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Laphroaig 25-year-old

Overall rating
89.66/100
votes
70
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Edition
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon
Strength
52.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
26 Sep 2018 5:42 pm by Piet Van der
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 427,44

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 25-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.66 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] The new 25-years Laphroaig is out and this is a must try, for sure! A Laphy from a time when all still went very well on the south coast of Islay and neither a self-propelling whisky boom nor an American "short-term-sales-oriented" management did put pressures on the production staff. So they did as they did all the years before and the result was a superb, complex and flawless Islay dram, usually...

    ...just like this one! It is another excellent dram from one of the golden periods of Laphroaig (beside the sixties and seventies these are the early nineties). To make this review more comprehensible I do a head-to-head comparison to last year's edition (2017, WB id 101491). This is great stuff from the past - so if you own deep pockets get yourself a bottle and indulge into this liquid history (and dream of the Beam takeover of Laphroaig had never happened)...
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is deep gold and the nose offers the typical old Laphroaig profile with tons of maritime, medicinal, spicy, sugary, fruity and herbal aromas in a balanced setting. The wood is perfectly integrated exactly as the Traditional Scotch style was (this is not a "woodsky" like almost all modern Laphroaig NAS releases that were produced under the Beam management). This 2018 offers more powerful peaty (medicinal) aromas in the nose compared to the 2017 that is a little more fruity-honeyed and more complex, I like the 2017 a little better.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is layered and greatly chewable. It repeats all the fine flavours of the nose plus some delicious toffee-vanilla and tobacco notes. Ooh, I forgot to mention the waxy and mineral-chalky side of this dram that perfectly fits to the sweet fruits, honeys and barley sugars. The peaty flavours are strong but do not overpower so all is in a good balance without any flaw or off-note. The 2018 is significantly more peaty on the palate than the 2017 that is more balanced and complex. But these peaty impressions are delicious and not bitter-drying at all (like so often with the modern designed stuff), again I like the 2017 a little more.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives warming and quite peppery in the mouth and instantly coats the whole of it with a nice creamy feeling. The finish is long and adds more spicy, herbal and ashy flavours that turn it a little drying towards the end (which is not distracting at all). This is much more impressive than the 2017's finish, but it is more simple too. Some water releases additional aromas in the nose and turns the taste smoother and the finish sweeter - actually I like both the raw power of the neat dram and the dangerously quaffable reduced dram at about 45% abv. I go for a draw.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Old and yet not elderly, strong and yet soft and velvety at the same time: here Laphroaig has released without much notice and rattling marketing machine almost en passant quite a blast. You can tell his age clearly, but he does not steal it with thick oak planks around the ears, but he convinces with beautifully interwoven aroma play including a fine peat smoke note.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Unmistakably a Laphroaig, which emanates from the glass. However, the peat smoke has a depth and subtle intensity not found in younger age fillings. The smoke is not dominant, but represents only the light coat that plays around the other flavors. The other, for Laphroaig so classic and style-defining aromas such as sea salt, seaweed, tar and pepper wort are there, but the 25 years in the barrel have already left their mark, because they are soft and interwoven, form a unity with the peat smoke.
      In addition, there are dried apricots, vanilla and honey, which round off the overall picture fruity and sweet.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Soft and velvety on the tongue, although at 52% you could have expected something else. Smoothly smoky and creamy on the tongue and immediately topped with sweet smoked apricots and peaches. At the beginning hardly dry and only slightly oak embossed. In return, the proportion of peat smoke increases significantly with time, salty spray, a touch of machine oil, warm tar, licorice and pepper, later old leather, tobacco leaves, mocha beans and dark chocolate. The fruits remain sweet for a long time, are later dusted with black pepper and nutmeg and peppered with carnations.
    • Finish
      92 92
      A long finish, still creamy and barely dry. The smoke coat gets thicker and warmer, enhanced by pepper, nutmeg, licorice, tar, seaweed, freshly roasted coffee beans and caramel. The sweet fruits flash over and over and pull the finish ever further out.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    elegant, round, mild and fragrant, subtle and demanding, a very own style - so creamy and mysteriously mystical

    He really wants to be explored and I can't do it with a dram.
    • Nose
      91 91
      First very intense lemon - after a few minutes it weakens and fits better into the overall picture. Tender phenolic smoke - it's almost mild for a laphi. Salt, gauze bandages, polished hospital corridors - all very oily and smooth.
      A diffuse very strongly interwoven yellow fruitiness and more clearly noticeable citrus fruits. Actually, I have no desire to disassemble it - he doesn't want it at all - even water doesn't separate the aromas, just breathe flat and enjoy as a whole, it doesn't need water, but it doesn't harm the nose. If you let it stand briefly without breathing the aroma bell, the lemon becomes crystalline, a lot of honey, tea aromas, a little mineral - it smells nice old.
    • Taste
      91 91
      mild and creamy, sweet, nice light oak, nutmeg, cloves, a pinch of cinnamon, very nice aroma development, very balanced, very sweet lemon in interplay with fresh rather sour notes and zest of limes and lemons, a hint of licorice and liquorice, some wood smoke complements the typical ash note.
      I find it chewable for a long time and it unfolds beautifully - but need a little larger sips.
    • Finish
      90 90
      elegant citrus cascades, pudding, mint and wax - like a delicate mist on the tongue - long and persistent - lemon, cut flower stalks, licorice

  4. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    very complex, fruity, salty and smoky with lots of Laphi DNA. A great bottling!
    • Nose
      Pure: first a full broadside of the pleasantly medically fragrant Laphroaig basic character, incredibly smoky for old age! After a short time in the glass, this wall of fog lifts and there are yellow fruits, quince, pineapple, green banana. The fruits are getting more and more intense, with a subtle hint of salt, fresh sea breeze. Complex and delicious! With water: maritime, more tar and fresh tobacco, canned fish in olive oil.
    • Taste
      Pure: also here smoky and medicinal start, a lot of salt, oily dough, pizza bread. Then here too the fine bright fruit and then a lot of beautiful oak. With water: spicy, crispy bread crust, caraway.
    • Finish
      long, salty, maritime and slightly iodine.

  5. Fassstärke scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    The best Laphroaig I had in the glass so far. Insanely present and round. A dream!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Immediately after pouring the typical unmistakable Laphroaig smoke, however, with a very different profile than its younger representatives. The typical phenolic note looks quite different, much older, set, stuffy and rounder. Not so clear and edgy and yet much more intense than you would expect for age. Just great! Behind the smoke hides the fragrant bright fruits, sweet apples, pears and honey. A thick fragrant herbal tincture. Again and again new facets are added. I broke him for almost an hour and he still tied me up.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Velvety, creamy, thick sweet smoke. Sweet smoked fruits, herb sweet.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, no dryness. Slight peppery spiciness remains long

  6. 88plus Bus scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    This Laphroaig is really different from the young and very smoky bottlings (at least the few that I know). The smoke is still clearly present and characterizes the taste, but no longer as "ashtray" but as a spicy, medical-phenolic frame in which all other odors and flavors integrate. The result is a very interesting, tasty and complex whisky that keeps changing.

    I like it very much (91 / 100P)!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Medico-phenolic and some mineral notes, plus a clearly fresh lemon. Over time, I find pear, later it will be fermented fruit. These superficial odor notes are underlaid by a distinct spiciness with herbs and a little lavender, to which I have the impression that in the background something fresh tarred road is noticeable.

      Unfortunately, I can not find the maritime notes promised to this Laphi - iodine, salt, seaweed. Of course that can be up to me. The next time I am on the coast, I will practice on the beach.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Full and very "spicy" - pepper sharp - the Laphroaig fills the mouth, the medical notes are right back. Then it is oily and sweet, a little subtle smoke makes itself felt shortly, then come herbs, geraniums and a little yellow fruit and vanilla. He keeps changing and says goodbye with a cold chimney-bag.
    • Finish
      89 89
      I think the finish is surprisingly short. First, the ashes occupy the mouth, then come to light bittern notes, and with liquorice root and dark chocolate, this Laphi says goodbye.

  7. The_Independent scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    This Laphroaig is really different from the young and very smoky bottlings. The smoke is still clearly present and characterizes the taste picture as spicy, medical-phenolic frame, in which all other smell and taste notes integrate. The result is a very interesting, tasty and complex whisky that keeps changing.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Medico-phenolic and some mineral notes, plus a clearly fresh lemon. Over time, I find pear, later it will be fermented fruit. These superficial odor notes are underlaid by a distinct spiciness with herbs and a little lavender, to which I have the impression that in the background something fresh tarred road is noticeable.

      Unfortunately, I can not find the maritime notes promised to this Laphroaig - iodine, salt, seaweed.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Full and very "spicy" - pepper sharp - the Laphroaig fills the mouth, the medical notes are right back. Then it is oily and sweet, a little subtle smoke makes itself felt shortly, then come herbs, geraniums and a little yellow fruit and vanilla. He keeps changing and says goodbye with a cold chimney-bag.
    • Finish
      89 89
      I think the finish is surprisingly short. First, the ashes occupy the mouth, then come to light bittern notes, and with liquorice root and dark chocolate, this Laphroaig says goodbye.

  8. Othorion scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Ed Radour scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

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

  10. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      Peat smoke, briny, coastal notes, citrus, bonfire ashes, oysters, bandages, tarry, pepper
    • Taste
      92 92
      Peat smoke, ashy, salty, pepper, smoked bacon, green olives, briny, cigars, earthy, anchovy, seaweed
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, smoky, fruity, salty, cured meat, buttery

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