In 2009 Laphroaig replaced the 15 yo with the 18 yo in the core range: in this page written by our friend Claudio Riva – a real Laphroaig fetishist – you might read an interesting analysis of this choice. The 15 yo has ever been considered a particular expression, today we mean our view. Thanks to Claudio for the sample, the colour is amber.
N: Laphroaig, we recognize you! It’s very maritime (oysters) and slightly medicinal, but with a striking creaminess, reminding vanilla biscuits. It’s smoky, with a note of fireplace, burnt oak and marshmallows. Huge loads of almond paste and pastry. Licorice. It’s also very citrusy, with lemon and orange juice.
P: it’s delicious. Sweet (vanilla, toffee and intense yellow fruit, especially banana). Than here it comes the burnt wood. It drops the iodine notes, it tastes less islander comparing to the nose. An impudent sweetness takes the stage and it’s even a little bit annoying. Faint notes of tangerines and candied lemons. Licorice again.
F: extinguished fireplace, vanilla and licorice. The seaside comes back: imagine you eating a creme caramel after a grilled fish meal… Lemon. Long but not too intense.
The nose is wonderful, but the palate is a little too sweetish to us. Anyway, it’s a pleasant and quite multi-faceted whisky. Without that too sweet and unbalanced palate, it would have earned even more than 85/100. Here Serge’s opinion.
Recommended soundtrack: Dead Kennedys – Viva Las Vegas.