Laphroaig 30-year-old

Overall rating
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

Average value

€ 2363.22

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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

  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. Seanzhang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. riekio scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    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

  6. DocF scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    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.

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    benefits extremely from drinking and nosing at the same time - blossoms - fruit and liquorice explosion with ever more fading subtle smoke
    • Nose
      93 93
      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
    • Taste
      92 92
      Cherry and orange jam, citrus zest, very light ashy smoke with a subtle liquorice content, dried mango,
    • Finish
      94 94
      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

  8. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

  9. 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.

  10. Thermidor scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    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.


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