1997 Laphroaig 16 Year Old "K&L Exclusive" Old Particular (Douglas Laing) Single Barrel Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) SKU #1192861

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Tasting Notes

Laphroaig is one of those special things that you either love or hate. You may be aware already, but we LOVE Laphroaig. This particular cask of Laphroaig came as a wonderful contrast to our other spectacular teenage Laphroaig from Signatory. That whisky, in a refill hogs head, was Laphroaig in name and spirit, but world's away from the distillery bottlings. This one coming at the Old Particular bottlings strength of 97 proof falls much more in line with the expectations from the distillery. Heady aromas of peat, salt, and subtle smoked fish (the perfect least fishy smoked herring perhaps). Flecks of citrus peel come around every once in a while, but this is real powerful oceany Laphroaig. On the palate, a sweet tangy peat envelopes the taste buds, very open at the slightly lower proof, but never loosing intensity. The sweet rich barley comes out at the end with a sooty burning ashy that builds as you make your way through the dram. When they say Laphroaig is the world's most flavorful malt, they are just not kidding at all.

Staff Reviews

  • Kyle Kurani
    By: Kyle Kurani
    11/16/2015
    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.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    3/25/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    We all know Laphroaig is a love or hate proposition and this, my friends, is proper Laphroaig. Aged in a hogshead for 16 years, the nose starts exactly where you'd hope -PEAT! The massive smoke is not one dimensional however, moving from sooty embers to oceany briny and back again. One the palate, the sweet malt balances the intense peat nicely with the slightly lower ABV making it shockingly easy to consume. This reminds me of somewhere between the old 15 year and the current 10 year cask strength. A stupendous offering that we're absolutely lucky to have.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    3/3/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    I love finding mid-range Laphroaig simply because I find I really like the Islay stalwart right between 15-20 years of age. There's more weight and soft, supple texture than the classic 10 year, but the medicinal peat isn't completely eaten up by the oak. This is no-nonsense, no-gimmick Laphroaig. Peaty and complete.

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