Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Skippers and kippers
Stated Age
21 years old
2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
55.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
20 nov 2019 2:13 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 305.28

16 × in wishlist

35 × member ratings

61 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 1998 SMWS 29.265

8 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.39 points.

  1. Gaija scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Loved it upon opening yesterday, still do today. Special mention to the nose, which is fantastically refined and complex thanks to proper ageing and minimalized cask influence. This nose is really different from the really in-your-face younger offerings of Laphroaig. Plenty of time will give you plenty of reward. The true peaty DNA makes itself clearer on the palate.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Talk about a nose. It's sublimely refined, polished, complex. A minimalistic, linear minerality is what strikes first. Ideas of big blue pebbles. Medicinal touches as well, and a lot of ink (wet newspapers). After some time, the dram reveals itself and transitions to some incredible territories of lobster bisque and other smoky tomato-like aromas, which works wonders. Old-style prawn cocktail finished with smoked salt. There's something a little nuttier emerging later on, with peanuts and, indeed, dry pine cones. Not the thin resinous ones, rather the big, dry, southern ones. Goes back to its first mineral theme, with wet pebbles and dirty seashells. Oh, and cigarette ashes, lots of them. Superb nose, really refined. A pleasure to "dissect".
    • Taste
      90 90
      As often, this is less "dissectable" at this stage, but still, it does the job. The alcohol is really well integrated, and the profile shines, with much more "plain peat" than before though. Still a very nice mineral and ink-y side to this peat though. Incense, smoked almonds, prawns, driftwood. The bisque side is very clear on the second sip : what a pleasure !
    • Finish
      90 90
      Wet newspapers, driftwood, blue stone, ashes, more iodine than before, Himalayan salt. Long, "linear", austere - but beautifully so.

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  3. lucero scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  4. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    fresh marine peat, barn corridor, cooked citrus fruits
    the salty side of the port with seaweed, a little sea sand
    the peat comes to mix with the smoke of a fire wet by the spray, the smoked wood also there,
    a little lemon and vanilla
    exquisite, sweet, mellow, lemony, sweet and finally peaty
    it is also grassy, these grasses close to the cliff that bathe in the drizzle and the spray
    a little peppery spices, the fire of the alcohol there,
    the smoke, the cold ash at this level, always the smoky wood, candied fruits on the mango, the zest of the candied lemon, the peat passes on the sweet and a little bitter zan, salted caramel, the return with wet herbs still on the menthol which refreshes the dram
    long, intense, tenacious, on ash, maritime iodine scents, sweet candied fruit, it lasts and gives off empty glass.

  5. Jnpons scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Color: gold, golden reflections

    A well integrated alcohol.
    We find the markers of Laphroaig,
    A nice smoke of chimney, very classy, not heavy, with sweet notes, even greedy.
    After this beautiful puff of hot coal, come lemony notes, leathers, almond, vanilla, then a volcanic side, lava stone.

    In the mouth, whoua! OMG! Magnificent, complex, you go through a thousand flavors, fruity, smoky, herbaceous ..... All of this mixes with naturalness and panache.

    A long finish on fiery smoke, with a little pepper, very good.

  6. aphex scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A sharp and austere Laphroaig. The nose is the highlight here with a nice evolution and hints of tropical notes after some aeration. The palate benefits from water which brings more fruitiness.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Peat smoke, coastal and mineral notes (seaweeds, seashells), light medicinal notes, soot. After a while, hints of citrus and tropical notes.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Spicy (chili pepper), oily, sooty, mineral and mentholated notes. Hints of liquorice.
      With water, the nose is more medicinal and coastal, the palate more briny and lemony.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium, sooty and briny.

  7. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. FernetBranco did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Issue price in December 2019: GBP 210.00


  9. Gaija scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Half of my bottle was splitted on Dec 1, 2019, and the remaining half has been allowed to breathe since.

    Since then, it might have lost a tiny bit of complexity BUT it has gained a very noticeable amount of ... (drum roll) ... exotic fruits ! There's like a decaying mango note, especially on the palate, that wasn't there initially.

    Seems like Laphroaig's ability to develop these kinds of fruits after ~20 years of age was not the appanage of the 60's/70's, though the phenomenon might have occasionnaly yielded brighter results then.

    So, much-deserved 91 points I'd say.

  10. mandragoru did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS notes:

    Refined smoke arrived in in small puffs from a fishing boat as aromas of bandages and antiseptic merged with salt water on charred wood. The palate initially carried a punchy weight abundant with chillies and hot charcoals but cooled with menthol and peppermint as sweetness emerged. With water a more settled appeal was found as the smoke from beach bonfires bonded to salted liquorice and pine nuts darkened over a flame. Smoked kippers were served with teriyaki sauce whilst the palate became creamy like burnt milk with oysters. The smoke had softened and found a balance with sweetness as digestive biscuits and cloves combined on the complex finish.


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