16 Years Old

ABV 43%
REVIEWED Issue 130
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Brand: Laphroaig
Expression: 16 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 16 years old
ABV: 43%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Gavin D. Smith
Nose: Peppery damp tweed, ozone, old-fashioned fabric sticking plasters, then emerging citrus notes. All enfolded in soft, sweet peat.
Palate: Less sweet than anticipated. Citrus fruits and warm peat soon dry. Slightly mineral-like.
Finish: Nutty, with bitumen, chilli and liquorice sticks.
Comment: Comments: Ticks all the ‘true’ Laphroaig boxes, but doesn’t match this year’s revived 15 Years Old for overall excellence which is a pity.
Taster   Joe Bates
Nose: Gentle peaty aromas, growing stronger as charcoal takes. Hints of heather and lavender almost drowned out.
Palate: A rush of warm peat smoke, burnt straw to begin, followed by sweet honey and caramel.
Finish: Dry and spicy finish with a hint of liquorice.
Comment: Delivers more of a light jab than the usual peaty punch of Laphroaig. None the worse for that for me.
Visit the distillery
Laphroaig Distillery, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay , Islay, Scotland
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