By Andy Young

As part of its 200-year anniversary celebrations, Laphroaig will be releasing a limited run of its 15-year-old expression.

The world's best-selling Islay single malt Scotch whisky, first launched in 1815 and the 15-year-old expression was initially launched in the 1980s. It was replaced five years ago by Laphroaig 18-year-old, but will be making a short-lived comeback this year.

The 15-year-old will be coming to Australia in June, and further details regarding its price, distribution and availability will be released nearer the time.

The 15-year-old will reportedly have a subtler peat character and will be 43 per cent abv.

As part of the 200th anniversary Laphroaig has also launched a global consumer competition called "200 opinions wanted". The campaign is based on the idea that the powerful, peaty whisky garners strong opinions and can be described in seemingly disparaging terms even by its biggest fans.

Laphroaig is therefore looking for the best 200 opinions its drinkers can come up with. Two hundred of the most unique opinions will be displayed on the distillery's walls, while the 10 best opinions will see the authors win a trip to Islay, to attend the "Laphroaig Live" whisky event, which will be held at the distillery. The competition is open now and runs until August 1 and people can enter via the Laphroaig website.

The Shout Team

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