Whiskybase
Overall rating
90.78/100
votes
66
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
A visceral, elemental experience
Vintage
25.03.1999
Stated Age
19 years old
Casktype
First Fill Spanish Oak Oloroso Cask
Casknumber
29.260
Number of bottles
507
Strength
56.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2019
Added on
17 Apr 2019 11:34 pm by dramspotter
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 497.98

28 × in wishlist

66 × member ratings

77 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig SMWS 29.260

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.78 points

  1. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Ground coffeebeans, espresso, lots of antique oak, lovely old leather notes, furniture polish, mahogany, humidor, old books, funky whiffs of cannabis smoke, a touch of flintstone, salty seaspray, tar, herbal peat, wet earth, moss, mushrooms, plum sauce, venison, game, beef stock and cooling menthol. Distant notes of bonfire and seashore. Very nice and seductive. Love this nose. Let’s see what the palate brings.

    Mouth: Very thick and resinous arrival on dark seasalt chocolate, coffee liquor and espresso. Blackberries, dark cherries, raisins soaked in PX. Cigar smoke. Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and black pepper. Gets very meaty, with Hoisin sauce and grilled beef. Tangy and salty seaweed notes and hints of herbal peat in the long finish give away the islay heritage of this oakmonster.

    Comments: A lovely dark sherry bomber with faint hints of the sea. If you sometimes enjoy get beaten over the head with a sherried baseball bat, you’re good to go. I am one of those masochists, it seems. /92

    https://justadram.org/laphroaig-1999-smws-29-260/

  2. breflex scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    For me this was the highlight of feis ile and campbeltown festival 2019.
    Delicate peat with sherry thickness. Full of dark sherry notes. Awesome!

  3. whiskybahnhof scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    For us it is one Hell of a Malt and one of the best ever tasted... so complex and very gentle in all its dirtyness.

    Nose:
    Figs, Vanilla Custart, Dough, Liquorice, Cigars, Leather and a very gentle bit of that beautiful burning rubberboot in an Hospital Laphroaig smokyness.
    Taste:
    Nice wood tones, very sweet, pears, sweeeeet coffee, warm honey, some sea, some spice and definetely a lote of sweet pie that was too long in the oven but in a very nice way... complex, dirty, gently, sweet...
    Finish:
    Raisins and one more Cake, dark Beer notes and gentle Wood. long, very long.

    We loved him!

  4. Ainulindale scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    A very meaty experience indeed. It's warm, it's subtle yet in your face and doesn't shy away from what it is. Excellent!
    • Nose
      92 92
      At first, some gentle peat followed by some solventy smell leading to nuts of all sorts. On the background, sea salt. The smell finishes on old oak and chocolate.
      With water, the solvent fades away to flowers, light rose and peach. The peat softens to bonfire and some hazelnut is coming through
    • Taste
      94 94
      Peat is strong yet turns quite immediately to leather, old tobacco leaves and nuts with a background of peach. The chocolate at the very end of these layers is very smooth
      With water, the chocolate overpowers the beginning of the mouth yet rose comes through, followed by walnut and a hint of hazelnut and then some red berries. The feelings gets kind of creamy, not that much though. The tobacco softens and melts with the leather.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The finish starts soft on tobacco then builds up its heat to chocolate. With water, dark chocolate and tobacco melt together in a very smooth fashion, leaving the mouth coated with a very nice lingering flowery feel.

  5. FernetBranco scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Issue Price in May 2019: £ 165.00

    https://www.smws.com/a-visceral-elemental-experience
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. wisekycourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Burnt wood smoke and its peat bed, that's the first impression!
    N: macerated wood, greasy peat, barbecue grease smell, oily smoke, slightly burned meat, butter sauce, walnut finishes
    B: almost sweet spices, it's creamy, on caramel, red fruits, a bit of chocolate, peat is less pronounced, but the meaty side is even stronger!
    F: intense on peat, macerated red fruits, tenacious woody and vanilla rotie in the end!

  7. AleLachie scored this whisky 97 points Newbie

    An incredibly well made mix of sherry and peat!
    The winey notes are superbly married with the hints of smoke coming from the whisky!!
    Maybe the best Laph i have ever had!!!
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      97 97

  8. whiskybahnhof scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    For us it is one Hell of a Malt and one of the best ever tasted... so complex and very gentle in all its dirtyness.

    Nose:
    Figs, Vanilla Custart, Dough, Liquorice, Cigars, Leather and a very gentle bit of that beautiful burning rubberboot in an Hospital Laphroaig smokyness.
    Taste:
    Nice wood tones, very sweet, pears, sweeeeet coffee, warm honey, some sea, some spice and definetely a lote of sweet pie that was too long in the oven but in a very nice way... complex, dirty, gently, sweet...
    Finish:
    Raisins and one more Cake, dark Beer notes and gentle Wood. long, very long.

    We loved him!

  9. Belli700 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. dramspotter did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes: This is the bruiser. Dark as the night with a ruby tinge in the glass. While still peated as its from distillery 29 in Islay, this falls under our Deep, rich and dried fruits flavour profile, and rightly so after spending a full 19 years in a sherry butt. Incredible. Tasting notes: The nose – syrup of figs, prunes, moist gingerbread, custard tart, Liquorice Allsorts, cigars in bodegas and boots of Spanish leather. The palate – cough syrup, ash, burnt wood, dark honey, dried orange peel, sugary espresso dregs, poached pears with cloves and kippers soaked in PX. With water, the nose finds malt loaf, stem ginger, maple pecan pastry, muscovado, creosote, exotic pipe tobacco and burnt prawn shells. The palate now has bottled Guinness, Amarena cherries and burnt raisins in a cake – quite a dram, a visceral, elemental experience. 16 years in an American oak Oloroso butt – then into a first-fill Spanish oak Oloroso butt.

Tastingtags

Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.

Whiskybase

Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  




Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 52072819
VAT: NL850288836B01

Copyright © 2018


Forgot your password?

Login