Overall rating
90.73/100
votes
129
Whiskybase ID
WB179624
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Vintage
19.11.1992
Bottled
15.02.2021
Stated Age
28 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrels
Casknumber
6775
Number of bottles
252
Strength
52.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5021944111824
Added on
23 mar 2021 5:57 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 574.00

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Whisky reviews for Unnamed Islay Malt 1992 SV

36 users have left 39 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.73 points.

  1. aphex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasted face 2 face with the 1992 from The Whisky Sponge.
    I think it's also a Laphroaig.
    Simple clean but refined by the years. Very good mature Islay single malt.
    It wins from a small margin versus The Sponge.
    • Nose
      Smoky and coastal. Seaweeds, seashells, pepper, lemons. Mentholated notes. Mineral notes (chalk), hints of leather, tarry notes.
    • Taste
      A kick of pepper, lemon and brine. Followed by smoke and ashes. Creamy touch (again) on second sip. Mentholated notes. A bit less sweet than The Whisky Sponge.
    • Finish
      Long, lingering pepper and ashes.

  2. Killswitch scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Saftkenner scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The nose impresses me the most here. On the palate I would have liked a more complex taste experience. The finish is quite long, but "dry", "ashy" and slightly "bitter" doesn't quite fit my prey scheme. The banana note at the end of the finish is of course funny.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Really very mature and spicy on the nose, with a delicate hint of smoke wafting through a library of countless old books. Great!
      Vanilla sticks, dusty antique books in leather covers, sea breeze, marzipan, dates, dried apricots, a slightly medicinal note that makes me think of Laphroaig, floral scent, honey, morello cherries, fine citrus notes.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Beautifully strong, full and oily body with a delicate, slightly ashy smoke. Striking citrus notes, orange peel, tobacco, leather, powerful oak, dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long finish, slightly dry. Ash, espresso, tannins, citrus notes, caramel, a few minutes later ripe banana is added.

  4. fradin11 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Killswitch scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Killswitch scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  7. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2021] It seems as if there is an open discussion raging on about the issue where this release was distilled at - Laphroaig or Lagavulin. To be honest, the profiles of these two South Islay distilleries are very different so it should be easy to check once a bottle is open - so I opened bottle no. 93...

    ...and I did a lengthy and very enjoyable head-to-head session with its siblings release from Signatory (WB id 179144) which was distilled the very same day and which is undoubtedly a Laphroaig (because of its strong medicinal flavours). This one does not offer as many medicinal notes but a rather cleaner profile which is more Lagavulin-ish and in that way "simpler" than that of an old Laphroaig - but the latter might change with the newer vintages to come after the Beam management took over Laphroaig and changed both profile and quality significantly (not to the better, imho).

    A quick update after another tasting round (of smaller measures this time): Tonight I am more with the Laphroaig-side of the discussion, wow - this is really difficult to judge (I ever thought it is quite easy to separate Lg and Lp). Tonight I would place all my bets on Laphroaig, no doubt about it. I will keep you posted...

    Another night and I tasted these two drams with good friends and finally we all came to an unanimous decision. First: Both drams were distilled at the same distillery and - Second: This distillery is not Lagavulin. We all are pretty sure these drams are both fine old Laphroaig and by the way, most of us liked the 53.2% (WB id 179144) a little better than this one because it is more balanced and less punchy/alcoholic. But this all depends on your personal preferences, for sure...

    [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
      91 91
      The colour of the two drams is almost identical (maybe the sibling is a notch darker) at old gold but the noses are somewhat different. This one is more shy and less complex than that of its sibling and it shows a "cleaner" profile, meaning less dirty medicinal notes and stronger wood impact. Interestingly, after significant breathing time the two noses narrow with more medicinal impressions with this one and growing woods with the sibling. Nonetheless, I like the sibling a little more because of its slightly higher complexity and better balance. And by the way, I can fully understand that because of its "cleanliness" many connoisseurs attribute this nose to Lagavulin (what I did too, first) but after 30 minutes of oxidation this one turns into a clear Laphroaig profile, too.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste of both drams is multi-layered with dozens of different flavours marching across my taste buds from layer to layer. Not any flaw or imbalance that I can detect in both, all is extremely enjoyable. This one again is a little cleaner with less medicinal impressions than its sibling, it seems as if this cask was a little less active than the other. But to be honest, both offer a trademark Laphroaig profile right from the first sip because of the impressive medicinal notes which Lagavulin simply does not own. Again, this one is a little more wood-driven and guess what? I prefer the more spirit-driven sibling again (but this is all up to your taste preferences: wood-heads might like this one better, most probably).
    • Finish
      91 91
      The initial mouthfeel of this one is a little hot first with a charming creamy texture covering all of my mouth instantly (the sibling shows no hot moments and the same fine texture). The finish of both drams is long and both add more maritime impressions towards the end (salt, sea-weed and sea-shells) which is a nice addition to the anyway complex profile. Not a single distracting bitter or astringent moment, both casks were bottled at the right time. Water unlocks some more aromas (resins, chalk) and but turn both nose and taste a little punchier. I like both drams neat and a little reduced to about 48% abv.

  8. Anthaeus scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    A great drop that is really worth the money. my guess is Lagavulin. I have smoke, lime and chalk in my nose. In the mouth then herbs and a delicate sweetness with lots of rough edges. The finish is long and very tasty. A real highlight for me.

  9. dapoinbua scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  10. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. JeanChan scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Vanilla, coastal peat, citrus, custard cream, candied yellow fruits, I would say Laphroaig although not Uber medicinal, anyway very good

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

    I totally agree with most of the opinions here and in a blind tasting I would probably guess Ardbeg (bonfire) or Lagavulin (non-medicinal smoke) - on the other hand there are also a lot of non-medicinal Laphroaigs out there - probably not considered typical. This one reminds me a bit of the Laphroaig 1997 Lord of Islay (Whiskykeller) - just a bit more creamy (but less fruity) - great!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Lots of dry smoke, vanilla, honey, smoked ham and bacon, little herbal, indeed hints of a bonfire, little iodine, seabreeze, whiffs of seaweed, little citric - very good!
    • Taste
      93 93
      Very, very creamy, oily, mellow, almost sirupy, good sweetness, well integrated alcohol, plenty of smoke ham and bacon, little citric, vanilla, hints of fresh apple - great!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, warm, smoky, vanilla, little more punchy, still creamy

  14. DannyDram scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Peat smoke with depth, very well embedded, everything very harmonious and flawless. A very fine medical note is recognizable, for me it is not a sign of a Laphi.
    • Nose
      93P: Fine smoke (from the depths), liquorice, some iodine, maritime, citric, a combination of ginger and white pepper. Very harmonious, pronounced intensity.
    • Taste
      93P: malt, rhubarb, smoke, citric. Pronounced aroma pressure, full-bodied, very nice texture, creamy, sweet, delicate.
    • Finish
      93P: Salted lemon, peat, maritime, white pepper, malt, orange peel. Very long finish, very nice finish.

  15. MJ84 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Super dram, think Laphi or Caol Ila, from a certain age they are pretty similar. The date 11/19/92 speaks for Laphi ... ;-) But somehow I can't rule out Caol Ila,

  16. butt scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  17. Hagerboe scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  18. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    yes smells good but not great.
    is very productive, intensive and error-free.
    is super clear but also quite one-dimensional.

    I had a good time in the last week and every day off and with friends many old Ardbegs, Lagas, Bowmore ... around the clock in the glass 1960/70/80 .. - if I give 87-98 points - have to I also align my rating here. Just compare - 94 points in 2021 with 94 in 2003 :)
    • Nose
      89 89
      Cinnamon and sugar crust, bright yellow fruit, gauze bandage with sea salt, the coastal breeze in the nose is very thick and oily and intense even with a minor dram. In addition, there is some mineral dust and used motor oil, gradually melon, ground citrus drops, fresh zest of lime, subtle influence of flowers - the peat has a more direct effect - not foggy, not floral, not crystalline - atypical in its age, has a clear effect on the spot younger.
    • Taste
      89 89
      the citrus notes start to run in the mouth to completely change in the finish and become sweeter, good ashy, nice texture, a lot of birch water / tree sap which makes it silky syrupy.
      On the one hand, I find it very one-dimensional, on the other hand it can do it pretty well.
    • Finish
      90 90
      New are a lot of liquorice and sugared lemon, quite intense and warm

  19. Kawa_ZX6 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    retasted, this time versus a Laphroaig 1990 from MoS (ID 72918) from black glasses.

    When it comes to the genes of Laphroaig, the MoS shows its origin impressively and is what a good and honest Laphroaig should be from a bourbon cask. Smoky, fruity, full and compressed.

    I didn't know which Whisky was is which glass, but after the first sipp, it became quite obvious.

    And wether the SV 1992 is a Laphroaig or not, when it comes to quality, it stays far behind the MoS, so this second time trying the SV, its shine falls off and I am happy that I did not buy a full bottle for the money.

    Never ever over 90P for me, when the MoS is rated slightly below 91P

    In a direct comparison

  20. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Quite a powerhouse. At the same time tasty with a wow effect on the palate. Well over 90 points for me. Of course, everyone has a different sensor system. To the distillery: Schwanke between Laphroaig and Lagavulin. But others have already written enough about that. Personal enjoyment is decisive, not labels or tags. After trying the whisky with a few drops of water, I prefer it pure.
    • Nose
      91 91
      It is advisable to leave the whisky in the glass for at least 30 minutes. But very present dry campfire smoke and peat (for the age). Maritime-salty. Iodine, phenolic, moss. Citrus and light fruits (lychee, grapes, pear). This is accompanied by a light honey sweetness and vanilla.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Campfire smoke, honey and citrus. Malt, sea salt. Peat, pear and phenols. In addition, forest floor after a downpour and wet moss. White pepper. Completely dresses the oral cavity.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long. Campfire smoke reverberates for minutes, fading fruit notes. It gets salty, earthy and mossy.

  21. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    beautifully interwoven, but could be much more complex for his age - contrary to the opinion of many, I'm with a Laphroaig or Caol Ila
    • Nose
      89 89
      Menthol and wet leaves, mineral iodine
    • Taste
      90 90
      very full-bodied, iodine and menthol, green melon and fermented grass, surprisingly little wood
    • Finish
      89 89
      the phenolic smoke lasts a very long time

  22. daverdaz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    In the meantime for the fifth time in the glass. I haven't had it as good as this time. I think he could breathe well by now and something has been forgotten. In spite of everything, no fruitiness or complexity. I expect a lot more after 28 years. Price-performance very bad!

  23. daverdaz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Completely overrated and hyped whisky.
    In the meantime 4 times in the glass, 2 times blind.
    Classic Lagavulin that is blindly estimated at + -15 years. No complexity or fruitiness whatsoever, which one would expect at 28 years of age. Instead, endless peat smoke and a very simple malt. From my point of view, nothing special at all. Completely mediocre.

  24. dominikbraun scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    For me this is a Laphroaig and not a Lagavulin, but good. Very nice whisky, great maturation, happy to 90 or with good will 91 points - but no more.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  25. SMC-HH did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This whisky is good, but unfortunately far too hyped in my opinion. At least 2 members who rated this whisky with well over 90 points are in my opinion very close to the German importer or even work there.

    You can't argue about taste. But you can be surprised about reviews. Also what the evaluation of the current 25 year old Ardbeg has to do with this whisky. I would drink that first ...

  26. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    An absolutely excellent, very well matured malt
    • Nose
      97 97
      Smoke, menthol, spices, sweetness, fresh grass, sweetness, old man's armchair
    • Taste
      93 93
      Smoke, sweet, sparkling, alcohol on point, complex and harmonious
    • Finish
      91 91
      quite short, the smoke and the sweetness remain in the mouth

  27. DocF scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The smoke is much ashier and looks almost young, behind it comes a balsamic note that is very attractive for me, followed by a fat cream. Tree sap, briefly a little sootier than ashy, then lemon drops. Green branches smoldering in the mouth, seaweed, balsam rather little, but lemon drops and linden honey. In the finish, cigarette ash, tree sap and extinguished campfire. Tang, a little vanilla, soot from the candles. Small recapitulation of balm and fat cream.

    I would like to tell you that I joined the Laphroaig fire dance * because of the fresh citrus note, but mainly it was Bessie Williamson, who was later discovered on a bottling of the same age from Signatory stocks: rolleyes:

    The other day I had older Port Charlottes in the glass, they had more balm, soot, pomade, and oomph. And less cigarette ash in the finish. In the case of the "competition" in the B., an objective assessment is of course almost impossible, my attempt: 90 points from the hip, but nothing more. After all, I didn't buy a bottle from him.

    * To avoid vulgar internet slang.

  28. Steph2A did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Why have so many people here so confidently claimed that this is a Lagavulin (when we all know how fanciful and unlikely that was)?
    And what about their conviction now that this: https://decadent-drinks.com/shop/islay-1992-whisky-sponge-edition-no27 come out clearly displaying that it is Laphroaig (with Bessie Williamson's picture on the label)?

  29. voodoochile scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Well if you look for the vintage date there are only Laphroaigs. Also the acacia taste reminds me of an older Laphroaig i had once. But keep in mind there is nothing else that reminds me of the usual Laphroaig taste. So we can only speculate. It is one well balanced and great tasting old Islay bottling.
    • Nose
      Fruits and salty notes a hint of smoke but well hidden beneath the salty notes. Like a day at the beach.
    • Taste
      Acacia comes to mind first. Very light and elegant fruity.
    • Finish
      Very long and here come the smoke and the ashes.

  30. decadentto scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    No need to enter dates or speculate, the only thing to do is open the bottle and try it.
    This is 100% Lagavulin and one of the finest to come out in the last years.
    Ratings will start pilling up, because the first bottle shares in Germany are now done and the participants will be able to try it.
    I did and I love it!

  31. rampah scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Retail price: ~400€

    This one reminds me of the now discontinued "Small Batch" series of Cadenhead, as it it is a vatting of a few casks.

    I like it a lot, much more than for example the Laphroaig 27yo and 28yo, or the recent Ardbeg 25yo.

    Which distillery is it?
    Bunnahabhain? -> no, too much peat for a 92 Bunna.
    Bowmore and Bruichladdich should be out of the question as well.
    Which leads to Caol Ila (very unlikely), Ardbeg, Lagavulin (this would be my pick) or Laphroaig.
    In terms of Ardbeg or Lagavulin, this would be considered too cheap. For a CI maybe too expensive, the OB of Laphroaig with the same age are already in this price region.

    But from a drinking perspective I couldn't care less, what distillery it is: It is very good, much better than almost all new releases of all the Islay distillerys.
    It more or less depends, if you are willing to pay 400€ for a bottle for drinking. No fancy stories or designed wooden boxes, but you get awesome whisky in it.

  32. Dottore scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    In my opinion, actually a Lagavulin. Nose and taste clearly guide me there.
    Also thought at first that it had to be a Laphroaig (at least according to the distillation data) but it smells and tastes 100% like Lagavulin. Nice smoky maritime malt
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  33. RoKa scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A really great (for sure ;-)) Lagavulin, where you notice the 28 years, with smoke, sweetness from the bourbon barrel and super integrated alcohol - great!

    I actually thought that the reviews here are (primarily) about the taste and not the price - also the price for a 28 year old Laga is absolutely more than fair, just because it is not OA ?? !! Especially since this one here can easily keep up with an OA - if not better! Anyone who describes the whisky as "good" but deducts over 40 points due to the (justified) price ... I don't know ... besides, you don't have to buy it ...
    Anyone who thinks 400 euros is too much for a 28 year old (with only 250 bottles available) today, in my opinion, still lives in the small, healthy, manageable world of whisky from 20-30 years ago, when there was also no demand! This fabric is definitely worth the money :-))))

  34. HokkaidoUni did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    I do not understand all why the reviews are so highly scored nor why everyone is saying “don’t worry it is worth the money” - is there a context over in Germany I don’t get? Also did everyone who just reviewed it the past day or two coordinate buying and reviewing?

    It looks like a lovely dram but is it really the 5th best whisky you’ve ever had?

  35. knopfler99 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    In my opinion a Lagavulin as it is in the book. Old, mature, slightly lemony, coal and smoke, spicy notes.

    In my opinion, a great price-performance ratio, yes a lot of money, but such barrels at this price are already the absolute exception.

    Clear purchase recommendation, an absolute dream substance to drink in today's times. My highlight so far in 2021.

  36. Nickname scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    It's NOT Lagavulin and NOT Ardbeg!
    Just enter the date 19.11.1992 here at Whiskybase and you will see...

  37. GIngi scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Up front! For me this is not a decent to good whisky, but a first class "modern" Islay! The price is certainly ambitious, but an Ardbeg 25 is, for example, 1,000 €. For me here with the "Unknown Islay" after trying it, the question arises whether Ardbeg or Lagavulin, I rule out everything else! With Laphroaig (no, a date is not proof for me) I clearly lack the medical grade. Apart from which distillery is really hidden here, 400 € are fair measured but now to the notes ...
    • Nose
      93 93
      Wow - wonderful freshness, lots of grain and subtle smoke. Nice citrus. Here I would be more at Ardbeg.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Now comes the smoke, really campfire, alcohol very well integrated. Nice sweetness, great (not oversized) fruit. Slightly floral but also subtle. The whisky doesn't need any water. In the taste I would say it is a Lagavulin. By the way, the only distillery in Islay that never published under Signatory :)
    • Finish
      92 92
      A lot of smoke "sticks" in the mouth. Very concise and pleasant at the same time. Quite long!

  38. Macallan1968 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    If you ask around in the branch, then this "Unnamed Islay" should come from the Lagavulin distillery. The fact is, it is an old and well-matured whisky that has been on the bucket for 28 years and you can tell. I can only agree with TP-Darknight from the tasting.

    You can be divided about current prices, but one thing is very clear - we will see other prices in the future, Brexit has played its part! In addition, there are rising rates for the British pound - we will reach a five-year high by early 2022.

    What would you pay for a 28 year old Lagavulin? I don't think I can do anything below 2,000 EUR, right? So, enjoy rather than get excited :-)

    Slàinte

  39. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 96 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.

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