Laphroaig 28-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
28 years old
Quarter Casks, Bourbon Barrels, Sherry Butts
44.4 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L8086 MB1 2092
Added on
25 Aug 2018 12:25 pm by Archer
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 568.57

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 28-year-old

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.17 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2019] Why the hell did they finish this old Laphroaig in sherry casks for twelve months? Was the spirit too rough? I doubt a 27-years old Laphroaig distilled in 1990 (or earlier) can be rough at all, because this was long before the Jim Beam management changed the Laphroaig style that way. Were the casks exhausted? I doubt too, because from 1989 on all distilleries started to invest again after the whisky crises ended, and twelve months are too short to polish-up a dead dram. So why than? I have to check this dram...

    ...and it seems 1989/90 are very fine Laphroaig vintage years because I liked the 25-years old from 2014 (WB id 79937) and 2015 (WB id 77940) best among all 25-years old so far and scored them 93 points each. And this baby is at the same high quality level! The adorable old Laphroaig fruitiness combines with the medicinal-peatiness and the sweet barley sugars to a delicate and complex dram that is extremely quaffable. So why did they do the finish? I think this was not needed at all and the sherry is hardly to detect among the other fine aromas and flavours. So most probably they simply used some exhausted old sherry butts to vat the different casks selected for this release... and to create another little marketing gimmick (sherried whisky is hyped these days) without harming the subtle and delicate old Laphroaig profile, luckily (or intentionally?). I like this dram very much.

    PS: Someone tagged "Coal-gas" but there is definitely not a single trace of sulphur in this dram, I swear!
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is deep copper and I use a big spheric blender's glass to nose it. Immediately the nose offers the delicate old Laphroaig amalgam of ripe fruits, sweet barley sugars and maritime peaty aromas with its characteristic medicinal touch. If there are sherry notes in here than they hide shy in the background but I do not miss them. There are oils, waxes, chalk, earthy notes and delicate herbs and spices that enrich this nose greatly. Let it breathe for at least 10-15 minutes, better more to catch them all. There is no off-note or imbalance, I could sniff this for hours. By the way, it really grows bold after more than 30 minutes in the blender's glass (covered).
    • Taste
      94 94
      The taste is truly multi-layered and greatly chewable. It offers a perfect balance of sweet-bitter-sour and smokey flavours without any flaw that I can find. First are the fruits followed by some bitter herbal and waxy notes before the barley sugars pull it back to the sweet side. But the peaty and smokey flavours join in boldly and re-establish the balance again. Later some shy sour winey notes dare to show up and the spices pep up the mixture. There are many other impressions to find in here, so take your time with this dram. But do not expect anything that comes close to today's brutal wood-driven Laphroaigs - the wood here provides a firm and appropriate backbone structure for all other flavours and never tries to dominate. Hey, this is Traditional Scotch whisky and not modern woodsky, hooray!
    • Finish
      93 93
      The initial mouthfeel is absolutely charming with both a nice warming and instantly coating effect without any distracting moments. The finish is long and fades in several slowly vanishing waves without any bitter or astringent feelings, just a minor dryness (peat smoke) takes place towards the end but this is not distracting at all. The finish adds some tasty chocolatey flavours (the sherry pops up, finally) and the peaty notes grow stronger what I like. Water is neither needed nor recommended.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A very mature mature Laphroaig, which can score with its aromas in the nose and on the tongue.
    With 92 points, which he gets from me, he is not so far away from my assessment of the annually recurring 10 CS, which are actually always around 90 points for me. With a good course you get for the equivalent of a 28yo nine to ten Laphroaig 10 CS, so what's the ....
    But of course, the comparison lags behind: even if I emptied nine 10 CS, I still have not had a 28-year-old Laphroaig in my glass. Meaning: one should not necessarily spoil the fun by over-peak price considerations or comparisons.
    The 28yo is great and a whisky that you can spend a lot of time with.
    • Nose
      93 93
      A fine, but still well-recognizable smoky note, honeydew melon, pineapple, red apple and banana pieces. Wonderful combination at the beginning.
      Age has honed the Laphroaig character in the best sense. What you like (or loathe) about the young bottlings: the warm tar, the phenolic exhalations, the hospital feeling, the salt and the seaweed - these flavors are at best hidden in the background and shimmer only here and there a bit and in a weakened form.
      But then he has a fruity depth, surrounded by mild peat smoke, accompanied by dark chocolate, mocha, cinnamon and honey.
    • Taste
      92 92
      It pays off for a (short) break of strong whisky. With its 44.4% it glides gently and warmly on the tongue and now shows more smoke than in the nose. Directly dry oak, with honey, caramel, toffee, marzipan, dark chocolate and coffee beans - and more on the dark side of the flavors. Less fruity than in the nose. Over time, spices and herbs that are not to be defined become more abundant, and the tongue also takes on a little salt. The oak is not as dominant as you would expect.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Medium to long, dry with oak, honey, gingerbread spices, nougat, marzipan bread and still with smoke.

  3. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Even a great old Laphi, on the whole only very dry, you have to stand on it, as if the majority of smoke had simply turned into dryness.
    • Nose
      Very dense, a lot of autumn foliage, very dry, great mountain of nuts, chestnut, walnut especially, oregano, fennel, rosemary, in between briefly flash dried plums, cherries and dates, pomegranate, green apple, dried blood orange slices, black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon , Rye bread, later comes a polished, old dresser, myrrh, caraway, Brenneseltee
    • Taste
      Again, a concentrated, strong start for 44.4%, dry, bitter, autumn leaves, chestnut and walnut, old tobacco, the Laphi smoke is quite discreet, a lot of old, rough leather, gingerbread, some green apple and plums, very late something Blood orange, dry grapefruit and forest honey, cumin and nettle tea
    • Finish
      Resin, the beautiful teen and tobacco, chestnut, forest honey, long, dry

  4. Moses scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I start here with a little recommendation. Pour a large dram (4cl). Let stand ..., sniff ..., let stand ..., sniff ..., let stand. You can repeat that almost endlessly. You won't get bored here. As many minutes as he is old fits exactly. A fully matured single malt of the upper class. Without enough time, a good tasting is completely pointless here. I was on this wave the whole evening. A dream.
    And please note ... I am actually a "non-smoker" !!
    • Nose
      It makes little sense to enumerate all the nouns according to your nose. One thing should be said, however. For me this is the classic training malt with which everyone can really understand what is possible with whisky. I am sure that even beginners will be amazed at what they can smell. Above all, a subtle sea breeze mixed with “dry fruity” from the very large fruit basket. Past strong wooden kitchen spices, elegantly combined with peaty leatheriness. In the back there are still cypress notes over cut meadow with herbs on the forest floor.
      If I had too much money = house whisky.
      I'm in whisky heaven and haven't had a sip yet.
    • Taste
      Now comes the very subtle peat smoke, huhuu! Again all nouns at once. It has to stay in the mouth for a long time. It quickly becomes clear. I don't want to swallow it at all. The glass on the nose continues the journey. All flavors can be repeated almost endlessly and the palate is full-bodied with the best that Laphroaig has to offer. My lords what the 44% deliver here is looking for its equal. Respect spreads and slowly I let it slide down. It was too good to swallow. The transition to the finale alone is worth the money in the glass. I don't regret a cent !! Motto: Better to enjoy it yourself than to hear about it a thousand times. I am in whisky heaven. So a big THANK YOU to André for the big sample. Tasting: https://youtu.be/Z9iAFWwBN4c
    • Finish
      As expected, the finish is long but very drying. Something fruity would have been nice. But these smoky chocolate marzipan notes are already valuable. Christmas baking at its best. The evening is coming to an end and I am sure that at some point I will open such a bottle and enjoy every dram (at least 4cl) of it. I'm already thinking of my 60th birthday in 2020. Yep, ... it's not long away.
      Motto: If you no longer enjoy yourself, you will become inedible!

  5. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Lovely mixture of tropical fruits, reminiscent of Laproaig’s glorious past, and the usual medicinal smoke and associates toned down to a more comfortable level.
    • Nose
      91 91
      The moment I put my nose above the glass a range of beautifully balanced scents starts to whisper from the glass. The first that I recognise are ripe fruits like oranges, tangerines, pineapple, mango, and maybe even some unripe banana. Could these be the famous Laphroaig tropical fruits, which we see so rarely nowadays? Then there are old ropes, a hint of acetone, paint solvent, and some kind of roots. I already find it very elegant and complex. Old hessian sacks, mashed potatoes with cream butter and nutmeg (my mother’s recipe) and caramelised orange zest. The typical Laphroaigian smoke and medicinal notes have taken a seat in the back, although they are clearly present, but the fruits are the main players. More chemical and medicinal notes appear after a while, along with some minty scents and tinned pineapple. The nuances are really beautiful with each particular scent showing a slow evolvement during a single sniff. It is slightly savory, and when leaving it for a while more herbal notes, a hint of minerals, stones, and fresh seafood appear.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oh perfect strength that puts a wheel of flavours into motion. Oranges, fresh mango parts, tangerines, and whatever other tropical fruits you can think of, followed by licking spilled orange juice from a wooden table (you do not always have a cleaning cloth at hand), then oranges thrown into a bonfire at the beach with the wind bringing salty sea water drops and kelp fragments to your lips. All right, there might be a risk that I am about to enter a delirium. What.a.dram! A flinter of smoke in the beginning, but the fruits take center stage and reappear after a few seconds with each sip. They are also much more prominent on the palate compared to the nose. The fruits are slightly sour, fresh and vibrant despite the age. More tangerines, fresh peaches, nectarines and sour prunes. It is becoming slightly drying in the finish, but the freshness saves it from becoming too dusty and dry.
    • Finish
      91 91
      More of the above

  6. megabreit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      light smoke, baked apple, beeswax
    • Taste
      Smoke now clearer, honey tones, marzipan, towards the end a slightly salty note
    • Finish
      medium long, warming, becoming drier

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Yes, delicious schnapps that picks me up with my nose.

    I personally like the 21 FoL much better - much cleaner - nobler - luring - a dram is enough for me - Laphis do not necessarily get better for me when they get older and in the end the vatting decides. Here I pay for this age and status - for me personally, the price does not reach the gas.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. ARDBERG scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    from a sample
    • Nose
      The nose takes me back to my 35th birthday, drinking 60s/70s Laphroaig samples with Iain Henderson in the Laphroaig Board room overlooking the bay.
    • Taste
      Yellow fruit and peat with a touch of sherry in perfect balance.
    • Finish
      The taste is lingering for a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnng time.

  9. thebonewolf scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Even if it were in my price range, the cost of this bottle is still more than I’d like to spend on any consumable, but after having it I might actually go for that if the money were available. If somehow I spent that much on something I hadn’t had before, I would not have been disappointed.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Smoky, sweet fruit, earthy/herbal. Nothing stands out more than anything else, really. The aromas blend well together thus the punchiness of a younger Laphroaig’s nose isn’t there (just stating how it is, that doesn’t add or detract from the nose).
    • Taste
      92 92
      A sweet and smoky dance as pepper builds behind it. It’s an unbelievable burst of flavor at the beginning, and once you get over your surprise it’s doing something else just as intensely and swaps around and in between. It’s so fluid it’s tough to pin down anything less broad than “sweet” and “smoky.” While you focus on that a peppery heat builds up and persists.
    • Finish
      96 96
      A smoky, bready delight. I couldn’t wait to get more into my mouth just to get it out of there the other way to taste this again.

  10. sphinx scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior


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