- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 30 years old
- 43.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 11 Sep 2009 7:32 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 30-year-old
28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.34 points
- 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.
- 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.
Wonderfully complex. Tropical fruits, black currant, plum jam and orange peel.
Sherry and salted caramel. Varnished wood, matured oak, cinnamon and peat.
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.
Medium length, soft. Sweet, creamy with ash, smok and oak.
- Really excellent stuff.
- Shy nose, well balanced palate with sherry sweetness, creamy tropical fruits, salt, woodiness and some smoke. A pleasure to drink, but one of those times where I wish it was cask strength
- The smokier whisky compared to a 60s Bowmore. Plus tropical fruit, plus salt, has little more to do with the current Laphis than the Bowmore has with its peers.
- benefits extremely from drinking and nosing at the same time - blossoms - fruit and liquorice explosion with ever more fading subtle smoke
Crystalline lemon, orange peel, warm wood fire smoke, smoking sweet fruit wood, high-gloss polished noble wooden furniture, liquorice, warm liquorice, cinnamon
with a lot of time, the fruit aromas take a back seat, polished wood, some iodine and crystalline flowers
for the low alcohol content, the nose is very intense without being alcoholic - very nicely interwoven
Cherry and orange jam, citrus zest, very light ashy smoke with a subtle liquorice content, dried mango,
Iodine, ash, liquorice, mango with mint, a little pepper, coated black tea - slightly tasty and tannic with a lot of mango in the long finish
- Probably one of my favorite Laphroaig, sweet oily peat-sherry interplay, very dynamic on the palate, higher ABV would be legendary.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.