Full sparkling gold
Largely masculine and somewhat medicinal. The nose welcomes a blast of smoky peat and spoonfuls of salt, some spices and liquorice. This Laphroaig is a little sweeter than its predecessors, giving it a more elegant odour despite the peculiar presence of iodine and sticking plasters. Not forgetting, an all-time favourite: the cool wood smoke.
Warm ups with seaweed and soft vanilla ice cream. The medicinal trend continues with notes from a first aid box, including plasters, antiseptic, and maybe gauze swabs. It later flexes the oak, giving it more attention the longer the whisky stays on the tongue, before pumping up on the spices, namely, cardamom, black pepper, and chilli. A little water gives it an additional boost, making it easier to detect the flavours.
Bulky and dry. The savoury and tarry notes progress while gaining some iodine eccentricity in the process.