Lp4 Elements of Islay (distilled at Laphroaig), 54.8%

Price: $108 Issue: Spring 2014 Reviewer: Dave Broom

A very tarry start, like fence posts which have just been treated with creosote. Add in some smoked fish alongside dried grass, and you have all the requisite elements for a classic Laphroaig. The palate is massively smoky to start, a real peat bomb, but that eruption recedes, allowing barley and sweetness to come through. This is a serious dram which needs water to coat the tongue. Very good. £65/500 ml