Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.
Smoke, peat and iodine straight up. Overtime though you can uncover a sweetness hiding underneath along with a citrus edge.
With Water: The smokey, peaty, iodine notes are toned down allowing that sweetness and citrus to come through more along with seaweed.
The initial mouthful is sweet and almost creamy with a note of vanilla. This is soon taken over though by that smoke, peat and iodine mix along with a healthy dose of oak and a bit of spicy black pepper.
With Water: Much more creamy and sweet as once again the smoke, peat and iodine mix is tempered. Also a touch of seaweed coming through and some more of that citrus from the nose.
The initial smoke and pepper mix is over fairly quickly but there is a lingering ash and smoke mix that just doesn’t seem to go away.
With Water: The smoke is slightly sweeter and that ash/smoke mix doesn’t come as strong or hang around as long.
While not the strongest peat whisky out there (I believe Ardbeg still holds that mantel) I would still argue that this is one of the most distinctive whiskies on the market. From it’s green bottle with white label to it’s iodine smokiness and it’s lingering ash taste this whisky is one of a kind. If you’re new new whisky or just to smokey whiskies then I wouldn’t suggest starting here. However if you like big flavours and smoke and peat in your whisky then this won’t disappoint.
Back when I just drank whisky instead of actually tasting whisky this was something of a favourite so I feel as if I’ve grown up (in whisky drinking terms at least) on the strong flavours of this particular dram. After recently trying the milder tones of Talisker Skye I can certainly say it was nice to try something with a good kick to it again.
Taken from the Laphroaig Website: