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Laphroaig 25-year-old

Overall rating
90.89/100
votes
156
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 12:22 pm by Archer
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Average value

€ 387,83

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 25-year-old

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.89 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 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 ?). 

  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. 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.
      Delicious.

  6. 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

  7. ZhengMoMo scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    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. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A classic, creamy and dainty, a bit too round and pleasing perhaps.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Laphroaig gauze bandages and antiseptics, smoke, peaches, mirabelles, Galia melon, apple, dark chocolate, eucalyptus, lavender, vanilla; After a while he changed again with tang, damp planks, oysters, more peach
    • Taste
      92 92
      creamy, with ginger, smoke, antiseptics, mirabelle plums, apple, galia melon, peach, sweet cherries, dark chocolate, some lavender petal, lots of vanilla and eucalyptus, tobacco, tar, nori leaves, oysters and green tea
    • Finish
      90 90
      long, sweet and smoky, tarry, with eucalyptus ... and a little more peach

  9. Thermidor scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I like this better than I've liked the previous OB 25yos I've tried, but wouldn't buy it for more than the £220 I paid, which seems a bit steep in itself. I've been hovering between 89 and 91 points, and now that the bottle is 3/4 empty, 90 seems to be a good compromise, because on some days it just shines, and on others it leaves me wanting. Good stuff anyway, worth a try certainly. Like a big brother to the 18yo, with a fruity twist from the oloroso casks.
    • Nose
      Woodsmoke, vanilla ice cream, allspice, bandages, iodine, and a fruity sweetness from the sherry. The vanilla reminds me of Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist. Nosed next to a less cask-forward whisky of the same age (Port Askaig 25yo), you can easily spot the sherry undercurrent, and the bold woodiness of first-fill bourbon.
    • Taste
      The peat's strongly present on the tongue, but instead of the harshness I remember from the 2011 edition, it has been tempered well by both age and sherry, so that it's pervasive, not invasive. Rather than burning your tastebuds with raking peatiness, it gently submerges them into a vast lake of tar and sooty smoke. The longer you hold it on your tongue, the more obvious the presence of sherry becomes: it's a nice, slightly vinegary, slightly fruity undercurrent.
    • Finish
      Smoke and mixed fruit juice (grapes, passionfruit, papaya). A wisp of ammonium chloride, some ashes, and sweet tar.

  10. Steven79 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

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