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Overall rating
87.88/100
votes
371
Whiskybase ID
WB137954
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
11500
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L9 224 SB1
Barcode
5010019639219
Added on
28 Aug 2019 4:09 pm by DanielPN

Average value

€ 119.20

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 16-year-old

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.88 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2019] A NEW limited edition of older Laphroaig (pre-Beam takeover) at a reasonable price of 90 Euro is a must try, for sure. And to make it more interesting I do this in a head-to-head versus the last 16-years old Laphroaig limited edition from 2015 (OLD, WB id 71868) that I bought for 50 Euro (35cl-size only) and which got rather chequered reviews here on WB...

    ...and both are typical Laphroaig with a fine peaty-medicinal-fruity profile but very different. OLD is rather shy but more complex and balanced while NEW is much more impressive but simpler and a little spiked. Hence OLD is more old-stylish while NEW is closer to the modern whisky zeitgeist (but still a Traditional Scotch-like dram). Usually I prefer the more old-style whiskies but when it comes to Laphroaig I choose the more powerful NEW over OLD. Both are very quaffable, no doubt...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour of OLD is deep gold and NEW is much paler at jonquiripe corn. OLD offers a rather subtle profile composed of the trademark Laphroaig aromas of maritime peat smoke, medicinal notes and citric fruits. It is nicely balanced and delicious but neither complex nor impressive. NEW's profile is richer but still not bold, I would say. The peat and the wood is much more dominant but still the fruits, barley sugars and some earthy-herbal aromas shine through. It is more complex than OLD but not as balanced (hence more modern-stylish). I prefer NEW over OLD (by two points).
    • Taste
      90 90
      NEW's taste is bold and impressive just as we expect from Laphroaig. It offers a fine combination of malty, peaty and wooden flavours in a much more balanced mix than in the nose. The barley sugars are strong enough to withstand the heavy peaty attacks and the wood is firm but never tries to dominate. It is neither layered nor complex but it is undeniably Laphroaig the way I like it. And what a difference to OLD! OLD is rather shy and subtle with more bitter herbal-wooden notes and an unusual sugary sweetness. Still this is Laphroaig-ish and easy quaffable, but it is a little too shy and simple for my taste. Again this is a two points advantage in favour of NEW.
    • Finish
      89 89
      OLD arrives warming but just very little coating on the palate with a minor drying feeling (cold metals). The initial mouthfeel of NEW is much better with a nicely coating effect and no distracting moments at all. The finish of OLD is of medium length with even more wood influence but it never grows too strong. There is a minor and tasty milk chocolate note towards the end that I like. NEW's finish is much longer and adds more spices and more medicinal notes which increase the complexity. But there is a minor drying-astringent feeling towards the end which is a little distracting, to be honest (now the tannins of the wood demand their toll). Guess what? This time NEW wins by just one point. Water is not needed on both drams, OLD just gets flatter while NEW gets smoother and more quaffable but less interesting. I like both best when neat.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The Jubi-16yo had already liked me quite a bit, but secretly I thought then: the one with a few more turns ... And here we are, a great Laphroaig from the Bourbon barrel with 48%! I tasted it in parallel with a Laphroaig 18yo 48% (white box). The two-year difference is noticeable in the proportion of wood, which is more noticeable on the tongue at 18yo. In the nose of the 18yo is a little dignified, overall perhaps even a little bit more balanced ... What the 16yo in itself but not much worse - just different (very) good. But that is already enough ...
    • Nose
      In the nose, it shows directly its origin - and I would also want to claim that one can sniff his maturation in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels. In addition to a pleasantly restrained, but nevertheless concise classic peat smoke note come vanilla pods, honey, red apple, some citrus juice and milk chocolate. Wood notes, old leather. Something Wadden Sea. Great, set Laphroaig nose. You can tell from his 16 years already in the nose: The smoke still present, but already in the degradation process understood so that the other flavors can take their chance to shape the nose. An extremely successful marriage of the smoky and fruity aromas.
    • Taste
      Strong, spicy and peat-smoky onset, but at the same time already at the beginning with a good portion of applesauce and limes. The delicious warm tar ... He makes himself wide in the mouth: full, thick, creamy. Nothing breaks or becomes thin. Spicy ham, flamed caramel, toffee. Wooden floorboards in the sun. Only very mild spicy
      ; the smoke more intense than in the nose - in addition to the warm tar, salt, a pinch of black pepper, and now a little nutmeg on nougat chocolate ...
    • Finish
      Medium to long - and that is not just the merit of the still very haunting smoky note. In the finish, he just delivers what was already on the tongue and allows himself a very slow fade out.

  3. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The 16er has a very nice nose. Nice Laphroaig. For me such an intermediate thing. Not as boisterous and rude as for example a, for the money really good, Quarter Cask. But not quite as gentleman as the 18s. Great. Through the age he gets a certain serenity, without acting boring. In the mouth then surprisingly rabiater. More smoke and spice. Never uncomfortable for me. But also wood sweetness. The finish is then a bit drier. Also, a bitterness spreads and the smoke remains.

    Overall, a successful bottling. Since I actually do not buy from Amazon, I did not buy a bottle right away. And then she was not available anyway. That's a pity. Find the really good and the price was alright.

  4. HW74 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I am very happy that Laphroaig has brought out this whisky, because he is very successful and fully meets my expectations. With 48% alcohol he has a nice punch, he does not look dyed. And Laphroaig has not experimented with different barrels here, which also benefits the malt.
    Solely on the release (nothing to read on the homepage of Laphroaig) and the sale on Amazon, I was a little surprised.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fruity, sweetness (Bazooka chewing gum), yellow fruits, a few strawberries, vanilla. Then behind it cold, typical Laphroaig smoke with the hospital smell. The intensities alternate when the malt is longer in the glass. A few drops of water have not hurt him either, he opens a little.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Cereals (bread), yellow fruits, orange peel, strawberries, vanilla. Sweet as cough syrup with cane sugar, smoke, slightly tingling on the tongue and on the palate. The smoke comes just after the sweetness, then light pepper.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Balanced, medium-long, not as intense as the 10 CS of this year (batch 011).
      Overall, a very round thing, which is certainly the selected barrels, as well as the age to write write. The fruits, the smoke and the barrel influence alternate. In the end, the cold smoke remains in the mouth, some fruit, a slight dryness and something bitter, which was found to be very pleasant.

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    It's decent Laphroaig, no doubt, but it really suffers in comparison with the 2020 version.
    Also, considering the other official Laphroaigs that it competes with, I'm not sure I see the USP of this bottling. If I shell out more money for an older version, I'd certainly like to feel the benefits of the added age. As things stand, I'd prefer a (cheaper) Lore or over this.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Dry, herbal, pungent, peppery, with a big blast of untamed, acrid peat smoke up front. Perhaps my memory fails me, but I get the impression that this is somewhat less saline and coastal, less redolent of iodine and maritime aromas than the Platonic ideal of a Laphroaig. Perhaps the first-fill bourbon wood has toned that aspect down a bit? On the other hand, it's definitely not too sweet on the nose, which can easily happen with this cask type. All in all, good, mature Laphroaig with a focus on the smoke, but not overly complex. Not quite sure I'd have pegged this for 16 years of age, either.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Bitter smoke upfront. Earthy, peppery, powerful, with a big bite (actually, it's even a bit hot, especially compared to the 2020 version). Can't say that the first-fill ex-bc wood is very noticeable.
      Very nice and well-measured oak at the death, with a lovely honeyed-and-herbal aspect.
      All in all, though, it's a bit too bitter and biting for my taste. Of course I might be all wussed out by the softer, mellower 2nd batch that I'm comparing this to. But I feel like, if I want an untamed, raw Laphroaig, I'll go for the Quarter Cask or the Cask Strength - what do I need this one for?
    • Finish
      88 88
      If this were a fragrance, it would be called "L'essence du Laphi".
      No complaints here (but also no surprises).

  6. Wellington1815 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    A beautiful Laphroaig with older age.
    • Nose
      86 86
      nice medicinal smoke, sweet, honey, yellow fruits (apple, apricot), vanilla, some citrus, pleasant oak flavor
    • Taste
      87 87
      pleasantly sweet (almost somewhat syrupy), nice oak flavor, very pleasant smoke level, some yellow fruit, full and creamy
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-length, pleasant oak flavor remains for a long time without becoming too bitter or showing strong tannins

  7. SmokeyRuhr scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Definitely not a bad Laphroaig. 16 years old and issue price of about 90 euros, seem to be quite alright for a Laphroaig. However, I think the 10 CS offers a little more for the money, but still this is a nice AS bottling.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Typical, if not quite as pronounced Laphroaig smoke. Apparently, the 6 years more compared to the usual standard 10 made him a bit milder. Sweet notes, including vanilla and apple come to light very quickly. No alcoholic note at all, overall a very pleasant aroma. Especially for a Laphroaig. For me a little too mild, but still good.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Luckily, he is a little less of a gentleman in taste. It comes immediately pleasant wood, then a mild spice that is slowly getting stronger. Together with a nice sweetness and notes of bread and salt, the tasting is really fun. He is not oily, but also not watery and has no unpleasant bitter substances, but in the mouth the smoke, which is a bit too weak in the nose.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish goes with smoke from sweet to chocolate bitter. This taste and the smoke will last a little longer. You can stay between the sips so well.

  8. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Today I'm trying a newer Laphroaig bottling. Early on in my whisky journey I quite liked Laphroaig age stated bottles (10, 18, anniversary bottles) but then started getting into the older bottlings which were even better and added an element like no other. This new 16 was presented to me so I thought I'd give it a try. Let's see how it tastes.

    Nose starts out with mild coastal notes, salt, brine, mild peat smoke, iodine, mild lemon zest and then damp earth.

    The palate offers soft notes of lemon zest, salt, iodine, and hints of yesteryear's peat smoke.

    Finishes with smoke, some mild pepper, industrial oils, faint notes of lemon zest, and a whiff of salt.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A peaty, salty, maritime note but not a heavy laphy, and there is plenty of burnt wood in the mix, this reminds me of some OB Caol Ila, perhaps the 18, while I would say that one is a heavier oily malt the nose has similarities.
    The palate has some bite but also some bitterness and for me is not that well balanced, that is my first impression.
    Some grapefruit and hints of lemon come through with more salt and there is something woody in the mix.
    There is also a slight mushroom note, mixed with rice, yes that's it mushroom risotto.
    The peat grows and bashed your tongue
    Finish is pretty good , getting a little sweeter.
    I will try it with water another time
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. 777_7 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A really nice nose at first, a good but somewhat fragile palate, and a short and somewhat disappointing finish characterize this whisky. Nose had me wondering what went wrong with the maturation, as it is really well composed and expressive at first, but flattens within the first five minutes of the dram.
    Typical notes you would find in younger Laphroaigs (of the past?!) like tar, bacon, kelp and iodine are missing, but that was to be expected as this is obviously a weaker spirit compared to the 18yo, which has a similar profiile, and also had these particular aromas only in hints.

    Sadly, just another average Laphroaig expression of late. I remember having had a Triple Wood from around 2014 that would give this 16 year old a good smite (at a third of the price;).
    At least, there are no cloves detectable.

    One dram note.
    • Nose
      84 84
      First and foremost sweet, grassy and bready, chlorophyll with nice notes of sweet toasted barley with a little smoke and brine, then accompanied by an omnipresent fresh but also creamy fruitiness, mostly banana, some mango and some lime, hints of plasters.
      Very rounded, well balanced and expressive at first, but flattens rapidly. Delicate as well.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet and creamy barleyish arrival, then grassy, turns fruitier, some lime, some banana, some brine, a little smoke, hints of vanilla, some dryness.
      Good depth, well balanced, but a little fragile, light to medium body. Flattens throughout the dram as well.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Some lime, some banana, some brine, a little smoke, becomes grassier, hints of vanilla and licorice, short

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