what hides in the bottle?.
In the previous post I criticized the presentation of Laphroaig 18 years old Diamond Jubilee. Now it is the time to taste the content of the bottle. As the tube of Laphroaig 18 years old Diamond Jubilee contains the standard bottle of Laphroaig 18 years old, I did tasting with my open bottle from classic package.
Laphroaig 18 years old is bottled 48% ABV and unchillfiltered. This is postitive as leaves the whisky in more natural form and allows to taste the full flavours. It’s a pity that the distillery did not decide to leave the natural color.
Let’s do the job:
N: the peat, but more gentle than in 10 years old, thanks to it immediately you can feel citrus, lime, freshness, further there is a large dose of vanilla and sweet, after a moment you are in the hospital, iodine, bandages, wet plaster, then back again in the background there is a bit of citrus notes with fresh orange and lemon drops, although still medical notes are dominating, the addition of water occur with ash, potatoes from the fire, wet earth, and a touch of lemon,
T: slightly sweet, peat interspersed with sparking at the beginning of tongue, there is also a touch of sourness, sometimes something like breathing acetone with mounth, some oaky notes, a few drops of water strengthens all (except acetone, which disappears), also hungarian plum, ripe orange with a hint of lime,
F: long with peat, light sourness and ash.
As for the content of the bottle Laphroaig 18 years old did not disappoint. Older with eight years version from the classic 10 years old or 10 years old cask strength, understandably has a greater maturity and sustainability values of aroma and flavor, though in the younger ones the impact is stronger. Here the peat is less overwhelming. Very well mastered alcohol, despite the 48% ABV, you can sip it without dilution.
Here it is worth to point out that the criticism in the previous post concerned only the matter of esthetic – packaging, label of the anniversary expression and as confirmed in this tasting it should not be confused with whisky, that is inside the bottle.