Laphroaig 16 (Signatory Vintage TWE Selection 1998/2015 Cask #700389) Review

This is a 16 year Laphroaig that was distilled in 1998 and matured in a refill sherry butt before being bottled in 2015 at 59.9% ABV.

Nose: Chocolaty malt with ground mustard, grapes, orange marmalade, and an odd chlorine note in the background.

Palate: Weird green vegetable taste up front that struck me as asparagus after a bit – pungent peat, spiced baked apples, funky oak, and barbecue sauce.

Finish: Sherry and peat linger with figs and burnt oak.

Rating: 84/100 – Some interesting notes, but the peat and sherry didn’t marry that well here for me – it came off a bit disjointed.

Value for the money: This retailed around $160 originally, and I’d pass at that price personally. I’d maybe buy closer to $100ish.

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