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Laphroaig 25-year-old

Overall rating
90.14/100
votes
137
Whiskybase ID
WB118318
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
Bottle code
L8031MB1 /2028 10 27
Barcode
5010019638557
Added on
26 sep 2018 5:42 pm by Nes
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 470.92

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 25-year-old

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.14 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. Ed Radour scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

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

  7. Archer scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. 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.

  9. The_Independent scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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.

  10. Othorion scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Astrid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    In the aftertaste there are unfortunately some sulphurous tones in between, but everything that happens before that is pretty decent. Of course, only if you don't look at the price tag. For the full review go here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/02/14/evolution-of-laphroaig/
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  12. Andytka3 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    1423) Laphroaig, 25YO, 2018 Edition

    Day 30 of Lockdown - 16th April - Today mark a full month of MCO and been staying at home.

    N- Paper ash with buttery fruits, peaches and rum. Green tea and white chocolate. Nutmeg, caramelized pastries with layers of mineral. Elegant and well integrated, delicious fruits and sweet earthy smokes that shying at the background. (90/22)

    P- Sourish citrus, frizzy popping candy, boiled herbs and and fruits, nutmeg. Fine layer of caramel and coffee. Direct and clean. (89/22)

    F- Medium long, velvet, charming fruits, underlying menthol with simplicity. A 100% bourbon casks Laphroaig with clean and oozing bright citrus fruits. (89/22)

    B/B- 89/22. Hard to rate this one. Juicy fruitiness that scores well, but it feels lacking of depth for a 25YO, however it does integrate well and rounded.

    Weighted Rate- 88pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Paper ash with buttery fruits, peaches and rum. Green tea and white chocolate. Nutmeg, caramelized pastries with layers of mineral. Elegant and well integrated, delicious fruits and sweet earthy smokes that shying at the background. (90/22)

      P- Sourish citrus, frizzy popping candy, boiled herbs and and fruits, nutmeg. Fine layer of caramel and coffee. Direct and clean. (89/22)

      F- Medium long, velvet, charming fruits, underlying menthol with simplicity. A 100% bourbon casks Laphroaig with clean and oozing bright citrus fruits. (89/22)

      B/B- 89/22.

      Weighted Rate- 88pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Taste
      P- Sourish citrus, frizzy popping candy, boiled herbs and and fruits, nutmeg. Fine layer of caramel and coffee. Direct and clean. (89/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, velvet, charming fruits, underlying menthol with simplicity. A 100% bourbon casks Laphroaig with clean and oozing bright citrus fruits. (89/22)

      B/B- 89/22. Hard to rate this one. Juicy fruitiness that scores well, but it feels lacking of depth for a 25YO, however it does integrate well and rounded.

      Weighted Rate- 88pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  13. 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

  14. chen__yoo scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Nose: The first smell of peat is obvious, pear, green apple, a little perfume soap, grass, slightly musty smell wake up about 15 minutes: ripe banana, wet straw, damp wood, a little lime wake up about 30 minutes: vanilla, Cream, jackfruit biscuits (less sweet), perfumed soap is more prominent, figs, almonds, maltose wake up about 45 points: the aroma is still full and solid, licorice, maltose lasts, a little passion fruit (23)

    Palate: full and solid taste, warm, licorice, full of dryness, full of smoked bacon in the nose, oily, slightly waxy (22)

    Finish: The end rhyme is medium and long, the smell of smoky bacon lasts, Zhenglu pills, and the smell of disinfectant is super obvious! Full of ash, a little tannin (22)

    Comment: The overall performance is remarkable????, the change of aroma, the ductility; the solidity of the taste, the performance of the final rhyme, a very good wine, strongly recommended to try~
    (twenty three)

  15. chen__yoo scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Nose: The first smell of peat is obvious, pear, green apple, a little perfume soap, grass, slightly musty smell wake up about 15 minutes: ripe banana, wet straw, damp wood, a little lime wake up about 30 minutes: vanilla, Cream, jackfruit biscuits (less sweet), perfumed soap is more prominent, figs, almonds, maltose wake up about 45 points: the aroma is still full and solid, licorice, maltose lasts, a little passion fruit (23)

    Palate: full and solid taste, warm, licorice, full of dryness, full of smoked bacon in the nose, oily, slightly waxy (22)

    Finish: The end rhyme is medium and long, the smell of smoked bacon lasts, the smell of Zhenglu pills, and the smell of disinfectant are super obvious! Full of ash, a little tannin (22)

    Comment: The overall performance is remarkable????, the change of aroma, the ductility; the solidity of the taste, the performance of the final rhyme, a very good wine, strongly recommended to try~
    (twenty three)

  16. g00se scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Awesome stuff.
    Oily, mature, versatile.
    A fine dry smoky note, tropical fruits, citrus fruits, candied ginger pieces, mineral, salty, iodine, gauze bandages, sea air, ....

  17. g00se scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    2cl on 24/4/22:
    Brilliant! Old fruity sweet malt from the Ex-Bc plus subtly mined Laphi smoke. No not plus; interwoven!
    • Nose
      Very sweet, slightly citric and fine Laphi smoke.
      Lemon drops, iodine, gauze, seaweed, subtle charcoal smoke, ripe strips of mango, pineapple and papaya.
      Then it's back to the coast: Wet pebbles, sea air and
    • Taste
      Oily start.
      Very sweet again at the beginning, then fruity, then smoky, then peppery barrel spice. Very nice salivating. In this way, no unpleasant bitterness can establish itself.
    • Finish
      Fruity and sweet, salty and smoky.

  18. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Matthias80 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Don't get me wrong, this is a very nice drop. He's not quite worth the money to me ...
    • Nose
      Comparatively (but not surprisingly due to the age) not very smoky. The smoke and iodine are still there immediately. Vanilla and ripe apples are added.
    • Taste
      Smoke. Despite the 52%, the malt is not spicy, vanilla and the ripe apple, it is a bit sweet, it also has wood aromas. Very nice.
    • Finish
      Longing. The racuh remains in the background in the finish, initially vanilla and honey dominate, at the very end the racuh emerges a little.

  20. K C Wong scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  21. saothangbay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. Petrenko scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    23/22,5/22/22,5

  23. TP_Wtr scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Mapl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  25. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  26. the_muskox scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Yeah, it’s great. The combination of tropical fruit, green tea, sweet-savoury, and pepper is awesome, with just enough iodine to remind you you’re drinking a Laphroaig. The nose was bringing heavily-peated Brora to mind.
    I don’t think it’s quite as good as that Caol Ila 31 I tried, but it’s certainly delicious. Maybe a bit too mellow for diehard peatheads, but perfectly fine for me.

    Nose: Mellow, but certainly Laphroaig. Bandages and iodine hit, but without the sharp bonfire punch that usually follows. Instead, there’s hay, distant burning grass, tobacco smoke, and lots of savoury-sweet notes. Takoyaki with a sweet sauce, as well as fatty pork belly. There’s fruit too: green apples, pears, lime, pineapple, and ginger. Some black pepper, chipotle, thyme, smoked honey, seaweed, and driftwood.
    A drop of water brought out an earthy cumin note.

    Palate: Medium-weight, oily texture. Soft arrival, with light nuts, buttered popcorn, pear, and juicy orange, then a big hit of green tea. Some tropical fruit flavours of pineapple, passionfruit, and lime. The green tea develops into sweet, heathery peat notes. There’s pine, grass, bacon, sea salt, and tar. There’s some oak, black pepper, and leather on the back, but it’s not really tannic at all.
    A drop of water helped! There’s a thicker tobacco and leather note on the back end, as well as some more juicy pineapple.

    Finish: Mellow and fairly sweet. Slightly burnt rubber, pine forest, green peppers, jalapenos, lime, apple, pear, lemongrass, and salt. More lightly-buttered popcorn.
    Water amped up the floral elements here, bring dried flower petals and dried apple slices.

  27. Duckfunk577 scored this whisky 93 points Member Junior

  28. S_S scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Unobtrusive one-piece filling. A grand seigneur malt. For me he has nothing wild, he is rather solid. Could be even stronger to mention 52% of the time. Great ex bourbon.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Phenolic mild, salty, sweet, spicy, balanced, multi-layered, mineral ... is fun. Nothing is noticeable from the alcohol .... Nice.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Not exaggerated smoke, slight ashiness. Salty, pepper, sweet, earthy, mineral, peaty, balanced.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium - mildly smoky, salty, slightly ashy and herbal profile. Astringency.

  29. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    22 23 21 22 88
    21 23 22 22 88

    sincere, refreshing, at this age there is little specialty meat, but very tasty!

  30. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  31. HunterRomario scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I tasted in the comparison test with Laphroaig 16 yo and Talisker 30 yo.
    Purchased sample at Radebeul Festival.

    Aroma: Compared to Laphroaig 16 yo is sharper, more fresh and concentrated. Citrus and sea salinity dominate, there is a higher strength of alcohol. Sweets have decreased, but here it is. Strudel, cinnamon, citrus peel, some woody musty, straw. The smell is full, rich and layered. (92 pts)
    Taste: Immediately after the first postponement on my tongue, I felt soft, but then there was sharpness, pungency, citrus. Surprisingly, the body is not particularly full, the aftertaste is also not stunning. Otherwise, the taste is sweet, peppery, spicy. In reverberation tar and ash. (87 pts)
    Points: 89
    Summary: Only the aroma, my taste and reverberation I expected a bigger peck. In the comparative test, the middle one, but significantly closer to the worse Laphroaig, was 16 yo than the best Talisker 30 yo. I will still tease it, because I have more than just one tasting, and then I'll give it my rating.

  32. Agus818 scored this whisky 73 points Expert Junior

    laphroaighish but a bit of pencil shaving, perfume i dont realize why people rush into this bottle

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