This Laphroaig comes without an age statement. It is double matured, first in a standard ex-bourbon barrel, then finished in a smaller “quarter cask”. The smaller cask provides more surface contact for the scotch, presumably accelerating the maturation.
There is certainly peat on the nose, but not over-powering. Also seaweed, brine and oak. You know it is a Laphroaig.
The entry to the palate is sweet, just a hint of maple syrup, with a pepper-like spice complement. Peat and smoke follow and persist.
I find the finish to be warm and smoky, what I like in a good peated whisky, that is closer to medium than long.
Overall, a single malt I really enjoy. A good addition to the Islay family. It has some of the aggressive nature of a young whisky but, perhaps due to the quarter cask finish, it has a bit more character than most non-aged offerings.