Overall rating
90.74/100
votes
48
Whiskybase ID
WB185830
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Phil & Simon Thompson (PST)
Vintage
01.04.1989
Bottled
01.04.2021
Stated Age
31 years old
Casktype
Refill Barrel
Number of bottles
259
Strength
51.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
21 jun 2021 10:04 pm by Commodus
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 379.08

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48 × member ratings

76 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1989 PST

11 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.74 points.

  1. grinface scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This a really well aged Laph... eh I mean dram and it is a pleasure and honour do drink sth. like this.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Soft medicinal notes. Bandages, phenols, pineapple. After some time there are some toffees and a little salted fudge.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Salty and maritime with seaweed. Again very soft and well aged. Some nuts, even some Mr. Tom, me thinks. And Papa likes Mango...
    • Finish
      91 91
      Some meaty notes and also a lot of fantastic bitter notes like the finest amaro and hand crafted bitters. It ends on a sweet note of dried yellow fruits and gets ever more dry. The later sips have sth. overripe in it.

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  3. J.K.Ch scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Fruit yogurt, butter, honey and peat.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Fruity, complex, peat, ash and wax.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Fruit and baked potatoes.

  4. Isabell scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Wow, where do the Thompson Brothers get all those great Islay casks from?! I'm excited. Anyone who likes Laphroaig should definitely try this whisky here. The taste in particular, with the sweet-peaty, mineral notes, is simply great.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. g2ther scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Willum scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Killswitch scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  8. ahembd scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    old dusty tropical fruits, rich beautiful tannins, salty umami smoked fish from the old peat. tertiary notes all over. Not sure if modern Laphroaig distillate in ex-bourbon can be better?

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    Powerful, dense and very good
    • Nose
      92 92
      Very dense peat, smoke and vanilla, liquorice, honey and butter, ripe fruits, sweet peach, iodine, seaweed, herbs, smoked fish - very good!
    • Taste
      91 91
      Little punchy, sweet, smoky, peaty, more liquorice, apple juice, black lemon tea, little salty, some minerals, spicy, herbal, little honey - still good
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warm, spicy, herbal, peaty, smoky, medicinal

  10. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Mineral, green fruits, medicinal peat, very enjoyable.

  11. SFWC scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The last reviewer mentions €400 being expensive but let’s consider this is a 31y Laphroaig at 51.9% cask strength. A distillery bottling 30y at 43% is $3000. Anyway, price should never be a factor when judging the quality of a whisky so let’s park that and just say that Phil & Simon do gods work. This is even better than the 30y they bottled recently (SFWC:90pts).

    This one is much more salty and coastal with abundant sea minerals and Ledaig style bbq smoked meats. Its a little sweet on entry with candied oranges, pineapple and guava (from the oak) but the peat is in the middle, not blasting you upfront, (take note distillery!), grasses, dill and buttery white fish. The finish is all on burnt lemons and complex bitters, herbs , spices and dunnage warehouse. The nose and taste are very well connected and this reminds me of great early 80’s and late 70’s bottlings of Beg and Caol Ila a lot. This was a rare occasion I reviewed a whisky upon opening so I’d say in a few months this will be even better with more little nuances and flavours peeking their head around the corner.

    Bravo Thompson Bros. Forza!

  12. Andara scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    When you compare the picture on the label with the realty on Islay it is clear that this is Laphraoig. So I am getting excited! Including shipping, taxes and customs we end at 400€ for the bottle. A lot of money but not much for a 31 year old cask strength Laphroaig these days. Grinface was kind enough to open it today and share it with me. Thanks a lot. Lovely, well rounded whisky. Fruit notes and clearly shows it age. Complex and the alcohol is nicely integrated.

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