Laphroaig 15 year old, 40%

Price: $80 Issue: Fall 2015 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Brought back as a celebration of the distillery's 200th anniversary and, in the vein of other 15 year old expressions, is somewhat restrained. Rather than big phenols there's an aroma of lanolin, sautéed scallop, fleshy fruit, and real sweetness. The palate shoes some oozing oils and a whiff of creosote, but this is a tea party rather than a wild ceilidh. Maybe bottling at 46% would have given the drive that's missing.