[January, 2018] Since the Beam Global management took over the responsibility of Laphroaig this once proud distillery is on a route that leads it far away from its traditional high quality profile. The whisky became more and more wood-driven and immature (almost all new releases are NAS) with an annoying "I punch that in your face" attitude. I am not sure if this is the new "Whisky Zeitgeist" but I am sure it is not my style. Out of all the new standard releases of the last three years I liked just the Cask Strength editions (that were distilled before Beam took over) - on all others my taste buds voted "forget it"...
And this one is no exception, it is even worser! Immature spirit loaded with tons of bitter and adstringent tannins from virgin oak maturation is nothing I will ever enjoy in my life. This is just a very simple minded and effect-seeking dram that tries to impress by its boldness ("Can you really stand this?") instead by its quality. The price point of almost 100 Euro for such a young, immature whisky is - to be honest - shameless and ridiculous... It is the result when greed and ignorance combine to ride on top of the wave of the current whisky boom! But you should be aware that every wave breaks near the shore sometimes and any unprepared surfer can easily break his/her neck...
I call this the "Bad Years of Laphroaig" and in case you own the same taste preference I advice to stock as many Laphroaig produced before 2010 as you most probably want to drink over the next 10 to 15 years to come. The situation will not improve as long as the owners do not change that management policy that just goes for volume instead of quality.
All others (who enjoy this new Laphroaig style) should ignore this statement from an old, melancholic whisky drinker that grew up before the whisky boom started, please!
The 1815 Legacy, along with the Four Oak, was launched in the first half of 2017 specifically for Travel Retail. So "exclusive" it was not, but shortly after the show you got both bottlings without any problems even without a plane ticket. What made Laphroaig wrong at the Four Oaks did them right again in 1815. A nice game with the distillery character.
Mild smoked peaches and apricots. Floating above: Sea flavors of seaweed, algae, salty air. Some wet asphalt. Only slightly phenolic.
Strong start with the smoked fruits from the nose. Despite his strength, not biting, but warming. Fruits and smoke are very well connected. Dry on the tongue, with the ashes of a campfire on the beach. Oak pulls through. The fruits are now a portion of honey and a pinch of white pepper.
Medium long, still dry, smoky, fruity and honey sweet.
Very delicious, does not let hang out the Laphroaig (phenol / medicine cabinet), the smoke fits in well. But for the € 90 ... people, at least make sure you have a strong grip and concrete announcements!
pleasant, warm orange sweetness (canned peach, dried apricot, a little cinnamon), lightly burnt (like flambé), a splash of lemon, campfire, some grass and smoked bacon
also pleasant sweet, short dry fruits, then cane sugar, chocolate, pleasant smoke with herbs (herbs of Provence, some fennel, hint of herbal bitter), full-bodied and intense
A very round, pleasing and well-balanced filling. I have now tasted them in parallel with An Cuan Mòr and two different 18 year olds (old label / new label).
A certain similarity to the An Cuan Mòr is certainly present, may not be surprising, after all, both come from Laphroaig and have the same barrel combination. However, this one is much stronger and in my opinion even better in balance. The departure of the 1815 is shorter, but more spectacular. The smoke here is much stronger again and has a different, for Laphroaig rather untypical profile.
The two 18s, however, he can not even begin to oppose something, both seem much more mature, are stronger and especially the old is just complete. However, he is much closer than the An Cuan Mòr.
A very successful NAS bottling, which, like the Lore shows, that whiskys without age are not necessarily young.
Color is something inbetween Deep Copper and Burnished
Instantly a strong conglomeration of different notes, some lemon / lime, iodine, full camp fire smoke, seaweed, bare rock and a lot of caramel. After only a few moments, the smoke changes its character and gets the typical medical phenolic orientation. After a long service life, I first smell peach compote. The smoke is not quite as phenolic as it is used to, it is more of a campfire in the field hospital. Otherwise, the profile remains faithful, movement brings back the mineral and citrus notes, rest brings disinfectant, some sweat and peaches. On the one hand, it heats more disinfectant, on the other hand, more dark, malty caramel.
In the mouth it is then oily sweet and full, liquid block malt, dark honey, then it occurs slowly, starts to warm and the spice comes, white pepper. Very late there is also a slightly bitter opposite pole, which intensifies towards the finish. Light acid complements the overall picture.
It warms a bit, the massive sweetness goes slowly, and tends to stay sweet, dry ashes, still with malting impressions while exhaling.
This is the same juice as An Cuan Mor. Tasted side by side and found only minor variations. Its quite tasty but very expensive for what it is. Very dissapointing. 86 points for the taste. 0 points for the bullsh*t that they market this as a new product when its in fact only a new packaging. I paid 100€ for this marketing stunt. Congrats Beam-Suntory...
young, a lot of oak, little aftertaste, there is almost no aftertaste, ok, you can drink it, but of course it is desirable only when traveling on an airplane ... another sad release that I don't want to remember ... sad
The NAS release that surprised 10k multiplied by 3, plus add an excerpt of 15 years. It has everything - balance, rich taste, endurance, strength. Whisky without filtering, natural color, even pieces of wood float, everything is as it should.
Super! Clubs of sweet iodine, bandages, salty sea breezes, smoke from a bonfire, lacquered furniture, a bit harsh but very tasty, rich.
Oily, continues a chic aroma, not a hint of lack of fortress or saturation.
It's ok, like a lot of young peaty whiskies can be ok or even very good. Problem is of course the ridiculous price tag for this dram. It's just lots of smoke with lots of wood spices which is dissapointing for an 80+ euro bottling.
Burned twigs, dry smoke, ginger, cinnamon, wood shavings, some custard like vanilla note, nutty, a bit sour with a little mustiness (a slight mushroom note).
Dry smoke, woodspices (clove, nutmeg and ginger), some general vanilla sweetness and again a little mustiness.
Long but very one dimensional, there's some sweetness but mainly very dry smoke with charcoal bitterness.
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