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Overall rating
88.75/100
votes
117
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Vintage
1998
Bottled
2017
Calculated age
19 years old
Casktype
ex-Madeira Wine Casks
Strength
53.5 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Barcode
5060532800832
Added on
21 Sep 2017 4:12 pm by urlduc
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Average value

€ 195.59

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Lp8 ElD

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.75 points

  1. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Powerful and great Laphi with nice drinking - unfortunately very expensive
    • Nose
      Smoked meat in the smokehouse, dusty earthy ash, red wine, fully ripe red grapes, with extensive aeration, the typical iodine flavors emerge
    • Taste
      very voluminous, sweetness and smoke are well interwoven, plum jam, sweet wine, red grape must - very harmonious and juicy
    • Finish
      very round, smoky, sweet, salty, extremely long

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    just my thing, a lot (good!) wine barrel without drowning the Laphroaig. Perfect bottling time. Very round. This is how the Cairdeas should have tasted in 2016!
    • Nose
      Pure: tremendous, raspberry syrup sweetness immediately attracts attention, nicely integrated, along with the laphyphic salty sea breeze. The medical comes after a while discreetly. Over time, the wine takes more space, very "fragrant" and tart fruity. I like the nose enormously well, you could stay with it forever. With a bit of water comes out a little more Laphroaig, autumn leaves and plum jam. Very complex!
    • Taste
      Pure: creamy, and also very sweet, tart and fruity touch, blood orange. Then follows the typical Laphicharakter with plenty of salt, iodine and maritime peat. A little roast crust and caraway round off the whole thing. Very very round for a Laphi. Exactly my booty scheme. With a bit of water: smoother, even salty and also here a bit more musty, old notes. Slightly woody.
    • Finish
      long, very balanced between wine barrel and Laphroa notes.

  4. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;

    A marriage of a trio of ex-Madeira wine casks from 1998, Lp8 promises a beautifully sweet and smoky Laphroaig, giving a slightly softer edge to what is known as the typically medicinal Islay whisky.

    Cask details;
    1998 distillate matured in 3 Madeira wine casks.

    Tasting Notes;

    Nose
    Brine and freshly laid tar are followed by prunes and dates. Classic medicinal notes of TCP mix with blood orange.

    Palate
    A cloak of dense, dark fruit and sooty smoke is draped over zesty grapefruit and dry spices. Cardamon and nutmeg mix with darkchocolate-filled lime boiled sweets.

    Finish
    More classic medicinal notes, with smoke and salt-encrusted mackerel skins to follow.

  5. the_muskox scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    What a banger! Plenty of heft for 19 years old. I really dig the balance of sweetness (there’s certainly lots of that) with the drier and meatier peat notes. The tropical fruit and vanilla characters are just gorgeous. It’s one of my favourite Laphroaigs I’ve tried, and helps cement my love of Madeira casks.

    Nose: Sweet and savoury. All sorts of syrupy fruits: cooked citrus, tinned peaches, black cherries, raspberries. More sweet notes of vanilla, fresh chocolate chip cookies, and butter-braised carrots. Laphroaigian band-aids, spicy cured meats, dried herbs, smoked paprika, and brine. Grilled shrimp! Maybe some braised beef too, and I promise I’m not getting that note from the beef currently braising in my kitchen. Like a blast of hot air from a holiday oven.

    Palate: Medium-thick texture. Vanilla, and toffee apples up front, along with orange oil, plums, and some tropical fruit (pineapple, passionfruit, papaya). Rich medicinal smoke, more vanilla, raisins, and surprisingly floral and sweetness. That develops to heavy black pepper, seaweed, coastal peat smoke, and tinned fruits-in-syrup. A distinct green tea and pineapple note lurking in the back somewhere. Slightly sulfurous.

    Finish: Spicy and wood-smoky. Burning birch bark, maple syrup, and molasses. Pomegranate juice, passionfruit, blood orange, cedar, star anise, and dried oregano. Black tea and gingerbread. Beach sand and something like hot iron.

  6. matfrl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. diamond2000 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: jam from viburnum, prunes, raisins, dates, pickle pickles, oak bark, smoke, ashes, coal dust, sour berries, smoked meats.

    Taste: ash, activated carbon, minerality, chalky spicy, ginger pungency, chili pepper, peat, prunes.

    Finish: fading sharpness, mineral, honey sweetness, ash, delicate, medium length.

    Rating: 88

    Bottom line: atypical Lafroig, it’s hard to recognize it here, excellent aroma, but from the taste and finish I expected a little more, as everything turned out to be rustic for a 19-year-old whisky.

  8. Ivynor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A poor quality / price ratio and the feeling that the Madeira has done more harm than good, especially in the mouth.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Nose enough greedy, ashen, some dark chocolate, coffee, and spices. We feel, however, a slightly vinous side and notes of old wood, humid cellar.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The first second of entry into the mouth is pleasant, with chocolate, peat, ashes but we immediately share on the vinous side, an unpleasant texture, bitter, well wooded. It's very harsh. Really a pity for a Laph of this age.
    • Finish
      86 86
      After the first few seconds, the finish is pretty good, with a medicinal touch, ashen, a little gentian. The wood is still marked.

  9. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Soft enough, but energetic, black pepper, sweet iodine smoke mixed with the aroma of dessert wine
    • Taste
      powerful, first burns with a wave of spices, then goes into tannins and oak
    • Finish
      notes of wood, oil, spices and red wine, long aftertaste, enveloping

  10. coldsun scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Peaty, smoky, iodine, medical, acetonic with notes of smoked meat, sea weed, new wood, malt and dry vine. Body is bold and solid. From the first try finish is short but goes fine later.

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