Review: new Laphroaig 25 year oldApril 10th, 2009
I tasted it yesterday afternoon. Yes, it’s a jump up in price from its predecessors, but it is a really nice whisky.
Laphroaig, 25 year old (2008 Edition), 51.2%, $500
The flavors evolve on the nose and palate, with peat kiln smoke, fresh asphalt, damp earth warehouses, morning after campfire ash, and old boat dock contrasting nicely with toffee apple, crème caramel, delicate raspberry preserve and dried citrus. Long, smoky, spicy, briny, seaweed, dirty martini-tinged finish. This whisky comes from a combination of both sherry and bourbon oak-aged casks, and the marriage works. I also like that it retains some of its youthful brashness, while showing the depth that maturity affords a whisky. A delicious, well balanced, old-fashioned Laphroaig.
(P.S. Reviewing this whisky gave me an excuse to open a “fresh” bottle of its predecessor, the 30 year old, and here are my thoughts. The 30 year old is softer, mellower, drier, and more debonair. The 25 year old is bolder, more youthful, more dynamic, richer, and sweeter—bottling at cask-strength really helps here. Both whiskies are very nice, buy quite different in personality.)
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 95