Overall rating
88.21/100
votes
78
Whiskybase ID
WB121323
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Vintage
1998
Bottled
2018
Calculated age
20 years old
Casktype
finished in a Amarone Red Wine Cask
Casknumber
MoS 18036
Number of bottles
322
Strength
47.7 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
21 nov 2018 6:27 pm by OpenBar_PMI
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 379.00

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 1998 MoS

19 users have left 20 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.21 points.

  1. HammerHead scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very good, but I would recommend drinking this without adding any water as it thins out the palet. I consider the current abv the absolut minimum for a bottling like this. With a more amplified, fatter and greasier mouthfeel I would probably have rated this into the 90s.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Barbeque smoke, salted pork, mustard, soy sauce, cranberry, strawberry, raspberry, burning grass, cigar leaves, a hint of burnt matches.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Maybe somewhat thinner than I expected (might be the relatively low abv?): mild smoke and charcoal, pipe tobacco, sweet liquorice. Also the sweet and sour red berries from the nose, but less profound. Some mild wood spices.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long: starts sweet with a little fruit syrup, then mildly salted liquorice fading into toasted and charred wood notes.

  2. Falnor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nice and intense Laphroaig! The alcohol seems somewhat low for a cask strength, but lots of firepower here.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Willum scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. Erik1908 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.

  5. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.

  6. RobbievdB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.

  7. dramark scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. squaadgras scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    clear wine finish, which leaves its own character
    • Nose
      87 87
      cold ashes in rose wine, raspberries, crumbly strawberries next to a burning haystack, something musty and wet earth
    • Taste
      88 88
      In the mouth, the smoke is much iodine and Laphi-typical, grilled strawberries, creamy strawberry cream
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium length. medical, earthy, some wood

  11. butt scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. edhunter15 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    For my taste, MoS has succeeded with this Laphroaig a really nice and interesting wine finish. The interplay of the old and elegant Laphi character with the fruity aromas of wine, the musty notes of wood and the then recurrent wild smoky aromas says to me in any case. If you're into smoky whiskys with pronounced wine finishes, then you'll also be delighted with this malt.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Even the first nose shows me that I expect an elegant interplay of typical older Laphroaig notes and wine flavors here. In my experience, the smoke evolves from smoldering and phenolic coastal notes to smokier pipe or cigar smoke aromas when the distillery has matured for a long time. So this Laphroaig seems a bit tamed, the wild Islay notes are still present in the background. Add to that the wonderful aromas of an older, slightly musty red wine. This is how the Amarone finish shows off a beautiful combination of red berries, a touch of rhubarb and creamy vanilla. In addition, a spicy-dry barrique note builds up over time, making the finish even more apparent.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Here is the whisky from its slightly wilder side. Although the elegant tobacco notes are also present here, the taste is characterized by the typical smoldering smoke and mossy-earthy aromas. But the sweet berries of the Amarone wine are also beautifully integrated with some ashes.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Slightly musty wood notes initially set the tone in the finish. Here I have to think of a barrique-layered and very musty red wine that I once tasted in a cellar in Melnik (Bulgaria). Although the red wine was getting used to, finding these flavors in a whisky is really fun. Behind it develop a slightly chocolaty coffee note, again some tobacco and a subtle jam sweetness.

  13. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  14. christoph_f scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    As already described great color. Close to a rose wine. In the beginning not clear Laphroaig for me, I do not know if I would have come at Blindverkosten and first smell it.
    But then in the course but again typical. A surprising and varied whisky. Very nicely done.
    • Nose
      90 90
      For me in the foreground, first clearly the Amaro barrel. Raspberries and also a bit of strawberry. But then again, something medical. Hardly alcohol perceptible only when you go deep into the glass of alcohol is something in the nose. Smoke hardly smells behind the Amarone the first time. After the first sip, but also typical Laphroaigaromen in the nose perceptible. Peat and hospital and always red wine. Madness.
    • Taste
      86 86
      In the taste first sweet and then smoke, nicely round hardly any of the flavors determining. In the course of some seasoning without being bitter. Really balanced
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is then again strong Laphoaig. Peat and again hospital. Also a bit of ashes and a cold campfire. The finish looks initially rather medium, the second or third sip he came to me then a little longer and was still clearly dominated by the Laphroaignoten.

  15. butt scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    What an extraordinary color: pale rust / rose wine. Immediately noticeable in the nose Laphroaig, but the Amarone plays great with. Medical and wine sweetness combine. This continues in the taste. Both are distinct to taste and at the same time wonderfully connected.
    The finish is dominated by Laphroaig. Medical smoke. Unfortunately, a few alcohol percentages are missing to make it thicker and oily and give it more length. Nevertheless, by the flavor contrasts wonderful Gaumenkino.

  16. Glen Valley scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Special color, beautiful rose wine red. Very special whisky that knows how to play with the flavors.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Typical Laphroaiggeruch perceptible. But now also deep sweetness and Sherry or Amarone. Taste explosion. Wine-soaked gauze bandages. Complex layering of the aromas. The second sip clearly the wine in the foreground. And then there is the constant interplay of smoke / sweetness of wine, Laphroaig / Amarone, Amen.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Round taste that perfectly combines the two main flavors. Very own flavor, which is again far away from a normal Laphroaig. Like coming home.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The medical smoke becomes stronger and more noticeable on leaving. Wonderful! Furthermore, a taste experience. It lacks something the oiliness and thus the length. Departure only medium.

  17. DavidH. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  18. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  19. coryfin scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    "strawberry field on fire"

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