Laphroaig 25-year-old

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Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
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Cask Strength Edition
Stated Age
25 years old
Bourbon & 2nd Fill Oloroso Sherry
48.9 % Vol.
700 ml
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29 Sep 2017 12:22 pm by Archer
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€ 430.59

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 25-year-old

57 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.64 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] After more than 25 Glenfarclas tastings over the course of the last weeks my taste buds demand "and now something completely different" (you remember Monthy Python?). And this is it, surely...

    ...the 2017 edition of a classical Laphroaig that I bought for 267 Euro recently. While I did not like any of the modern NAS Laphroaig editions that are extremely wood-driven with sometimes rather immature or flawed spirits (by the way, I do not call them whisky anymore but "woodsky") - I really adore the old style distillate-driven Laphroaig that seems to be gone forever since the Beam management took over the control of this fine distillery. This edition is an excellent example of how great Laphroaig was, once ago. It is a truly complex, greatly balanced and very, very quaffable dram that is worth even today's very high prices. Get your hands on a bottle of this fine stuff if you like this old Laphy style (and you can afford it) - because this Laphroaig profile will be gone forever in about ten years from now, sadly...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers an almost perfectly balanced profile of maritime peaty, fruity, barley sugary, spicy and herbal aromas with not a single off-note. The wood is just about right to provide an appropriate backbone for the distillate's flavours but it never dominates. After some breathing more peaty aromas pop up that are very delicious in combination with the sweet fruity and sugary flavours.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is multi-layered and shows Laphroaig at its best - first there is an overwhelming sweetness of ripe fruits and barley sugars that immediately is countered by an attack of dry peaty flavours (cold smoke, medicinal notes). Later spices and herbs enter the stage together with tobacco and tea leafes. There is much more to detect in this truly complex profile so take your time and chew this dram as long as you can withstand the temptation to swallow it. Water turns both the nose and taste smoother and hence even more quaffable - but nevertheless I like the neat dram best.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The initial mouthfeel is charming and warming and coats the whole of the mouth with just a minor drying moment (tannins). The finish is long and adds more smokey flavours (bonfire, tobacco smoke) that are tasty in this setting. There is a drying-astringent feeling towards the end of the finish but this just drives you to serve your taste buds the next dram (which is very dangerous for your bank account, indeed!).

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    Quite balanced, less medicinal than typical for Laphroaig - actually very good
    • Nose
      Citric, peaty, iodine, cinnamon, a bit meaty, cooked vegetables, whiffs of cocoa
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy, peat and smoke, ham and bacon, fruity, citrus fruits, good sweetness
    • Finish
      Long and warm, not drying

  3. Blake or Mortimer? scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Very much to my li(c)king. One extra point because I was looking forward to a new Laphroaig bottling of this quality, having been a little (...) disappointed by most of the recent ones. Considering the price explosion, this one stays just about affordable. At least when comparing to the 27y limited edition.

    Ooops, forgot to add water. You know what ? Forget it too, it simply doesn't need any. 
    • Nose
      Fruits, brime and a little hint of smoky chocolate (somebody needs to invent that) lingering behind. Nice roundness, alcohol well hidden.
    • Taste
      Aaaargh, finally I found it back, the really, really good, old Laphi-feeling, and - of course - it had to be an expensive one : Peach, brime, a little ... vanilla, white pepper and smoke. Then some apple with cinnamon with just one drop of lemon. Smoked Apple cider with a little ooomph, someone ?
    • Finish
      Long and nice. Smoke, pepper, cinnamon and citrusy apple (maybe a hint of pineapple ?). 

  4. Murxus scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    @Andytka3 lol What did you have in your glass at this bar??? You´re a violet shirt so I should hopefully assume you´re no rookie...

    fresh opened bottle, so no deep notes - despite this deepness is doubtless in my glass. A consequent fellow to my beloved 18yo, but the price tag ;...(

  5. peatbogger scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    Enjoyed at the Rhine Zeit in Köln.
    An extremely rewarding whisky when you feel like indulging yourself in a quiet moment.
    Unfortunately too expencive as an everyday dram for most of us.
    • Nose
      93 93
      I found this to be a very good Laffy nose.
      Soft, round and gentle with everything floating together at the right level.
      Peat smoke, brine and a hint medicinal.
      Mellow fruity sweetness with an almost un-noticeable touch of wood.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Arrives soft, sweet and fruity.
      Growing notes of peaty smoke, but never to a completely dominating level.
      Darker notes of coffee and leather comes along together with soft spice.
      One dram is really not enough to fully explore this.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long slow fading finish.
      Gentle notes of peat and spice with a bit more wood.

  6. DramTimeDE scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Jan 2021
    i was able to buy this special 25yo Islay Whisky for 290€ for a bottle sharing with other aficinados.
    at this time being my most expensive bottle so far. my expectations were not too high actually, because i know, these little differences for old, good whisky's are extremely expensive and hardly worth every penny...

    this malt comes with a nice wooden case and directly shows it's extravaganza. even the paper on the bottle seems to be thicker than the normal ones, with a nice touch.

    i opened the bottle and had a nice dense smoky first smell, i will not forget for a while. after pouring a nice dram, i let it sit for around 30-40 minutes. sometimes putting my nose inside...:
    • Nose
      91 91
      overtime this dram changed and opened quite a lot. i always add at least one drop of water to my drams. i really think it helps to get some more flavours in solution.
      i have some nice tropical fruits in my nose. mango & pineapple wrapped in smooth maritime vanilla smoke. salt, some herbal even floral notes. overall a very sweet nose, that i didnt expect from a 25 year old whisky. seems the oloroso casks did a good job here.
    • Taste
      93 93
      the taste enroles like a velvet carpet on the tongue. its getting warmer every second with a great balance, no burning. step by step many rich flavours are rolling out. ripe tropical fruits. the ripe mango is staying with me since nosing this. the other layers are hard to describe for my low experience with these old whisky's i guess... oily texture and some little spices impress my mouth and i dont want to swallow this delicious liquid. after some chewing i get some hints of tabacco and black tea. time to swallow i think...
    • Finish
      92 92
      i swallow. wood arrives, nuts appear. nice and smooth, not harsh at all. a great balance and nothing like a young (10 CS or 16) laphroaig's agressiveness.
      my mouth is coated with sweetness and light smoke, not too heavy but very present. it's a fresher kind of smoke, not too much like ash or dead bonfire. i have a hint of bacon coming in, sweet caramelized bacon. long finish

  7. Jackson05 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A side by side with Laphroaig 25 (2016) which I rate two points less.

    Similar to the 2016, but a little deeper and more complex. A more prominent honey note, which suits me. I really love this 25, but I’m not sure I’d buy another, simply because for the price you’re in premium territory and there are many options that offer better value for money. Price aside, it’s still a beautiful dram.
    • Nose
      91 91
      A little more rich, creamed honey, sap, soft licorice, tinctures and gauze, soft iodine, leather, tarry smoke and lemon cake
    • Taste
      90 90
      Honey, more fruits than the 2016 (guava, kiwi, peach). Creamy and viscous. Mint. Licorice, soft vanilla, tarry peat, lemon cake and icing.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Syrupy fruits, same as above. Salted caramel, soft licorice. Soft tarry peat and lemon builds into medicinal peat, old herbal liqueur, iodine and gauze. Great dram. Long finish.

  8. ZhengMoMo scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Very friendly Laphroaig, soft, elegant, rich in smell, beautiful, relatively simple, but very comfortable. As a 25-year-old whisky, it is actually a bit disappointing.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Lightly smoked, cut tobacco, iodine, caramel, gently sea breeze noodles, oak, white pepper, pencil shavings, lemon, vanilla, cream, dried flowers, wine is not very unrestrained
    • Taste
      88 88
      Smoked soft, light iodine, sea salt activates the taste buds, the sweetness of caramel makes the overall taste very comfortable, a touch of white pepper, sensation of vanilla, dark chocolate, mint
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long aftertaste, smoked, iodine, sea salt, caramel

  9. Andytka3 scored this whisky 68 points Connoisseur

    N- Trademark brine, sun baked oyster shell, seaweed biscuit, vegetal, soft coal smokes with mellow antiseptic, some buttermilk. But appeared tired, mild and soft on nose with just the raw spirit heat.

    P- Cream, milky, charred grilled ripe strawberry, brine and mineral, toasted mixed spices with modern sugary sweet herbs.

    F- Medium, remarkably spotless. Nutty, remains briny and vegetal. But dominant with the cheap syrupy hollow sweetness. Scattered with some quality here and there, but considering this is a 25YO at handsome price, a big let down.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A handful of maritime peat, along with spices, herbs, dark sherry (which I think could be better integrated, but maybe with some air...), barley sugar. There are some good fruits in here - apple, mango, pineapple. Citrus, chocolate, pepper, a hint of spearmint. The peat is a bit less medicinal than normal for Laphroaig, but still maritime and a tad smokey. Fairly oaky and dignified - the age shows, and now after some time the sherry is a bit better integrated, bringing some smokey bacon. Very good.
    • Taste
      Sweet, juicy, ripe fruits met with maritime peat and spice. Beautiful. Citrus, apple, pear, tobacco leaves, spearmint, mango, vanilla. All very balanced. With water, it becomes fruitier but less peaty. I prefer the dram neat.
    • Finish
      Warm and creamy. More sherried than the nose and palate - tastes quite winey, sweet and a bit sour. The peat is present as a counterattack, strongly maritime and slightly medicinal and smokey, but never rough. Some apples and pears appear as the other flavours weaken off somewhat. The peat lingers and remains pleasant.


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