Just tried my first Laphroaig....QC that is. I AM now a new friend of Laphroaig...sans marketing ploy.
I absolutely loved the peat and was really able to discern the vanilla, sweet, almost toffeeish aroma - not in a sherry but kind of way though. There was also a definite floral lift, almost heathery.
The palate was really sweet, counterbalanced by some medicinal peat, almost minty or menthol on the finish. This is my after the wife is in bed dram. She'd smell it from a mile away, so it's going to be my Friday evening contemplative.
Now the only question is...WHY THE HELL DID I WAIT SO LONG TO TRY THIS!??