Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Out of left field
Stated Age
21 years old
Ex-Bourbon/1st Fill Ex-Oloroso Hogshead
Number of bottles
45.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 mar 2019 5:31 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 238.57

9 × in wishlist

21 × member ratings

21 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 1996 SMWS 29.257

5 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.69 points.

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Outstanding nose. Pillowy soft, really beautiful peat. My goodness what a nose. Palate and finish are tasty but a little weak and it loses steam. I don’t get much oloroso at all, which is a-ok with me. Can’t have it all I suppose. Still beautiful, but for the price? I don’t like the price.

  2. Segens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    great nose and taste, even outstanding but the finish is simply too less. It drops literally ... Lovely but never a 90+ and I am a big Laphroaig fan and always overrate that's why 89 for me. :-)

  3. bigotry7070 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    29 is one of the favourite distilleries in my comfortable drink list. And this undoubtedly is one of the classic top one of 29.

  4. shend1982 scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

    For this 29.257, fruity perfumes, waxed lemons,smoke bomb,slightly medicinal,dry finish...converge on an astonishing balance. EXCELLENT!!! Check the history of SMWS from 29.1 to newest 29. 263, this is only 1 of 4 from the 1st Fill ex-Oloroso Hogshead (other 3 are 29.241, 29.258 and 29.259 which all get high scores in whiskybase...). When your access to it opens, don't let it pass...

  5. dramspotter did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes: This one is really out of left field - unexpected and unusual - but we all gave it thumbs up - the nose has fruity perfumes riding a tame wave of clean smoke - tar on a raspberry bush, fruity hookahs, salted blackcurrant, crab claws with grapefruit, waxed lemons and melissa - oh, and hospital corridors. The palate is a sharp, citric smoke bomb - the usual soot, tar, ash and liquorice co-existing with astringent fruits - salty lemon, passion-fruit, crab apples and blackcurrant; something slightly mentholic and medicinal - and then a seriously dry finish of ginger, wasabi, leather, humbugs and coltsfoot rock. Single cask samples do not always conform to the template. After 19 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead we transferred this whisky to an Oloroso hogshead for the remainder of its maturation.


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