Review: Laphroaig 15 Years Old 200th Anniversary Edition

Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Laphroaig Distillery

Bottling: Suntory

ABV: 43%

Cost: £99.95 from Master of Malt [sold out]

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What they say:

Laphroaig 15 year old was first created 30 years ago. Barrels were individually selected for their particularly mellow rounded flavour, then batch bottled at the higher export strength of 43% ABV. The resulting flavour soon became a firm favourite winning many awards. Its highlight was being chosen for the famous ‘Erskine Charity Bottling’ in 2000 when 270 bottles were drawn from a single 15 year old cask signed by HRH The Prince of Wales for this charity of which he is a patron.

Our 200th Anniversary edition has been created in exactly the same way as the original. We very much hope it will be a delight both to those who have enjoyed it in the past and for many of you for whom it will be the first opportunity.

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR: Sparkling gold

NOSE: Initial scents of grapefruit and fresh mint. A touch of water releases salted caramel, with signature Islay peat smoke underlying sweet orchard fruit aromas.

BODY: Multifaceted.

TASTE: Pink peppercorns, light peat smoke with a soft dryness, before a finish of tobacco and faint sea salt.

FINISH: Mellow with a smoky aftertaste

What I say:

As part of the 2015 200th anniversary celebrations at Laphroaig a nod to their classic 15 Years Old expression was made in the form of this rather more limited edition.

Colour:

Antique gold (8/20)

Nose:

Chalky & dusty, ashen peat, sweet icing sugar & vanilla, cherry? apple & pear fruits, hints of bandages, sticking plasters, antiseptic, slightly phenolic/carbolic, nutty almonds in honey/ almond brittle

Taste:

Cherry throat lozenges, antiseptic iodine?, sweet honey & golden syrup, vanilla icing/frosting, madeira cake, becomes gently peaty bonfire smoke

Finish:

Long, salty shellfish, honey & oysters, dusty and musty peat smoke

Overall:

Beautiful expression, lots going on in here alongwith the salt and peat influences, such power in this really brought to mind a dark cherry liqueur

Score: 88/100

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