1997 Laphroaig 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml) SKU #1142679


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Tasting Notes

(THESE ARE THE OLD STYLE WIDE DECANTER BOTTLES WITH BLACK TINS) We love Laphroaig. Everybody loves Laphroaig (if they don't hate it). Not a lot of people on the fence regarding Laphroaig. That's why it's really hard to get. It's really expensive as well; this is both cause and effect. We've seen prices go up, while quality has remained consistent. Now we have another cask of Laphroaig and it's difficult not to oversell it. If we're always so effusive about every whisky we taste, people start to question our judgment. So, I'm just going to say that this is top-tier Laphroaig. It's in that prime moment between the intensity of a young Laphroaig and that depth of the older offerings from this legendary distillery. This was the whisky that we spent time wringing our hands about because we were expecting to be paying the same price as our 18 year from 2012, but somehow we were able to get the price down to something far more reasonable. It won't last, and it will go down as a hot deal in our single barrel history. Don't miss it! (David Othenin-Girard, K&L Spirits Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    I'll be honest, I'm not usually a fan of peaty styles but when they have the integration that this whisky has, I take notice. Yes it is smoky and oily, little bit more of a hardwood charcoal note but good charcoal, not that crappy self lighting kind. But what really works for me here is the age and the oak integration. As peaty whiskys age, the primary notes of smoke tend to take a few steps back and some of the sweeter balancing notes start to emerge. Like I said, not usually a fan but when you get a whisky this complex and interesting, you just may become one.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of the nicest versions of Laphroaig that I have ever tasted. It has everything that one would expect from a bottle of Laphroaig. There are lots of smoke and also other maritime aromas and flavors.All of these factors come together and make an elegant and balanced single malt.
  • Mike Barber
    By: Mike Barber
    K&L Staff Member
    This is very good whiskey. Fans of classic laphroaig, however, might have to look elsewhere, because the beauty of this bottle is found in the finesse of its smoky edge and the balance of its peat with its rich core vs. a traditional distillery bottling that is more briny and way more smoky. If you are a single malt fan looking for a more elegant approach to islay peat smoke (think springbank or bruichladdich), and you are looking for a very tasty/rare cask from a legendary distillery- this one is for you.
    Drink from 2013 to 3013


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