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Laphroaig 15-year-old

Overall rating
86.28/100
votes
656
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
200 Years of Laphroaig
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
15 years old
Number of bottles
72000
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L509657B
Barcode
5010019637765
Added on
04 Mar 2015 7:01 pm by stf92
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 153,68

70 × in wishlist

656 × member ratings

3280 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 15-year-old

98 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.28 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    You can complain about the price, about the malt not. Very nice, as the notes of exotic fruits and the mild smoke unite. The 43% are just right.
    • Nose
      The 15YO surprised at the beginning with a relatively mild peat note. The otherwise typical for Laphroaig phenolic-medical grade is weak. The smoke is subtle and mild and dresses notes of grapefruit and blood orange. As soon as the nose has become accustomed to the smoke and the peat, the fruit note intensifies and remains for a long time. Over time, notes of old leather, tobacco and old oak planks come.
    • Taste
      Creamy and mouth-filling onset. Slightly oily. Grapefruit again, with lemon jelly. Mild seasoning of pepper and nutmeg. Slightly peaty, earthy, loamy. Fantastically fine mild smoky note, which is present for a long time.
    • Finish
      Drying in the medium long finish.

  2. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Trichlorophenylmethyliodosalicyl ridden bottle.

  3. ZhengMoMo scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    This wine is a very good interpretation of the definition of elegant style, Islay Island's peat whisky, do not need to be violent and sharp, can also express their style perfectly, although only 43% alcohol, but soft but not weak , very advanced work.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Pouring wine, smoky smoke and iodine, soft and elegant, sweet caramel, cool sea breeze, reef on the beach, a hint of oak, vanilla, creamy chocolate, lemon cake.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Entrance, soft smoke, orange juice sour and sweet, fruit hard candy, a little lime taste, light salty taste like shellfish juice, soft, but enough strength to support the overall flavor expression.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long aftertaste, light smoke, sweet and sour orange juice, sea salt, nuts.

  4. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Gaija scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I thought it was very good stuff really, punching well above its weight on the palate. Head and shoulders above many modern sweet camphor-driven Laphroaigs that we see by the dozen in the IB's stocks these days. Classy stuff and a rather sublte profile feeling kind of old school.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Subtle start. Vase water, pink ham, light mint, subtle medicinal touches. This is the antithesis of the usual in-your-face Laphroaig profile. The medicinal peat grows slowly, revealing bitter pink grapefruit and mango, still with a minty and leafy side. Smoked salt. Not super exuberant but classy and displaying a definite touch of exotic fruit.
    • Taste
      90 90
      This touch growing much bigger here, for the better. Super good palate, which feels above 43% and has perfect texture. Sweet cooked mango, a little banana, still that smoked salt feeling. Shifts to more medicinal grounds afterwards. Superb notes of aspargus on later sips.
    • Finish
      86 86
      More on plain smoke and soot, with smoked citrus peels. Simple, not very long.

  6. Abtbernardus scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    As a Laphroaig fan, I may have expected a little too much from this, but what else can you expect if you are a fan. A typical Laphroaig with its medicinal flavors.
    • Nose
      84 84
      So the typical Laphroaig fragrance, greasy medicinal peat, tobacco, coffee, but also slightly more fruitiness than what I find in the 10y. The extra years have then added something.
    • Taste
      85 85
      An intense but not predominant peat, supplemented with some dried fruit, vanilla and citrus fruit.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Sweet hints, peat Bit bitter aftertaste at the end.

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This got me slightly in a tangle. Don’t get me wrong, this is certainly not a bad expression. Though, I was expecting more after reading all the raving reviews. But you should never do that, do you? The nose was slightly underwhelming, although the palate made up for most part, there were just too much bourbon-cask infused oranges. But still recommended, I did enjoy it very much.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Rather shy in the nose, well at least for a Laphroaig. The smoke is only faintly present, although I can clearly find liquorice root, sea salt, apple cider, and remarkable shot of mint liquor. In addition there are (only) a hint of oranges and lime skin. Furthermore, I get some burned magazines, interesting…
    • Taste
      87 87
      Now it is full of oranges, along with some (more) smoke, which is still rather gentle and quite well hidden. More and more oranges, as we are in the middle of Bourbon cask territory. Like somebody emptied a whole basked of them into the mash tun. No particular problem with that, but I am missing some of the typical Laphroaig notes. I mean, they are there, but they quickly hide when the oranges come around en masse. Some liquorice root, some kind of salty liquor, brine, bring the coastal more to the forefront. I should probably be cautious with water. Adding some drops gives even more oranges, now mingled with ashy smoke and mint liquor. I must say that they mix very well.
    • Finish
      86 86
      There is a bit of chocolate in the finish, hinting at some sherry cask influence somewhere.

  9. uap304 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Very nice balance between the younger superstars of the family, and the understated (and misunderstood by me) 18-year old. I would still go for the 10-year CS, but I get it.
    • Nose
      Typical Laphroaig medicinal peat. How amazing is that by the way?! The extra years have added fruits and vanilla into the fold.
    • Taste
      It's great. Well-balanced. Smoke and oak. Strongly sweet. Fruits coming out.
    • Finish
      Long, oaky, bitter. Always with the smoke. Fantastic.

  10. mothers_finest scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I am somehow a Laphi fanboy but this one dont kicks me out of my chair. Very weak in the taste and finish, it could bear some extra percent of alcohol. Apart from the citrus notes behind the smoke, i also had some rubbery notes that i never detected before in a Laphroaig. Is it because it was my 4th dram today or was my sample maybe faulty and oxidized - i really dont know; but the one i had was not the one i prefer compared to recently other ones. If you want to spend 85 bugs for a nice smoky dram, you should swipe the cask strength edition. If course, a bad comparison because of the difference in ABV, but if i only had 85 bugs... You know what i mean ;)

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