Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
20 years old
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
53.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
17 jul 2011 6:16 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 156.00

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 1990 SV

4 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.00 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2022] A quick review of a sample...

    ...which is a flawless and nicely balanced classical Laphroaig from the early nineties. Not to compare with today's punchy and simple Laphroaig style so depending on your preference you might either prefer this or the more modern drams, I guess.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a powerful profile after some minutes of oxidation. The peat is quiet strong compared to other old Laphroaig (but much less than today's punchy Laphroaig displays), the fruits (among them green banana) are loud and clear and the barley sugars and wood keep the balance. A nice nose for an Islay dram, no doubt but I like the much more complex profiles of even older Laphroaig (e.g., the 30-years old WB210892 from 1991) even better.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is nicely balanced too with all three malt, peat and wood in good harmony. The barley sugars are present all the time while the fruits retreat somewhat. This profile is not complex but it is very quaffable. What else to say? Slàinte!
    • Finish
      90 90
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating with some drying impressions of cold ashes. The finish is long and turns even sweeter on stronger barley sugars and fruits which I like. No distracting moments here. Some water turns the nose punchier and the taste smoother while a bigger splash release chalky-mineral aromas both in the nose and on the palate. I like this dram both neat and reduced to about 43% abv.

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  3. JoshNRW scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I rarely had old Laphroaigs single casks and what I really like here is the only subtle peat and medicinal note. There is a lot of mild-fruity sweetness here, which is not as penetrating in the foreground as in the current bottlings. Beautiful harmony between the different aromas is offered. Between 89 and 90 points.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The nose is surprisingly mild for my understanding of Laphroaig, very nicely balanced and finely structured. I don't necessarily know that from the modern Islay whiskys and I actually only had it with very old bottlings from this region. Fruity sweetness of mild but ripe fruit.

      The nose is already very good, exciting, ripe, intense and never over the top - I like it very much and better than the palate.

      Water doesn't necessarily make it better, but it doesn't make it much thinner either, maybe it brings a light citrus note to the fore. I would leave out the water.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Here it is much more bitter than the nose and not quite as balanced and harmonious - but relatively and compared to modern bottlings still comparatively subtle.
      A slightly sparkling sweetness behind the wood note.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is almost long and pleasantly mouth-filling with a good mix of the defining flavors (sweet, bitter, slightly smoky).
      Stays long on the palate and is more smoky at the end, but still not like I have a campfire in my mouth. Top!

  4. besar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  5. hsmithjr scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    An excellent Laphroaig.  If you can find another SV like this, make the purchase.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. hsmithjr scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Wow.  Lots going on here.  Nice.
    • Nose
      Fresh ocean water.  Seaweed.  Watered down iodine.  Sardines. New sneakers.  Citrus.
    • Taste
      Medicinal (iodine and emergency room). Salty.  Faint citrus notes, but they are there.  Smoked hams followed by buttermilk. Fades sweet.
    • Finish
      Long and peaty!  Salty.  Sweat after a hard days work!


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