Laphroaig 16-year old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
16 years old
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L0 27 SB1
Added on
05 May 2020 7:53 pm by hs305

Average value

€ 114.74

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 16-year old

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.74 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2020] The new batch of the 16-years old Laphroaig is out and like last year's edition it is sold via amazon exclusively. The spirit was distilled prior to the Beam Inc. management takeover of Laphroaig so (still) I have high expectations...

    ...and to make this tasting more interesting I try this dram head-to-head to its sibling from last year (2019). Wow, it improved! I like this year's batch better than the 2019 edition because of more powerful aromas and flavours both in the nose and on the palate in an overall better balanced profile. This is pre-Beam Laphroaig as I like it - impressive, interesting to explore and dangerously quaffable... Is it worth 95 bucks? Let me state it this way: It is (beside the 10-years old Cask Strength) the only actual Laphroaig edition I will buy a second (and maybe third) bottle of.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is a notch darker than the 2019 at yellow gold and the nose offers a comparable profile (what else?) of heavy peaty-medicinal aromas in a sweet barley sugary frame with appropriate wooden notes. After some breathing herbal and shy fruity aromas join in. While right after serving the 2020 was more shy than the 2019 its nose opened up quickly and after five minutes it grow (a little) more powerful than the 2020's nose, mainly due to stronger phenolic notes which increase the complexity too. Actually, I like the 2020's nose better.
    • Taste
      90 90
      2020's taste is bold and greatly chewable, I strongly suggest to do so because the dram releases much more flavour impressions this way. It is quite sweet but both the peaty and wooden flavours contain these sweet notes powerful and create an impressive yet balanced profile on my palate. The 2019 is less sweet so the peat and woods have a bigger say but this is very interesing (and quaffable) as well. I go for a draw on this dimension pointwise, but in doubt I would grap the 2020's glass (if I am forced to decide between the two).
    • Finish
      90 90
      The initial mouthfeel of this dram is warming and nicely coating without any distracting moments. 2019 is comparable but again I like this year's edition a little better (due to a greater coating effect). Same with the finish - the 2020's is very long on a perfect balanced trinity of barley sugars, maritime-peaty notes and appropriate wooden impressions without any bitter or drying moments at all. The finish of the 2019 is long too but shorter than this year's batch and the woods are somewhat stronger, adding a minor bitter impression towards the end. Yes, I prefer 2020 on this dimension too. Water is not needed on both drams.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I compared the 2019 edition of the 16yo with the 18yo. Both 48%, only two years difference, it just made sense. This time I did without a comparison and let it "work" on its own. I still have the characteristics of the really great 18yo in the aroma memory, but tasting the 16yo solo I'm not in the situation where I have to run straight into the cellar to open an 18yo. It's a really well-made whisky, very balanced, very round. There are basically hardly any differences to the predecessor from last year. Maybe a little fruity and at the same time a little spicier. But that is only marginal. And to include a third distillery colleague for comparison: The Quarter Cask with 48% in honor, but the 16 years already ensure a completely different, rich spectrum of flavors. It is still a mystery to me why the distillery is placing the exclusive sales rights for this particular whisky in the hands of an internet retailer.
    • Nose
      Pleasantly soft Laphroaig smoke. It would be wrong to call it subtle, but the note of peat smoke is so pleasantly withdrawn that it only accompanies the other aromas and does not cover them up. Vanilla, wild blossom honey, freshly sliced apple, lukewarm toffee, milk chocolate. In the background a little Hansaplast, now and then a wave of sea water including spray.
    • Taste
      Full and creamy, fruity-sweet peat smoke. Lemon juice, spice of nutmeg, juniper berries, cloves and pepper, vanilla, honey, milk coffee. Fills the oral cavity completely, rinses every corner. Remains creamy and thick for a long time. Limes, papaya mushrooms - and always a slightly bitter flavor, derived from nutmeg and pepper.
    • Finish
      Long and only slightly dry. Still a small competition between apple, lemon and papaya for the dominance of fruit notes. Slightly more intense smoke than at the beginning. Although still spicy, there are very few wood notes, so that it stays creamy and creamy for a long time.

  3. 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.

  4. schengel10 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Finally again ... age, depth, maturity and elegance. Unfortunately I couldn't compare it to the good old 18, but; he's really good; for about 90 € also an acceptable price!
    • Nose
      Sweet, cooling, full vanilla, aromatic smoke / peat, herbs, salt;
    • Taste
      despite 48.0% incredibly creamy, smooth; a pleasant, sedate "noble" smoke, a lot of vanilla and caramel, citrus fruits (lime, lemon), herbs, salt, little wood,
      very elegant;
    • Finish
      a medium-length, smoky-peat finish; very salty in the aftertaste;

  5. maltymai scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

  6. MacAndCheese scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    Very fine dram!
    Nice and quiet, fine smoke, not such a bully, definitely fair and less phenolic / hospital than the 10er. You could almost say a little more main stream. Nice and spicy. Am satisfied. Good addition to lore and a quarter cask (straight out). Will award 88 points

  7. Islay1815 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Issue price € 95
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very nice expression, surprisingly mild at first, but unmistakeably Laphroaig throughout. More accessible than the 2019 version. On second thoughts, this is even better, appears to be more mature, much more rounded, closer towards the exquisite fruity peatiness of older 15yo bottlings. Still with cojones - it IS a Laphroaig after all! :)

  9. g00se scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nice and strong, spicy Laphroaig.
    Voluminous thanks to the 48% and 16 years in the barrel.
    I like it very much
    • Nose
      89 89
      Beach fire, spicy oak, salt, iodine, grilled sea bream with lemon and thyme,
    • Taste
      88 88
      Powerful start and an oily mouthfeel.
      Smoky, salty, spicy.
      Pleasant tingling.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The smoke pushes again properly.
      Long finish with plenty of oak and smoke.

  10. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Cold smoke, maritime, honey, peach, tangerine from the can, some ash, grass, the smoke is much more sedate than with the 10 or the NAS
    • Taste
      Apple, honey, lemon, lime, grapefruit, some caramel, some melon, cereals, herbs, pepper, smoke and ashes


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