Laphroaig 16-year old

Overall rating
88.34/100
votes
181
Whiskybase ID
WB157614
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L0 027 SB1
Barcode
5010019639219
Added on
05 may 2020 7:53 pm by hs305

Average value

€ 99.35

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 16-year old

52 users have left 53 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.34 points.

  1. Artus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Slightly worse than the 18, but better than the Lore and significantly better than the 10 and the quarter cask. Buy recommendation.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. Cern scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

  3. sarthur71 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty balanced smoky whisky.
    • Nose
      Ship sea rope, pharmacy, smoke, spices.
    • Taste
      Iodine, salt, smoked butterfish, pepper, tannins.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting due to the high content of phenols and increased strength, with hints of butterfish, pepper, iodine, salt and oak.

  5. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty smoky balanced whisky.
    • Nose
      Ship sea rope, pharmacy, smoke, spices.
    • Taste
      Iodine, salt, smoked butterfish, pepper, tannins.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting due to the high content of phenols and increased strength, with hints of butterfish, pepper, iodine, salt and oak.

  6. EricLeeee scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A brilliant peaty scotch that presents something more than just peat and smoke. 89/100
    • Nose
      89 89
      No doubt still the classic peat phenolic smoke of Laphroaig, quite powerful but surprisingly less harsh and instead a bit smoother, this should be the introspection of the aromas caused by barrel ageing, accompanied by sweet minerals, vanilla, honey, red apple, and corn, with some light floral notes, salty sea air, and dry seaweed, the iodine is still present but relatively less dense. 89/100
    • Taste
      90 90
      Considerable thickness and oiliness at first, with strong phenolic smoke accompanied by sweet minerals and some tart lemon juice, also sea salt with tart and fresh pickled cucumber, then cinnamon, cloves, white pepper, and some citrus. 90/100
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long; some vanilla, yellow lemon peel, and tobacco, with a liquorice aftertaste, and a further burst of iodine-like medical drops that rush from the throat and fill the mouth with each exhale. 89/100

  7. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Overall - great balanced Laph
    • Nose
      91 91
      Medicine, vanilla, floral honey, heavy cream, salty sea breeze, white peach. Very elegant and balanced
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet medicine oily smoke, vanilla, cream, white chocolate, maritime peat, white pepper, short oak bitterness. Well balanced between sweetness and peatiness, great extension of aroma
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, dry, oily, maritime smoke, some sweet white fruits. Great extension of taste, with long Laph aftertaste

  8. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. stupiddog1022 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    L1 006 SB 2021 edition

  10. andrii_nahornyi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    87.5
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  12. Obynapewno scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      light smoke, sweetness, fruit, citrus, light, fresh, refreshing, spring atmosphere
    • Taste
      creamy, delicate smoke, citrus, some herbs and wood, salt, vanilla
    • Finish
      medium, smoky, delicate

  13. claymore84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasted on 02-26-2022. 86/87

  14. Astrid scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    From 15 or 16 years of maturation, the barrel and the smoke stick from Laphroaig slowly begin to harmonize. Nevertheless, the complexity is still missing here. For the full review go here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/02/14/evolution-of-laphroaig/
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  15. JJKATED scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Peat, Behind the peat there's a stunning power of fruits, and honey and vanilla... A stunning and damn badass example of good bourbon-casked peat whisky.
      I love this one.
    • Taste
      89 89
      fruity, peat, citrus, honey
      I love this laphroaig.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long

  16. robse211 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  17. DistiLesha scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Liferoig is a separate category of whisky, and it needs to be evaluated separately.
    16 years old is very good and stable, it's hard to find something specific for this particular release, but it's more intense and complex compared to 10 years old.
    For the price, in my opinion, expensive for this whisky.
    N:21 T:22 F:21 B:21
    • Nose
      Phenol, smoked pear and prunes, creosote, peppery, slightly acetone, harsh, lemon peel and light perfume, a little bit of vanilla, cheddar cheese, there are similarities with the Ledaig profile (ash and unwashed socks).
    • Taste
      Bitterness of phenols, tannins, resinous, prunes, sweetness 6 out of 10, citruses, a lot of black salt, ashes
    • Finish
      Astringent, tannins, smoked prunes, phenols, enveloping and very long lasting with lots of salt.

  18. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Quite passable OB bottling. Good alcohol strength.
    Price is ok. Nice and sweet. But it's a bit too ashy for me.
    I am probably from the beloved SMWS bottlings
    a bit spoiled. The sample is enough for me with this one
    Bottling.

  19. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Smell: medium, finely ashy bouquet, smoked bacon, sweet base, great balance, differentiated herbal notes, finely salty sea water note, super round and harmoniously worked

    Taste: sweet peat-wood mix in perfect balance, medium body, fine briquette note, nutmeg, sweet base, medium-long finish with white pepper note

    Color: lightening yellow gold, medium. WR, of course

    Conclusion: This is "fine gauze bandage" - a Laphroaig who has become socially acceptable but by no means adapted through its age ..... Great!

  20. rottendon scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Quite neatly nothing that bothers, little that protrudes. A good Laphroaig, no more, but no less either.
    • Nose
      88 88
      For Laphroaig very cautious Rauch, who nevertheless dominates everything for the time being. More like a campfire than a hospital. After a while there is a strong acidity next to peaches, grapes and barbecue sauce. Warmth also makes the aromas warmer and sweeter, but the smoke is now also significantly more phenolic. After the first sips, extremely dark sweetness and coal-burning.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very soft to start with, nice peat sweetness with fir honey, a little menthol and also here a slight fruitiness. Cooked fruit.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is very long, sounds sweet before the ashes lie on the tongue. He warms the chest for a long time.

  21. valasios scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. Killswitch scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  23. martinseco scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    16 barrel years have clearly tamed the peat smoke. Hardly any iodine disinfectant smell from the hospital corridor, now more of a classy private sanatorium. But still Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  24. sirfreibier scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Somehow a typical modern laphroaig, smoke is a bit tamed in comparison to the 10yo, but that's it for me. No fancy new notes and all in all a bit thin and fragile. Water kills it!

  25. MaltHaus scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Straight-forwarded. Honey, salt and cigarette smoke-infused car interior. More or less get what’s to expect from a modern Laphroaig. No surprises, no hiccup. Wet raw freshly cut peat, kippers, meaty notes and hints of chocolate appears when drops of water added and sniffed for longer.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Again, very straightforward. Liquorice, sweet, syrupy, Fisherman’s Friend cough lozenge. Very soft peat, whiffs of black fruits are here and thee, fresh and very easy accessible. With drops of water: no magics happened here, more softer stuffs came forward. Sea water saltiness, bonfire smokes and sweet liquorice.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium-short. Smokes and peats break down almost immediately, sweetness and fruitiness followed up the same almost simultaneously. What left behind are some clay and ashes.

  26. butt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  27. Hagerboe scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  28. jkswift scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  29. Malthead19 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    - a soft, full-bodied and complex Laphroaig
    - goes in the direction of the old 18, but doesn't quite come
    ran
    - but significantly better than the 16 year old from 2015 (35cl)
    - at 90 € it sounds a bit expensive but in relation to the
    16 years from 2015 and the price goes for the quality shown
    okay
    - I wouldn’t pay more than 100 €
    • Nose
      90 90
      Peat smoke (significantly more than that of 2015), freshness, sweetness, vanilla, beautiful harmony between sweetness and the smoke
    • Taste
      90 90
      intense, very aromatic start, a lot of smoke, sweetness, vanilla and volume, creamy, round, elegant, the 48% disturb zero, herbs, slightly salty
    • Finish
      90 90
      medium-long, very soft finish;
      medium-long smoky aftertaste

  30. ThorstenH scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    With the 2nd dram, beautiful tropical fruits in the finish combined with a pleasant smoky note.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  31. riegerjonas scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    2020-10-25
    • Nose
      85 85
      smoky, behind tangerine comes strong vanilla, blood orange, light sweetness
    • Taste
      87 87
      distinct smokiness, bittersweet, light sweetness, strong oak spiciness, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      86 86

  32. vlad78 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Bright, smoky, oily and fruity dram.
    • Nose
      91 91
      First you can feel the warm smoke, then the oily aroma of smoked mackerel and salmon. Melon, rather, even this melon is not ripe. Yellow apple. Surprisingly, the oiliness is very well and harmoniously combined with all other markers.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet and smoky, bright, filling your mouth with all of the above and more wax.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The aftertaste is sweet, smoky, bright and yellow.

  33. 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! :)

  34. DramTimeDE scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  35. MJ84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  36. SRB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  37. Charly5 scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Needs some air, first sip was disappointing, after a few days with a little air it increased extremely.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  38. Danlow scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A well-matured, elegant Islay malt. Only moderately smoky if you compare this with young Laphroaig whiskys. More campfire smoke than phenolic smoke. Set, oily, very sweet and slightly woody (young, light American wood). A vanilla grenade! No clearly definable fruit.
    Long, smoky finish with wood and caramel.
    Buy recommendation for up to 95 € if you want to find out what older Laphroaig whisky can do, namely elegance.

    Laphroaig 16: 89 points
    My scale: 88-89 points mean a very good whisky, world-class malts start at 90 points

  39. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    22-22.5-22-22.5 I liked this luff

  40. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  41. DerDennis! scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  42. Othorion scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  43. LeChiffre scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    An overall successful Laphroaig, with a non-disturbing slightly medicinal smoky note (it is only too present for me in the finish). In total, then nothing that I would have to have as a large bottle for almost 100 euros, the sample is enough for me.
    • Nose
      86 86
      pleasant smoky note (beach fire and only a slight, not too annoying medical impact); maritime; nice herbal notes; Vanilla; sweet; some citrus; Oak seasoning
    • Taste
      86 86
      slightly oily; earthy ashy smoke; some iodine; Vanilla; Citrus fruits; salty-maritime notes; delicate herbal notes; Pepper; Oak seasoning; pleasant mouthfeel
    • Finish
      84 84
      spicy; salty; Oak; Hansaplast; smoke

  44. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Aroma is smoky, coastal, and fresh pastries married by an underlying fruity dessert sweetness and earthy oakiness; Palate carries the coastal notes and adds juicy fruit and delicately sweet notes with barley water and a metallic twang; Finish is smoke heavy with light sweet and earthy notes.

  45. 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.

  46. schengel10 scored this whisky 89 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;

  47. maltymai scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

  48. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • 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

  49. MacAndCheese scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    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

  50. 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.

  51. Islay1815 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

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