Laphroaig 30-year-old

Overall rating
91.23/100
votes
149
Whiskybase ID
WB166430
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Ian Hunter Story - Book 2
Vintage
1989
Bottled
07.02.2020
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
Bottle code
L0 038 SB1
Barcode
5010019639349
Added on
29 sep 2020 3:07 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1785.31

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 30-year-old

32 users have left 32 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.23 points.

  1. Rockford scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. Killswitch scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2022] After I had several 28 to 31 years old "Unnamed Islay" over the last couple of weeks which all turned out to be a Laphroaig I am in the mood to taste an official 30-years old edition...

    ...which is a nice old vintage and modern-style sherried Laphroaig but to be honest, I prefer each and every of the independent (bourbon) bottlings over this one, simply because the quality (texture) of this spirit is not as high as with them. I know, many connoisseurs might see this differently but just because a dram is very expensive does not mean it is of the highest quality too - at least this is what my taste buds told me, sorry folks. I rather buy three bottles of the IB stuff instead of one of these and by the way: I do not care about the colour at all.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a flawless modern sherry profile with all the fine old Laphroaig malt aromas present. The wood is firm but does not dominate, actually the balance of this profile is pretty nice. I suggest to start nosing right after serving as this dram looses some steam upon oxidation which sometimes happens with sherry maturations, unfortunately.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is nicely layered on the holy whisky trinity of malt, sherry and wood with all in good balance again. It is not the most complex profile compared to the other "Unnamed Islay" drams but it is a very enjoyable one. No flaw or off-note that I can find and the peat is quite strong given 30 long years of maturation. Some water does not change a lot and a bigger splash flattens both nose and taste. I prefer this dram neat.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The initial mouthfeel is a little hot and surprisingly with almost no coating effect, too bad. To be honest, I expected much more here given the excellent mouthfeel of all IB's "Unnamed Islay" drams of comparable ages I had before. Accordingly, the finish is of medium length only with the bitter tannins of the wood gaining more ground in the profile and drive it out of balance. Towards the end a minor unpleasant cardboardy impression of old wood pops up.

  4. SpringBarley scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    A pretty much amazing oldschool whisky that is unfortunately very expensive.
    Long lingering experience.
    Yes please!
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  5. turtle scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Wow, finally a great Laphroaig again. Unfortunately with a prohibitive price tag (which is not influencing my rating).
    I like it better than book 1.
    Suggestion: try to mix book 1 and book 2 (1:1). I like that even better. Brings me to the speculation, that they tried to take apart the Laphroaig flavour and made different expressions. Combine it for the superior complexity.

  6. Kensay scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Excellent malt, gentle, harmonious and deep
    • Nose
      91 91
      smoked prunes with salt, dried fruits, old sherry, light delicate smoke from a smokehouse with fish. Nuts in chocolate chips, cough syrup
    • Taste
      90 90
      oil with a drop of menthol, dried fruits, citruses, fish burnt in a pan, old oak
    • Finish
      90 90
      dry, dried fruit compote, spices, charcoal and eucalyptus, oak bark

  7. zzqfyl scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. hyc scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Smell ----------------------90
    Flavor--------------------91
    End rhyme--------------------90

  9. Mapl scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      93 93

  10. chen__yoo scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Nose: First smell of Chinese medicinal materials, obvious smell of mud gas, with a little orange peel, dark jam, about 15 minutes up and down: strawberry jam, ginseng, a little new book, bubble gum, leather, about 30 minutes up and down: pepper, ginseng , Licorice, a little bag of incense sticks, longan toast, a little caramel flavor at the bottom (22)

    Palate: The nasal ashes smell is obvious,
    Oral sweetness, licorice, woody, plum salt, strawberry jam, cocoa, rum association (20)

    Finish: The final rhyme is medium and long, the smell of licorice and ashes persists, the roasted longan is dried, the rum is sweet and sour, and slightly waxy (21)
    Comment: A Laforge with a very obvious smell of mud gas; the final rhyme with a little wax and a very strong sense of Chinese medicinal materials, and then transformed into jam, the association of rum is really interesting~
    It's a pity that I don't think it's up to its price and the flavor performance and layered sense of high vintages have not come out. It's a pity. (twenty one)

  11. yifulite_Boris scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    very dark color, a deep amber color
    • Nose
      92 92
      Firstly, there is a strong smell of soap, just like a Bowmore, then the strong smoking comes, with a little bit peat, also with some boiled ripe apple, sherry wine, then there is a smell of toasted preserved fruit.
    • Taste
      92 92
      it's very sweet and fruity, the strong smoking smell comes in the beginning and always in the mouth, there is also some sea salt and minerals.
    • Finish
      91 91
      very long, the smoking smell is unwilling to leave, and sweet, with a good smell of oak.

  12. nomad_soul scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  13. GermarThiele scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    A great whisky, rather untypical for Laphroaig, but still so powerful, intense and round that I really have to give it a top grade.

  14. vlad78 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I was very impressed with the first volume. And from the second, Oloroso, I expected even greater impressions. But now I think that I liked the first one more. So.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Recognizable melon, watermelon, Coca Cola, smoked mackerel, dried prunes and smoked raisins, an old saddle on which three generations rode horses, pastille and dust from this pastille, varnish and a delicate barrel, the sweetness of dark berries, juniper.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet, smoky, delicate with cooling hints of mint and eucalyptus, with dry leather, it nevertheless seemed to me more watery, not with such a dense structure that I felt with my nose.
    • Finish
      92 92
      scalding, sweet, smoked dark berries and smoked salmon, mackerel, salt.

  15. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A modern sherried laphroaig, medicinal peat, plums, liquorice, tobacco, burnt sugar, dark fruits, spices, very enjoyable

  16. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    This sherried Laphroaig is really well balanced and not too smoky - very drinkable and enjoyable - great!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Old wooden cabinet, whiffs of a fine leather couch, some dried fruits, plums, dates, lots of nuts, walnut, almond, hazelnut, pipe tobacco, milk chocolate, hints of coconut powder, quite little smoke - great!
    • Taste
      93 93
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, little liquorice, good sweetness, more chocolate, dried fruits, spices, nutmeg, sherry wood, little menthol and eucalyptus, more tobacco, just fine smoky - still great!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, warm, spices, chocolate, little woody - very good

  17. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 67 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Sauce, medicinal wine, graininess, soil, minerals. After waiting for a long time, I still can't wait for good (expected) things. I covered the cup and waited for ten minutes before opening it again. I caught some faintness. Red berries and smoke. Well, that's it.

    Drink: The wine is medium-bodied, fruity, fresh, and a little mineral, but the aroma is very inconcentrated. The aroma disappears for a moment, but it ran out again at the end, the roots of the medicinal materials, spices, and chocolate. The ending rhyme is long, but still very light.

    Overall: I will buy a bottle of unblended 10-year-old laphroaig, and I will not buy two bottles of laphroaig 30-year-old book 2.

  18. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  19. DrunkDude scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A relatively dry wine, the smell is orthodox and complex. The front part of the mouthfeel is rich in flavor, but the wine is thin in body, and the expression of the middle and back parts is relatively lacking in comparison. It's really a pity. After the cup wakes up, with the softening of the acid in the front, the flavor of the latter is also expressed, mainly with dried mango, oil, and tangerine peel sugar. There is nothing wrong with the flavor maturity.
    • Nose
      91 91
      The fat of bacon, the sourness of dried figs, dried cranberries, the sweetness of roasted apples, a little tar taste, a little rotten orange peel, a little coffee. Not amazing smelling, but comfortable. After the cup wakes up, the old leather smell increases, and the fragrance of orange peel becomes more and more, and there is even some vanilla caramel smell in it.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Lime juice, dried red apples, hawthorn slices, smoky, smoky black plum, refreshing front, transformed into gentle pepper and oak spices. The taste is non-irritating and stress-free, the flavor is relatively rich, the persistence is average, and the mouth is water. The wine has a medium-low fatness, lighter body, and average flavor level.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Some woody tannins, ash feeling, licorice sugar, no bitter bottom, good continuity.

  20. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Well balanced laphroaig. Light peat, oak notes, sour fruits, sherry.
    • Nose
      90 90
      No medicine (light peat and oak, sour fruit
    • Taste
      91 91
      Not easy to taste laphroaig, but tart-bitter in moderation
    • Finish
      90 90
      Longer than average, but held in the mouth and does not go down the throat

  21. Seanzhang scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  22. 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.

  23. hfc scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Lacking both complexity and delicacy for a 30 yo

  24. whiskydramo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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

  25. Whisky_in_Saxony scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Just wonderful Whisky, top 3 of the year!

  26. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  27. Silversoul scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Hebal, very medicinal, Fernet, bitter herbs, menthol, plenty of peat, seaweed and coal smoke. Bitter caramel and treacle. Cassia and hessian, quite austere. Personally I am not a fan, I can imagine for many Laphroaig aficionados this can be amazing.

  28. Jim_my_whisky scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    From Laphroaig,

    The Laphroaig Ian Hunter Chapter 2 is fully matured in ex Oloroso barrels. The last 6 months of the maturation was in fresh Oloroso barrels.

  29. 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.

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. 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

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