Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Kissing a Balrog's bum
Stated Age
20 years old
Refill ex Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
52.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 May 2010 3:47 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 135.00

2 × in wishlist

24 × member ratings

15 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 1989 SMWS 29.83

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.05 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    It’s been a while since I smoked. I often wonder why that’s the case when so many are so very good. Again, a refill ex-sherry butt is credited but I believe the SMWS is now crediting the previously used cask too – at last!

    N: There’s that familiar vegetal aniseed-y/watercress/ > nutmeg allium onion-ness straight off the bat, underlined by straight & not at all intrusive bourbon cask-like activity at the core. In fact, I’d say the cask element was neutral and simply oaky – so a proper refill! Are those violets in the background? Yep! Besides this, there’s all manner of fuels, fires and BBQ delights.

    T: Tastes as you’d expect after the nose. Needs some kind of water management straight away. It’s instantly sweeter with water [in the mouth], with more violets for confirmation. Light meaty sooty soaked violets in fact with a hint of allium-like liquorice. There’s a little pepper, but in comparison to the previous G1.7, it’s next to nothing but a light seasoning.

    F: Becomes bitter into the finish as the vegetal peat and char effects come to life. Concludes with sooty > meaty violets in smoky sugar water.

    C: A thoroughly decent peated whisky that’s not been messed around with. The SMWS has had oodles of cracking Laphroaig, the place to go for excellent and affordable single cask offerings. Drink and enjoy.

  2. ARDBERG did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS note:
    Our noses were dazzled and bacon-frazzled. By seaweed (cut and dried). Coal in a casket, a new-made basket. With orange and bread inside; A doctor’s bag; a fire-cooked prawn. And grilled black pudding (with sugar on!) “Oh wow! What a nose” we cried. The taste was fierce with embers and ash. Hawaiian pork, cooked in a pit; Our tongues were roasted, twisted and lashed. By the peppery, liquorice hit. A honey sweet, marshmallow treat. And egg custard were pleasing to some. But someone said “Ooooh! Incinerated shoe”; While another kissed a Balrog’s bum*. And ran, whimpering, home to his mum.

    *(Balrog – a fiery demon from Lord of the Rings)

  3. icon_of_sin scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Very tasty ... Why does not Laphroaig even bring out (affordable) sherry keg-matured whisky?!?
    • Nose
      Smoke, sherry sauce, make-up, lightly alcoholic, light phenolic, maritime notes, bacon, engine oil.
      With H2O vanilla, campfire smoke, oak, rubber, some cowshed
    • Taste
      Smoky, ash, sweet dark fruit, balanced but strong
    • Finish
      Campfire smoke, creamy and mouth-watering sweetness

  4. Bachess scored this whisky 86 points Super Administrator

    Number 19 of Tina's advent calendar 2010 I had 40 points on this one. Good whisky!


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