Laphroaig 16-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
16 years old
43.0 % Vol.
350 ml
Bottled to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Laphroaig
Bottle code
L5 244 M82
Bottled for
Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
08 Sep 2015 9:18 am by Heidjer

Average value

€ 159.47

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 16-year-old

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.42 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2019] A new limited edition of 16-years old Laphroaig (still pre-Beam takeover) at a reasonable price of 90 Euro (NEW, WB id 137954) is a must try, for sure. And to make it more interesting I do this in a head-to-head versus this 16-years old Laphroaig limited edition from 2015 that I bought for 50 Euro (35cl-size and 43% abv only) and which got rather chequered reviews here on WB...

    ...and both are typical Laphroaig with a fine peaty-medicinal-fruity profile but very different. OLD is rather shy but more complex and balanced while NEW is much more impressive but simpler and a little spiked. Hence OLD is more old-stylish while NEW is closer to the modern whisky zeitgeist (but still a Traditional Scotch-like dram). Usually I prefer the more old-style whiskies but when it comes to Laphroaig I choose the more powerful NEW over OLD. Both are very quaffable, no doubt...
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour of OLD is deep gold and NEW is much paler at jonquiripe corn. OLD offers a rather subtle profile composed of the trademark Laphroaig aromas of maritime peat smoke, medicinal notes and citric fruits. It is nicely balanced and delicious but neither complex nor impressive. NEW's profile is richer but still not bold, I would say. The peat and the wood is much more dominant but still the fruits, barley sugars and some earthy-herbal aromas shine through. It is more complex than OLD but not as balanced (hence more modern-stylish). I prefer NEW over OLD (by two points).
    • Taste
      88 88
      NEW's taste is bold and impressive just as we expect from Laphroaig. It offers a fine combination of malty, peaty and wooden flavours in a much more balanced mix than in the nose. The barley sugars are strong enough to withstand the heavy peaty attacks and the wood is firm but never tries to dominate. It is neither layered nor complex but it is undeniably Laphroaig the way I like it. And what a difference to OLD! OLD is rather shy and subtle with more bitter herbal-wooden notes and an unusual sugary sweetness. Still this is Laphroaig-ish and easy quaffable, but it is a little too shy and simple for my taste. Again this is a two points advantage in favour of NEW.
    • Finish
      88 88
      OLD arrives warming but just very little coating on the palate with a minor drying feeling (cold metals). The initial mouthfeel of NEW is much better with a nicely coating effect and no distracting moments at all. The finish of OLD is of medium length with even more wood influence but it never grows too strong. There is a minor and tasty milk chocolate note towards the end that I like. NEW's finish is much longer and adds more spices and more medicinal notes which increase the complexity. But there is a minor drying-astringent feeling towards the end which is a little distracting, to be honest (now the tannins of the wood demand their toll). Guess what? This time NEW wins by just one point. Water is not needed on both drams, OLD just gets flatter while NEW gets smoother and more quaffable but less interesting. I like both best when neat.

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Laphroaig 16y for the 200th ... right? Laphroaig can do that better, much better okay, but does not make me nervous
    • Nose
      slightly fruity medicinal smoke with camphor, heather, licorice, some menthol, pear, sweet barley
    • Taste
      Barley in the onset with smoke, mild menthol, little fruit sweetness, herbs
    • Finish
      rather short, unsettling,

  3. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nice interplay nose / palate.
    I like the fact that the fruits in the nose take over the command, but leave the deck after a short appearance on the tongue and give the stick to tar and peat.
    The finish is not overly long, but the malt remains as long as it is there, full and oily on the tongue.
    • Nose
      86 86
      A surprisingly fruity smoke for Laphroaig rises and clad the peat smoke and the sea salt note.
      The peat smoke note is mild and restrained and occurs with ongoing Verriechung more and more in the background.
      From the fruity note limonene and green apples crystallize out. Also pear compote is to be found.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Phenol, tar, sea salt - all of this can also be found on the tongue.
      The apples from the nose make a good appearance on the palate and give the 16YO a very fresh start.
      The residence time of the fruits on the tongue is quite short. As soon as they step into the background, tar and peat take over the oar and dress the mouth oily.
      Everything very harmonious and well coordinated.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Smoke and sea salt remain in the relatively short finish, the fruits have already adopted on the palate.

  4. elipszis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    With 0.35 liters and 4 times as much as a 10-year-old, I wouldn’t choose it, but it was good for one taste.
    For me, 10 years gives me more, better value for money whisky. It's special, but laphroaig fans won’t be looking for that.
    • Nose
      88 88
      crushed salt
      tropical fruit
      dry cedar wood
      peach jam
    • Taste
      88 88
      lime peel
      grapefruit (the drink is very bitter)
    • Finish
      87 87
      restrained smoke
      restrained peat / clay
      medium long

  5. Funtik scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Ostap scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Whisky is decent, but a little lacking in degree, as for me.
    • Nose
      Juicy, fresh, smoky, dried fruit, dried meat, ham, ashes, burnt head, apple peel, dried figs, a little oak and carpentry, pine needles, juniper, wet cardboard, fresh cucumber and greens in lettuce, soot, charcoal, persimmon, halva.
    • Taste
      Sweet rubber, noticeably meaty, juicy, fruity, apple, strawberry.
    • Finish
      Not very long, fresh, knits, oak, sweet.

  7. Malthead19 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    - a somewhat atypical Laphroaig (very subtle and
    - the smoke comes in the center of gravity in the back of the palate
    or in the aftermath
    - with originally I think about 50 € for 35cl
    damn expensive, but much too at the current prices
    expensive for the quality shown
    - Very tasty to drink but not worth the price, it has to be collected to collect
    rate everyone yourself ...
    • Nose
      light peat smoke, sweetness, lemon, citrus fruits
    • Taste
      intense and strong in taste but also very soft in character, for a Laphroaig rather gentle, mild, citrus fruits (lemon, lime), light smoke, complex single malt
    • Finish
      medium-long, very soft finish;
      medium-long aftertaste with spice and smoke

  8. DerDennis! scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. K C Wong scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  10. tw_xbein scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    beautiful mild tasty Laphroaig (22.11.2016)
    • Nose
      lovely of honey and smoke, peat, wood
    • Taste
      beautiful body,
      very balanced between lovely herbal and fruit notes and mild smoke and peat
    • Finish
      mildly lovely


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