Here. We. Go… with the tasting and review of the Laphroaig 16 Years Limited Edition. Tad dramatic on the opening I know, but this is a whisky that’s worth the drama. Why? Because it’s good. Dang good, darn good… damn good. SorryNotSorry for the spoiler, but I’m such a fan of this I can’t keep it inside.
The older I get, the more I love ex-Bourbon whiskey and this is 16 years of ex-Bourbon Laphroaig goodness. So, let’s get to it.
Laphroaig 16 Years Limited Edition – Details and Tasting Notes
Region: Islay, Scotland
Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Age: 16 Years
Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color
Peat, grilled apples, vanilla-laced French Pastries, honey, juicy pears, herbal and touches of plastic, iodine, oak and meaty notes.
Briny, smokey, fruity, vanilla-laced French Pastries, graham, smoke, copper, spice and grilled meat with a bit of barley water.
Long -> Smoke, malt, vanilla saltwater taffy and minerality.
BALANCE, BODY and FEEL
Great, full round, sweet warm oily
Laphroaig 16 Years Limited Edition – Overall
Aroma is smoky, coastal, and fresh pastries married by an underlying fruity dessert sweetness and earthy oakiness; Palate carries the coastal notes and adds juicy fruit and delicately sweet notes with barley water and a metallic twang; Finish is smoke heavy with light sweet and earthy notes.
Over the course of several weeks and several glasses, I went from being a fan to a fanatic. This is a fabulous Scotch.
Laphroaig 16 Years Limited Edition – Final Thoughts and Score
So good. So ****ing good. There’s a heaviness to it, a depth and warmth that approaches the meatiness of Lagavulin as it opens but retains that sharpness of Laphroaig.
Add a dash of water, let it sit and it gets deeper. Deeper malty, deeper oaky, deeper earthy but always smoky and fruity sweet. This is such a unique, almost flabby, profile for the normally razor-sharp Laphroaig and it wears it well. Laphroaig 16 Years Limited Edition is just… good.
Laphroaig 16 Years Limited Edition Review
This is a fantastic Scotch. It’s everything you want from a Laphroaig amped up and put brilliantly on display by the ex-Bourbon barrels. I love it.