Laphroaig The 1815 Legacy Edition

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L7059VB1 2070 13 48
Bottled for
Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
05 Feb 2017 10:34 am by maltaholic

Average value

€ 97.91

49 × in wishlist

328 × member ratings

1052 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig The 1815 Legacy Edition

51 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.06 points

  1. Tauti did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Sitting here with a bag of popcorn and waiting for the rating drop after Serge's 72 pts

    85.18 (13.09.17)

    83.96 (17.09.17) Serge effect -1.22 pts

    83.88 (04.09.17) Serge effect -1.30 pts, are we comming to an end?

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    [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!
    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      72 72

  3. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      Mild smoked peaches and apricots. Floating above: Sea flavors of seaweed, algae, salty air. Some wet asphalt. Only slightly phenolic.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Medium long, still dry, smoky, fruity and honey sweet.

  4. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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!
    • Nose
      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
    • Taste
      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
    • Finish
      long, warm, bittersweet, pepper, some licorice

  5. rottendon scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      It warms a bit, the massive sweetness goes slowly, and tends to stay sweet, dry ashes, still with malting impressions while exhaling.

  6. Othorion scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Tasty, but clearly too expensive
    • Nose
      Sweetish smoke, some bacon, iodine, slightly medicated, meadow herbs, lime juice, vanilla, wet dishcloths
    • Taste
      medical smoke, white pepper, cold ashes, vanilla, salty, a little dark chocolate, somehow unbalanced but still delicious
    • Finish
      Medium, nutty, smoky, salty

  7. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    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...

  8. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    20 20 19 20 79

    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

  9. Alexandr_Zhurov scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    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.
    • Nose
      Super! Clubs of sweet iodine, bandages, salty sea breezes, smoke from a bonfire, lacquered furniture, a bit harsh but very tasty, rich.
    • Taste
      Oily, continues a chic aroma, not a hint of lack of fortress or saturation.
    • Finish
      Very tasty wood, old oak barrel, soft.

  10. HammerHead scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      84 84
      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).
    • Taste
      84 84
      Dry smoke, woodspices (clove, nutmeg and ginger), some general vanilla sweetness and again a little mustiness.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Long but very one dimensional, there's some sweetness but mainly very dry smoke with charcoal bitterness.


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