Scotch By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / December 4, 2019 The Laphroaig distillery in Scotland has reintroduced mid-age year statements to its more permanent line up with the recent launch of a new 16 year old Scotch single malt whisky. It is being made out to be a yearly offering, available in limited quantities. The new Laphroaig 16 Year Old, according to those behind it, has been aged for 16 years in ex-bourbon barrels. It is said this time frame in these casks has softened somewhat the intense smoky flavor the distillery is normally known for, adding into the taste profile a marriage of vanilla notes characteristic of these types of barrels. As it stands now plans call for this whisky with a dark copper color to be available nationwide at select retail locations for around $90 per 750 ml bottle. It is bottled at 96 proof (48% ABV) and has a deep copper color. Said to be best served neat or with a drop of water, you’ll find some official tasting notes for it below. Laphroaig 16 Year Old (image via Laphroaig) Nose: Sweet leather, oaky spices, with floral notes, roasted chestnuts with rich maple syrup, and a touch of black pepper. Palate: Sweet with treacle, caramel, Manuka honey and thyme, as well as wood smoke, cresote, lots of floral notes of heather and bergamot, and a chili mouthfeel. Finish: Long lasting, smoky, sweet with a salted seaweed, medicinal character.