an A-. Of course, I was tasting it with other Laphroaigs with Simon Brooking at the time and that may have affected my score as well. So I average here to a B+.
Nose of woodsmoke, with a hint of sugary stuff (cotton candy, but I always say that... maybe I need to sample more sugary confections... or maybe a lot of whiskies really taste like they have cotton candy in them), and a hint of wet horse (you haven't ridden a horse in the rain before?). The palate -- woah. An interesting rush of a different-kind-of-smoke. Coal and tar mainly. Not monstrous. Fall fruits (apples, pears, etc., hey it's my 3rd parenthetical in this entry). And now I'm getting dandelions in my nose a bit. Finish continues the theme. The more you drink, the sweeter and more sugary this gets... which is the icing on the cake, so to speak, and it keeps bringing me back for more.
n: wood char smoke, ink on cardboard box. Salted plums (ume). Salted graham crackers and light phenol.
t: peat and pickled cherry brine, nice dry tobacco leaf, and oak shows in mid palate. It has a nice smokey red fruit and iodine complexity that is very savory. Apricots in cinnamon rolls; delicious. The high ABV makes this dense and flavourful but easy and fun to drink. A-.