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Laphroaig 15-year-old

Overall rating
91.24/100
votes
43
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Unblended Islay Malt Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
15 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Bottled for
Importato da Francesco Cinzano
Market
it Italy
Added on
07 Nov 2009 6:46 pm

Average value

€ 2077,94

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Tastingtags

9 Notes

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Note
04 May 2018 9:07 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 92 points

 A younger Islay tasting tonight but 10-15 years of age from days gone by, tasted in this order:-  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/12324/ardbeg-10-year-old-guaranteed  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/38654/lagavulin-12-year-old-pure-islay-malt  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/9829/bowmore-15-year-old  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/17442/caol-ila-15-year-old  https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/11524/laphroaig-15-year-old     

The Lagavulin knocked the Ardbeg out cold taste wise     

This is where I would put them but there is little between the Caol Ila, Lagavulin and laphroaig.   

1 - Caol Ila    

2 - Lagavulin   

3 - Laphroaig   

4 - Bowmore   

5 - Ardbeg   

The caol Ila has the best nose, the Lagavulin just shades things on the palate but overall the Caol Ila wins as the nose is so good. The Laphy is a solid third.   

The Bowmore had a nice nose but lacked power, the old Ardbeg was found wanting against such stiff competition but still a decent dram.

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
04 May 2018 9:40 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 92 points

A really good Laphy with a great nose.

Weighted Rate
91.6
Nose
93
Initial taste
93
Body
91
Finish
91
Price
90
Presentation
90
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Tasting note
04 May 2018 9:49 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

I left this in the glass for 20 minutes with a lid on it and when I returned, well just perfect to be honest.

This is the only one of tonights flight of mixed islay that I detect some honey, dark honey that is. The sherry and peat mix beautifully and there is a little caramel sauce bit also a little balsamic glaze but what I am surprised about is a hint of red onion, not sure if I have got that right but its all spot on.

Taste

Big peat integrating with the sherry and some  fruits at first, to be honest more apple than anything else.

Some spices then kick in and hints of bubble gum and Turkish delight before  most fruit cake notes emerge.

Finish

Long, elegant, good balance between peat, fruit and sherry.

Comments

A very good, old style Laphroaig.

MaltMartin
Connoisseur MaltMartin Tasting note
11 Feb 2018 4:44 pm
MaltMartin gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Ah, old skool Laphroaig! Lots of fruity notes of pear and yellow apple. Melon and mango as well. Not as 'tropical' as other older versions I had before, but still really good. Gentle smoke at the background, but also hints of honey and lavender. Cigar boxes. Very complex.

Taste

Lovely balance of spicy peatiness and soft cedar oakiness. Sweetness of cinnamon intermingled with ginger and cloves. Carraway. Some citrussy notes of grapefruit, lemon and lime. Peel zest. Delicious.

Finish

Quite long. Black pepper. Liquorice. Saltiness at the end.

Comments

A lovely Laphroaig, probably bottled around the beginning of the 1980's. Has nothing to do with the current (weak and even bland) expressions of Laphoaig.

whiskycuse
Expert Senior whiskycuse Note
05 Aug 2017 7:14 pm
whiskycuse gave this whisky 91 points
hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
02 May 2017 9:03 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 92 points

[December, 2011]  I found this dram in an advents calendar sampled by MaRa.

In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 92,5.  Unfortunately I took no detailed notes.

There is no accounting for taste...
hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
30 Apr 2017 1:27 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 92 points

[March, 2004]  I had this during a Laphroaig rarities tasting at Rolandsbogen.

In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 92,5. Unfortunately the notes of this tasting were lost.

There is no accounting for taste...
zby0001
Expert Senior zby0001 Review note
09 Sep 2014 4:37 am
zby0001 gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
91.7
Nose
93
Initial taste
94
Body
91
Finish
90
Price
87
Presentation
94
Talisker & Brora & Lagavulin & Glendronach
corbuso
Expert Senior corbuso Note
18 Nov 2009 11:18 pm
corbuso gave this whisky 93 points

the version with the red letter on the bottom and top label is a superb whisky, with clean and mineral peaty notes and a delicious sherry sweetness, resulting in a balanced and complex whisky. Very different from the current bottlings or from the now discontinued 15 YO.

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