Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
1 First Fill Oloroso Butt & 3 Bourbon Barrels
54.8 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
09 Oct 2013 11:03 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 96.92

35 × in wishlist

87 × member ratings

184 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Lp4 SMS

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.35 points

  1. wisekycourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      tourbe fine fumée
      sel maritime
      un peu de sucré sur le caramel,sur des fruits cuits,
      un peu de bois
    • Taste
      tourbe presque sucrée,un peu poivrée,un peu mentholée cuite!
      des fruits madérisés arrivent avec un peu de crème,de caramel au beurre salé,c'est doux et pâtissier à la fois ,la fumée revient en retour!
    • Finish
      fumée ,vanille,épices poivrées blancs
      bois toasté
      simple ,mais finale qui persiste.

  2. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;

    A beautiful marriage of ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks, but the emphasis is very much on the smoky character.

    Cask details;
    A first-fill oloroso butt married with three bourbon barrels.

    Tasting Notes;

    Medicinal, smoky aromas, with stewed fruit, charred oak and a mineral note.

    The smoke and peat still takes charge, although there’s a little citrus and tropical fruit trying to get out. Characterful woodsmoke and coal take hold, as the fruit gradually emerges.

    Perfectly balanced between the fruit and smoke.

  3. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is how I like my Laphroaigs. Powerful and balanced. Interesting and complex. These were some well selected casks and they have been well put together.
    • Nose
      88 88
      This is full of smoked sherry. A classic example of how this should be: forceful, but balanced and complex. It is nutty, there is probably some tcp (I never smelled the actual stuff, but I could imagine is something like this), smoke, and bandages. It is rather chemical, which perfectly is in line with the bottle design. A hint of acetic acid, drops of lemon juice, some sun-heated sand, a whiff of chlorine or fluor, and burned apple pie in the background, and of course whiffs of sea air.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oh yes, the taste is very complex and the sherry is nicely integrated into the smoke and bandages. Wonderfully dirty with mud, scruffy roots, smoked raisins, and something like licking polished wood (I never did that, really). There are also several vegetables, difficult to pin down, but probably some cabbages. This keeps lingering on the tongue for a long time. Then come lots of liquorice roots. And almond paste, oh I like it. The one sherry cask must have been forceful for it to be contained by three bourbon equivalents, and still the sherry is sitting on the front row, no bourbon influence detectable.
    • Finish
      87 87
      More of the above.

  4. bela_ben scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

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

  5. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Smoked meats, cherries, creamy vanilla, and some winey elements. Doesn't have your typical in-your-face phenolic Laphroaig smoke, probably drowned by a pretty active cask. A bit of a rough mouthfeel, and there's a bit of smoked meats. For those reasons, this is not a 90 points Laphroaig.

  6. Dre73 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Dre73 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    What a pleasure this, whisky that continues to surprise the last nip. Everything comes along in both the smell, the taste and the finish. Peat, but with enough room for other flavors and flavors. There is always something new.
    • Nose
      Peat, creeping oil, BBQ smoke, cigar ash, caramel / toffee, some red fruit, cigarette smoke, later some soap, floral. There is always everything from the glass ...
    • Taste
      Somewhat salami-kick, liquorice, peppery, turf, leather. Then some toffee, sweet, honey, vanilla. Fruit too, fresh, apple. And chocolate suddenly comes through.
    • Finish
      Lightly peppery, long, peaty and fruit together. Sometimes suddenly a diesel-like taste that comes along in the aftertaste.

  8. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Excellent; not very complex but terribly seductive and easily drinkable.
    • Nose
      Easy. Medicated, peaty, smoked and banana. Right now, it reminds me of red stripe but with more wood.
    • Taste
      Opulent, very smoky, very well controlled alcohol
    • Finish
      long on salt and smoke

  9. hfos scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  10. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This one's got style, even though I wouldn't call it very typical Laphroaig style. 89 points, it almost could have been 90 if it could just 'swim' better. Too bad that I was just too late for ordering this one, 75 euros was actually a nice price for it.
    • Nose
      Quite oily for a Laphroaig, uncommon but pleasant. The kind of oil they use for the tracks at theme parks. Peat, but rather vegetal / farmy. Some cherry and toffee from a sherry cask. Later vanilla and peach. Water gives it an orange twist, but not for the better. It actually appears much younger now. 
    • Taste
      Peat, cookie, pepper, cherry, apple and toffee. Full-bodied at cask strength. Same effect as with the nose when adding water though, it tears the whole substance apart. Not recommended.
    • Finish
      Peat, cookie, toffee, apple and pepper.


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