Laphroaig 15 Years Old 1998 Unchillfiltered

Islay single malt scotch whisky

46% ABV

Score: 85/100

Laphroaig18yo1998UCF

What they say:

One for fans of bold, uncompromising and peaty whiskies! Bottled in July 2014 and matured in a refill sherry butt. Limited to 828 bottles. We’ve seen an ever-increasing number of young Islays, but not much (or enough) from Laphroaig.

Colour: Copper
Nose: Campfire embers, burning moss and pine resin. Full of herbs and smoke. There is a sweetness though (a sticky sweetness) and we can’t help of think of smoke filled pubs.
Palate: A bit of menthol to start with the rough and ready smoke hot on its heels. Sweetness and oil rounds it out.
Finish: Long, wispy smoke.

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

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.