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.
16 Years Old
Standard (Distillery or blended)
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.
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.
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