Overall rating
90.07/100
votes
49
Whiskybase ID
WB179144
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Vintage
19.11.1992
Bottled
12.02.2021
Stated Age
28 years old
Casktype
Vatting of Bourbon Barrels
Casknumber
6768
Number of bottles
249
Strength
53.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
17 mar 2021 3:00 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 442.09

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Whisky reviews for Unnamed Islay Malt 1992 SV

12 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.07 points.

  1. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  2. Thermidor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I managed to pinch this undisclosed Laphroaig from an auction at under the retail price, which turned out to be a good thing since I didn't quite get the quality I expected based on the other reviews here. I like this whisky very much as my score implies, but it's not quite a 5-star experience for me.

    The style is very much my cup of tea with the gentle lemony touches from rather worn casks and a lot of room for the distillate to display its qualities, but sadly this particular example of 1990s Laphroaig distillate just doesn't feel like it has the complexity to stand on its own as a premium priced bottling.
    • Nose
      The initial smell is of refill casks, with none of the current 10yo's bourbon notes. Lots of lemons, or maybe that should be C-vitamin tablets because there's chalk and a certain artificiality to it. There's also a powerful dry sooty aroma. Some medicinal notes, and anise marmalade, and some horse stable vibes too.
      With water, more of that stable, some quality writing paper, some unripe white fruit (unripe pears mixed with cucumber?), dry wood smoke, and tar candy.
    • Taste
      Feels ready to go neat. A clean refill cask profile with lemons, tar, medicinal notes, chalk, and tar candy. It's quite dry, even with water, and austere, but clean and likable. The only problem is that the profile feels too simple to be a real high flyer. I must say I've enjoyed the 30-ish yo OBs more than this, but of course they're more expensive too.
    • Finish
      Long, sooty, with lemons and anise and tar candy. Feels fresher with water. Quite lively, all told, and doesn't feel at all bitter despite the oak being clearly present on the palate.

  3. springtank scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Mapl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  5. kanpai79 scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

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

  6. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  7. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2021] Another unnamed Islay... and the race is on for the best guess where it comes from. As more and more distilleries restrict the use of their names for IB's (nowadays even Laphroaig and Ardbeg beside Lagavulin that does it since decades already) it gets harder to have an idea before tasting the dram...

    ...but as soon as you taste it this gets very clear because the profile of these three South-Islay distilleries are significantly different. And this is another excellent old Laphroaig from one of the best periods of this fine distillery after the end of the last whisky bust (1989) until the new whisky boom started after the millennium. I am pretty sure such bottlings will get a "classical status" in some years from now (after it will get obvious that Laphroaig's quality has deteriorated significantly in the new millennium).

    [February, 2022] Tonight I did a head-to-head tasting of all three SV siblings (casks 6768, 6775 and 6779) and it is obvious that all three were produced in the same distillation run at Laphroaig with just minor variations due to marginal different cask maturations. The nose of 6775 is cleaner with less medicinal impressions than the other two, personally I prefer 6779 a little over 6768 both at 92 points while 6775 is at 91 points due to a slightly lower complexity. Same with the taste: In both 6768 and 6779 the peat flavours are somewhat stronger adding more impressions to the profile so I like these drams a little better than 6775 (by one point). There is almost no difference between 6768 and 6779 in the taste. The mouthfeel of the three drams is about the same but as with the taste the finish of 6768 and 6779 is by one point higher than 6775, again because of a somewhat more interesting profile. But hey, this is hair-splitting on a very high (quality) level...
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers the trademark Laphroaig profile, no doubt (of course I use a big spherical blender's glass to nose such a beauty). In case you are unsure about the quality of your olfactory cells you can power-up the nosing experience through rubbing some drops of the spirit within your hands and than sniff on your hands. Just do this with a standard Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig first to experience the differences - and than go for this beauty. The medicinal notes are way too strong for both Ardbeg and Lagavulin while their powerful sweetness is missing too. This is an excellent complex and balanced Islay nose with everything in it an Islay lover of decent old drams might look for - very interesting to explore and extremely enjoyable to sniff.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is multi-layered an dozens of different flavours ranging from fine molten barley sugars, homegrown fruits, hints of over-ripe bananas (another Laphroaig trademark flavour), waxes, oils all the way to maritime peat with powerful medicinal impressions (both new and used bandages, iodine, hospital floor) and tarry roads. Wow, this is great fun to investigate. The wood is perfect in this setting with strong but never bitter notes and it adds a lot of spices. This is "complex" Islay at its best!
    • Finish
      92 92
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coating with a fine creamy texture covering all of my mouth within seconds and without any distracting moments. The finish is long and adds more mineral-maritime impressions of seawater-spray, salt and seashells which are a nice addition to the already complex profile. No bitter or astringent moments until the very end, this dram was bottled at the right time (well done, Signatory - just before the tannins get too powerful and destroy this wonderful balance of flavours). Some water unlocks oily and resinous aromas in the nose and turns the taste more powerful (both punchy and spicy) without harming the fine balance. A bigger reduction smooths both nose and taste but the power gets lost, unfortunately. I like this dram both neat and reduced at around 48% abv.

  8. Killswitch scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  9. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    WOOOOOW delicious, crispy and intense reminds me most of Lagavulin. SMELL smoke, campfire, wet sandy beach after a downpour. Then sweet, lime, clove and honey. TASTE very powerful, charred oak, phenolic, old leather, spicy and at the same time caramel with a little lemon. In the finish very very very very long with smoke, charcoal, thyme, clove, beeswax and kiwi.

  10. K C Wong scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  11. -sAxo- scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  12. rampah scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Retail price ~430€-450€

    Outstanding old Islay Malt, regardless what distillery is in it. My guess is Lagavulin again, but try and enjoy it for yourself.

    Its "sistercask" behind ID 179624 has more depth and power (which is funny, because the alcohol is slightly lower there), but the quality level here is also very high.

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