Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
A perfect moment
Stated Age
20 years old
1st Fill Ex-Oloroso Hogshead
Number of bottles
49.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2018
Added on
03 may 2018 9:06 am by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 300.00

18 × in wishlist

29 × member ratings

33 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 1996 SMWS 29.241

5 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.22 points.

  1. huangshantong scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    On the whole, it is balanced, and it is barely a decent Loughgar.
    Although it's not the kind I like, its peat smoke is too heavy, it seems a little low, hahaha I'm not scolding the new abe
    • Nose
      87 87
      Potion, sanitizer, cleaner, smoke, peat, red potion, sanitizer, etc. I can't really smell much else anyway; of course, seriously, ocean, algae, shells, a bit of citrus embellish it
    • Taste
      89 89
      The entrance is much stronger than nose, typical malt sweet juice, yellow fruit, sweet honey stirs the dessert, it is very comfortable to drink, the rear end of the soul is a sudden slight lime, there is something
    • Finish
      90 90
      Wort, citrus, lemon, then a big chunk of sea water, some honey and syrup. Fortunately, this wine uses all the power of peat for smelling the fragrance, and the other parts are very good

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  3. FernetBranco did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Issue price: GBP 150.00


  4. Cast Olila scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Macheye scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Occasionally you turn up a Laphroaig that is fundamentally different to the acknowledged distillery style – this is one of those. It’s all rather left-field. Meaty yet coastal, herbal yet sweet. I need to try this one again – it’s a real thinker. Altered, idiosyncratic and pretty stimulating

    • Nose
      Certainly not the typical Laphroaig nose – there’s a slight medicinal quality here, but its hidden by a wave of salty seafood and meaty maple bacon. Molasses and sticky toffee pudding highlight the ex-oloroso influence, but sweetness levels are not through the roof here – there’s a lot of coastal impact – rock pools, pebbles and fresh fish. Smoke is certainly present, but it too plays second fiddle to the seaside profile – it’s rather reminiscence of the end of a firework display, blue touch paper and saltpeter thick in the air. Herbalness also has a part to play here with both pine needles and tree sap in play. The addition of water really brings the brine in this whisky to the fore, as well as adding in aromas of leather satchels and slightly yeasty bread. All rather fascinating.
    • Taste
      A very meat-driven no.29 – salt beef sandwiches with a side of roasted vegetables and gravy for dipping. Again, juxtapositioned by sweeter flavours – honey, freshly baked sponge cakes and golden syrup. The smoke presence is exceedingly well integrated and comes across more as BBQ’d meats and burnt sugars than the expected TCP and surface cleaner. Water adds an incredible amount of savoury and umami flavours into the equation – ham hock, beef stock, sliced cold cuts all seasoned with herbs and pine. This doesn’t sound like it should work, but it does.
    • Finish
      Long, slightly salty and coastal and combined with a selection of smoked mea

  6. Tauti did not rate this whisky Connoisseur


    Aromas filled the room in a harmonious fusion as scallops and king prawns drifted alongside smoked duck and walnut bread. A sticky sweetness was present with honey and treacle tart that seemed to be perfectly complimented by toasted pine nuts and strong black tea. Behind the sticky black tar and charcoal of the palate sat sweet carrots and parsnips roasted in honey and herbs. Water took us on a more maritime tour with smoked lobster and muscles in almond oil and balsamic glaze. Down to the finish of salted butter, liquorice sweets and sausage casserole, everything combined in one perfect moment of unity. This whisky previously inhabited and ex-bourbon hogshead.


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