N: Bready peat, cookie dough, bacon fat. P: Oh yeah, a very crisp and dry Laphroaig yet still very big in flavor, spicy peat, lemon sugar cookies. If Rainman drank this he'd say its "Very sparkly. Very sparkly". F: Builds! Zing! Hats off to the PLOWED guys for selecting a real tasty one. (Note: I'm not actually wearing a hat, but if I was, I would take it off. Or better yet, I can just pretend...ok, I'm pretending that I'm wearing a hat...and now I'm removing it...yes, that must warm the cockles of you hearts...such a gesture I am making...hmm...I feel kinda funny...is that gas I smell?)
Nose is pretty classic Laphroaig, gentle smoke and pears. Palate is a sweet peat explosion (I love it when I can say that). I'm not sure that there's any real surprises in here, it's textbook in a very good way (love it when I can say that too). Very long finish. Watch out because this is massively powerful, but extremely good.
I could not stop drinking this -- among a half dozen other A whiskies. Nose is medicinal, Duraflame log. Palate is mint chocolate ice cream, salt, pleasant complexity. The finish . . . is still going. Hot, spicy, peppers, smoke . . . kill me now and I'll die happy. Might be an A+.
Smoked ham on the nose. Lots of solid campfire notes that remind me of Lagavulin. A big Laphroaig withoiut the bandaids and iodine that usually show up. This was very good and a solid peater that I would love to have a bottle of. Finish lasted most of the night....
I braced my nose hairs for this one, considering it's 61.9 abv. But you know what, I didn't have to. It's way more delicate than it leads on. Definitely has some of that typical Laphroaig peat on the nose (and throughout), but there is a delicate aspect this one and a sweetness that balances out with the peat so well I can't really put into words. It kind of has me dumbfounded, because it just may be my favorite Laphroaig.
I can't believe I don't need any water with this, as I sort of assumed it would require a drop. Nope. Just so delicate, but punchy enough to highten my senses and appreciate a little piece of nearly perfect Islay.
I will say though that the finish was a little short for me, which makes me feel obligate to jot down this: A/A-
Very faint in my glass doesn't indicate what a monster this one will be. A huge nose of smoke, vanilla and some weird funky smell I can't describe. On the tongue, I get some more smoke and peat and quite frankly too much wood. This was a little bitter for me and not in my wheelhouse of flavor combinations I always enjoy. It hits you with a huge pop and actually faded rather quickly on me. Still an excellent dram, but doesn't have the complexity I taste in the other PLOWED bottlings. [4/19/13]