Overall rating
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Slapped by a kipper
Stated Age
18 years old
Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
57.4 % Vol.
25 ml 700 ml
Added on
01 Dec 2017 10:18 am by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 382.98

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 1998 SMWS 29.225

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.25 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    In the nose promising and age-appropriate, he turns on the tongue and on the finish a bit too much and wants to make on Macker. This intense tarry smoke is surprising here - but would be "forgivable" if only the impression on the tongue more intense and the finish would be longer.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Mild smoke, as one may expect with an 18-year-old Laphroaig. A sweetness of ripe pears and lime slices accompany the smoke - at first. Once the glass is set aside, the fruity notes fade into the background, seaweed, tar and freshly washed hospital corridor push into the foreground. Liquorice and pepper are pressing, as well as nutmeg and thyme. Almond chocolate and coffee in the background, but both can not prevail.
    • Taste
      85 85
      He makes himself known with his tongue with a properly tarry-smoky onset. With such a start one thinks rather of a younger edition ...
      Tar, Hansaplast and smoke flood the whole mouth, because otherwise nothing else arrives. Then, after some time, a nose-like fruit note comes on the tongue, while honey, vanilla and milk chocolate. Ah, now it starts - right? Well: tar and smoke are always present, with licorice and iodine, a bit of seaweed perhaps. But the spectrum will no longer be deeper or wider. Get dry quickly.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Pretty short for a full-year. Dry, smoky. Still Hansaplast, but on the finish with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

  2. Cast Olila scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Dominik scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Enjoyable SMWS whisky, surprisingly sweet and luckily (for me) not that medicinal. Recommended if you like this style of whisky. -- Full tasting note and photo: http://yummywhisky.com/2018/04/30/tasting-note-laphroaig-1998-smws-29-225-18-year-old-slapped-by-a-kipper/
    • Nose
      Light peat, sweet vanilla. First aid box, but only lightly. Lemon, seaweed, peanuts. (Sweeter with water.)
    • Taste
      Thin mouthfeel. Sweet start with vanilla. Green tea, fennel and, yes, a medicinal taste.
    • Finish
      Liquorice and raw white fish. Dry and a tad medicinal later.

  4. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. mema82 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    Can’t believe i went for this again after trying it only a few weeks ago Blog.

    N: Some BO, some bandages, toasted sunflower seeds, carbolic onions, raw ginger,….

    T: Onion-y, mint, egg yokes, soft pickled onions and [Nick], ‘a marrow-family note’.

    F: A bit weird. Smoky green grass and more pickled onion skins. Kicks in later with chocolate.

    C: I’m again unmoved but it takes time to get inside it. A mark higher than last time.

    Scores a B[-]

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    N: Sweet & lightly toasted oily vegetal, sesame oil [without the twang], sweet-savoury medical bandages, box hedge leaves, pickled onions, spinach, holy basil [tulsi] and light pickled sour lemon. Surprisingly light [oily] smoke levels though you always know it’s there. Plenty of in & out funkiness throughout.
    T: Barley-sweet-smoke with a massive soft green side.
    F: Mild crushed aspirin, smokey squid ink [SMWS], and liquid smoke. Muddy vegetal smoke at the death with oaky smoked vanilla.
    C: Very good yet unmoving.Scores a B-

  9. Tauti did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    CASK No. 29.225

    Initial price: 124£

    With an intense and life affirming slap around the face with a smoked kipper we awoke to the heavy peat reek of charcoaled sardines. Seaweed and tarry ropes produced the image of standing at the end of the pier with sea spray in the wind as we enjoyed a smoked seafood platter. There was an undeniable scent of first aid box with antiseptic and bandages but with the heavy notes of oil on a mechanic’s overalls. Water released more sweetness in the form of parma violets, vanilla, liquorice and sugar-coated fennel seeds while the finish returned to its core of old fish boxes and squid ink.


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