Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Sailing ship in stormy seas
Stated Age
18 years old
Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
60.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Jan 2018 12:16 am by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 139.33

3 × in wishlist

14 × member ratings

20 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 1998 SMWS 29.237

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.08 points

  1. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Warm smoke, very maritime, seaweed, lots of lemon, menthol, honey, wax, a little apricot, physalis
    • Taste
      Some apricot, lemon, grapefruit, salt, pepper, smoke, ashes

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Textbook 1998 Laphroaig, yellow fruits + peat and smoke. Gimme more than just a sample;-)
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. Snerik scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    The nose is great, if a little one dimensional. With water this whisky finds its place in the stormy sea; bringing the smoke, seashells and citrus all together.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Peat, rope, medicinal box, red apples, seashells, lemon zest. It's grand and elegant. Really enjoy this rather rough and straight forward expression of it. And with water, it just comes together.
    • Taste
      85 85
      More ocean elements, more seashell and salty water. It's sweet, it's sour. Again, a little water really brings this whisky together and creates a harmony.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Loads and loads of smoke (holy smokes)! Gras, lemon juice, licking a seashell. It's almost acidic in a way - cool!

  4. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Tauti did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    CASK No. 29.237
    Heavily peated
    Sailing ship in stormy seas
    Price £124.00 Even just pouring the sample into the bottle we realised this was a ‘Big One’ not to be taken lightly like a storm brewing out to sea. Menacing, dark, gloomy, oily, briny, salty sea air, seaweed, burning reclaimed tarry shipwreck timbers and smoke from blazing lavender bushes prepared us for trying it neat. Lashings of briny, salty and smoky flavours, we felt like being flogged with the cat o’nine tails on board a ship in high sea. Water added a little calmness in form of burnt treacle tart, strong salted caramel and sweet smoky white wine whilst the taste we went from Force 11 to Force 10 on the Beaufort scale.


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