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Overall rating
89.11/100
votes
41
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Vintage
1998
Bottled
03.04.2018
Stated Age
19 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
222
Strength
53.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
21 May 2018 6:33 pm by PBoe70
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 209,00

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 1998 CA

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.11 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2019] It is dark and cold outside - the perfect time to have a South Islay dram. This Laphroaig was distilled during the "golden nineties" so I expect an excellent dram...

    ...and it is (when somewhat reduced to unlock all the secrets in both nose and taste). A classic old-style Laphroaig that swims like Mark Spitz and tastes like "give me more". All the Beam management should be obliged to taste such releases before they decide on the next "woodsky" NAS edition...
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers the typical bold Laphroaig profile (of the past). There are maritime-peaty and medicinal aromas in abundance that are tamed by sweet fruits and sugars and both are not dominated by the woods (like in most recent NAS releases). This is an impressive but still balanced nose, I like it.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is nicely layered on bitter-sweet impressions from the malt, the peat and the woods. Again all stays in balance without any flaw. This dram is greatly chewable and it offers more molten barley sugars, earthy flavours and maritime impressions this way. Water releases much more aromas in the nose and flavours on the palate, this is an excellent swimmer and I strongly suggest to try it reduced to about 45% abv (or less). This is good for two more points in my book (I rate the neat dram at 88 points).
    • Finish
      89 89
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with minor bitter moments from the peat (not the wood) that are rather welcomed than distracting. The finish is long and after a barley sugary-sweet interlude it turns bitter-drying (cold ashes, metals) which again is not distracting compared to the aggressive bitter wooden finishes of the recent NAS stuff. Yes, there is a difference between tasty bitterness (peat, metals) and annoying bitterness (tannins, sulphur) - at least to my taste buds.

  2. grinface scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Absolut stunning single cask. A beautiful day at the sea bottled into a single malt. Brine, kelp. some fruits while you enjoy the scenery. Also menthol tobacco and some mezcal to go with it. Stunning length and water brings out some peat. Full review (in German): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2019/08/15/authentischer-laphroaig/

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      peat
      citrus fruit and its zests
      sweet spices
      wooded
    • Taste
      fairly strong spices
      peat more moderate, more worked, more desiccated,
      impregnated and smoked wood, also dried licorice, caramel, cocoa
      a floral side with dry flowers
      dry glue back
    • Finish
      medium to long on these scents with a peat removal that gives way to smoke (end of fire!) and ash!

  4. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

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