Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
R. W. Duthie & Co. (RWD)
Calculated age
16 years old
Number of bottles
54.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
it Italy
Added on
28 sep 2009 4:08 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 2365.00

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 1970 RWD

11 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 95.18 points.

  1. whiskyclick scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    What a beautiful Laphroaig! Amazing! 10/10

    peat smoke (not so prominent, but very balanced), malty sweet, salty seaweed, tropical fruits, salted caramel, creamy, mineral notes, medicinal iodine, fresh orchard fruit, green tee with honey
    fresh fruit, peat smoke, mineral notes, creamy vanilla, iodine, salty/coastal notes, malty sweet, light meadow honey, mild spice, bitter almonds
    peat, mineral, salty caramel, coastal, kelp/seaweed, coffee beans

  2. MaltMinute scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    Is there any distillate or cask combination Signor Silvano couldn't create magic from? He found the most perfect combination of Laphroaig and Sherry casks before, this is simply the same but with bourbon casks. Utterly speechless. I am emotional over the sample being gone despite spending literally the entire day nosing and sipping it. What wouldn't one do to own a full bottle of this true masterpiece...
    • Nose
      Tropical and citrus fruits galore, just all of them. And all drenched in the finest wild Manuka honey. Smoke from a roaring campfire on the beach. Tons of limestone. Then more fruits (tangerines, blood oranges, mangoes, passion fruits, the whole cornucopia).
    • Taste
      Gets increasingly more nutty throughout the day. Lots of roasted almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and cashews. Super oily and waxy; your tongue won't be able to feel the rest of your mouth afterward. Plenty of citrus again on the mid-palate and prominent iodine and band-aids.
    • Finish
      Long enough to make you fall in love, short enough to break your heart. Starts the same as the palate, but then becomes incredibly herbal and menthol. Tons of peppermint, Vix vapour rub, tiger balm, residual citrus fruit sugar syrups, earthy and wood oils.

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Photo Moderator

    Very complex and balanced with a special austere fruitiness combined with fine peaty and smoky notes - surely one of the best Laphroaigs I had so far - delicious!
    • Nose
      97 97
      Tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, and most of all pure passion fruit juice, citrus fruits, orange zest, lime, some austere notes, honeydew, waxes, spices, little herbs, minerals, hints of bitter almonds, marzipan, fine peat and smoke - superb!
    • Taste
      97 97
      Punchy, oily, fruity, good sweetness, tons of tropical fruits, hints of honey and tobacco, minerals, waxes, citrus fruits, hints of bitter oranges, herbs, little peat and smoke - excellent!
    • Finish
      96 96
      Long, warm, fruity, austere, little herbal, smoky, little more punchy, still good sweetness, even little sirupy - great!

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Mineral coastal peat, citrus, tropical fruits notes in the background, marzipan herbs, perfectly balanced with that hint of tropicality, superbly elegant Laphroaig from another era

  5. saxionwhiskypro scored this whisky 74 points Member Senior

    Tried for a tasting during the whisky festival in 2017. Most expensive whisky that was present and therefore many expectations. The smell is less than I expected, the peat smell comes at you and has a special strength. The whisky has a strong character and smells of earth and wet shoes dominate.

  6. detachedblue scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Legendary! I personally don't like elegant/light drams, but nonetheless, this made me speechless.
    • Nose
      Citrus fruits then peat then almonds, there is a gradual transformation, wonderful! Extremely elegant and fresh, Samaroli style! , some tropical fruits( mango?), olive oil. 
    • Taste
      Magnolia flower, floral peaty creamy water, sit on your tongue, gradually release a huge bag of flavours, never stopping, citrus fruits, mints, black tea.
    • Finish
      Milk chocolates, dried mango, exciting! Tropical fruits tea

  7. Rossi99 scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    The most balance between peaty and fruity whisky I have ever tried. Just can't get away with nosing, simply beautiful ~ The finish is very elegant~~ I really like it~

  8. japanfan scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    Absolut masterpiece by Silvano Samaroli. Whisky Fun notes: 95

  9. newman346 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig 1970/1986 Duthie for Samaroli 75 cl 54% vol.Bottle No.591 / 720 Samaroli-Brescia Distillery picture in orange - Cork drive with gold capsule This is Whisky's night at the irresistible Bar in a foreign land heading for the climax Although the mood rises but 1970's Laphroaig regrettable! I am nervous because I will be told most by everyone during opening. My short single malt whisky started so, Laphroaig and Glenmorangie. Until then, I did sleeping on Blended whisky and Bourbon Whisky, because the lineup was also monotonous. Finish my stupid Whisky history? Not to look back, perfect Laphroaig! Moreover, Samaroli! I love the rotation of Laphroaig, Laphroaig 10yo, OB, 75 cl, 43% vol. Bonfanti import-MILANO. http://whisky2010.usukeba.com/1fyharsnhfwtmj.html Laphroaig 15yo, OB, Unblended islay malt scotch whisky, 75CL. 43% VOL.Francesco CINZANO & C.ia SpA-Torino http://whisky2010.usukeba.com/1FYHaRSLrjvkSY .html Laphroaig 1974 / 2005,31Yo, OB, La Maison du Whisky Http://Whisky2010.Usukeba.Com/1FYHaRSk5QJbOQ.Html more of sex appeal steamy systems such as Laphroaig, Laphroaig 10yo, OB, 75 cl, 43% vol. Bonfanti import - I like the beautiful Laphroaig like MILANO. So this one cup. Color is not exactly gold, but it is a majestic appearance that looks like gold. It's as if when the first boxing world champion Giseusukurisuto appeared for the first time in that former masterpiece comic "Rake on the Ring". Suddenly the light is seen suddenly from Nosing, a tremendous tightening feeling! Is this really Whisky? No, because of Whisky, Laphroaig So it is Samaroli's another dimension? What is so-called Nagomu Country wheat healing is another glow in another direction. From Attach, a strong muscle body of steel with low body fat percentage as if surpassing Port Ellen under under 15yo! All metallic feeling, "Shakit peaty" without Phenol! Is not it a breath in the mouth while drinking instead of Rich flavor? A sharp knife like that! Fist of light speed! Whisky is frozen, is not it? It is "somewhat" such as "slimy" "dullness". And it is good to have a different flavor than the flavor of the fingers such as pork, salami etc that tend to be in Laphroaig which is not rich moonmun. Final punch in the sky to scrape away the appetite and the desire of sake at drinking at all! Hand sword! Besides, it feels like perfume is drinking perfume, but it is amazing that it does not become so-called Lucroaig of the so-called Atch system. Finish shive of ice like knife shards and peat wake up the stream on the bar counter! No, the sky's Aqua Vitae Shower! It makes me feel climax and power as if when Kenzaki order was buried at Galactica Phantom with the former masterpiece of the famous masterpiece "Make it Ring to the Ring" and the boxing world champion Giessas Krest. Once again, it became full of Laphroaig and Samaroli 's underlying power. I am a world heritage who made us feel Seven Senses (seventh feeling) in silly drinking! If you receive such a thing, Samaroli seems to be a World Heritage site, not sightseeing spot. Samaroli! Samaroli! ! Samaroli! ! ! Samaroli! ! ! ! Samaroli! ! ! ! ! ..... × ∞! After all, Samaroli is dying! https://whisky2010.usukeba.com/u/whisky2010/1fyhars8m6odtm

  10. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  11. Dede scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    A very complex Laphroaig, less immediately enjoyable than the 1964 BBR. It requires more time to be appreciated, but is finally of the same level. The opening of the sample did him good, not modifying so much the present aromas as their hierarchy: the peat was made very discrete whereas the fruits filled the spaces olfactory and gustatory. The minerality has also grown for my greatest happiness. I am forced to review its rating upward with a good 94!
    • Nose
      The aeration of the sample played in the good sense. Still fresh, the nose is much more fruity than the previous tasting, with crisp notes of fresh and juicy pineapple and ripe oranges, mango and vanilla. The peat is discreet, but the medicinal notes are always present in the background, as well as the maritime scents. It also has a superb minerality that is growing in the second nose, with a smell that evokes the "brioschi effervescente" Italian in their pot (it is small burrs of sweet bicarbonate and flavored with lemon that the mixed with water to make a digestive drink and that bought my grandmother Sicilian but personally I preferred to consume them as such as acidulous candies). My wife is also smelling of olive and my faith is not wrong. All these aromas are linked, entwined, melted together. Long live the OBE! And it may be even better with a little water, which gives more roundness to the whole.
    • Taste
      Coherent with the nose, it is very powerful, with a rather greasy texture. Exotic fruits (pineapple) and citrus fruits open the ball, followed by peat before peppery notes come to warm a palate that did not ask much. And always this vegetal freshness at the end of the mouth. It's good, very good!
    • Finish
      Long, slightly bitter, notes of pineapple and mango, it leaves a slightly searing mineral sensation in the mouth (always brioschi effervescent!) And is peated with retro-olfaction.


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