Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Harmonious balance
Stated Age
19 years old
Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
55.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 Oct 2017 4:14 pm by Lafrog
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 142.04

5 × in wishlist

32 × member ratings

58 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 1998 SMWS 29.229

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.67 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Throughout a top level, from the nose to the finish.
    • Nose
      Subtle smoke, green apple, green grapes, a little grass clippings. Phenol is barely noticeable, the focus of the nose is clearly on light fruits and floral notes.
    • Taste
      Unexpectedly soft start with smoked apple slices, grapes and a hint of flower meadow. Some licorice and oak, but the wood is rather decent.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, finely smoky and slightly peppery. The green fruits here too, now accompanied by a mild spice mixture and espresso beans.

  2. Helgo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Again a> 90 points Laphi. Once my current preference is subtracted, the 29,229 also captivates with a beautiful harmony of salt, sweet fruit, peat, dryness and strength. It's all so fantastically round and nothing is overcharging. The phenolic smoke has diminished for a bit after 19 years to further notes. Some spray and sea breeze flash up again and again! The price alone at around 124-130 pounds is an announcement.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. Bosi scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    A really great dram. Greatly integrated smoke and alcohol show the power of Laphroaig tamed by a longer maturation. Unfortunately, these drams are becoming increasingly unaffordable.
    • Nose
      The classic Laphroaig Rauch naturally gets into the nose first, even if it is a little more subtle and refined than a young Laphi. The smoke hides roasted aromas, ribs marinated in honey and some greenery.
    • Taste
      The superficial sweetness quickly turns into salty-maritime aromas. After some time in the mouth, however, the sweetness fights back again. The alcohol is well integrated and the whisky has all the qualities of an older Laphis: strong approach, soft overall feeling, herbs such as mint and liquorice and a hint of green fruits.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and of course the smoke remains perceptible forever. Then there are the herbs already mentioned in the taste, some wood and coffee.

  4. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    With a little oxygen contact it gets even better.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nice bottling. I really liked it. I really liked him even better. This freshness is just good.
    • Nose
      Relatively fresh nose. Of course the smoke is still there. But something more withdrawn by the age. Nice. I also have grassy, ​​floral notes. Herbal tea with a splash of lemon. Some shortbread. The fruits are light. Green apple and pear. Maybe a bit immature kiwi.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the smoke is now stronger, more phenolic and ashen. He fits nicely into the whole thing. Herbal honey. Then a reminder of yellow beet salad with apple and lemon. Natural cloudy apple juice. Green sour gooseberry. Woodruff shower. Then it tingles and ginger spreads.
    • Finish
      The slight sharpness remains a bit. Bright fruits. Some hazelnut. Tree resin. Salt. Accompanied by the smokiness.

      With water, it is a lot sweeter and more comfortable. The sharpness also gives way a bit. Interestingly enough, he gets a bit bitter in the finish.

  6. fradin11 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. FernetBranco did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Issue Price November 2017: £ 124.00


  8. lincolnimp did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS tasting notes like this should be banned, I have been told by an informed person that I need to read between the lines but when I do that its still rubbish ;)

  9. mandragoru did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS tasting notes:

    Imaging waking up, looking out the tent door pitched on the beach and seeing a glorious sunrise over the sea. We then made breakfast on a driftwood campfire by toasting bread and having it with salted butter and thick set honey. To taste, cigar smoke sweetness at the start, ashy with a hint of tar in the mid palate and a slightly herbal/peppermint finish - all in perfect balance and harmony. When we reluctantly added a drop of water the sun continued getting higher in the sky and the scent of fresh salty sea air made us feel ready for whatever the day had in store for us.


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