Laphroaig has produced 900 cases of its new 16 Year Old, which will be available in Europe exclusively through online retailer Amazon and select US retailers. The whisky’s maturation in ex-Bourbon barrels is said to have softened “the famously rich peat smoke” and added flavors of leather and sweet vanilla.
John Campbell, Laphroaig distillery manager, said: “Whilst this expression carries the iconic smoke of Laphroaig, this is married with sweeter notes of honey and caramel, creating a remarkable dram that’s perfect for the long evenings of late summer and into cozier nights of autumn.”
Beam Suntory GTR marketing director, Michael Cockram says: “This year marks Laphroaig’s 200th anniversary and with this milestone comes an exceptional liquid. Matured for 16 years, the liquid is truly unique and brings something special to travel retail shelves for the fans of Laphroaig.”
Laphroaig 16-Year-Old Whisky (96 proof)
Visual: Pale gold.
Nose: Heavy peat smoke and creosote. Below, there is a softer and quite subtle honeyed malt spirit.
Taste: Yes, there is that familiar Islay flavor, but this time it is tempered into a fine and smooth elegance that rises to a sweet and mellow expression. The smokiness adds a wash of lazy warmth and rustica to a nearly perfectly aged whisky.
Finish: Medium long, with some honeyed and caramel notes whispering goodbye at the finish.
Overall: A dream of an Islay whisky. Really expressive and lovely.
GSN Rating: A+
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