Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
van Wees (vW)
Bottling serie
The Ultimate - Cask Strength
Stated Age
13 years old
Refill Butt
Number of bottles
60.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 Sep 2012 8:36 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 300.00

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100 × member ratings

140 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 1998 vW

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.32 points

  1. Colognemetal scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Really a great whisky, needs a few drops of water. I don`t miss these medical notes, sweet sherry and fruits are overwhelming. Tasted this with his brother from Cask 700348, bottled a year ago, very hard to find out, which is the better one. I think his brother from 2011 with 61,5 % is a little bit sweeter and more balanced, still my favourite. But maybe I`m wrong ...

  2. vredensever scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The aroma is rich and sweet: sherry notes (burnt jam, warmed dried fruits), chocolate, dry leaves, tobacco, burnt wood, fresh firewood, a lot of oil (vegetable and machine), a little chemistry (varnish, creazote, thick paint) Minerality. Very good. The taste is sweet, a bit harsh at first: smoke, peat, glazes, sweet dried fruits and berries with sour, candy, butter; second wave of salt and spicy spices, wood. Bright, delicious. The aftertaste is quite long, harmonious: oil, wood, peat, coals, sweets, spicy spices. In development, a tree with bitter, cardboard, dry peat. Not bad. Conclusion . A beautiful sherry Laphroaig. Young, bitchy, but very tasty. Sweet and oily. I love these. I did not add water. And so good. Rating 89 (n23t22f22b22).

  3. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Best Laphroaig I've ever tasted. on par with the best peated whisky I've ever tasted. Even better with a few drops of water. And became even better when oxidized. 
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Absolutely one of the best marriages of smokey spirit and sherry cask I've ever encountered. This hit the sweet spot between aging in cask and spirit driven liquor. Perfection of peated whisky if there ever was such a thing.
    • Nose
      Great sherry sweetness, peat, smoke, rubber, leather, some earth, some mint ,some chocolate.
    • Taste
      A perfect mix of sherry and smoke all coated with peat, then a storm of peat, smoke, leather and sherry sweetness erupts in your mouth. Pure brilliance.
    • Finish
      Quite long, smoke, red ripe fruits covered in peat and dark coffee and leathery chocolate lingers on the tongue.

  5. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I've had this one opened for more than 2 years. The heat has mellowed down a bit, but still in good fighting spirits. Much more excellent than when first opened (88-89 points) and now, a solid 91 points, maybe 92, with great development and added complexity in the nose, and a more balanced attack. Oxidation of this bottle = fruits. 

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    With Water

    On the nose there is now more orange and leather.

    The palate is basically the same but a little bitterness has crept in.

    The finish is not as long and I only added a little water but still a decent length.

    Excellent neat an, an d shows how good Laphroaig can be, a great cask.
    • Nose
      Potent, sherry mixed with peat, worm old leather books, prunes and coffee.
    • Taste
      Walnuts, black fruits, old blackcurrant liqueur, hints of blood orange and some smoke.
    • Finish
      Very long and smooth on faint notes of dark chocolate and black cherry.

  8. checkpointuk scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/laphroaig-von-van-wees-und-the-queen-of-the-moorlands-32557/ Color: full gold with amber stitch
    Nose: Smoked ham, campfire, wooden boards, wet ash and coal and barbecue. In addition, red ground pepper, salty sea air and sweet, firm plum pulp. But also orange liqueur with peppered lemon slices - very salty and peaty.
    Taste: It's right there - smoky maritime peat with sweet honey, but turning off rather quickly into bitter. A mix of bitter garden herbs, ashes and wood to green, immature nutshells.
    Finish: Relatively long - but not really good. The bitter wood notes are preserved for a long time and surpass all peaty sweet attempts to fight through.
    83 points (nose: 90 / taste: 81 / finish: 78)

  9. mbinder scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Super intense Laphroiag. Sweet exploding in mouth. Finish medium long.

  10. Sonett scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A fantastic Laphroaig with a very typical, but at the same time a very non typical dram. Compared with the price - a lot of value for money
    • Nose
      A typical Laphroaig nose filled with charcoal smoke and peat. This one also have the more typical sherry tones of dark fruits like raisins dates and plums. Behind the smoke and sherry tones there is a light coastal tone barley detectable
    • Taste
      the Wine taste comes thru in the initial sip but is quickly pushed back by the peat and smoke. The combination of the raw peaty, smokiness comes in a delicate combination with dark fruits from the sherry influences 
    • Finish
      Long sweet spicy finish going from dominating smoke and peat and falling back to a more light taste of sweet sherry. At the very end the taste becomes a bit metallic


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