Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Sansibar (Sb)
Bottling serie
Colourful Wildlife
Stated Age
10 years old
Port Hogshead
Number of bottles
53.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Added on
07 mar 2022 11:12 pm by McBeck
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 109.90

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38 × member ratings

85 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 2011 Sb

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.36 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2022] This looks and reads like a powerful Laphroaig...

    ...and it is indeed an impressive (port) wine and peat monster with both way beyond the level where the malt flavours still can be recognised. Fine, if you look out for a massive kick in the ass of your taste buds. Not recommended, if you just want to enjoy a dram and relax. Mostly I prefer the latter, but from time to time I develop a masochistic tendency and reach out for such a sadistic drink. Therefore I bought a bottle.

    This dram is extremely tricky to score: If I am in the mood for such a spikey whisky I would rate it 89 points - but if I am in my "normal" state I would score it much lower, maybe 84 points. Tonight is Walpurgis night with all the witches flying and dancing around me and so I prefer a demonic dram, hence my score is the better one...

    PS: After the second dram intuitively I remembered an old Laphroaig marketing slogan from the early nineties which characterises this release perfectly: "There is a thin line between love and hate..." I had a couple of more drams after that tonight and I enjoyed them all (together with the witches).
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers peat, peat, peat, peat, peat, port, peat, peat, port ... and finally some hints of wood. It is exactly as it reads: Two-dimensional only and very powerful in that. Indeed a wild tiger's dram as the label suggests.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste reads peat, peat, peat, port, wood, port, peat, port, peat, port, port, wood, peat - stop: here is a hint of barley sugars, hooray! Again two-dimensional and again extremely powerful like a wild Bengal tiger.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The dram arrives impressive with both bitter-peaty and bitter-tannic moments on my palate which turn slowly into a coating wine-driven texture. The finish is long with the code port, peat, port, port, port, peat, wood, port, peat, port. Water turns the nose punchier and flattens the taste, a further reduction flattens both. I like this dram most with all its neat power, as the reduced version degrades to a tamed tiger (and I prefer pussycats over tamed tigers, to be honest).

  2. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    When it comes to port and smoke, I'm more on the subjective side, I just like that, the Laphroaig character comes through well, the port might seem a bit fake, so minimal deductions in the B-note, but still a purchase candidate for me. And as of now, it still exists. Rarely that you can try a sample in peace before making a purchase decision, especially with single casks (and then also South Islay plus Port).
    • Nose
      Sweet and sour port notes meet you, the acidity hits you, slightly dirty, malty, freshly sliced bread, spicy smoke, a pinch of cinnamon, I rarely had to think so much of the classic gauze bandage that you like to associate with Laphroaig, hide yours No origin, so the tip in the newsletter would not have been needed, becomes sweeter over time, sour cherry, fruitier, more pleasing, biscuit dough, goes perfectly with the fire brigade cake I'm baking, a little salt, nice
    • Taste
      Wow, intense, sweet, more sweet than sour here, raspberry, a lot of smoke, cinnamon, somehow also creamy, cookie dough involved again, good mouthfeel, great, of course Laphroaig, Greetings from Brodir
    • Finish
      The mouth is still full of pleasant smoke, clearly recognizable as Laphroaig here, light spice, sweet berries, a blatant sour cherry note at the back, ashtray, cool mouthfeel on the palate, cherry and mint, you should make a chewing gum ;-)

  3. Captain Teague scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A great peat and port combination w. no off notes...

    N: Laphroaig in your face coal smoke, iodine burnt rubber .. mixed w sweet red Port notes( e.g. strawberry)..it appears very compliant once your used to smoke...

    T: Sticks to the nose.. great consistency sweet burnt sugar w. rum based marmalade..the port (Strawberry, cherry) and all kinds of peat and smoke and medical notes.. everything combined to a great extent.

    F/D: Coal smoke, some burnt tyres, long..fruits coming back..slight gunpowder

    It's dngerously easy to sip for a port wood aged smoker ..I like it much better than other Laphroaigs I tried in the last year.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Darko_Dramz scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The clues have already given you an idea of the distillery. A recommendation for all Laphroaig fans. The South Islay delivers exactly what it promises
    • Nose
      Campfire smoke (medium strength). Behind it a clear port barrel influence with plums and red berries. Creamy vanilla, chocolate and slightly sour notes of yoghurt. Finally, gauze bandages that give an idea of the distillery character
    • Taste
      The smoke harmonises with plums and red berries. Plus lots of chocolate, vanilla and some chili. Then a slightly medical note. A very creamy mouthfeel
    • Finish
      Chocolatey, smoky with red sweet and sour fruits. A long finish


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