Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
23 years old
Number of bottles
48.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Sweden, Norway & Finland
Added on
23 Sep 2013 2:43 pm

Average value

€ 447.00

31 × in wishlist

120 × member ratings

313 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 1989

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.10 points

  1. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very nice Laphroaig, one of the best I ever had together with the 25 years old. 

    (Rating interval 88-92)
    • Nose
      Peat smoke and something reminding me of textile, a windbreaker jacket or even canvas (first time I've ever reckon this in a whisky). I am also thinking mineral, salt and flint. There is also fruit, lemon and pear in particular. Subtle spices, cloves and even cardamom, 
    • Taste
      It arrives on the palate with peat smoke and mineral and develops after a few seconds towards bitter-sour fruit, lemon and liquorice. It is very medicinal like Laphroaig´s usually are with cough medicine and powdered liquorice. Mild notes of cloves giving it a subtle perfumed note, bees wax with salt and pepper. It becomes very creamy on the palate during the development. 
    • Finish
      The finish is well-balanced, and spicy more strong cinnamon than cardamom here and allspice. Some distant dried fruit, all backed up by peat smoke. There is table salt at the sides of the tongue and salted chocolate.

  2. cuhp scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Good depth with a mix of oak, smoke, nuts, burnt sugar and burnt caramel.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Complex, soft yet full and dominated by leather.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Dry with a hint of salt

  3. namnug scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Peat smoke with herbal, floral, and fruity characters. Also with a hint of minerals and salt
    • Taste
      Moderate and smooth body. Creamy. Arrives with citric fruits characters. Peat smoke appears after a few seconds with typical laphroaig-character. Forming a balanced texture.
    • Finish
      Well-balanced spices and peat and fruit.

  4. Dionysus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. Pdh scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    N Swet elegant smokey dry fruit, vanilla
    T Medium body. Complex Starting with rubber going to smoke, sea salt, BBQ
    F Long spicy complex finish with smoke and salt
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. checkpointuk scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/laphroaig-23yo-vintage-1991-for-germany-vs-1989-for-sweden-34947/ Color: gold
    Nose: Fresh, flowery, sweet! Lightly sugared pineapple and lime flavors, with smoked ham and honeydew melon. The citrus notes are present at all times, are accompanied by dull, mossy oak notes and peaty smoke and mix with the sweetish fruit flavors after some time.
    Taste: Thin ... very thin! Sweet sherry, but then immediately bitter-herb becoming with licorice notes. Sugar, artificial sweetener and delicate honey notes press through and make the taste a bit more maritime. Continue with mint and lemon flavors. All flavors come in an unfavorable combination and are poorly integrated. To finish very sweet with a soapy, inharmonic undertone.
    Finish: Long - bitter liquorice, too long tea and unsightly wood notes. In between, scores of "After Eight" choco sheets and again this artificial sweetness. Minty, sweet peat remains.
    Comment: An absolutely shocking price-taste ratio!
    82 points (nose: 87 / taste: 79 / finish: 80)


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