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Laphroaig 1989

Overall rating
89.94/100
votes
143
Whiskybase ID
WB2697
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2007
Vintage
12.1989
Bottled
2007
Stated Age
17 years old
Number of bottles
4000
Strength
50.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
07 Jul 2008 5:34 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 1089.35

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 1989

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.94 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is a grand Laffie! And actually already a bit of liquid history, no? A bottle has become quite expensive (between 500 and 900 EUR!).
    • Nose
      The nose is surprisingly soft and needs a bit of time to open up. Once that has happened, this is a party. It is very mineral with wet rocks, dried gras, limestone…Ooh, there comes the fruit! Think gooseberry, banana and pomegranate. A hint of citrus. Nice! But were are not done yet. A lovely medicinal side appears with iodine and band aid. Some oysters and smoked fish complete the picture. This is a very complex animal on the nose!
    • Taste
      On the nose it is equally soft, but immediately quite peaty, leaving no room for the fruit to show itself. That is made up for by flavors or iodine, ginger, sea salt, sweet smoke… it even turns a bit umami. Beef jerky? Some citrus eventually appears on the horizon. The spices and smoke become louder all the time.
    • Finish
      The finish is very long, the smoke very sweet and at the death some bitterness appears from the oak as well as some nuts and maybe even some mint.

  2. checkpointrk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. rpvdwel scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  4. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  5. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A great malt, that was just too simple on the palate for me to score a 90. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it very much, it's fab stuff.
    • Nose
      Very mineral, with tons of brine, and limestone. Then, the medicinal side of peat smoke: iodine, bandages, then salted oisters and smokies. There is plenty of room for other stuff too: citrus and gooseberry for instance. Th23e maturation becomes apparent in vanilla cream, banana and coconut. Finanlly there is a grassy/minty side to this whisky.
    • Taste
      It's well rounded, but very peaty. Some pepper kicks in, but otherwise it stays about the same as on the nose. Medicinal peat, some citric and tropical fruit, with a creamy and grassy twist. It's lovely, but lacks a gentle kick (in the ….). 
    • Finish
      Still rather rounded, with some acid and bitter touches. Now, some spice and nuts show, which is pleasant. The peat is a bit less powerful instead. Finally there is some honeyed cereal with dried fruit to complete this finish.

  6. Goethe scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Another great Feis Ile expression. Well done. 

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke, vanilla, banana, minerals, ginger bread.
    • Taste
      Sweet iodine smoke, ginger, minerals, earth, sea salt. Great texture.
    • Finish
      Long. Smoke and sweet salted ginger bread.

  7. Dre73 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The nose is really outstanding, versatile, ever changing. Very little peat and smoke, I would never guess this is a Laphroaig blindly.
    The taste is still very good but way less versatile unfortunately, if it would have met the expectations of the nose this would have been one of my greatest whisky tasted so far. But now still very beautiful.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Smooth, vegetal, green, then some candy-like sweetness and berries. Sweet and floral, waffles. Now some woodfire smoke, pines. Very versatile and rich. Caramel. 'Poffertjes'.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very powerful, intense. Fruity and creamy, orange, berries, sweet smoke.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Still a lot of power. Sweet and fruity, orange, honey, sweet smoke, spicy, pepper. Pretty long finish, ashy.

  8. pere scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweetish, honey, sweet fruits, bananas, pears, apples, a bit of smoke, citrus.
    • Taste
      Peaty, a bit burned, sweetish, smoke, salt, iodine.
    • Finish
      Fruity, oak, leather, hay, peat, a bit of ash, a but of honey.

  9. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. Jeep51 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Even a successful Laph. Consistent, uncompromising, but the alcohol is well balanced. Very good. Only a few fruits are missing
    • Nose
      Clearly Laph with this medicinal peat. Maritime notes too: iodine, spray, seawater. It is very oily, oily and compact. Maybe some nuts.
    • Taste
      Attack on the ashes before peat and aromatic herbs take everything in their path. Anise and pepper well present.
    • Finish
      Long, ashy. Becomes finally much more dry and liquorice while keeping freshness' eucalyptus?

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