By Arthur Morganstern, Forbes Magazine
Laphroaig Distillery is celebrating its 200th anniversary, and in honor of the occasion they are releasing a limited edition 15-year-old expression of their Islay single malt. Technically, it’s more of a re-release — the 15, though quite popular, was phased out in 2010, leaving Laphroaig fans to choose between the classic 10-year-old and its older brother, the 18-year-old.
Their label declares them “the most richly flavored of all scotch whiskies,” but the 15-year-old is an easier entry to the Laphroaig style. There’s an enticing, not overpowering, nose of peat and salt water, which continue on the palate with additional notes of mint and baking spices. Very balanced with a long honeyish finish. Adding a little water brings out fruit aromas and enhances the smokiness going down.
The Laphroaig 15 is bottled at 86 proof and comes out this month, retailing for about $79.99. The distillery won’t give an exact amount of cases being produced, but said you can expect to find it on the shelves throughout 2015.
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