Laphroaig 1974

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
La Maison du Whisky
Stated Age
31 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
49.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 oct 2007 9:31 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 16950.00

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 1974

19 users have left 20 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.39 points.

  1. TheDawn scored this whisky 98 points Member Junior

    The best Islay I had so far and probably the best Single Malt I've had as well. Just like many others of these old well aged Laphroaigs, it is surprisingly smoky after all these years spent in a cask. However the Oloroso is a perfect partner and balances it out.
    Peat + Sherry is a great combination in most cases. But having that well matured, complex smoke along with 30+ years in a really good Oloroso cask, bottled at the perfect time and in Cask Strength?
    As I said, It's the best I've had so far and I can't imagine anything better than this.

  2. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Tropical Fruit Bomb!!!
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      96 96

  3. Seele scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    the one.

  4. ReKnird scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    One of the best three Bowmore with a tropical focus.
    If it's just the aroma and taste, it may drop about 6 points...
    My best in the finish category is Laphroaig!

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    scored the palate 96 and after a sherry monster head to head i feel this whisky is as good as any of the 75 i tried in including the Glen Cawdor 1964, so 96 points is a fair overall score on reflection.

  6. n11 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    It's my best Laphroaig.
    Incomprehensible fruit and sherry complexity.

  7. HP22 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Stunning malt

  8. minialkoff scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Nose: very soft fruity, but not smoky at all - not like Lafroig in anything.
    Taste: magnificent, just in moderation but I note the extraordinary softness and tenderness of taste. Like fresh spring grass.
    Aftertaste: long and pleasant. After drinking the dram, I did not want to try anything else for a long time.
    Total 95

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    One of the best whiskies I have ever tasted, possibly the best, an absolute masterpiece, I love it.
    In memory of my father, here's to you Dad.
    • Nose
      95 95
      I used my best glass for this one and when I took the glass lid off and inhaled it nearly blew my nose off, which was really unexpected.

      A an extremely jammy old Laphy all on dark fruits, fruit pastilles, dark polished wood and some definite oak in the mix.
      With a little air there is some brine and I swear I get hints of rhubarb which in whisky I have only had about 3 times

      There is a little peat in the mix perhaps some trademark iodine but nowhere near what you might expect but after 10 minutes in the glass the trademarks start expressing themselves much more.
      Dark treacle notes emerge, salted caramel but the dark jam notes are still to the fore, a multi layered nose for sure.
      This for me is very difficult to score, there is so much going on but the fumes in the glass seem exaggerated, you almost have to wade through them and the aromas are constantly changing between the sweeter jams and the earthy elements.
    • Taste
      96 96
      Jesus its like silk in a glass, what a lovely mouthfeel but it is also very dry and the oak is most definitely there but not overpowering because of the superb quality of the sherry casks.
      I have to say as mouthfeels go you would struggle to better this, that is my first impression anyway.
      The sherry is perfectly weighted mixing with subtle peat, dark toffees, some pepper emerges , various other spices.

      I thought this was a little dry at first but as balance and everything else go it is spot on
    • Finish
      94 94
      Your tongue tingles, you are left wanting more, so expressive

  10. Owidram scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    I was dreaming that I could taste it one day.

    And I was not disappointed.

    Typical Laphroaig nose. Medicinal, peat, high end Sherry flavours. So Old school. So Laphroaig. So complex. What a perfumed nose, giving a lot and changing all the time. This is just perfect balance between distillery caracter and wood that serves and produces a unique combo.

    Mouth is oily, still peaty, amazingly perfect. Mix of aromas produces something unique, unified by the wood. Here again, you have all the laphroaig best characteristics and sherry but they are not fighting each other, they are one.

    The best whisky I ever tasted.
    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      98 98

  11. Allandale scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A good old fruity Laphroaig? 
    • Nose
      Crusted note with whiffs of a tackroom: saddle soap,hoof glue, leather behind, soft orchard and tropical fruits. Take your time: old church aromas. 
    • Taste
      All tropical fruit at the front palate. Smoke comes from the mid-palate. The power/strenght comes slowly up.
    • Finish
      Long,fruity,slightly tarry.

  12. sagara-kun scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    I expected a lot and am not disappointed.
    • Nose
      Above all, exoticism predominates. The fruit of passion is present and defined. Iodine is also very present on the nose, counterbalanced by a touch of citrus: lemon and candied orange. The longer you wait, the more fruits open, as well as the medicinal side of menthol. Buttered aromas also appear as and when.
    • Taste
      That's wonderful. Alcohol is perfectly integrated. The palate is a fruit lesson. On exoticism above all, passion fruit and mango. But we also smell red fruits, blackcurrant and blackberry. A veil of peat and gunpowder lifts the whole.
    • Finish
      Long final rather typical sherry, on fruits and jam.

  13. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Dave Broom from says:NOSE
    I find it strangely shy to begin with, especially since the ruby red colour suggests this has spent a long time in first fill Sherry. There’s a slightly singed, crusted note with whiffs of a tackroom: saddle soap, hoof glue, leather behind which you find gentle, soft orchard and tropical fruits, which are unusual in Laphroaig. Tight and closed, it needs time and a splash to open up its shutters, when out comes classic old church aromas. After an hour it becomes more tarry.
    Amazingly, the palate is all tropical fruits to the fore, dominating the front palate. The smoke only starts to build from the mid-palate onwards, slowly increasing in power, while the Sherried element is always in check – it’s just the touches of treacle on the end that suggests it’s there at all.
    Long, fruity. slightly tarry.
    A counter-intuitive Laphroaig. It should be massive, and tannic, and medicinal. Instead, it is fruity and smoked. Extraordinary. 
    Try this with Aine O’Dwyer’s marvellous solo organ improvisations Music For Church Cleaners.

    Scores a 9.4/10

  14. JMBASS scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    the marvel of wonders, long, salty wish, smoked just as it should, a happiness on the palate, the best Laphro I've ever tasted .... FABULOUS

  15. markkerr02 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Test 060: Old Islay Malts - 060513 The whisky tested:
    Glass 1 Bunnahabhain 40Y / 1963 - 42.9% 1 point Glass 2 Bruichladdich 35Y / Legacy 3 - 40.7% 0 points Glass 3 Port Ellen 25Y / 1979, Annual Release 5 - 57.4% 1 point Glass 4 Caol Ila 23Y / 1978, Rare Malts - 61.7% 3 points Glass 5 Bowmore 34Y / 1971 - 51% 7 points Glass 6 Lagavulin 25Y - 57.2% 7 points Glass 7 Laphroaig 31Y / 1974, Sherry Cask - 49.7% 27 points Glass 8 Ardbeg 1972/2004 - 48.5% 9 points
    Testimonials Bernt Sjödin Laphroaig 31Y / 1974, Sherry Cask - 49.7% Color: Dark amber Scent: Dates, figs, fatigue, smoky, big Taste: Filled, very dried fruits, smokers, large, fattones Aftertaste: Long with very dried fruits 'Score: 95

  16. Rossi99 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Believe it or not Laphroaig 1974 31yo LMDW is just like you aging a cask of Glendronach's 1972 alongside sea of the Islay. 

    A 72' Dronach with lots of ripe passion fruits, smoking Seaweed, Chinese-soyed vegetables and rubbery notes inside... 

    It's surprisingly weird,
    and one of the most unbalance old Laphi I've ever tried!!


    I think I will pour a glass of Glendronach 1972 with few drops of old Laphi 10yo CS together, if I want another glass of Laphi 1974 next time. 


    How could it happen?? Totally ruining my dream. :(

  17. tomy63 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    A killing but quite different from the notes that I could read, it seems to have lost its peaty and marine character, perhaps because of the evolution in bottle, or a sample of end of bottle.
    • Nose
      very expressive, something of an old sherry, little peat and little iodine, a rather sweet and melted side as if the OBE had already been there, with leather, tobacco, old furniture, rubber, and at the same time chocolate, hazelnut and especially full of exotic fruits (mango, passion ...). Fantastic, but not at all what I expected.
    • Taste
      Here again it is a bomb of exotic fruits (mandarin, mango and passion), with a sherry side of "old school" Speysides, barely salted and barely smoked, still rubber, leather, tobacco, chocolate, hazelnut, ginger. .. Not very powerful but big scale, ultra easy to drink. Very oily and very thick texture.
    • Finish
      very long, always a sherry with exotic fruits, much closer to an old Tormore Samaroli or an old Longmorn than a Laga 21 years for example. The empty glass is amazing, we would stay there for hours (and we do it for that matter).

  18. checkpointuk scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur Color: dark amber, copper
    Nose: Dark chocolate with sea salt, raisins, full sherry aromas, oelig-heavy, chestnuts, oranges, tangerines, an ingeniously integrated hint of gum. Rusty metal and notes of wet hay. The perfect amount of everything; a dream!
    Taste: Fresh, creamy start with notes of orange biscuit, cocoa and raisin chocolate, tropical fruit, peat and a strong spice of salt and pepper. Then oak comes to it, which acts a bit bitter and quite dry on the whisky.
    Finish : a long finish! But now only hints of this beautiful delicate bitter chocolate and orange note. Meanwhile very dry and bitter, wood and smoke with integrated rubber.
    Comment: A nose you never forget!
    95 points (nose: 96 / taste: 95 / finish: 93)

  19. Dede scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    The best whisky I've drunk so far, no more, no less. I expected a lot ... and I had more! Thanks Pat!
    • Nose
      Waow, the most expressive of the lot at the moment. More sherry than in the previous two, with chocolate notes, candied orange, sweet almond, mango (very clear, Benriach 76) and banana but also rubber. The peat is not left behind, fatter than in previous ones, its presence is massive but the sherry opposite is so huge that the balance is found. The two marry besides smoothly, all is roundness and voluptuousness in this nose. Some camphor / mint notes bring some freshness. Then come the farmhouse smells of barn. You do not smell alcohol, it's great!
    • Taste
      The power is there, but there is no aggressiveness. It's fat, very fat and exotic. The peat is more discreet but still powerful, which does not pose a problem of balance because again, there is heavy opposite with a melted sherry while dried fruits and very clear notes of mango and grapefruit pink.
    • Finish
      Long endless, it sticks to the palate and develops beautiful fruity (mango) and chocolate (bitter dark chocolate) to which the peat responds in a distant echo.

  20. corbuso scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A legendary Laphroaig, heavily sherried, but once opened, it becomes rather quickly rubbery.


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