n: charred oak, peat smoke, and burnt orange marmelade with milk chocolate. Raw salted applewood smoked bacon and a cloying acidic sweetness.
t: Roasted peach, medicinal, with a bit of a sour bite (almost metallic). A dynamic and slightly askew offering, but I love the complex flavours and how they come at you in waves. Semi-sweet at best, but the middle is full of the core elements I enjoy of Laphroaig. Charred citrus finish full of tarry smoke and mouth coating oils.
N: Smoke, bacon, pepper, red grapes, saline, crisp rosé-like wine notes, ash, orange zest, spice and a some malty sweetness. Complex and dynamic, it’s a wonderful new take on Laphroaig.
P: Peat, cocoa, smoked paprika, more of those crisp rosé-like wine notes, ash, spice, oak, citrus peels and a light bit of waxy licorice before it dovetails into the finish. Alluring, crisp and sweet and smoky… yum.
F: Long -> Smoke, rosé, cocoa, malty sweetness, dried fruit and nuts.
I LOVED the 2015 Cairdeas but this is even better thanks to the wonderful delicate pairing of the madeira sweetness to the burly smoke-beast that is the core Laphroaig.