Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Essence of gelfling
Stated Age
22 years old
Bourbon HH and then 2nd Fill Ex-PX Sherry HH
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2020
Added on
24 Apr 2020 9:57 am by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 225.00

23 × in wishlist

31 × member ratings

63 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 1996 SMWS 29.268

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.14 points

  1. Whisky_Bro scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    An incredible nose on this. Sadly the palate falls a little short. The hint of peat is well integrated with the sweeter notes, but the finish is shorter that we’d like and this lets it down slightly. Still at RRP it’s a 8/10, but at current secondary market prices it’s just not worth it.

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  2. maltandgrains scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Subtle, smooth peat. Sea salt. Dried fruits. Medium-long finish. Sweet, with dried fruits.

  3. riegerjonas scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    2021-02-19: almost a bit watery
    • Nose
      Apricot, little smoke, no typical Laphroaig character, apple juice, vanilla
    • Taste
      Hints of green tea, but not bitter, slightly smoky
    • Finish

  4. detachedblue scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      FLoral peat, modern style, golden roasted barley, banana, leather, dried plums, new leather, gasoline, quite rich and balanced, dried apricots.
    • Taste
      Mellow, gree tea, minty peat, rich dried apricots, not woody at all, very dry but juicy, also dried plums.
    • Finish
      Long finish, dried fruits, dense smoke, toasted seaweeds, dark chocolates.

  5. GIORGOS scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  6. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. dramspotter did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes: An old Belgian farmhouse ale at first nosing. Plentiful notes of hot ceramics, Wensleydale with apricot chunks, engine oil, toolboxes, medical embrocations and gorse flowers by the sea. Things like wood sap, camphor, salted game meats and (eventually) emerging tropical aspects such as passion fruit, lime zest, wildflowers and citrus infused furniture waxes. With reduction there’s an explosion of exoticism. Green banana, papaya, star fruit, guava, melon and then vegetable broth, miso, sourdough and the fragile smokiness of Earl Grey tea. Some saline aged oloroso, sandalwoods and red fruit throat sweets. The mouth is liquified cough sweets, ancient medicines and aged herbal liqueurs. Wood char, dried mango chunks and orange cocktail bitters all mixed up with salted caramel and pistachio nuts. Water lifts out smoked cereals, tiger balm, iodine tablets, pastis and dried seaweed crackers. Matured for 20 years in a bourbon hogshead before being transferred to a second-fill PX hogshead.


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