Lp5 Elements of Islay (distilled at Laphroaig), 52.4%

Price: $118 Issue: Fall 2014 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Bold, with smoked fish (Arbroath smokies), dried fruits. Has requisite density of character with classic notes of freshly-laid tarmac and medicine. A lemon edge adds some lift. The complexity continues on the tongue, which is very juicy; vanilla-accented but with plenty of seaweed-like smoke that shifts into licorice. Long, balanced, and thick in the center, with some (smoked) dried thyme on the finish.£70/500 ml