Laphroaig 25-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 653.75

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 25-year-old

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.70 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. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Goethe scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very enjoyable this expression of Laphroaig 25 years. There is some smoke left after 25 years, amazing. But very different types of smoke. A bit medicinal, some sweet smoke, some coals, some TCP, very complex concerning the smokiness character. Recommendable for Friends of Laphroaig and peat lovers.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10 (2015)
    • Nose
      Salt, smoke, iodine, vanilla, old wood, gingerbread.
    • Taste
      Sea salt, medicinal, coal smoke, iodine, citrus, sweet spices.
    • Finish
      Medium. Smoke, sweet smoke, smoke (TCP). Some vanilla and wood.

  6. Tordeaux scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  7. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Comparison between Laphroaig 25yo 45.1% 2014 WID: 60441 and Laphroaig 28yo 44.4% 2018 WID: 116673

    The Laphroaig 28yo is darker in the glass.

    The smoke in the nose is of course already clearly reduced in both of them, but can still be heard clearly.
    The intensity of the smoke is very similar. The 25yo is a tad fresher, while the 28yo is a bit warmer.
    Overall, the 25yo looks a little fresher compared to the 28yo. The 25yo shows fine citrus fruits, light fruits, the typical maritime notes, light honey and rather fresh wood. With the 28yo, the fruits are a little darker and sometimes also look exotic. The wood notes are also a bit more sedate. Additionally some resin and wax. Plus nutmeg.

    In the mouth then in the same way as before in the nose. The 25yo doesn’t look as fresh anymore and brings more sweetness into play. The 28yo is richer and fuller. The smoke is surprisingly strong here now.

    Both certainly delicious whiskys. Of course, they will not be price-performance winners. I like the 28yo better. It is more voluminous and complex. With the 25yo, I somehow lack some depth in my mouth.

    I have just poured myself a small sip of the 18-year-old standard bottling. So in direct comparison with the 25yo, the 18 is more exciting in the mouth. The aroma of the 25 is a bit more noble than the 18.
    The 18yo cannot compete against the 28yo. They are not worlds, but it is clear nonetheless.
    The 18 can keep up with the two older brothers and is not significantly worse, but considerably cheaper.

  8. gossm01 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    It has an oily viscosity and its bouquet is of relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of subtle peat smoke, dried fruits, vanilla, a light note of pipe tobacco, slightly salty, honey sweetness and citrus fruit. Very complex. Relatively sweet in taste. The alcohol is extremely well integrated and has a relatively heavy body.

  9. sphinx scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

  10. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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


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