Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
30 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
11 Sep 2009 7:32 pm

Average value

€ 2510.34

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 30-year-old

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.41 points

  1. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Fresh red apples, lots of fruit, slightly medicinal. Unbeatable, by far the best Laphroaig I've had in the glass. Not comparable to today's style.

  2. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Amazing whisky. Despite the 43%, it's not thin, but feel a bit at the intensity of the taste and especially at the finish. But the complexity, balances and a wonderful nose is compensate it.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Wonderfully complex. Tropical fruits, black currant, plum jam and orange peel.
      Sherry and salted caramel. Varnished wood, matured oak, cinnamon and peat.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Very sophisticated. Initially bitter orange, plum and black currant. Salted caramel, walnut and tea. Then comes the wonderfully matured oak and the sherry with the peat. Ash and metals.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium length, soft. Sweet, creamy with ash, smok and oak.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Really excellent stuff.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Probably one of my favorite Laphroaig, sweet oily peat-sherry interplay, very dynamic on the palate, higher ABV would be legendary.

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    You can't rate this thing by price, that would be absurd. It's a pity they didn't bottle it stronger because at cask strength it would probably rack up a few points more with ease. By my account even better than the already great 32yo 2016 release, and mostly because this one has a bunch of markers that were lost by the time that particular one was distilled.
    • Nose
      Age-rounded woodsmoke and salt stones from the pet store. Faint fruitiness. Not at all like modern Laphroaig, and especially not at all like the slightly underwhelming and harsh 25yo releases. Chamois and very faint ammonium chloride. Some oak that's aged beautifully.
    • Taste
      Unusually characterful for a 43 % whisky. Lots of wet plaster, bits of concrete, leather, and that '70s Islay fruit + boot polish cocktail. Soft, yet amazingly full, with a waxy side. Some liquorice from a very old package. In total this taste is wonderfully deep, surprisingly complex for such a low ABV, and with vividness that's a bit lacking on the nose.
    • Finish
      Plaster and liquorice. A fine whisky that hasn't suffered overtly from the admittedly criminal reduction. The finish lingers long and is sublime in its gentle yet firm tarriness.

  6. Malinois scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose: definitely some sherry casks involved: strawberry/blackberry/orange-jam, oak shavings, some restricted iodine and peat. It got also some rummy traces to it in some way. And owh yes: it has punch at this 43%!

    Pallet: mouth coating, oranges, ash, peat(smoke), the iodine gets a bit better noticeable in the end. Hint of eucalyptus. 
    Finish: medium, beginning mouth coating. The finish finish is sweet smoke with sweet idione and traces of eucalyptus, not the crystal-like. The mouthfeel is thinner than the pallet. 

    Very good stuff, i took time to finish this dram. Such an enjoyment! But I still don't get they don't bottle it at cask strength or at least at 46-48%... 

  7. Bamkero scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Difference between 700ml and 750ml is big.

    I loved 750ml (probably, First lot. I bought them in 1999). 

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This has a more smoke than most laphy, very good and just as good as when I last had it.Not worth the outlay now but a very good bottle if you can get a sample, luckily I got a bottle years ago.

  9. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2007]  I had this dram during a "30+ years" tasting at Bonn.

    my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 92,5.  I took no further notes.

  10. Allandale scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    An amazing nose makes up for a slightly fatigued palate.
    • Nose
      A complex mix of the sweet,the savoury and the phenolic. Sweet dried fruits,some old marmalade  and elegant fruits.Alongside with smoke, meaty undertow. Also iodine,spent kiln, brown crab meat, and paprika. Water: sweet hazelnut butter.
    • Taste
      The lower strength  reduces the impact a side and it seem just little tired. Take it gently and you get drier notes of old wooden fish boxes and brazil nut. Most of this rdtronasal-tar ,fruit,caulking,seashore.
    • Finish
      Smoke,gentian and calamus.


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