Laphroaig 16-year-old

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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
16 years old
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L0 027 SB1
Added on
05 may 2020 7:53 pm by hs305
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Average value

€ 200.92

Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 16-year-old

63 users have left 64 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.38 points.

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  1. Totoro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Sweeter, more complex and less smoky than the 2019 version. Here the peat is more reduced and/or tamed by the barrels, which have imparted additional fragrant and honeyed aspects that the first batch lacks. It's a matter of preference: if you like more "direct" peat smoke, go for the 2019; if you prefer a more rounded and mellow experience, the 2020 is your jam.

    P.S. At the risk of sounding blasphemous: I think I may actually prefer this over the 18-year-old...
    • Nose
      90 90
      Less peaty and more soft-mannered than the 2019. A lot of honey, maize, and fragrant floral notes, but always accompanied by the typical notes of brine, kelp, iodine-soaked bandages, and beach bonfire. To me this seems older than 16 (going on 18) - either an effect of more active casks or older / more mellowed-out components in the mix. Really good, and displaying the complexity I missed in the earlier release. Immaculate and, for lack of a better word: classic. You could nose this for quite some time without getting bored.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The mouthfeel could be fuller and oilier, I'll say that much. Definitely had greasier Laphroaigs at the same strength. However, you can't argue with the flavor profile or delivery. Starts off sweet-and-sour, then come the oak spices and the pepper, the smoke keeps building up, and it all crescendoes in a huge waft of kiln smoke, containing all the usual maritime associations. Smoked fish sprinkled with sea salt, cucumber brine and lime juice? It's just weird that the 48% feel more like 43%. If the liquid was a bit thicker, I'd go for 90.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Smoky. Salty. Sweet. Leaves an oily film on the tongue/teeth/lips (ah, there's the grease...). Virtually interminable.

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