This year, Laphroaig celebrates its 200 birthday. On this occasion, the distillery introduced a 15-year old version of its nectar, bottled at 43% ABV. Reportedly, 15 yo intended to replace the 18 yo, do not know if this rumor is true, but it would be consistent with the current prevailing trend, although on the other hand, it is not so long ago as it was 18 to replace the 15, hmm … We shall see.
N: surprisingly I do not have striking peat here, or maybe simply I got used to it, but a lot of citrus with lemon, lime, lemon peel and grapefruit, peat and smoke are naturally present and … increase, with a lot of ash and mineral notes, with time these heavier elements are more evident, between them I have light pepper and traces of melissa or mint, at the end there is sea air; when I waded through it all, yet encountered vanilla and delicate caramel; and then … paint, varnish, bandages, dentist and so on, it is true Laphroaig;
T: here at once there is no doubt that this is Laphroaig, peat is evident and long-lasting, right behind it I find orange, nectarine, grapefruit and a drop of lemon, sea water, I have also a little of ginger, pleasant traces of wood, white pepper, and further even oatmeal;
F: long, peaty with traces of orange, ginger and salt water.
Despite initial softness (just in a few sniffs) 15 years old turned out to be a real Laphroaig with a large dose of peat and characteristic heavier accents. Of course, I wouldn’t mind a higher ABV, just like in 18 yo (48% ABV). I do not remember exactly, but the previous version of 15 yo was characterized by greater gentleness. Increased brutality I accept without hesitation 😉
There were more of us willing to Laphroaig, at least to the first sniff 😉