Laphroaig 30-year-old

Overall rating
92.31/100
votes
483
Whiskybase ID
WB10942
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1975
Bottled
2006
Stated Age
30 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LQ0167
Barcode
5010019641625
Added on
11 sep 2009 7:32 pm

Average value

€ 3671.93

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 30-year-old

33 users have left 35 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.31 points.

  1. JeanChan scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. sphinx scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. zzqfyl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  4. hyc scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 94
    taste--------------------93
    End rhyme--------------------93

  5. kanpai79 scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

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

  6. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
      pleasantly smoky, candied lemons, citrus fruits (lemons / oranges), a little hemp rope and a hint of medicine, idea hearty and sweet with light honey, trace mineral. Over time, the smoke, which was already subtle at the beginning, fades into the background, the whisky appears a bit more fruity and intense, herbal aromas and slightly acidic wood / oak notes, hints of vanilla and menthol join.
      92-93
    • Taste
      93 93
      Smoky and spicy, a little freshly ironed laundry, a little ash, spices, slightly sweet (honey) and a touch of heart, also here lemons and oranges. Smokier than the nose suggests, a bit peppery, hemp rope, oak, leather, herbs. A slight coffee note develops when chewed. Delicious, but would have liked a little more body.
      92-93
    • Finish
      91 91
      Smoke, ash, spices, then slightly sweet and fruity. Smoke and ash linger for a long time, at the end it becomes peppery again. Yummy.
      91

  7. penumbra scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    As long as there is Shirley, Laphroaig can immediately turn from the brainless peat sweet water rating to become the master, but it may be true that the barrel is not too good, and it is impossible to do the thick and colorful. It is a pity to try to lower the degree to show the gentle fruit style of 70s.
    • Nose
      Very weak and delicate peat, brown sugar, cherries, red dates, red wine, red jam, mahogany furniture and related color associations, slightly sour, damp and rotten old wooden barrels, sticky caramel and honey, aromatherapy, Roasted woody aroma, tobacco leaves, sweet peat, milk flavor.
      Both the degree and the peat are very regrettable. The Shirley bucket should not be initially filled but the quality is still very good.
    • Taste
      Noisy cut tobacco, peat water, crushed spices and peppercorns, shoe polish, leather, iodine, western medicine pills, slightly salty, still elegant. The peat is heavier but the fruity taste of Sherry is weakened, red fruits, dates, dried mangoes, wine, tannins, foam, licorice, nuts, long sweetness and bitterness.

      Normal, good fat, sweet, slightly sour, no astringency, obvious bitterness, no pungency, no alcohol.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting, peat, charcoal, tobacco, tar, red fruit peel.

  8. Seanzhang scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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%... 

  17. 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). 

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

    In
    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.

  21. 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.

  22. wbarchive_485944 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      97 97

  23. toklian did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge says:


    A winning expression, this one is
    a fairly recent batch I think. Earlier
    versions used to be the best Laphroaigs
    ever, together with the old 10 yo
    (Bonfanti and such), all versions
    of the 10 yo C/S and last year’s
    1974 for La Maison du Whisky. Let’s
    check if it stays the course. Nose:
    oh yes, it’s all there. Lots
    of tropical fruits (maybe all in
    fact), a superb ‘coastality’
    (oysters and all that jazz) and
    a very delicate peat. The perfect
    nightcap? Mouth: too bad it lacks
    a little power, especially at the
    middle because the profile is more
    than perfect. Saltier than last
    time. Small bitter oranges. Slight
    notes of cinchona, maybe a little
    disturbing here. Nori, tea…
    Gets maybe a little too drying as
    well. Alright, it’s maybe
    not the total stunner it used to
    be – or my tastes have changed
    – but it’s still well
    worth 90 points
    in my books.

  24. McGipi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    one of the tastiest whiskys so far
    • Nose
      smoky, sweet, medical grade
    • Taste
      very full and sweet, less smoky than expected
    • Finish
      long dry and spicy finish

  25. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  26. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Outstanding, if I was to be critical it should have been bottled at 46%.

    Beautiful stuff.
    • Nose
      Peaty, sherry,creosote, rich fruit cake, burnt orange. There is also dark treacle toffee and ripe plums.
    • Taste
      That is smooth indeed, on plum, toffee, black currant jam, slight nuttiness and full bodied red wine mixed with peat.

      The peat mixed in with the sherry is really beautifull.
    • Finish
      Medium length and it should be longer but it is so refined who cares.

  27. Goethe scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Great whisky. You can nose this for hours and hours. It is very deicious. Reminds me of great DEs from Lagavulin. But much more quality concerning the taste. Marmelade and peated oak. Thank you Laphroaig for this.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 5/10 (2015)
    • Nose
      Dried plums, tropical fruits, marmelade, red fruits, smoke and peat lingering around the beach, some sherry and some cherry. Leather and some nuts.
    • Taste
      Sweet plum marmelade with fruits and peat. An amazing combination of fruits and oak with some smoke. Leather and some nuts.
    • Finish
      Long. Smoke and candys. Dried bread covered with sweet marmelade on a bonfire.

  28. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    An intense and complex dram. Very elegant mix of the rich, sweet and
    peaty/smoky with three decades having tamed the medicinal Laphroaig
    character in a perfect manner. This is an outstanding whisky you should
    appreciate once in a lifetime.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whisky-Connaisseur/550443305109776
    • Nose
      Rich and powerful. Almost pungent with smoke and peat. Typical Laphroaig
      medicinal flavours - tar, iodine, phenols, with hints of ripe fruit and
      waves of sherry underneath. Lingering nutty flavours with oaky tones.
      You can nose this for hours!
    • Taste
      Bold and complex. Dried ripe fruits, maybe apricots. Quite sweet with
      tamed peat and smoke. Oily with a touch of tarry oak and iodine. Very
      elegant.
    • Finish
      Long. Fruity sweetness with lingering vanilla, oaky spice. Dry and tarry end and a smoky wave.

      WITH WATER: I didn't have the heart to water this beauty down.

  29. JMBASS scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    majestic on the nose, in the line of the great Laphroaig, very interesting in the mouth just iodized and smoked a wish ... just complex but not too really a very good vintage this 30 years

  30. Cast Olila scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  31. alectron scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very elegant & complex, but somewhat fickle, so it seems vital to be had before stronger (in taste /& spirit) drams.
    LK97771
    Transferring previous Note (2011.12.15) content into a Tasting Note.
    • Nose
      dried plums & rasisins, leather, nutmeg, shoe polish, dried apple
      rings, mango, vanilla beans, a fairly strong woody cellulose note
      underneath (some old wood, some sawdust & some old papers), some
      iodine, faint prosciutto (smoke & meat),
      (92)
    • Taste
      quite sour and with a slightly watery/thin feel to it at the beginning.
      Then immediately heaps of leather, quite a bit of wood, cracked almonds
      & almond-shells, iodine, apricots (88)
    • Finish
      very woody feel without drying up, leather, vanilla beans, blackcurrants, malt drops,  distant smoke, (89)

  32. Drochaid scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Very old and very rare the Laphroaig 30 year old is one of the most

    sought after Islay single malts. It is unusual for Laphroaig to let

    their Scotch age this long hence its scarcity. It is described as

    rounded and smooth but we`ll be surprised if it isn`t a hugely peated

    whisky too.

  33. Master Quill scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Score for a bottle from 2000 (90) and one from 2006 LQ0167 (90) 

  34. Feusi scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Light lemon with a sweet smoke. Very complex, peat, smoke, and some medical notes next to the heavy sweetness. A very pleasant and long finish. The creamy, spicy body is changing in a smoky and peaty feeling and at the end you have wood, vanilla and honey remain on the palate. This is one of the best Laphroig.

  35. Dede scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    It's superb, but I expected more. The nose is simply beautiful, one of the most beautiful that I had the opportunity to smell. The mouth is a little less complex and would probably have gained 3 degrees more but remains excellent. The final, very good taste, however, is disappointing by its (relative) brevity.
    • Nose
      Entrance is sumptuous. A subtle and successful blend of exotic fruits, sherry and delicate peat. It's very rich, with notes of ripe banana, and a whole mash of other exotic fruits ripened to perfection. Iodine also comes to marry the peat to remind that it is indeed a Laphroaig before subtle animal and farm notes (old leather, barn) appear and a very light woody. I just fell in love.
    • Taste
      It might be better to be a little more powerful, but envelop the palate well. The attack is sweet on the exotic fruits too ripe before the peat resurfaces more frankly than on the nose. The woody is also more noticeable than the nose. The end of the mouth heats up on spicy spices (pepper).
    • Finish
      Intense and delicious but sorely lacking in length (well, why does not it last longer?), It is peaty and peppery but also distills fleeting notes of coconut and that banana flavor that I find very characteristic of the distillery ( in any case OBs).

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