Laphroaig 16-year-old

Overall rating
88.58/100
votes
94
Whiskybase ID
WB184654
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
06.01.2021
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L1 006 SB1
Barcode
5010019639219
Added on
30 may 2021 9:37 pm by Ostfriese
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 190.90

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 16-year-old

21 users have left 21 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.58 points.

  1. TheRidgeBack scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    A harmonious Laphi that reflects the gentleman's side of the distillery. The wavy spice plays with the gout of the smoke and slowly spills onto the sandy beach.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Soft
      smoke
      Medical
      Fruity, light fruits banana, pineapple
      Maritime
      Spicy light vanilla
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sweet
      Soft
      smoky unfolds towards the end
      Spice builds and ebbs like a wave
      salivation
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long
      Smoky, musty leather flavor remains, some bacon smoke
      Woody oak
      Wonderfully harmonious mouthfeel

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  3. springtank scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 80 points Shoplink Moderator

    I'm just finishing the second half of the sample and I'm convinced that this Laphroaig just isn't for me. Too much vanilla in the scent; and then too much sap in the taste, too much strange bitterness and astringency. Just obviously too much wood influence, which doesn't sit well with me in this case. It's just the more prominent saltiness in the finish that I quite enjoy...

  6. sakis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. McKapran scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  8. elipszis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      salty
      maritime
      peppery
      medicine
      salted-fudge
      iodine
      green banana
      buttery
    • Taste
      91 91
      ash!
      bitter
      oily
      salty seaweed
      nettle tea
      iodine
      leathery
      in the backround: fudge
    • Finish
      91 91
      ash!
      leathery
      strong oak
      bitter
      dark chocolate
      medium finish

  9. bl0wb4ck scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Setter and deeper on the nose than the 10yo standard. In the mouth grassy and musty with the typical Laphroaig smoke note.
    Tasty malt, but for the same price I would rather go for the 10yo batches in cask strength.

  10. jegerinho scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  11. Squinugie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  12. DillaDonut1 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

  13. Saftkenner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A great bottling and very exciting what the 1st fill ex-bourbon casks have achieved here. I wouldn't have been surprised if I'd had a Madeira or Moscatel finish in front of me. And overall the smoke is downright elegant for a Laphroaig, with less medicinal notes in my opinion.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The smoke is beautifully maritime, brings fresh and also salty notes. Like a distant campfire on the beach.
      In any case, what is still exciting here is what we not only have behind the smoke, but also right next to it - namely beautiful, lovely and very sweet aromas. I still have caramel, pineapple, some iodine, vanilla, dried apricots, juicy grass and very fine oak spice in the nose.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very nice oily body, very nice strong acceleration. In addition to the again maritime-looking smoke, which also has a very slightly ashy character here, I have the opulent sweet notes again: sugared canned pineapple and also flambéed, caramelized pineapple, caramel, acacia honey, mascobado, lemon balm, a hint of ginger.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is medium long with a slightly creamy touch. Here again the pineapple, smoke of course too, honey, a hint of lemon.

  14. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    After the 2019 and 2020 bottlings, I was curious to see if he could keep his quality with the 2021 edition - he can, definitely. And tastes even a little bit better.
    Unlike its predecessors, I find the peat smoke note to be much more intense with this one. But just like its predecessors, this is a whisky that is so good that you don't even get the feeling that it takes a great deal of effort to reach this quality.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Concise Laphi smoke spirals directly into the nose. And while this note was more subtle in the 2019 and 2020 editions, the smoky note is much more noticeable in this bottling. A freshly paved road, Hansaplast, sea spray, sun-dried seaweed, vanilla, caramel, wildflower honey, dried apricots, milk chocolate, toffee. A small sack of dried herbs, a small portion of smoldering heather.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Not only does it taste particularly good today - my bottle has already lost a good quarter of its contents, but as always it is a great pleasure to let the 16yo slide over your tongue. Full and creamy with now somewhat reduced peat smoke and more fruity notes of dried apricots, papaya and lime zest. Clove powder, nutmeg, salt and pepper combine with warm tar paper, seaweed, sea spray and machine oil.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long and creamy, very fruity, the peat smoke note attracts, still algae and tar paper, sea spray and Hansaplast. Grated apple, lime peel, papaya and dried apricots, topped with pepper and grated nutmeg.

  15. Polaku1703 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    This edition is definitely worse than the previous 2019 one. I am waiting and am waiting for it to open, and of course nothing's changing, a 16-y-old does not need breathing...
    Bad spent money. Unlike his predessor.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Typical, with the sea weeds.
    • Taste
      82 82
      The salty seaweed and cigarette ashes are here but nothing grabbing. Just flat. Even the 12 y old Highgrove was way better.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Thats a bit better. The known warmth is there. But not for too long.

  16. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, seaweed, briny notes, roasted nuts, maple syrup, vanilla
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, iodine, coal dust, fruity (red fruits, apples, lemons), citrus
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, salty, sweet nougat, dark chocolate

  17. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    For me the best batch so far!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  18. dapoinbua scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  19. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2022] I liked both the first edition (2019) and second edition (2020) of this 16-years old Laphroaig and the second was even better than the first, according to my taste buds. So I am very curious of this third edition (2021)...

    ...and this is the weakest of the three (but still on a high quality level, no doubt). It is more bitter-phenolic driven so if you are a peat-head you might like this edition maybe even better. I prefer the more balanced second one (2020) but all three are very entertaining to quaff - these are the best Laphroaig you can get under 100 Eurobucks these days (most probably).
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is about the same as the second edition at yellow gold and the nose is comparable too with heavy peaty-medicinal aromas, sweet barley sugars and appropriate wooden notes. Surprisingly it seems to be bolder right after serving so hurry with your first nose. In a direct head-to-head I like the nose of the 2020 edition best followed by 2021 and 2019 but the differences are marginal, to be honest.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is starts more on the heavy peaty side and the barley sugars take their time to show up and sooth the profile. After some chewing balance is established but the phenols stay in driver's seat. I liked the 2020's taste better as this one is a little too spiky (bitter) for me - but lovers of stronger peaty flavours will adore it, for sure. In a direct head-to-head I like the taste of the 2020 edition best closely followed by 2019 (no points difference) and 2021 with a two points lower score.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives warming and coating on my palate with some bitter-astringent moments from both the tannins and phenols. The finish is long and adds more bitter ashy and tannic impressions what drives the dram even more out of balance. Water strengthens the anyway dominant bitter side of the dram only (both in the nose and on the palate) so I prefer it neat. In a direct head-to-head I like the finish of the 2020 edition best followed by 2019 and 2021 with a one point difference each.

  20. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Punchy, smoky, peaty in good balance - not bad
    • Nose
      89 89
      Very citric, smoky, little vanilla, some apple, pear, peach, banana, some peat, spices, little herbs - really not bad
    • Taste
      88 88
      Little punchy, spicy, subtle sweetness, peat, smoke, vanilla, some fruits, honey, cigar tobacco, citric
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, warm, peaty, smoky, spices, herbs

  21. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Soft medicinal smoke, a bit on the sweeter side, yellow fruits, iodine, toffee, well balanced and drinkable

  22. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Immediately after pouring, a smoky-sweet nose. Less heavy smoke than the little 10-year-old brother. The smoke comes across as dirty and medicinal, and is framed by sweet notes of yellow-fleshed fruits. Peach and quince glazed with honey. Some sage, milk chocolate.

    Mouth:
    Nice mouthfeel, here also initially a flood of smoke and a slight saltiness. After the mouth has got used to the smoke, apples, mango, vanilla and mucat emerge. Slight sage notes and a hint of orange, with milk chocolate.

    Finish:
    Medium length, here stronger oak, ashy smoke and only subtle sweetness.

    89/100

    Conclusion:
    I like that very, very much. Nice mouthfeel, strong aroma and invites you to sniff and discover for a long time.

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