Whiskybase
Overall rating
90.43/100
votes
45
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 11:21 pm by dramspotter
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 379,99

22 × in wishlist

45 × member ratings

54 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig SMWS 29.260

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.43 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. dannyto scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Notes from whiskyfun

    Laphroaig 19 yo 1999/2019 (56.9%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society #29.260 ‘A visceral, elemental experience’ for Feis Ile 2019, American oak oloroso butt / Spanish oak oloroso butt, 507 bottles)
    This one was re-racked from American oak sherry into Spanish oak sherry at 16 years old, an interesting type of finish I suppose. Colour: deep brownish amber. Nose: as we often note on Whiskyfun, modern peat and sherry don’t often tango well. However, there are exceptions and it seems that this is one of them. A deep, syrupy and intense mix of cola cubes, strawberry wine, black olive paste, paprika, smoked meats, herbal peat smoke and ancient tar liqueurs. If you marinated old leather-bound library books in brine and espresso you might get something like this. Also some very salty Dutch liquorice, aged cigars, Marmite and smoked prunes. Pretty fantastic I have to say. With water: cola syrup, root beer, raspberry jam, cloves, star anise, fir liqueur and smoked teas. Beautifully fragrant and complex with water. Mouth: the sherry is huge, as is the peat, but somehow they work together rather than do battle. There’s more of these deeply meaty and oily salami notes. Lots of camphor, fruity black coffee, mustard powder, tar, old rope, waxes, pot pourri, jasmine tea, sods of damp earth, old wine cellars and many old school syrupy cough medicines. Pretty great stuff. With water: as on the nose everything evens out and becomes more gentle and complex. Lots more sooty, oily and peaty qualities. Big notes of boiler smoke, tar and liquorice. Strong black tea, bitter chocolate, juniper and coal smoke. Also a hint of blueberry as well. Finish: long, deeply earthy, tarry and full of bitter herbal extracts, old ointments, medical tinctures, cured game meats, cocoa and sarsaparilla. Comments: I couldn’t tell you what the finish lent this one but something along the way, about both casks, has really worked a treat. It doesn’t feel like a finish and the richness, depth, complexity and concentration of the sherry and peat into a big, gloopy, earthy, fruity, peaty morass has just worked brilliantly.
    SGP: 576 - 92 points.

  3. dramspotter did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.

  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. Belli700 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. AleLachie scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

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

  8. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Cast Olila scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

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