Laphroaig 16-year-old

Overall rating
85.56/100
votes
245
Whiskybase ID
WB71868
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
16 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
350 ml
Label
Bottled to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Laphroaig
Bottle code
L5 244 M82
Barcode
5010019638038
Bottled for
Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
08 sep 2015 9:18 am by Heidjer
Colored

Average value

€ 160.02

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245 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 16-year-old

37 users have left 40 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.56 points.

  1. sakis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  2. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  3. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tastes good, a great combination of smoke and herbs with a noticeable age. Was a blind sample and I wouldn't have thought of Laphroaig. So maybe a little atypical, but still very good.
    • Nose
      Spicy, subtle, already integrated smoke, a few herbs, some sherry, the smoke has a bit of menthol, the oak also makes a good aroma, tends to be sweet, but the aromas are rather tart and spicy.
    • Taste
      Really heavy on herbs in the mouth, tart, menthol-like, orange oil, smoke.
    • Finish
      The finish is bitter. Herbs, oak, peat, subtly sweet, orange oil, but rather spicy, rough

  4. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Medically, but somehow gentle. Fruity
    • Taste
      Pleasantly soft, gentle, fruity, nice smoke, there is vanilla and nut. Dark fruit, iodine, pretty maritime
    • Finish
      Extinguished campfire, sweet, some spice remains, but always sweet

  5. 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
      medicated
      iodine
      peat
      menthol
      peach jam
    • Taste
      88 88
      medicated
      peaty
      smokey
      ashtray
      lime peel
      menthol
      grapefruit (the drink is very bitter)
      oily
      banana
    • Finish
      87 87
      banana
      medicated
      restrained smoke
      restrained peat / clay
      medium long

  6. Funtik scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  7. 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.

  8. Malthead19 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    - a somewhat atypical Laphroaig (very subtle and
    reluctant)
    - 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

  9. DerDennis! scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

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

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

  11. 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

  12. schengel10 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    For a Laphi unusually "tame" and soft - perhaps this is also due to the 43% - no off-flavors but also not extremely complex.
    You can taste it, but you don't have to!
    • Nose
      85 85
      fresh, fruity, citrus (lime, grapefruit), gentle smoke;
    • Taste
      86 86
      a reserved, almost soft start, fine smoke / peat aromas, lime, lemon, grapefruit, menthol, a little salt,
    • Finish
      86 86
      the finish is medium long, soft and slightly salty; some wood / oak;

  13. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  14. 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.

  15. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  16. 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

  17. Deloti scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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...

  20. TastefulScotch scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  21. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/laphroaig-16-yo-ob-2015/

  22. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Tasted in a lineup with the following Laphroaigs: 10yo @ 43%, Highgrove cask 6387, 25yo (2014), 30yo (2016) and 32yo (2015). 

    IMHO this one just couldn't hold a candle to the rest of the set. The profile is not at all bad (actually rather likable) but it was a little too light and muted for me, and compared to the rest the easy body on this one whispered "travel retail" to me although with an age statement it isn't like the usual TR exclusives these days. 

  23. birkzehn scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  24. peterhorror scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  25. Goethe scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Well, the 200 years anniversary 16 year old expression of Laphroaig is a very fruity one. Not the sweetness of a "sweet Laphroaig". It is more tropical and not that smoky at all.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10 (2016)
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke, vanilla, citrus, some apples, pears and floral notes in the back. Oranges.
    • Taste
      Sweet smoke, fruits (kind of tropical), grapefruits, some orange citrus mix, salt, menthol, herbs. A bit dry.
    • Finish
      Long. Sweet peat. Dryness in the end and some salt.

  26. 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,

  27. Shane_IL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This was very different. The peat was not dominant here and the cask influence did some great work here. The nose on this was simply captivating, evident by me forgetting to not what John Campbell said, and a real treat of a dram. Laphroaig for the Summer.

    Tasted at a Malt Mongers Israel evening and reviewed in my blog:
    https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/05/20/malt-mongers-israel-laphroaig-night/
    • Nose
      A sharp peat, not the long undulating waves usually found in a Laphroaig . Big tropical fruit note. Lychee. Orange peel. Pomelo. Pineapple. White grape juice. Shortbread. Some pine sap appears after a bit.
    • Taste
      Salty. Dry wood. Orange. Tropical fruits. There’s some herbal Peat but very muted.
    • Finish
      Long. Very dry. Wood. Iodine. Bit of bitter fruit.

  28. Daan Tje scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  29. Bloempin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Subtle smoke with citrus fruits. The longer in the glass - the more the smoke disappears and the citrus fruits are accompanied by a leathery note. The medical smell of hospital gauze bandages, which I discovered in the Quarter-Cask and since then Laphroaig-typical, is much flatter here. Taste: Even the 43% make the Laphroaig rather untypical, but you can still feel pepper on the tongue. One thinks to have a cough sweet in the mouth. A drop of water makes the whisky milder - the friends of the smoke are more likely to do without water. Finish: Medium long, which is surprisingly short for a Laphroaig. But now comes the sweet vanilla. Sea salt and the remaining smoke cover the citrus fruits. Price: 35 Euro for 0,35l in the Travel-Value are okay. Outside of the Travel-Values ​​like to take more, that should be considered well then. My two cents: It is irritating that Laphroaig after the change from the 15s over the 18s to the Lore NAS now sells the bottlings with year in the Travel Value (with a high proportion of occasional audience). Apart from the 10er get so sworn friends of Laphroaig bottlings with age only on the in-house online store - shame, actually ...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  30. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  31. Helgo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Hm, the smoke is not as pronounced as usual. Generally, this filling is a little weak on the chest. The "new" 15er makes a little more. I'm missing the draft! But the certain "Laphroaigsüße" remains a little preserved. If I had blind assigned possibly to another distillery.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  32. Spuckschlecht scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    The nose like. The barrel is amazingly present. All in all but very light and thin, almost fragile. The intensity hoped for by Laphroaig will stay off.
    • Nose
      In the nose surprisingly little smoke. Served with ripe citrus fruit, tamarind, fresh leather, vanilla wood, ground coffee. The nose convinces.
    • Taste
      In the mouth then a bit thin, the barrel comes first discreet, fruity notes of peach, very slight bitterness. Strong tingling on the tongue!
    • Finish
      In the finish, the barrel then comes right. With caramel vanilla, it pushes. But also the tingling remains, sharp pepper fighting in the interplay with smooth wood.

  33. Remko did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Quote Whiskyfun.com - January 6, 2016

    Laphroaig 16 yo (43%, OB, 200th Anniversary, travel retail, 35cl, 2015)  Some say that what’s good with the fact that we’re in 2016, is that we’re done for good with Ardbeg and Laphroaig’s 200th anniversaries ;-). Colour: gold. Nose: light, smoky, and medicinal, with grapefruits and wee whiffs of sea air. It’s very well Laphroaig, but this shyness is a little surprising. A very light one. Mouth: indeed, it whispers a bit low, but on the other hand, I find it very Laphroaig, in all simplicity. Acrid smokiness, grapefruits, a touch of salt, a little iodine, salt… It’s good, it’s just a little frustrating. Nice mango jam. Finish: short to medium, with a little more oak. Comments: a fair offering, depending on the price. What’s the price? Let me check that for you…  around 45€, that’s kind of okayish, but it’s only a half. Everything’s pretty half with this wee bottle… But it’s a fine little whisky. SGP:545 - 82 points.

  34. rottendon scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A rather unusual profile for the distillery, but it works amazingly well. Unfortunately, clearly too diluted, it simply lacks the power. The second weak point is the finish. Bad he is not, really good unfortunately not.
    • Nose
      Immediately phenolic smoke, which, however, looks quite smooth. Light citrus notes. Becomes sweet very quickly with clear toffee notes and some camphor. The smoke now looks significantly less phenolic and more reminiscent of a campfire roasting bacon and marshmallows. No iodine, no sea, but together a round overall impression. It warms up the nose stronger and sweeter, more toffee and oatmeal cookies, but also a little salty sweat is there. Finally, a little iodine is added.
    • Taste
      Very dry with pronounced acidity, a slight sweetness of dark caramel and dark chocolate comes very late. Bitter barrel notes complete the whole thing.
    • Finish
      In the finish, the sour impression and the tannins remain predominant, the sweetness is quite fast. Overall, the finish is incredibly short for a Laphi, even if the ashes remain slightly longer on the tongue.

  35. Dieter_W scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A really easy to drink Laphroaig. But for me he is too much trimmed to the mass taste and a little too decent. He offers me too little for the price compared to the QC . Too bad.   




    • Nose
      Yes the nose is fruity, bananas, oranges, vanilla tangerines, citrus.Slightly sour
      A small first aid kit with a few gauze bandages and some ointment is worn afterwards. After a while, beautiful cold smoke in the ashtray. An amazingly delicate malt.
    • Taste
      Some wood, nice smoky notes, herbs and a little cough syrup with a small portion of vanilla nuts. He has many complex nuances.

    • Finish
      Overall, short.

  36. Ragazzo scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Not impressed..

  37. 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.

  38. jocmueller scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Colour:

    E150 (a slightly reddish shimmering gold) - few tough legs

    Nose:

    After the above posts, I was afraid to have really flavored water in the glass. I do not think so. The nose I find even quite pleasant phenolig without the influence of alcohol, to quite a sweep of sweet becoming oak. Somehow I have a pear association too. Overall, the nose confirms my experience that the impetuously wild younger bottlings soften with age, something filigree.

    Mouth:

    Again, I find the entrance not as weak as expected. As the nose has already hinted, here too hardly any alcohol on the tongue, a light peat layer occupies the tongue, the smoke is rather reserved broad. Here he will be pretty sweet, as I think.

    finish:

    Relatively unspectacular and short - the smoky remains a few seconds before it "disappears".

    With water:

    yoke

    Conclusion:

    A rock-solid "Einsteigermalt", which will not overwhelm the beginner, but leaves the old hand relatively unimpressed. I would not go that far and say, that's the worst Laphroaig I've ever had in the glass. The QA Cask and eg also a UA vanWees have there in worse memory. Personally, I see it slightly behind the current 10yo OA bottlings, which regularly do not trigger any enthusiasm storms with me, but they are rock-solid and tasty malts and I still like to have them in my glass. What bothers here is the price, in my opinion already for the EIA of approx. 45 EUR for the Half Bottle is pretty ambitious. But I find delicious and - extrapolated to alcohol content and bottle size - better in the PLV jungle. On the other hand, this limited bottling will surely find its buyers and probably similar to the old 15yo OA, which I never found particularly interesting until it is gone, will appeal to broader interest groups.

    If you like it a little more wildly, you should go to OA on the CS-Bottlings or look for UA (or if it should be NAS , eg the Triple Wood), if you like filigree you can go directly to the 18yo OA, which is at 48% ABV and double the amount even cheaper.

    The Good: Nice drinking whisky without flourishes.

    The Bad: E150, 43% ABV

    The Ugly: the price

    Value is the whole thing 78 points (Comparison 10yo OA: 80 points)

  39. SteveW110 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    The nose is beautiful Laphroaig typical!
    Neat phenolic smokey with delicious integrated vanilla, which is reflected in the taste. Floral notes are discreet. The body is not as full as expected. In the meantime, he is almost too watered for me, at least I had this impression shortly. The oak is present and the finish leaves some bitter notes left over.

    My conclusion:
    Simple Laphi! Little complexity and not as powerful as expected.
    Compared to the 18ner or QC significantly weaker.
    The bottle size is nice, but I do not like the price increase for this reason, so deductions in the price!
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

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