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Laphroaig 30-year-old

Overall rating
91.41/100
votes
58
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Ian Hunter Story - Book 2
Vintage
1989
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks
Number of bottles
4800
Strength
48.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Book 2: Building an Icon
Barcode
5010019639349
Added on
29 Sep 2020 3:07 pm by RoyC
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 979.99

68 × in wishlist

58 × member ratings

211 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 30-year-old

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.41 points

  1. rampah scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Oh yes!

    Very, very dark colour. Seems to have had quite active sherry casks.

    Compared with Book 1 from 2019:
    I liked the nose from the 2019th release a little bit more, but it is still very good here.
    But taste and finish really deliver this time. Imagine a strong battle, where the laphroaig spirit character shines through the heavy, pleasant sherry notes. And it goes on forever.

    The only downside is (as often with those releases) the price.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  2. MaltMinute scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    I was only able to try a small sample. Based off of that I would say that this is really good, but not as good as the 2016 all bourbon cask, not as good as the early 2000s 30 year-old either.

    The peat is a little less of the candied earth/cigar box and little more of the aggressive medicinal/coastal style that it is today. The fruit flavours are present but not overly dominant, it's all pretty subtle and restrained. Not heavy, rich fruits either, more like lighter dried figs or dates. It is good, but the age has taken a little power out of it and not given a great deal of complexity in exchange.

    That being said, this is still excellent and among the top 10 best Laphroaigs released in the last 10 years, but more towards the bottom of the list (maybe 8th or 9th in my books, this past decade is a bit of a low bar for the distillery). The biggest thing hurting this whisky is the price. It is eye-rolling, stupid, and just plain taking the piss out. I'd recommend a sherried Ledaig or an earlier release Ardbeg Uigeadail over this at the current prices.

    I stand by a 91/100 for this, any score above a 93 is too high in my eyes.

  3. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. darcyq scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    Not a sherry monster for sure, comfortable to drink and half of it actually smells/tastes like it's been aged in virgin oak for some reason.
    • Nose
      strong oak to start with, with a little bit of sour note from sherry wine
      More and more almond
      unripe fruits, green apple
      coconut, coffee
      then dried fig is developed
      toffee, light chocolate
      Hay
      Mandarin orange with zest
      honey and hay from the top of the glass
      earth from the bottom
      smoked apple and pineapple from the side
      more brine came out and maintain a good balance of sweetness and saltiness
      eventually some walnut, earth and some leather
      no menthol if you sniff
      Peat? almost non-existent
      hay and tobacco after a sip
      Mix of oak, hay and citrus from emptied glass
    • Taste
      rich candied orange, got richer and richer, and sweeter as well
      med to low oiliness, very vivid and bright
      the sweetness stay for 10s and started dropping, now more like yellow fruits
      and became waxy with mild ginger spiciness
      vanilla ice cream
      tiny bit of oak
      and some spices
    • Finish
      light sweet and pepper spiciness leftover
      cherry kicked in
      black tea with honey
      mouth felt a little bit tight after 20s, maybe it's dry but not quite
      some smoked vegetative peat came out, not too significant
      resinous
      obvious seaweed after 1-2min

  5. edward122765 scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    A very nice balance in peat "Laphroaigienne"
    Nose:
    Sherry, but not too deep, but fresh and present midway, cardamom, orange peel, pomegranate, licorice, cranberries
    Taste:
    The exciting thing is that the toffee, dark chocolate, ashes, honey, sweet, smoked stone fruit in the mouth seems to be compressed in a capsule. In this respect, it reminds me of the beautiful, orange, camphor, cardamom, peat saline, allspice, laurel, pomegranate.
    End rhyme:
    Harmonious sherry, orange, oak, salt mixed with peat... very long in the mouth

    Admirable Laphroaig

  6. Iron Lung scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A really good 30y old Laphroaig but personally I liked the 1st from this series better and the PLV is more than outrageous here.
    (tried in 2020 - price 897 €)
    • Nose
      92 92
      thick, deep sherry, sweet plums, very subtle smoke that is accompanied by iodine accents.

      The flavors themselves are all more in the background and, in my opinion, are a little overlaid by the sherry.
    • Taste
      91 91
      This is where the hospital Laphhroaig style comes in, astringent and sweet
    • Finish
      92 92
      In the finish you can immediately tell that it is a Laphroaig, the plum comes out here again, slightly smoky (more like a log which still glows), stays in the mouth and throat for a long time, alcohol is well integrated.

  7. Seanzhang scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. gossm01 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It has a relatively oily viscosity and its bouquet is of relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of raisin syrup, nuts, subtle peat smoke, spicy oak, tobacco, custard, toffee and ash. Relatively complex. Relatively sweet in taste. The alcohol is very well integrated and it has a heavy body.

  9. hfc scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    Lacking both complexity and delicacy for a 30 yo

  10. Whisky_in_Saxony scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Just wonderful Whisky, top 3 of the year!

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