Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Whisky Exchange (TWEx)
Stated Age
21 years old
finished since 2010 in a oloroso sherry
Number of bottles
54.4 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
02 mar 2020 2:28 pm by Whisky_Addicted
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 1250.00

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81 × member ratings

93 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 1998 TWEx

17 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.72 points.

  1. penumbra scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The most distant peat in the drunk Shirley barrel Laphroaig, the bitterness has considerable layering and skill in it, and there is no difference in the performance of the wine body and barrel. It just feels that this Olororso barrel is either heavy I filled it many times, or the barrel-run technique was not good, and the flavor was slightly monotonous.
    • Nose
      Xiaoer Chinese medicine granules, elegantly reminiscent of Bunahaben’s chocolate hazelnut latte. Coconut milk, beef breast oil, fragrant milk tea, honey, peat tame sticks and bones, charcoal smoked meat, incense sticks, dehydrated vegetables and tobacco. More pure bittersweet, dark fruits are not too much, after all, it is just an oloroso finish, raisins, plum, sherry, syrup, soy sauce. The influence of oak is calm, almonds, walnuts, hemp rope, shavings.
    • Taste
      Bucket O is sure to be correct. It is a bit like cold coffee, with a fluttering bitterness and a little bit of fruit acidity. It is only afterwards that the black sweetness and the over-charring of the roasted food gradually appear. Cigar, black jam, bacon, dried figs, walnut oil, slightly spicy. Very complex and interesting bitterness, tar, Chinese medicine, mud, evergreen needles, theophylline, brewed soy sauce.
      Strong, low fat, low sweetness, no tannins, no astringency, outstanding bitterness, no spicy feeling.
    • Finish
      Long-term, cocoa, bitter hemp, licorice, peat, fireworks, herbs.

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  3. hyc scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 93
    End rhyme--------------------93

  4. zstone scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    Superb Laphroaig, with fantastic orange and smoke notes, I may need to seek out a bottle...
    • Nose
      93 93
      I get chocolate covered orange peel, liquor soaked raisins, a bit of smoke and bacon grease. Some tobacco too. A more elegant Laphroaig profile than I have previously experienced. Highly enjoyable.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Too often I experience a great nose, but the taste simply cannot follow. Here the notes follow exactly. The alcohol is excellently integrated and I can chew on it at length.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, orange, smoke, and bacon. Sublime for my taste.

  5. saothangbay scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  6. switzyuk scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Serge says -


  7. vlad78 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A sample that is close to the ideal.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Prunes, dried tea rose, tea leaves, plum jam, velvety aromas of leather and tobacco leaf, smoke does not dominate and complements all this range of flavors. A little polish, a carpenter's shop.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is sweet and dry, as if you ate prunes and got a tobacco leaf. Rich, but not cloying. In the mouth, all the characteristics that were in the smell are repeated: both varnish and leather, and black berries and dried fruits. And even a little polish.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The aftertaste is long, rich, rich, intelligent.

  8. krupoder scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    We managed to taste such a sample, the tasting took place with a circle of scotch lovers, and for the seed there was another bourbon Lough, which is rarely found. But it's not about him now.
    First nose: very closed, let it breathe well.
    Nose: a bouquet of aromas, which is not there, a fountain of fruits peaches, apricots, dried apricots, raspberries, chokeberry, an industrial theme, machine oil in the workshop, metal, the same working machines with metal shavings. And everyone noted the aromas of greasy earth (humus) when you went to pick worms in childhood before fishing, and how strange this topic is here very organically intertwined with fruit. Rancio is a buzzword characteristic of oloroso - mushrooms, tobacco, nuts, cheese and fried bread, you will definitely find all this there if you sit with this dram longer.
    Taste: very strong side, full-bodied, as all participants noticed, heavy for late autumn, black bread, spices, astringency of black chokeberry, again I want to say black soil, but how do I know this taste?) Oil, etc.
    Aftertaste: Very dry, probably the driest that was in memory, but this wonderful astringent astringent aroma of a wonderful drink does not let me go to this day.
    Undeniably 93 is with an emphasis on the public degu, I think he would have received at least 95 at home.

  9. aphex scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The nose needs quite some time to open but turns lovely. Classic refined Islay peaty sherry nose. Palate was excellent after a few sips. Lovely sweet and sour fruity notes perfectly balanced with sherry and earthy notes. Beware with water, though, it brought for me some organic notes I found in a few (peaty) sherry whiskies.
    An excellent Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      Start on tobacco leaves, leather and dried fruits (prunes, raisins). A bit closed at first. Opens on smoked meat, coastal and resinous notes. Aromatic herbs, bonfire, ashes, light sulphury notes. An improvised barbecue on the beach ? Tarry and camphory notes. Gentle nose.
    • Taste
      Dried fruits (prunes), a sour fruitiness (blackberries, raspberries), leather, tobacco, chocolate, orangey notes and earthy peat.
      With water, hints of rancio and earthy notes on the nose, a bit organic on the palate and I'm not too fond of these notes.
    • Finish
      Long, chocolate, lingering earthy peat.

  10. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. OJK scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    On the nose there's intense cherry, caramelised sugar, forrest fruits and old leather, maple cured bacon and of course smoke. On the palate it's oily and medicinal, thickly layered with cherry syrup and black pepper, mint and peaches, meat with mint jelly, all of it carrying through with a wave of smokey earth onto the finish. Intense and complex.

  12. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great balance and superb integration of sherry and peat, refined medicinal peat with toffee, leather, chocolate, bitter orange notes

  13. HansG scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I have to say this is a BEAUTIFUL 90s Laphroaig. The sherry influence is very smooth, dense, and flawless. No wonder why Serge said so.

  14. Seanzhang scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  15. sirius_terry scored this whisky 98 points Newbie

    This is one of the best LP i have tried. There is a very good balance between the peat and sherry. It reminds me of the SMWS 29.260.

  16. mjts93 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Gaija sums up the sentiment perfectly. I also was completely disappointed to see this exploitative behaviour.
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  17. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange

    Meaty and leathery: singed roast beef on a new car seat. Butter icing with a hint of mint pushes through the middle, dragging a dried orange peel and berry fruit behind it: blackcurrants, dried cherries and raisins. Dried stone fruit notes build: apricots and plums. Hiding at the back is a pile of charcoal stirred through a bucket of molasses.

    Much softer than the nose suggests, with a rich and sweet Demerara and liquorice base covered in scattered fruit: stewed orange segments and dried peel; dried cherries and cherry jam; spicy baked apples and pears; blackcurrants and blackberries. Tendrils of earthy peat smoke infused with a touch of TCP are wrapped around everything. New leather sits behind.

    Rich and earthy peat lingers, with flashes of liquorice, mint and berry compote appearing and disappearing.

    A dram that roars on the nose and purrs on the palate. Laphroaig’s spirit often hides its fruity character under medicinal smoke, but 21 years of maturation have peeled back the TCP to reveal the distillery’s heart.

  18. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    From the Dramble


  19. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    From Ruben


  20. thijs100 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The integration between spirit and cask is fantastic.
    • Nose
      Gentle smoke, cigar tobacco, leather and shoe polish. There's a touch of well-seasoned grilled beef also. The sherry maturation expresses itself in the form fruitiness as well. Think prunes, sultanas and blackberries. Hint of soy sauce. The balance is top notch — extremely well-integrated.
    • Taste
      Oily stuff with a medicinal touch. However, the rubber soles, tar and peat smoke are just one piece of the puzzle. This is a sweet and fruity dram with candied oranges, cherry syrup and blackberries. There's some pink peppercorn too, as well as a bit of furniture polish.
    • Finish
      Lingering peat, orris root and a subtle sweetness. Long.


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