- 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 10:00 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 1980
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.50 points
- The Whisky Show Old & Rare Glasgow 23 - 24 February 2019
- 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.
- great heavily sherried islayer. courtesy of mr Marcel Laphroaig v Gils
- 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.
- 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...
- 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.
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.
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.
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 !!
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.