According to John Milroy, there should be a taste of ripe bananas in this young Laphroaig. I made a mistake by reading the label before tasting, which I usually don't. It's another young 1998 Laphroaig, just can't get enough of them. It smells vanilla, peat, sharp in a way, lime zest and eucalyptus, rubber. It's not as clean as I often find these young Laphroaigs, less coastal peat, less medicinal, more spirity, and heavy hints of lemon and other citric notes. The taste is peaty, peppery, vanilla, lavender, strong peppery notes, but not much terroir here. It's a fresh and zesty young spirit, but no bananas. Lets add a drop of water. Now it turns a bit saltier, meaty, savory, soy sauce, quite a difference. The spirity notes as well and the peat takes a step back now. To be honest, it has a bit of sherried Bowmore going on now. The finish is long on white pepper and tar, some heather and salt, smoked bacon.
Rarely do I find water to improve a peatmonster in this manner: 8
Next tasting: Bowmore Distillery