Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
15 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
60.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange
Added on
09 Oct 2013 3:32 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 399.50

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81 × member ratings

93 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 1998 SV

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.22 points

  1. ARDBERG scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Why don't they make them like this anymore?

    A wonderful medicinal cocktail of iodine and bandages, peat and creosote. Hmmmmmm.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  2. Unclimbability scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Colour: Light Amber

    Body: Full(!)

    Nose: A huge sherried peat monster. Big Sherry sweetness excellently balanced by the Lahroaig peat and medicinal notes. Thick and oily, syrup, raisin, loads of TCP, bandages, sticking plasters, cough sweets, Calpol. There is some peat and smoke but a more medicinal brute. Despite itself there's still some lovely juicy citrus maintaining a freshness and balancing it out- Lime and orange.

    After a bit- Engine oil, sea spray, fresh sea air, iodine, some liquorice and orange chewing gum.

    Water: Orange! More earthy too, a little iodine, juicy citrus with some lemon too, the medicinal notes have receded.

    After time- Wet leaves, forest floor, resinous sweetness, then more complex sweet sherry with excellently balanced citrus and peat.

    Taste: Very, very powerful. Amazing arrival on waves of thick sweetness- Raisin and sherry, orange, overwhelmingly awesome, developing long amazing smoke- Peat, kiln, flint, and medicinal sweetness on TCP and bandages then sticking plasters and sweet orange. There's a minerality all through it too. Incredible development.

    Water: More sweet, lots of intense orange, sweet lemon and lime. Big beautiful peat kicking up again, kiln and flint then some ginger and white pepper developing. Perfect balance and long development. Very juicy and sweet and going a little sour into the finish. B.E.A.uoooootiful...

    Finish: Long length. Fades easily on sweetness but a peaty note stays and stays with an orange undercurrent.

    Water: More orange and sour lime, less peat.

    Savagely beautiful. Expert balance of flavours. Power, complexity, everything you could want from Sherried Laph at this age.


  3. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Waykid scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Oh yes. It is fiendish drinkable even neat: the profile is so strong that the high volume doesn't soak. I like it, I like it.
    • Nose
      Dark chocolate at first, a fresh sea-saltiness with the effects of a harbour: old battered wood and ropes, tar and seaweed. Strong and sweet in smoke, ripe green apple and a muscavado-lemon-mix kind of sweetness. Really fresh smoke! An incredible balance and deepness for this age. There in addition to the savoury smoke a sweet tropical fruitiness. Some band-aids, gauze and cough syrup.
    • Taste
      Sweet and maple syrupy, star anise, indian sugar, butterscotch and some menthol. The smoke is really well integrated to the sweetness of this profile. It is delicious immediately and gets wider, deeper and rounder by the minute.
    • Finish
      Nice, long, sweet and smoky.

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Stunning. What power, what fun. A rare treat.
    • Nose
      Like smelling the inside of an old leather coat's pocket. There's also smoke and iodine present. The sherry is as expected, present but not dominating. A promising nose. With some water: There is something quite different here than what Ardbeg or Caol Ila would offer, a smell that's like car or boot grease. Very nice indeed. Something a bit floral develops with enough water. I gave it some water and time and a burnt smell unlike anything I can easily recall from another whisky came up, like the bottom of a frying pan, a chemical/burn residue smell, not at all bad and very unique.
    • Taste
      Very peppery on the tongue but there's almost none of it in the taste except for a dash of white pepper. Tar candy drops, seasalt and Läkerol mints. Not as rounded as the official CS and definitely more dry.
    • Finish
      Lasting thanks to the winning combination of not too saccharine sherry and strong smoky peat. Wood ash and coal. 

  6. tuntime scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    A brooding, weighty, enigma - the dark side of the moon.

    Compared to Laphroaig 1998 Van Wees #700394, the TWE is notably bigger, more integrated, and less iodine-focused. The TWE has a deeper, richer sherry impact.
    • Nose
      Glencairn Glass: Barbecue, smoke, bandage.

      Brandy Glass: Autumn bonfire, forest floor, early lime.
    • Taste
      Heavy, oily, a dense peat bomb that gradually explodes.
    • Finish
      Unexpectedly smooth, glissando. Very long, ending on ash and sherry fruit.

  7. mikespike scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    This one has everything you need. Fruity, Sherry at its best swimming in a rich, ashy, peaty intense Laphroaig. 91P, lovely stuff.

  8. Jimjam scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Powerful, alright, but its' ashy medicinal strength is well balanced by a citrus intensity and richness from the sherry cask. Hats off to Signatory and TWE - this is very good
    • Nose
      Characteristic Laphroaig, but with the amp turned up to 11. Lint/TCP. Wood and turf smoking over a charcoal beach brazier. Coal ash. Mineral notes. A rich sweetness rounds it off
    • Taste
      Boom! Raw Power, in the Iggy Pop mould. Smoke of course, but with lemon intensity offset by fruity richness.
      With water: Swims like a fish. A big one. Carcharodon of the whisky world!
    • Finish
      Medium-long, fruit trailing to smoke and cigar-ash

  9. Gloin scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Odor : For the high alcohol content, the guy is amazingly tame and soft. The smoke is clear, but not dominating everything. Behind it, I find sweet citrus fruits and herbal notes that make me think of coriander, caraway and anise. Something dirty is also there, tires and tar.
    Taste : The onset is very strong. Now the alcohol can not hide anymore. The rubber of the car tires is back, as well as bitter herbs. Even if you can drink it absolutely pure, I have to differentiate my taste because of the alcohol. So I dilute with some water. In the nose, the smoke becomes more aggressive. In the mouth oak becomes clear, if there were smoked dark chocolate, it would taste like that.
    Finish : Bitter smoke dominates the mouth. After a while, the smoke fades, but the bitterness remains and is sweetened with a reminder of oranges.

    Conclusion : Even if the first impression was not so, the overall but a fairly rough journeyman. I liked it a lot. No whisky for all days, but interesting and delicious. He shows everything that makes a good whisky, barrel and Brennereicharakter, a certain maturity and individuality. The product promise was kept for me. The taste was slightly weaker compared to the smell and the finish and prevented a top rating. I have 89 points . Actually, I do not like Laphroaig, but I liked it.

  10. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Not suitable for drinking neat in my opinion. Should be diluted to around 52%vol.
    • Nose
      Heavy peat smoke. The salty sea of Islay. Underlined by sweet sherry and some spicy oak.
    • Taste

      Extremely powerful, pungent start. Heavy peat smoke and quite some pepper. Undiluted the sherry has no chance at all getting past the smoke and alcohol.
    • Finish
      Long finish. Peat, oak and a little sherry fruitiness lingering on.


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