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Laphroaig 25-year-old

Overall rating
90.95/100
votes
120
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Edition
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Bourbon & second-fill Oloroso Sherry
Strength
48.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L7061
Added on
29 Sep 2017 12:14 pm by Archer
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 396.89

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120 × member ratings

438 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 25-year-old

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.95 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 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
      92 92
      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
      91 91
      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 Junior

    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. DavidH. scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Othorion scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Kensay scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Stunning nose, very delicate, delicate sea notes, ripe oranges, meadow herbs, a bit of medicine and iodine, when more peat notes appear, the nose is constantly changing, amazing
    first whisky spice, then butter and light peat notes
    The finish is long, quite delicate, spices, ripe peach, orange peel, pineapple

    Very interesting molt, although the nose promised more than gave the taste. It is a pity that so expensive ...

  8. avansele scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

  9. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. WSP scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

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