This is a charming 15 year old expression bottled for the incredible K&L Wines chain in the USA by Signatory. K&L Wines has a massive selection of whisky and they often release exclusive bottlings which seldom disappoint.Independently bottled Laphroaigs are not too hard to come by, but they can be very expensive, but they also have a reputation for being very, very good.
I got a bottle of this on clearance for $129 (originally retailed at around $170). I kept it closed for a few months and cracked it open last December when some truly Laphroaig-worthy weather hit.
Aged 15 years. 59.1% ABV. Matured in a refill sherry butt. No colorant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.
Nose: Campfire. Sea spray. Smoked Salmon. Seafood. Fennel. White pepper. Salty wood (rotting boat on the beach). Wine tannins. Beef stock cubes. Marmite. Light fruity note, sultanas, grapes, etc.
Palate: Very spicy. Lots of pepper, paprika and cinnamon. A great big helping of sea salt. There’s some fruity sherry influence here, with a distinct figgy note, also a bit of a jammy note develops with some time. Unsweetened rooibos tea. Honey. Charred wood.
Finish: Long. Ashy. Spicy. Salt. Bitter wood. Bit of a medicinal undertone.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This is an amazing whisky with a whole range of classic Islay notes and the subtle sherry influence well blended in. High ABV leaves a really warm and toasty feeling too. Could not find a better winter dram.