Review #1358 – Laphroaig 25yr (2017 Release)

The Schtick: This is a distillery bottling from Laphroaig, featuring their 25yr old spirit at cask strength. Initially matured in ex-bourbon, it is finished in Oloroso wine casks. Ive had this before, a different release years in the past, although I have not taken the time to pen a review. Lets change that. Time to dive in.

Review #1358 | Scotch Review #473

Distiller: Laphroaig

Bottler: Laphroaig

Brand: Laphroaig

Selection: N/A

ABV: 48.9% ABV

Age: 25 Years


Nose: Honey, bandaids, light sea air, raspberry and vanilla. Big, powerful sweetness on the nose with that powerful peat in the background. The sherry is evident.

Taste: Thick, rich mouth feel. For a lower proof release, this has the richness and the thickness Id expect in something with higher ABV. Toffee, honey, fruits, and cocoa. Lots of wine character to blend nicely with the savory, funky, fish forward peat that Laphroaig nails so well.

Finish: Long, rich, powerful. In my opinion, peat doesnt grow tamer over time, it just blends more naturally with other flavors. This is absolutely the case here, as the Laphroaig peat shares the stage with sweet toffee, and the oloroso sherry fruits quite nicely.

Overall: I hate how much I love this OB release, because someday it will cost me lots of money when I break down and buy a bottle. A stunning display of complexity and indulgence.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 8


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Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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