Laphroaig 25-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Edition
Stated Age
25 years old
Bourbon & 2nd Fill Oloroso Sherry
48.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
29 Sep 2017 12:22 pm by Archer
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Average value

€ 404.31

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 25-year-old

52 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.78 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. 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 ?). 

  3. 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 ;...(

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. thebonewolf scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I am thoroughly impressed. I expected to be disappointed, as if something I regard as highly as Laphroaig with such an age statement could never disappoint, and at such a price it’s bound to. But boy was I wrong. The peat I expected muted from age? There. The flavors I never expected to find with Laphroaig’s generally strong and intense profile? There. A feeling of letdown? Nowhere to be found. Is it worth the market price for this? Probably not, that’s a really hard price point to find any kind of value at all. But if you buy a bottle, you likely won’t be disappointed.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Briny peat, bit medicinal.
    • Taste
      96 96
      It’s hard to describe this one. So much happens so quickly it’s hard to pinpoint. It’s big at first, mostly a musty fruit, that fades into a really deep fruit flavor with a smoky background. Apple, cinnamon, pepper. Peach? It just cycles the whole time it’s in your mouth.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Light but lingering, hint of fruit, mostly smoked pepper, brine, some nuts on the tail end. Berry well on the tail end.

  10. sphinx scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior


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