Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Sherry Hogshead
MoS 12041
Number of bottles
56.1 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
04 oct 2012 8:17 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 190.00

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 1996 MoS

14 users have left 15 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.91 points.

  1. craide scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Really great interplay of the Laphroaig smoke with not too overloaded sherry influences. I particularly like the nose and the palate because everything blends harmoniously here. Very tasty whisky with enough depth to deal with it longer. Very good bottling of MoS.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Slightly sweetish smoke, a bit of barbecue, a bit greasy, sherry is present but not too intense, slightly candied fruit of oranges and apricots. In general, it doesn't seem very fruity to me. Spices, wood, some leather and vanilla tobacco are more obvious. Some honey sweetness again underlines the sweetish smoke. In addition, there is always a flash of mint.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Peppery, slightly spicy-hot attack, wood aromas of fresh oak, a little moldy cupboard wall, it seems slightly furry to me. Then a fairly fresh citrus note along with the oranges and apricots. Here, too, more and more spices like marzipan, pepper, salt. Notes of smoked bacon are added, and there is also some vanilla tobacco.
      It has enough strength, oak spice and a now slightly peppery spiciness come out of the background again.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium-length finish, smoky, slightly spicy with pepper, liquorice, finally there is some ash added to the smokiness.

  2. dapoinbua scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

  3. riegerjonas scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      not very intense, sherry present, medicinal sweet smoke, marzipan, herbal and spicy, liquorice, charcoal briquettes
    • Taste
      very strong citrus note, herbal and spicy, liquorice, hay, vanilla, light sherry sweetness
    • Finish
      typical smokiness remains

  4. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    An interesting one, because the hue lead me to expect raisins, chocolate, or sulfur, but I found fruity, juicy sherry instead.
    • Nose
      Rich, faintly acidic sherry, concrete, smoked ham, and even a bit of good soapiness. Sweet. With water, waxed floorboards, and some chemical notes I can't name.
    • Taste
      Straight, harsh peat, and this fruity, grape-y sherry. It's inky, ashy,and sweet, making me think more of some fino sherry than px. With water it works even better, and reminds me of the 25yo 2016 and 2017 releases. Water seems to help the sherry shine.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, and fruity with strong peat.

  5. aphex scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Not the profile I expected (quite sweet), but very good.
    • Nose
      Dry and quite discreet sherry-wise at first. Smoke and exhaust fumes. Tobacco, tar, nuts and medicinal notes. With time, bacon, leather and pepper.
    • Taste
      Sweet and spicy. Dark chocolate, red fruits. A pinch of salt too.
    • Finish
      Long, dry, ashy, smoky and fruity.

  6. Sonett scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Nose of fire of wood extinguished. Candied fruits (angelica), orange and honey. Mouth powerful on the ash, pleasant. Lime and toasty aromas. Long finish on a caramelized smoke. A good whisky with which we would like to spend more time.

  8. autowatch092 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Very dark amber
    Nose: Light wood smoke, hints of smoked bacon, orange zest, tobacco, leather, nutmeg and cumin.
    Palate: Stronger peat than the nose suggests, bacon-wrapped orange wedges, figs, toffee, tea, nutmrg and cumin agin.
    Finish: Very long, fruity, dry and smoky.
    Overall: It needs some time to build up and benefits from a good splash of water, this fantastic whisky has the perfect balance of sherry and peat, maturity and freshness.


  9. Ivynor scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Excellent laphroaig, very well balanced. Thanks Tomy for the discovery.
    • Nose
      Delicate, with a sherry well associated with peat. Alcohol is as well integrated. Gradually, the nose reveals notes of orange peel, dried fruits (dates, hazelnuts). I also found some leather. Behind, iodized touches, earth, ashes, a little lemon, which counterbalances sherry with a pleasant freshness
    • Taste
      oily texture (oily fish), alcohol still well integrated. Notes of citrus, dark chocolate, hazelnut and even a little praline without being disgusting. A little earth and salt at the end of the mouth.
    • Finish
      Ashes, pepper, iodine, lemon and in the background the notes of sherry.

  10. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Nose of fire of wood extinguished. Candied fruits (angelica), orange and honey. Mouth powerful on the ash, with a small point of pleasant sulfur. Lime and toasty aromas. Long finish on a caramelized smoke. A good whisky with which we would like to spend more time.

  11. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    By Serge;

    Laphroaig 1996/2012 (56.1%, Malts of Scotland, sherry hogshead, cask #MoS 12041, 240 bottles) Colour: amber. Nose: a smoky and dry one, reminiscent of the Shinanoya that we had yesterday. Gunpowder, fumes, leaves, tobacco, walnuts, engine oil, bacon, bitter chocolate… Need I say more? With water: ink, old books, more fumes, more bacon, liquid smoke, lamp oil, dried porcinis… All this is very dry and smoky, I can’t find any fruitiness. Wait, after a good fifteen minutes, some raisins and dates arise… Mouth (neat): something of an heavy Demerara rum at first sips, with also something slightly grapey, and then it’s an avalanche of pepper, cloves, bitter oranges, leather, tobacco, salted liquorice… With water: the dried fruits come out right at first sipping this time. Some kind of peppery and smoky raisins. Finish: long, miraculously balanced. Perfect smoky sherry. Comments: hard to beat if you like both sherry and peat. Ten more years and it would reach 92/93, no doubt about that.SGP:557 - 90 points.

  12. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Color: dark amber.
    Nose: Pure: Boom BBQ, beautiful, very sweet Laphroaig peat tingles lightly in the nose at 56%, it smells of grilled spareribs with fruity sauce, but somebody has poured cough syrup over the sauce, iodine, salt, lots of salt, with time The sherry is a little weaker and the Laphroaig shows again who has the pants here. Madness! With good water: the sherry lingers a bit, but remains noticeable.
    Taste: Pure: strong, slightly sharp onset, lots of smoke, tobacco and leather, then cranberry sauce, raisins with salt. Sounds disgusting, but is cool! Some oak to dry up. With good water: now gentler start, still neat peaty, now more medicine, still beautiful honey sweetness. Not really better than pure.
    Finish: long, sweet, peaty, smoky, salty. Perfect!
    Comment: a bomb, the fattest Laphi Power with nice sherry poured over it. A dream combination!

  13. tomy63 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A good Laphroaig, very greedy, very "clean", but not very complex, at the opening of the bottle anyway.
    • Nose
      expressive, well marked by sherry, lots of chocolate, red fruits, elderberry, orange, some varnish, slightly peaty and slightly iodized. Sherry goes before Laphroaig peat.
    • Taste
      quite sweet in attack then more powerful in the end of mouth, thick texture very pleasant, slightly sweet, very "clean" and very greedy, a lot of chocolate and red fruits, orange, spices. Looks a little like the PX Cask in more intense. A little bacon side in the background too. Peat is quite discreet for Laphroaig. It's easy enough but not very complex in the end.
    • Finish
      good length, spices, chocolate, sherry fruits.

  14. Jeep51 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very very good. A little the archetype of what a young Laphroaig sherry can give.
    • Nose
      Very Laphroaig ... Medicinal, iodine, essence, tar and all that supported by a sherry weft, mainly bacon and leather, yum. Very classic, very clean, very very good. It's ultra powerful. A little pepper too.
    • Taste
      We find everything that makes the nose with more liquorice. It is still very complex and powerful while being balanced. The oily texture is very nice.
    • Finish
      The finish is very long on spices and bitter dark chocolate.

  15. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Thank you, Malts of Scotland, for continuing to bottle these gems.
    Around 100 EUR. Thanks to Jeroen for the sample.
    • Nose
      The nose is creamy, very sweet and lightly medicinal at the same time. Juicy
      too: gooseberry, apple sauce and even pineapple on syrup. A pinch of salt and
      some maritime elements. The longer you leave it to breath, the sweeter it
      becomes. Espresso, leather and flints. Milk foam! Very interesting.
    • Taste
      It is soft and creamy on the palate, mildly seasoned on cloves and
      cinnamon. Again a lot of sweets that balance this Laffie beautifully. The
      sherry is much more pronounced now. Dark fruit and blood oranges break through
      the salty surface. Very nice indeed.
    • Finish
      The finish is fairly long on sherry and smoke.


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