Laphroaig 1980

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
27 years old
5 Oloroso Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
57.4 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml
Added on
27 oct 2007 10:11 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 12008.39

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 1980

13 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.24 points.

  1. voodoochile scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This Laphroaig is as intense as its colour. Dried fruits, sherry, smoke, coffee. All together fighting for attention. Another flavour with every sip which makes it interesting and it won't get boring. Not very Laphroaigesk but wow what a dram.
    • Nose
      Intense and interesting. Give it time and you'll find new flavours.
      Raisins, leather, smoke, dried fruits. Sherry
    • Taste
      A kaleidoscope of flavours with every sip. Again sherry raisins leather coffee and very intense smoke is more in the background.
    • Finish
      Long long long and smooth wow. dried fruits again and at the end we get some smoke iodine and peat but that is just at the end.

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  3. kanpai79 scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

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

  4. Amaliana scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Even at almost 49 years of age, you can still find your really great love

  5. pere scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet spices, fruity, Christmas cake, sherry, smoke, a bit bitter, just a hint of lamb wool, fresh banana, fruity freshness.
    • Taste
      Intense, spicy, fruity, a bit of smoke, oak, sherry, a bit dry and almost bitter.
    • Finish
      Sweetness, spices, fruity, a bit of wood, salt, a hint of rubber.

  6. Gunners scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    One of the best whisky out there!

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    No doubt - this is a great one - probably the best Laphroaig I had so far - really flabbergasting!
    • Nose
      97 97
      Truck loads of dried fruits, plums, dates, figs, ripe bananas, sugar cane, wet pipe tobacco, toffee, milk chocolate, hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, good sherry wood - superb!
    • Taste
      96 96
      Very oily, plenty of liquorice, lots of dried fruits again, spices, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, more sherry wood, iodine, little peat and smoke, a bit medicial, menthol, eucalypus, herbal - excellent!
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long, warm, more spices, zesty, herbal - great!

  8. kimmosuo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The Whisky Show Old & Rare Glasgow 23 - 24 February 2019
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Very expressive nose, camphor, coffee, caramel, tar. Peat and Sherry are both present; spices (clove). The mouth is very good, quite sweet, encaustic, precious wood (the wood is VERY present in this dram) with a small astringency. Good texture. The long finish, on the aromas of the mouth, sees a rise in strength of bitterness and power. A good Laphroaig provided you do not fear the wood.

  10. addyhd scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    great heavily sherried islayer. courtesy of mr Marcel Laphroaig v Gils

  11. tomy63 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    dark amber color, almost black, almost no peaty nose, very marked sherry, wood, varnish, balsamic, coffee, cocoa, leather, a meaty side, full of dried fruits and cooked fruits. Mouth very woody, but noble, old furniture, tannic, coffee (with its bitterness), leather ... On the end of mouth we feel a little hollow, probably related to the sample that begins to date. Final less fruity, a little spicy (clove especially), no peat. Very good whisky, even if we completely lost the leg Laphroaig.

  12. Rossi99 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    I should love this one, but I don't.
    Maybe I put too much expectation on it or just the sample problems... anyway, it seems that is not my kind of glass. 
    Too dark and dirty for me... sigh...

  13. Dede scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    An atypical Laphroaig. Very smart who would recognize the distillery blind! The (or rather the) was dominated here clearly the distillate. Still, it is very good, as long as one is not initially fond of delicate and subtle malts. Here, we do not do in the lace, let it be said !! This does not prevent this malt from developing a certain complexity. I really like.
    • Nose
      Sherry is here very present, with a well marked woody and lots of acidulous notes ( bitter orange marmalade, degassed cola ), nail polish, nail polish remover, sweet coffee, old plum, meat in sauce (Madeira sauce according to my wife ...) , liquorice . And no peat ... That's what strikes when we know what we have in the glass. Where is my peat? After aeration, it finally begins to dawn, gently, on notes of tar, mixed with rubber but takes no moment the ascendant. A Laphroaig that ?? That said, this complex and exuberant nose is most pleasant.
    • Taste
      Powerful and extremely concentrated, very tannic with a very pronounced bitterness (gentian, licorice). Still, it's good drinking - well, sips. The peat is more obvious than the nose, fat, but again it is far from dominating the debate. The sherry is huge, but dry. Amateur gourmet sherries full of raisins and nuts, go your way, there is nothing here for you. A wine side cooked with spices (the clove is quite marked), sugar less.
    • Finish
      Long, the whisky, with its very greasy texture, sticking to the palate for a long time, tannic and quite astringent, it is marked by gentian and clove, before a veil of peat covered them. Finally a marker of the distillery !!

  14. WhiskyJug did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    27 yo 1980/2007 (57.4%, OB for LMDW France, 972 bottles)

    Just like the latest Black Bowmore,
    this one is a vatting of five oloroso
    sherry casks. Colour: deep amber with
    brownish hues. Nose: a magnificent
    sherry and peat combo! Exceptional
    tarry notes, ‘good’ sulphur
    (no cooked eggs), very beefy as well,
    developing on an amazing number of
    aromas coming out in waves. At random,
    we have superb camphory and resinous
    notes, sea water and seaweed, fresh
    mint and verbena, soy and plum sauces,
    coffee and toffee, slightly burnt
    caramel, brandy-soaked prunes, oranges,
    hints of hare belly or well-hung pheasant,
    caramelised wine sauce, hints of old
    rancio, strong Dutch liquorice, chocolate...
    Yes, what a bunch. Truly exceptional
    to be honest. And god knows I’d
    have loved to be able to bash this
    one because of its insane price...
    No luck, it is exceptional indeed,
    even if it wanes a wee bit after fifteen
    minutes or so. Mouth: what a big,
    fat, oily, hugely concentrated attack!
    Did they cook it for hours or what?
    Amazingly thick indeed, yet not inelegant
    at all, all on bitter chocolate, prunes
    and peat (no big bold peat, that is),
    with also loads of spices starting
    to storm your palate. Cinnamon, cloves,
    heavy liquorice, paprika... Also espresso
    coffee, armagnac (I know people who
    would think this is a great old cask
    strength armagnac). Some kinds of
    ‘tannins’ like in unstemmed
    grape brandy, certainly pleasant here
    even if they are quite drying. Grape
    pips. Orange liqueur. Again, how,
    fat, how thick, how bold! Finish:
    long, very drying but not unpleasantly
    so, mostly on something like orange
    liqueur in which you’d have
    let liquorice and all kinds of roots
    infuse. Maybe even ginseng. Oh, and
    there’s quite some old plum
    brandy in the aftertaste... Well,
    this is not for everyone, and it’s
    not only because of its frankly over
    the top price tag (around 680 euros
    – no typo). I found the 1974
    from two years ago to be better balanced
    and more elegant, but this incredible
    Hulk of a Laphroaig sure is a great
    sherried Islayer. But again, you really
    have to like your whisky black. No
    wonder they chose an unusual (and
    very Cadenheadian) black label for
    it. 92 points.



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