Laphroaig 1981

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
27 years old
Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
56.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 oct 2008 12:41 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 7507.23

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 1981

19 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.92 points.

  1. dominikbraun scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    The key data of this Laphroaig alone - distilled in 1981 and aged in Oloroso sherry barrels for 27 years - are impressive. I am particularly curious to see how complex it is compared to the 25-year-old Laphroaig with bourbon and 2nd fill Oloroso maturation and the 33-year-old bottling from 1987 - and how much smoke is left after 27 years.

    Regardless of the complexity, I find the current price of € 7,000 already adventurous.
    • Nose
      94 94
      By far the darkest Laphroaig I've had - both in color and in aroma. Slow, oily legs roll along the glass wall.

      Immediately after pouring, a heavy and aromatic cloud of smoke spreads in the glass. It is not about the young, impetuous smoke that pulls the tears from your eyes, but about a smoke that has already been clearly broken down.

      This smoke is initially complemented by bitter and slightly rotten wood notes, which gives the aroma a very dignified character. Especially in the initial phase, these rustic notes tend to dominate. Leather and tobacco also come to mind.

      Over time, the Oloroso barrel becomes more and more noticeable in the form of plum jam, forest honey and very ripe, dark fruits and a little petroleum. In addition, the smoke moves into the background and more filigree and maritime notes are revealed. The combination of dark fruits, rotten wood and maritime character reminds me in parts of the Clynelish 1995 (barrel no. 11230) from Signatory.

      The 56.6% vol., Which is quite high for this age, is excellently integrated and at most has a slightly cooling effect on the nose.
    • Taste
      94 94
      The start is strong and spicy, the smoke is more noticeable from the start. With a very oily mouthfeel, jam, peaches and ripe citrus fruits spread on the tongue again.

      After a short time, an interesting interplay of the old, spicy-tart wood notes and the still very dark, juicy fruits begins. In addition, hints of lovage and dry charcoal are noticeable, which together with the fruit keep the smoke well under control.

      The tart wood notes in combination with the slightly sweet fruits are clearly reminiscent of dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      93 93
      In the finish, the aforementioned fruits fade comparatively quickly and give more rustic notes such as espresso and oak a lot of leeway. The smoke flashes one last time and the wood is slightly astringent. Spices and some oak remain on the tongue with a slightly dry feeling.

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  3. Proneor scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Fragrant and intense. Smoky and spicy. Slightly sweet, sherry with notes of chestnut honey, tart resin and fragrant tobacco. Next plum jam, warm spices. In the distance - ripe dried fruits, tobacco leaves, dried mushrooms, camphor oil.
    Taste: The smoke becomes more noticeable on the palate. The marine notes come forward. There are also a lot of dried fruits, wild honey, apricot jam and spices. With warming up, orange, peaches, a little dates appear and oak notes come out. A strong combination of strong spicy woody notes and dried dried fruits!
    Finish: Infinitely long. Dried fruits unwind more and more and give the oak weight and filigree. The finish is spicy, smoky, and powerful - dominated by campfire smoke, ash, spiced honey, dates, grapes, thyme, oak resin. Very long and pleasant, slightly dry.

  4. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Strong nose, complex and despite the old age with clear smoke. Always offers new aspects. Great on the palate and with a long finish. Even the alcohol, which was initially too intrusive, is controlled without losing its strength. Truly a great whisky!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Sweet, gum, smoke, ash, cherry, leather, spice, dust, vanilla, charcoal, smoked ham, honey, chocolate, short citrus, subtle sulphur, oak, slightly aggressive alcohol
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet, malt, smoke, ash, cherry, intense marzipan, the alcohol is a bit too aggressive
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long finish, sweet, smoke, malt, some salt, cherry, marzipan, oak, alcohol now well integrated

  5. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Wow! what a rocket :)
    • Nose
      94 94
      Warm, sweet sherry smoky nose, dark and spicy honey, syrupy thyme aromas (cough syrup), some tar and hemp rope, dried fruit, chimney smoke, extinguished match, slightly hearty, spices, hint of salt, mineral, prunes, tobacco, dried mushrooms. Changes in the glass and gives further impressions.
    • Taste
      95 95
      syrupy, sweet and smoky, some tar, tons of dried fruit, dark honey, spices, orange, thyme (herbal), cough syrup, wood/oak notes. Aromatic and intense. The alcohol is very nicely integrated and does not necessarily require the addition of water. I liked it best with a little hand warmth in small sips.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Sweetish-spicy-herbal-smoky, some ash, spicy honey, dried fruit, thyme, tar, spices, wood/oak. Long and pleasantly ending.

  6. Barchager scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Best Laphroaig ever

  7. Killswitch scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Superb integration of peat and sherry

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    What a nose! The palate and finish cannot fully catch up but are really not far apart - overall a really pleasant experience and an outstanding bottling - fantastic!
    • Nose
      96 96
      Intense, acacia honey, fine pipe tobacco, dried fruits galore, prunes, plums, figs, molasses, spices, xmas spice, little nutmeg, toffee, chocolate, cooked fruits, orange and apricot jam, strawberry, whiffs of smoke, fine sherry wood, hints of beefstock - wow, superb!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Punchy, oily, creamy, liquorice, subtle sweetness, lot of menthol and camphor, dried and cooked fruits, deep sherry wood, little tannic, coffee, dark chocolate, spices, little herbal, very little peat and smoke - excellent!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, warm, spicy, zesty, woody, little tannic, very dark chocolate or cocoa, espresso - still great

  10. detachedblue scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Very majestic sherry influence, fermented beancurd, rotten red/black fruits, raisins, and dried fruits, tropical fruits, umami, rich and inky, I can simply sniff this for months.... Peat is not so prominent, more towards smoked fish and bonfire.
    • Taste
      Rich and fruity, fruit candies, oranges, inky sherry, dried plums, then there are huge bags of tropical fruits, pineapples, and mango, what an attack! Hardly detect too much peat, huge ABV brought tannic mouth coatings. Some classic rich peat appears after swallowing it.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, sherry, cigar leaves, dark chocolates, classic finish but not as legendary as the nose suggested.

  11. Siwoo scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  12. Calmar scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Great, dense, complex aroma, very deep and rich, a wide palette of derivatives, taste / finish, alas, in descending order, the palette is significantly impoverished, the composition is simplified, yes, for many releases this is an unattainable level, but in comparison with the aroma, they give up strongly, in development, very delicate and elegant smoky-peaty derivatives are manifested, giving this whisky an additional dimension, and most importantly, they greatly add flavor and finish, reducing the lag behind the aroma and this is great.
    • Nose
      Discreet, dry, some kind of compressed, old wood, solid wood furniture, herbarium, dried mushrooms, dried apples and pears, dusty, dry prunes, homemade marshmallow, leavened wort, almonds, cola, dark chocolate, fondant, boiled condensed milk, pipe tobacco, leather goods, light smoky peaty, smoky notes appear in the development.
    • Taste
      Dense, rich, but after the aroma it seems mobile and light, oak, bark, prunes, light mineral-metallic shades, weak smoky peat shades, leather goods, tobacco, sour coffee.
    • Finish
      Light, refreshing, oak, even more pronounced smoky-peaty shades, prunes, tobacco, leather goods, sour homemade marshmallow, there is absolutely no sweets left.

  13. vlad78 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Nose. The first thing that hits your nose is the smell of warm dried prunes and black raisins. This is what happens when you forget a bag of dried fruit in the summer in the car and then abruptly open it. Then comes the varnish, the boot shop, the Shoe glue and paint for shoes, the heated Shoe cream. Here rose fresh fruit sweet melon and my favorite Mature and soft mango. I poured it into two glasses, and now I added a few drops of water to one of them. The smell in the glass as if sat down. There was a smell of oak broom, which was prepared for the bath. Sweet medical cough medicine for children ("Solutan"). I returned to the glass in which I had not added water - it had not lost its original and beautiful qualities. Taste. Sweet, burning, enveloping the mouth. The oak of the barrel feels a little bit, which certainly can't be good. A little astringent, like you chewed a grape mustache, or a grape leaf. Sweet long aftertaste. Your cheeks are bound together from the inside, like you've eaten an unripe quince. The sweetness in the mouth is permanent.

  14. ded scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Magnificent and multi-faceted!

  15. pavel whiskytractor scored this whisky 97 points Expert Junior

    Dark deep colour. Sherry, honey and chocolate nose with hints of smoke. Taste fully, heavily and rich of sherry. Really good stuff...

  16. penumbra scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    If any winery advertises that our bottled wine is carefully blended with three different wooden barrels; the quality of our distilled wine can only be maximized by refilling the bourbon barrel with a large proportion; We have tried using Shirley barrels in history, but later found that bourbon barrels are better; don't doubt, the root cause is that bourbon barrels are cheaper, reducing the cost can make more cheap wine to cut the vast leek. Hey, sorry, I was a little bit excited when I was drinking Lagavulin 21. I thought it was the representative of medicinal wine. Now comparing it, I found that the former is more like sugared chaihu granules. It ’s hard currency.
    • Nose
      The pour alcohol smells fragrant, and the camphor pills are a bit refreshing. The blind tasting is not easy to guess the winery. I wonder if it is the peat peculiarity of the old laphroaig. It is also mixed with iodine, laver, western medicine pills and cold Of incense. Dry in the middle, similar to the limestone and chalk ash commonly found in Caol ila, but fortunately, the characteristics of sherry barrels are added, black coffee such as American coffee, naturally dried plums, and brandy extracted blackthorn. There is neither the intensity of the initial filling of the barrel, nor the lusciousness of refilling the barrel. At first glance, it is feminine, but it has the richness of tar, leather, rubber, and oil. In the end, the woody aroma is relatively dull, like old wooden boards that have been soaked in seawater for years, licorice, and crushed mint leaves with more phytoalkali. Whether it is Sherry or woody, it has the lingering taste of camphor and western medicine Tightly integrated.
    • Taste
      Hey? This full cocoa, a long tail with a bit of fruit acidity, and a slight fruity flavor floating on it, are you sure I'm not holding a glass of cold hand? The effect of high-year oak can be clearly felt, but rather than woody taste, it is better to remove the sweetness of Lagavulin's ginseng, plus a lot of licorice and over-carbonized coffee beans. The tannins and the large amount of wood brought by Oloroso barrels undoubtedly show a great damage to the oily feeling, but the rich tar, land and cocoa still give a fat feeling.

      Full and strong, general oily, low sweetness, trace tannin, astringent, bitter rhyme.
    • Finish
      Long time, 100% cocoa, coffee grounds, tar, ginseng tea, moderate western medicine, fruit astringency.

  17. ygtbsm94 scored this whisky 100 points Expert Senior


  18. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  19. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Smoked fondue, coffee, toast, leather, dark chocolate 99%. Ultra tannic, yes. Wood juice, no.

    Enthusiasm 5/5

    Whisky n ° 1874

  20. peatandbarley scored this whisky 60 points Expert Junior

    massively oversherried and unpleasant to drink - leaving a rubbery and petroleoum-like aftertaste in the mouth - a pricey collector's item


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