Laphroaig 25-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Edition
Stated Age
25 years old
Bourbon & Oloroso Sherry Barrels
45.1 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
12 Nov 2014 6:30 pm by 404fred
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 583.96

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 25-year-old

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.69 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2019] To make this review more comprehensible I compare this 2014 edition in a head-to-head with the most recent 2018 bottling (WB id 118318). And this head-to-head yielded an interesting result: The 2014 clearly represents the old traditional style of Scotch whisky while the 2018 shows some aspects of the modern whiskies already - most probably they designed the 2018 batch selecting respective "modern style" casks this way (because I doubt they changed the production regime in-between 1988 and 1993)...

    I recommend the 2018 for modern whisky style lovers while the 2014 is a suggestion to all that prefer the more delicate-balanced old style drams. I like both, but in doubt I opt for the 2014...
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour of both editions is pale gold, maybe the 2014 is a tiny notch darker. The 2014 offers a much more delicate nose than the 2018 which is bolder mainly on peaty-medicinal aromas. The 2014's nose is more complex offering fruits, honeys, waxes, gauzes, machine oils, seaweed and and and... All in a balanced setting absolutely free of any off-note. I like it better than the more impressive but less interesting 2018 that nevertheless is on an excellent level too, no doubt.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste of the 2014 is multi-layered on sweet molten sugars first followed by peaty-maritime flavours followed by ripe fruits followed by spices followed by ... find out yourself! The layers combine towards the finish to a tasty amalgam of sweet honey-glazed fruits flambéed over a peaty bonfire and pepped up with several delicious spices and herbs. Wow, this is dangerously quaffable! Compared to this the 2018 is much bolder and "oomphy" on bitter peaty and wooden flavours in a fine combo but it clearly lacks the complexity of the 2014.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coats the whole of it with a creamy texture, no distracting moments at all. The finish is very long and vanishes slowly in several fading waves that add waxy-mineral notes and flavours of tobacco and tea. Beside the latter there are no bitter or astringent moments. The 2018 is again more impressive here but not as complex as the 2014. Water releases more aromas and flavours with the 2014 but it turns the dram flatter, unfortunalety. I like the 2014 best when neat.

  2. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 93 points Moderator

    This got better and better as I went through the bottle, I enjoyed this the most near the end. This became much more floral and malty with sweet smoke on both the nose and palate with a long finish. Really great stuff!!!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  3. MGHOW scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    The nose is quite peaty and minerally with barley sugar and pineapple.

    The taste is a mixture of dryness and juicy fruit including citrus and apples. It really whisks you away on a chute of mouth filling liquid loveliness. Where the tastes actually create spatial sensations of movement. This is something that only the finest wines and whiskies can achieve, an experience which transcends mere taste and evokes other feelings.

    The finish is where this really delivers for me, this blend of dryness and sweet juiciness persists for a long time, both perfectly balancing each other. I really like this because after all, it's perfectly crafted.

    This is probably a bottle and a style of whisky that will not be replicated in the future due to expense and quality constraints. I would say this is a modern classic.

  4. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The smoke is already quite reserved here for a Laphroaig. Unexpectedly sweet in the mouth, before then some oak strikes. Not a bad malt, but my darling the 21er he is not off.
    • Nose
      light salty smoke is there, in addition to yellow fruits, wet tobacco, the fruits have an exotic touch, slightly dry, with old Laphroaig I often grapefruit, in the direction it goes, but it was not so clear, nutmeg covered with a layer of chocolate and, in fact, some banana, a little bit bready, more crust, and yes, bananas clearly crushed, already slightly sour
    • Taste
      sweet sweet yellow fruit, some tartness of the grapefruit and yes also the sweet banana, beautiful combination, gradually the smoke becomes clearer, which is really sweet in the mouth, as if you had given a spoonful of honey, vanilla is also there, then the grapefruit stands out as a dominant note, takes a little the sweetness, which does not hurt.
    • Finish
      a little bit drier at the back with some oak, now also salt and also some chilli, a slight pleasant sharpness is added, light sweetness is still there, slightly fruity

  5. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Thanks to Oleg for fitting.
    Glass: Blender's
    It stood for 20-30 minutes
    Aroma: Well hello! It will definitely be a masterpiece! A delicate, rounded fruit, lemon, flower and honey bouquet, manually polished to a shine with wax, a plank floor that does not protrude at all, on the contrary, light medicine, peat fumigation (note - not sour!), A lot of salty sea water, a fireplace made of salty wet sea pebbles where lit a fire ... ashes and charcoals ... Mollusks, shells ... dry earth ... a drop of varnish ...
    I just visited the sea on Islay, in the evening, in pleasant company by the fire! 25 !!! Here it is!
    Taste: full-bodied, but very soft, honey, peppered and salty, then peat, wood ash, coals and the notorious medicine ... 23
    In a long and pleasant finish there are woody notes fumigated with peat and abundantly sprinkled with salt and black pepper ... Very warm and sincere! 23
    This is not just Molt - it is a state of mind!
    This is perhaps the perfect Lafroig! 23

  6. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    I have heard lots of good things about this well-aged Leapfrog. However, I always find 25+ years old Leapfrogs a delicate task to execute. Let's see how this fares.

    On the nose, subtle sea water and smoke on the foreground. Tropical fruits, mangos, papaya, and dragonfruit in the background. With time, mineral, vanilla, and buttercream. A rather delicate and faint/gentle nose. Maybe it's the lower ABV but I would prefer a stronger nose to fully appreciate the profiles.

    On the palate, medicine pills, salt and oysters stand to be the prominent profile. Sour oranges, lemonade with no artificial sweeteners. Some coastal rocks? With time, sweeter fruity profiles develop into the foreground.

    The finish is medium to long, dry and becomes increasingly smoky.

    This is a pretty good Laphroaig, but I do not find this any better than the now discontinued Laphroaig 15 and 18. Did Leapfrog discontinue the former 2 bottlings to make us buy the 25yo for older Leapfrogs?!

  7. gossm01 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      95 95
      Subtle smoke, dry fruit, vanilla, light note pipe tobacco, slightly salty
    • Taste
      90 90
      Refreshing, mild and light earthy, light honey note
    • Finish
      90 90
      medium and pleasant

  8. Dris scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  9. mothers_finest scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    In a direct comparison 2014 against 2015, I am clear in the 2014er. Although the latter is less sweet than the 2015er but tastes more complex in the end, the smoke is ashier, has a more beautiful oak and a subtle caramel note on the palate. The 2015er tastes smoother. If it is important that the malt is sweet (honey) can grab the 2015er.

  10. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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


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