Back in April 2008, we reviewed LAPHROAIG 10 YEAR, again. Now we are enjoying the slightly more a mature cousin.
Beyond the cold weather, we were prompted to hoist a scotch today, January 25, 2009, as it is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robbie Burns, that whiskey-loving, romantic poet from 18th century Scotland. If we really wanted to be true to Burns’ memory, I suppose we would sip whisky made in South Ayrshire, where he was born. Instead, we grabbed an Islay whisky, as whenever we think of Scotland our minds cannot help but recall our happy time on that lovely island.
LAPHROAIG 15 YEAR OLD WHISKY is delicious. It is much more demure than its 10 year old sibling. The iodine and peat notes are much softer, and it offers almonds and a wee blackberry note. Wonderful stuff, and worthy of our highest rating. (Rating *****)