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Laphroaig 16y/o 48%ABV - 30ml

Laphroaig 16y/o 48%ABV - 30ml

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Originally a limited edition to celebrate the distillery's 200th anniversary, Laphroaig 16 is now a small-batch occasional release. It takes the distinctive medicinal, seaside character of Laphroaig's spirit and gives it a few extra years to mellow out and calm down, creating a rich and smoky whisky with more complexity and an elegance that's not often seen elsewhere in the Laphroaig range – spicy peat smoke with well-worn leather and soft, sweet vanilla.
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Robert Madden

4.25/5 29th April 2023 (modified from @drrhcmadden on Distiller)

Nose: Oh boy! Rich and captivating I am instantly pulled into the glass. Soft yet powerful the peat grabs hold with dark meatiness, slightly plastic iodine, and a handful of freshly torn herbs. Theres so much more to this though, a gentle sweetness of pastry and orchard fruit. Still more unfolds with an earthy petrichor and aged leathery oak.

Palate: Oily and ashy texture laden with brine. Chilli and pepper beautifully compliment soft peat smoke, light malt and charred BBQ meat ends. A juicy mid profile delivers balancing fruit with chocolate creaminess filling the edges. The spirit lifts with a zesty, bright and borderline floral freshness. The maritime presence continues with a mineralic to metallic flutter.

Finish: Medium-long. Stony minerals, brine, ashy embers and smoky black tea. There may even be a little honey or sugary flourish too. Wonderful.

This is undeniably good, does it have faults, perhaps. Does it lean slightly bitter and spicy, maybe. Am I qualified to judge them, I strongly suspect not. Less raw than the standard 10 but slightly less refined than Lore, this comfortably sits as a slowly developing powerhouse of depth, subtlety, and richness. The smoky, meaty, and heavy sounding flavours somehow perform a masterstroke of remaining bright and vivid with an uplifting warmth. This is everything whisky should be, engaging and thought provoking. Textures, aromas, and flavours all combine to deliver a lovely treat on a chilly autumn evening.