Laphroaig 15, 1998-2013, 60.8% – Signatory Vintage for The Whisky Exchange

Apparently I was wrong about the amount of samples of bottlings for The Whisky Exchange I had lying around. The mistake was made when I only counted samples that TWE had sent me, instead of just all of them.

This one was sent to me by my whisky buddy Ben Cops, who I got to know through the bottle share group of which I used to be a member. The reason I’m not a member anymore is that I needed to protect myself from ‘smaller’ expenses that racked up to significant amounts.

Anyway, I have the feeling I haven’t been giving the Islay whiskies enough attention lately. Also, The Whisky Exchange bottled a significant amount of Signatory ‘vases’ last year, and I didn’t taste any of them, which I regret. This puts some of that to rest, since it’s one of them.

Hint for anyone buying these bottles: They go well as water bottles during tastings and dinners.

Laphroaig 15 for The Whisky Exchange

Laphroaig 15 for The Whisky Exchange

Sniff:
Kaboom! It’s heavy and peaty right of the get-go. Medicinal and salty, with a certain harbour scent of ropes, ships and fishing nets. Some asphalt too, creosote maybe. In the background there are raisins and minor hints of other dried fruits.

Sip:
The palate is very sharp with the typical Islay smokiness of smoke, peat, heather and a hint of salinity. The oak is slightly bitter, but also sweet. Quite heavy with dates and apricots.

Swallow:
The finish is pretty peaty again, with smoke and oak. Slightly bitter too and hints of sherry. It mellows rather quickly, and is a bit more gentle than I expected.

Apart from it being a Laphroaig bottled for The Whisky Exchange I didn’t know anything about this bottle at the time of tasting, and the sharpness, and most of the flavours are pretty easy to explain by checking their website. Refill sherry, at a whopping 60.8% ABV do the trick nicely.

Then, what did I think of it? Simple. It’s awesome. This is a very impressive drop of booze from the guys in the south of Islay. The flavours are typical and Islay-y and the only complaint I might have is that it’s not such a typical Laphroaig where I usually get more lemon flavours and other citrus fruit. On the other hand, if a whisky is this awesome, who am I to start nagging about minor details.

In short. It’s great. If you have the budget, get one.

Laphroaig 15, 1998-2013, 60.8%, refill sherry cask 700393 Signatory Vintage for The Whisky Exchange. Available from The Whisky Exchange for £ 99 / € 125

Thanks for the sample, Ben! Yours will be on their way soon.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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