Fruity nose of apples, oranges, Fruit Stripe gum. Just a hint of smoke. Palate is not as fruity as the nose implied, and smokier than advertised. Medium-to-full bodied. Hmm... I do like this and it's great whisky, but I feel like I've tasted this a number of times before (I haven't). Finish has nice waves, with the fruit I was looking for surging forward after a moment. In retrospect I would have expected more from this, more "character" perhaps, but it's a very nice peated whisky nonetheless. Love that finish.
EDIT: Don't tell the Duke that what we gave him was actually a young, lightly-peated Caol Ila.
If you are a more sophisticated whisky drinker like myself, you'll enjoy the subtle beauty of this malt that foolish others (who shall remain nameless) might miss. The typical aggressive peaty attack is replaced with berries, apricot, and pineapple. It's like the oil left over in a tin of fruit cup was mixed into it. This has that special extra dimension I look for in a peated whisky. Wonderful.
The nose on this Laphroaig is soft and mellow. It's not the punch you in the face peat monster like its younger brethren. The briny peat and medicinal notes are present at the just the right amount. I think the toned down peat really helped with complexity and balance. Lighter floral and sherry aspects were more readily discovered. A tad dry on the palate. The peat smoke is more dominant here and its gives room to some fruits. Much more phroaig"ish" but it ultimately masks all the subtleties I enjoyed on the nose. It's smooth, but a bit disappointing because the sherry was harder to detect on the palate. Still very good but the balance and complexity didn't transfer over onto taste. Maybe I was expecting too much given its age and hefty price tag.
I just read everyones notes before pasting mine. I'm on the same page with you on this Adam. I think we should have this BLIND!