Laphroaig unveils limited edition 16-year-old whiskyBy Owen Bellwood
Beam Suntory-owned Islay Scotch brand Laphroaig has unveiled a limited edition whisky that has aged for 16 years in ex-Bourbon barrels.
Laphroaig has produced 900 cases of its new 16 Year Old, which will be available in Europe exclusively through online retailer Amazon and in select US retailers.
The whisky’s maturation in ex-Bourbon barrels is said to have softened “the famously rich peat smoke” and added flavours of leather and sweet vanilla.
John Campbell, Laphroaig distillery manager, said: “Laphroaig 16-year-old is the perfect illustration of how our rich whiskies mellow as they mature.
“Whilst this expression carries the iconic smoke of Laphroaig, this is married with sweeter notes of honey and caramel, creating a remarkable dram that’s perfect for the long evenings of late summer and into cosier nights of autumn.”
On the nose, the 16-year-old whisky has notes of “sweet leather, oaky spices, vanilla and wood character”, while the palate is “sweet with treacle and caramel, Manuka honey and thyme but also intense wood smoke, creosote, lots of floral notes of heather and bergamot, and a chilli mouthfeel”.
Bottled at 48% ABV, Laphroaig 16 Year Old is available to pre-order from Amazon now for £89 (US$108) per 700ml bottle.