It was a weekend of celebrations! Not only was it my boyfriends birthday, but we also got a chance to spend time with two great friends before they move to Hawaii. Knowing this, I jumped at the chance of purchasing a new whisky when I saw Federal Wine and Spirits in Boston, had acquire a few bottles of the 15 year-old Laphroaig (La-froyg).
Brothers Donald and Alexander Johnston first established the Laphroaig distillery in 1815. This 15 year-old was a part of the Laphroaig range till about 2010 when it was phased out. The phasing out of the 15 year-old meant your options before the 25 year-old were the 10 year-old (click link to read review) and the 18 year-old.
This 15 year-old has been brought back on a limited release only to help celebrate Laphroaig’s bicentennial year. Happy 200th Laphroaig!! It was created the same way as the original 15 year-old so it is a re-release of the original product… OK I’ll pause here for a moment, if you are reading this now and you absolutely love Laphroaig, but weren’t aware of this release, I suggest you stop reading and look into acquiring a bottle before they run out, as no information has been provided as to how my bottles were produced.
I purchased my bottle at $79.99 and let me tell you, it is ABSOLUTELY worth it.
Nose: peat smoke, fruit and caramel
Palate: pepper, peat smoke and salt
Finish: really smooth whisky with a light smoke finish
Bottom line, I loved it! It was the perfect whisky for us to share as we celebrated. It has the signature Islay peat smoke but the peat smoke notes are mellow and not so overpowering as in other peat smoke whiskies. It is one of those whiskies when the minute you sip it you stop, you sit back and enjoy in pure silence for a few seconds. When I looked at my boyfriend as he drank it, I saw him whisper, wow. So I wasn’t the only one who enjoyed it. My boyfriend and our friend Jeff who enjoyed it with us loved it as well.
The whisky is smooth and I am thinking right about now that maybe I should have gotten two bottles instead of one so yes, I highly recommend trying it. You can’t be the price, the quality and the taste.
PS: Sara and Jeff we are going to miss you. Thanks for sharing a dram with us!
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.
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Great review. I got to try this at Whisky Live, though admittedly at the end of the session when my taste perceptors were… ahem… cloudy at best. I do remember liking it immensely, though!
I think you can still find a bottle of this in Aus – though I’m completely jealous of the price you got it for. The cheapest I’ve seen it here is A$160 (US$120).
Keep on waffling,
Oh, that is definitely a bit of a price difference. I may need to get another bottle before they disappear and yes, before they decide to up the price on this end. Cheers!