Laphroaig

Laphroaig 15 Years Old 1998/2014 (46%, Signatory, UCF, Refill Sherry Butt #700385, 839 Bottles)

Whisky Review: Laphroaig 15 Years Old 1998 Unchillfiltered

  • Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Laphroaig Distillery
  • Bottling: Signatory, Unchillfiltered collection
  • ABV: 46% ABV
  • Cost: unknown

Laphroaig 15 Years Old 1998 Unchillfiltered

What they say

Distilled at Laphroaig distillery on 22/9/1998 and matured for a full 15 years in refill sherry butt #700385 before bottling unchillfiltered at 46% on 26/6/2014. Producing 839 bottles.

Laphroaig18yo1998UCF

What I say

Thanks to Richard (WOLS President) & Carrie for sharing this with us during a tasting evening. This expression was distilled at Laphroaig distillery on Islay in 1998 and matured for a full 15 years in refill sherry butts before bottling unchillfiltered at 46% ABV by Signatory.

My tasting notes:

  • Colour: Red gold with thick heavy tears
  • Nose: Fruity, light raisin, strawberry, salted caramel, resinous and woody smoke and peat smoke
  • Taste: Sweet, strawberry and vanilla cream ice cream, some gentle cereals, a healthy dash of sea salt and plenty of thick and oily peat smoke/beach bonfire
  • Finish: Medium long, sweet and peaty

Overall

An interesting mix of real creamy and gently fruity ice cream flavours with a dash of salt and plenty of thick peat smoke. Somehow this combination really works for me and is verging on a heavily peated session dram though I suspect either sickly sweetness or more likely peat reek would take over before too long. Enjoyed it while it lasted.

Score 85/100

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