Laphroaig 16-year-old

Overall rating
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

€ 96.29

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 16-year-old

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.36 points

  1. 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,

  2. 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.

  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. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Deloti scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Disappointing. Laphroaig has got potential to create much better whisky.. (profit vs quality?). Light on the peat, watered-down body, little complexity, unimpressive taste, very drying short finish. Nose is the best of it

  6. Deloti scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      77 77

  7. HunterRomario scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Travel Retail Exclusive for the 200th anniversary of Laphroaig.
    I tasted 2x, both at the festival in Radebeul and the second time at home in the comparative test with Laphroaig 25 yo and Taliskr 30 yo.
    In Radebeul, I bought a shot for 4 €, but at the end of the festival they were distributing, or the hand went away and it was big from a small dummy, so I was left for pouring into a bottle and for homework. The impressions at home and at the festival were the same, but a direct comparison with L25 and T30 was a good experience.

    Aroma: In my first impression, I came across as a slightly finer version of Laphroaig. Sweet smoke, sea salinity. Iodine has a bit of edged edges, but it's here. Undershot rope, fresh citrus, fresh to converge. (88 pts)
    Taste: At first I was very gentle, yet only 43%, but then it opened. Sweet and salty, iodine, tar. Tar mainly in a long aftertaste, but overall it would need to add to% alcohol and fullness, is unfortunately somewhat sparse. (87 pts)
    Points: 87
    Summary: It is not bad at all (if we do not pay the price), but a higher voltage would make her feel good. Deservedly the weakest in this comparative test.

  8. tomrules scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    This is one of the worst Laphs ever. Laph Select plus a maximum watered down version of Lore...

  9. TastefulScotch scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83


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