By: Kyle Kurani
K&L Staff Member
Over the years of tasting single casks of Laphroaig, I have found that 15 to 16 years of being in a barrel is the point in time where the wild and smoky characteristics of this whisky find the perfect balance with the richness and spice from the wood. Tamed but not broken, the nose is full of deep smoke and salty air, kissed with candied orange peel and cedar. The smoke profile is darker and richer than usual: alder smoke, and maple, but not any hint of acrid or charred flavors. The palate is unmistakably Laphroaig, briny and zesty, but with added depth, notes of vanilla and caramelized brown sugar that lend an amazing amount of complexity to this whisky.