Laphroaig 21 Cask Strength Review

This is a 21 year OB Cask Strength Laphroaig bottled at 53.4% ABV. In the UK, this bottle was known as the Heathrow Laphroaig as the UK allocation was available only in Terminal 5 of Heathrow.

Nose: First thing I noticed is how subtle the peat is here – expected for a peated whisky this age, but was still surprised at how mild it was. Blueberries and lemon curd with brown sugar, milk chocolate, pears, and vanilla.

Palate: Tart blueberries with more lemon, pears, quite malty with a perfect blend of peat/oak.

Finish: Peat turns a bit ashy here with the berry and oak notes lingering a very long time.

Rating: 93/100 – One of the best, if not the best, Laphroaigs that I’ve had. Much fruitier than I expected with the peat still adding a nice complexity/balance overall.

Value for the money: This originally retailed for around $500 when it was released in 2008 I believe. It now goes for $1500-2000 it looks like. I couldn’t quite go that high, but I would be happy to pay its retail price if it were still around.

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