Monday, 25 November 2019

Laphroaig 15 (Old Bottling) [Road to #1000, Review #978]

Hi everyone,

This is a much talked about and hyped old and discontinued bottling from Laphroaig, that seemed to have stopped being released some time in 2009.
It was then re-released in 2015 as an anniversary bottling, which I have reviewed but didn’t like a huge amount.
I’ve been hunting this for a while, I think because when I first got into whisky and was watching Ralfy, he mentioned in one of his videos that Laphraoig does well with age and that the 15 was a great expression.

Laphroaig 15 (Old Bottling) 43%
Colour: Gold
Body: Full
Nose: Tropical and fruity with an undertone of smoke. Mango, pineapple cinnamon combo. There’s a fullness and fatness to the nose that is just wonderful. Fresh, smoke but the smoke very much still intact and in balance.
Taste: So soft and delicate, smoke and seaweed, lemon citrus, so oily and awesome. The mouthfeel here is incredibly good, again good balance of smoke and some tropical fruit.
Finish: Long length. Balanced with oak and smoke and salt.
Balance is the key word here. The main complaint I had with the 15yo 200th Anniversary was that it seemed neutered of the smoke and therefore came across quite weak and thin. This still has that characteristic laphroaig flavour but with the tropical fruit you get from older Laphroaig’s. I actually prefer this to the 25yo 2015 version I tried as it has more of a mouthfeel, don’t like it as much as the 21 FOL though.
Note the Royal Warrant at the top of the label, which I can’t really find many photos of. Not really sure which version/year this bottling comes from but 750ml bottle.
87/100

Thanks for reading!

Scotch Review #821
Whisky Network Review #978

Network Average: 75.1
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

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