Many thanks go to Lucy of Adelphi for this wonderful sample of older Laphroaig.
Laphroaig 1996 Adelphi 57.1%
Nose: The twenty years have really done a good job of toning down the smoke and bringing out complexity but not the usual tropical old Laph. Instead there's wet leather, slightly rotten oranges (in a good way), campfire ash, cordite/gun smoke, still some lemon and lime citrus lurking back there too. More rotting seashore notes after a bit. Oh and stale cigarette smoke (which should never be a good thing but somehow is here!). Really interesting and complex nose.
Taste: Soft start with orange, then lemon and lime, very soft but building up and up with these very maritime notes of seaweed, rotting seashore, the bay at Laphroaig at low tide, wet leather, campfire smoke, a confusing but delicious combination of wet leather and petrol, then more oily into the finish.
Finish: Long length. You'll have to swallow a couple of times (C'mon guys, no jokes please) as it suddenly gets very oily and viscous. Powerful smoke here with big mineral notes. Firm, strong finish.
Bottled 2017 at 20yo. A pretty stunning modern Laphroaig. It's Adelphi so it’s going to be expensive but it’s a good'n. Some great aspects of old Caol Ila, Bowmore and Lagavulin here too. If I could bend the rules, I’d give it 88.5.
Average Score: 81.7
Distillery Ranking: 6th/ 62 places
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Network Average: 74.9
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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