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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 1998 MoS
17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.32 points
- "strawberry field on fire"
- clear wine finish, which leaves its own character
cold ashes in rose wine, raspberries, crumbly strawberries next to a burning haystack, something musty and wet earth
In the mouth, the smoke is much iodine and Laphi-typical, grilled strawberries, creamy strawberry cream
medium length. medical, earthy, some wood
- This one was part of a MOS tasting I had with my friends.
I am not a big fan of young straight-in-your-face peat bombs of the Islay distilleries. But this 20y old Laphroaig from an ex Amarone whine cask is pretty good. The peat is no longer that dominant and wine finish did its work. The rather low abv was also a good choice. Good final dram of our MOS tasting.
- Part of a MoS tasting I had with friends. Not all of us are outspoken peat lovers, especially Islay peat. So to make this one a part of our line up was quite a gamble. For some it payed of, for some it was way to much. What all of us surprised was the rather high level of active peat after 20 years of maturation. We all expected it to be less.
A beautiful, well layered and mature peat nose. The character of Laphroaig is clearly present. Medicinal, Betadine and band aid. The amarone cask adds raspberry, spices and sweet red wine.
When you imagine this without peat the body would be rather weak and watery. Unusual for a Laphroaig. Luckily this is more then provided with peat. It’s friendly and soft, but that’s what peat often does to aging spirit and mouthfeel.
Thanks to the peat it is long. But all the other flavors fade away quite fast. Soft earthy peat and medicinal. The flavors that fade away rather quick are spices and soft red fruit. All in all it is a complete finish that is not to complex. As a matter of fact the finish reminds me a lot of the core range Quarter cask that they sell. QC is my autumn and winter daily dram, therefore I recognize it immediately. On the one hand it’s a good thing, on the other I would have expected more of this finish due to the big difference in price and age.
- It has been a while since I had some older Laphroaig. And I like this one a lot. The wine cask gave this whisky lots of juicy raspberries aromas next to the Laphroaig’s signature barbequed ham, smoldering charcoal and peat and iodine aromas. It has a syrupy, but also a tad thin mouthfeel. Nevertheless recommended.