Nose: As inviting as any nose for someone of the peat persuasion, crackling with fumes of salt and ripe citrus fruits. An undercurrent trails with vanilla, fresh sourdough bread and of course, smoke.
Palate: The fiery high-proof liquid delivers a jolt before its oily non-chill filtered character develops. Viscous sweetness evokes thoughts of breakfast syrup slathered on charred wood, later enveloped by Laphroaig's signature deep peat smoke.
Finish: Impressively long, the oily nature lending to smooth dissipation as it dries. Chock-full of salt, and on the exhale, the pervasive phenols hold to the last.
Overall: I'd buy it again if only to look pretty on the shelf next to it's very capable 10 year old kin, but there's also tremendous value to be had here. Don't get it from the LCBO because it's priced 80% higher ($179.50) than everywhere else in the world. Kensington Wine stocks it for the Alberta faithful at $101.99 and it's not particularly difficult to find in the US, or travel retail.