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For those of you who think that LaPhroig 10 Year Old is the best whisky there is throw it away, pour it down the sink or use it to fertilise the garden. Then go out and buy a bottle of this. Superb though the 10 YO is, it is nothing compared to this stuff. Being a fan of the 10 YO and interested in trying the more expensive stuff I asked the assistant at my local booze shop his opinion on the 15YO. He said 'It's like the 10 Year Old only much more so: more smoky, more characterful, and smoother. And it's definitely worth the extra cost'. So I bought a bottle and rushed back to my college to get an empty glass to try some. Normally I don't pause much over the aroma or colour but this stuff looked like it demanded more than usual reverence: I opened the bottle and sniffed: it was incredible. A wave of flavour swept up, warm, smoky, beautiful. I poured a little into the glass and inspected, a deep and very attractive colour. Time to drink some: I took a cautious sip just in case it didn't live up to the smell; no need for concern, it did. It was fantastically smooth and the flavour, tons of peat, tons of character. It made every other whisky I've ever drunk pale in comparison. One of my friends who also tried it: normally an ardent Tallisker man was also very impressed. Soon after I'd finished my glass, out of interest I took a sip of what remained of my 10 YO - it was still very good but suddenly, not quite AS good as it had seemed before The irritating thing now is after trying it I can't go back to the 10 - its pales in comparison. It looks like I'll just have to drink this bottle slowly. Now all I need is several numbers on the lottery so I can try the 30 Year Old!
Laphroaig 15 Year Old is a richer, more mature and succulent elder brother of the robust 10 Year Old. Mildly smoky, with sweet, warm undertones - and just a hint of the sea - Laphroaig 15 Year Old is fulfilling and utterly unforgettable. Made in tiny quantities, it is esteemed and savoured around the world by a fortunate few.