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Overall rating
90.26/100
votes
72
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Vintage
22.09.1998
Bottled
06.02.2015
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
700389
Number of bottles
585
Strength
59.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange
Market
gb United Kingdom
Added on
08 Jul 2015 9:08 pm by z-imaging
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 249,90

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Tastingtags

9 Notes

rottendon
Connoisseur rottendon Tasting note
03 Aug 2015 10:01 pm
rottendon gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Auburn
Nose

Kräftig phenolischer Rauch dahinter sofort etwas Röstaromen. Salz entwickelt sich, eine Schinkennote geht mit Jod und Bohnerwachs einher. Mineralische Noten sind auch prominent, während sich im Hintergrund dunkel fruchtige Noten daran versuchen, zur Oberfläche durchzudringen, was nicht gelingt. Lediglich ein paar Anflüge deutlich zestiger Orangen und Grapefruits schaffen es bis zur Oberfläche. Ist schon eigenartig, man spürt die Früchte förmlich, aber sobald man meint, die Aromen fassen zu können, sind sie schon wieder weg. Leder, alter Aktenschrank und etwas Chlor kommen auf. Der Alkohol ist hervorragend eingebunden, da bizzelt nichts in der Nase. Erwärmt finden sich starke Toffeenoten. Mit Wasser mehr Salz, abgemilderte Zitrusnoten und dafür jetzt viel deutlichere Sherrynoten, kandierte Früchte.

Taste

Jetzt ist der Sherry da, und auch der Alkohol. Dunkle Früchte, Toffee, eine enorme Süße und das mit aller Macht, die 60% Alkohol mit sich bringen. Ich würde jetzt nicht wirklich behaupten, dass der pur geht, auch wenn der Alkohol sehr mild ist und nicht brennt, nach ein paar Sekunden tut er es eben doch. Mit Wasser wird er fruchtiger und weniger süß. Interessanterweise wird der Alkohol jetzt geschmacklich etwas aufdringlich, was pur nicht der Fall war. Es gibt hier eine leichte Wodkanote.

Finish

Der Abgang ist typisch Laphroaig, extrem lang und phenolisch, nachdem die kräftige Süße abgeklungen ist und der Alkohol sich zurückzieht. Mit Wasser wird der Abgang etwas kürzer und dafür deutlich herber, wobei sich die Eiche schnell wieder verzieht. 

Comments

Mir gefällt er ohne Wasser besser, wobei das schon arg grenzwertig ist. Im Prinzip braucht er Wasser, profitiert aber nicht davon. Das kann das Bild aber nicht wirklich trüben, TWE hat hier ein sehr gutes Fass ausgewählt. Der Rauch ist in den 16 Jahren kaum schwächer geworden, der Sherry ist eine Ergänzung ohne Dominanz. Ein gut ausbalancierter Whisky mit unheimlich viel Kraft.

Gruß von hier...
Dram Dracula
Expert Senior Dram Dracula Note
12 Aug 2017 12:49 am
Dram Dracula gave this whisky 91 points

Holy smokes! Lots of real smoke with this one... It's very phenolic also, but there's a really nice ashy smokiness here. Tar. Smoked meats. The sweetness from the sherry cask doesn't seem very well integrated with the peat but it's delicious nonetheless. There are a few from the same series of casks that seem to be more sherried, but this cask is superb. 

July-Malt
Member Senior July-Malt Review note
04 Aug 2017 11:45 pm
July-Malt gave this whisky 93 points
Weighted Rate
92.6
Nose
92
Initial taste
93
Body
93
Finish
93
Price
91
Presentation
93
tomy63
Expert Senior tomy63 Note
29 Oct 2016 5:14 pm
tomy63 gave this whisky 90 points

 couleur ambrée, superbe nez avec la tourbe médicinale de Laph et beaucoup de sherry parfaitement intégré, caramel beurre salé (plus salé que caramel), chocolat, bacon fumé, lapsang souchong, cuir, épices, quelques prunes confiturées, très gourmand. La bouche est puissante, peut-être un peu trop, chaude, avec ce même mélange tourbe/sherry, beaucoup de sel, ni sec ni particulièrement sucé, très belle texture épaisse. Finale très longue mais un poil trop alcooleuse pour atteindre des sommets. 

Thermidor
Expert Senior Thermidor Tasting note
26 Aug 2016 6:02 pm
Thermidor gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Mahogany
Nose

Tar, char and cigar, but the sherry's not far either. In fact it's as if someone tried to fry some PX and oak chips, then knocked their pipe in as seasoning. Neat it's quite violent and vivid already, but too heavy on alcohol resulting in some numbness on the tongue.

With water: pine resin, pepper, charred pork, slight saltiness, wonderful sherrywood well integrated into the spirit, and dark cherries. It's even vaguely herbal, like roasted rosemary branches. A wisp of pineapple.

Taste

Neat it's a waste: cough drops, ash and some oak plus that deep charred wine note. With water: OMG, it's full of stars. This is a perfect marriage of sherrywood and Laphroaig. Mean, ashy, yet juicy in a wholesome, not superficial way. So very smoky, coaly and burned.

Finish

Staying. Tarry and ashy. Tannic, with a coppery tang. Perhaps not the most complex affair but admirably strong.

Comments

I could almost go for 92 but this one's such a bomb that it leaves me slightly numb when the finish starts to fade. Still, a great bottle.

ThS
Expert Senior ThS Tasting note
28 Jan 2016 8:41 pm
ThS gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Mahogany
Nose

Tourbe terrienne, ample (bois brûlé, réglisse) ; puis plus minérale et aiguisée, laissant percer une volute nette et droite d'acidité citronnée. Du pain d'épices, un soupçon de violette.

Taste

Immédiatement fumée, grasse et puissante. L'alcool se fait sentir à la première gorgée, tranchant comme une lame. Acidité pimentée. Le tenir en bouche une bonne trentaine de secondes l'adoucit et tarit les picotements et les coups d'aiguille. Il devient alors fruité, la fumée de tourbe enrobant un sherry juteux, boisé et confit. Les gorgées suivantes sont plus voluptueuses, sur la tourbe grasse, terreuse et chocolatée.

Finish

Boisée, fumée et marine(maquereau fumé et chocolat noir), équilibrée et longue.

Comments

Un bon peaty sherry, gourmand et équilibré.

Ragazzo
Expert Senior Ragazzo Note
02 Dec 2015 10:29 am
Ragazzo gave this whisky 92 points

Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

"Laphroaig 16 yo 1998/2015 (59.9%, Signatory Vintage for The Whisky Exchange, refill sherry, cask # 700389, 585 bottles) Five stars Loved 2013’s 1998 (WF 89). Colour: amber. Nose: zim bam boom! The exact combination, peat and sherry like Jagger and Richards. We’ve seen many fails with this combination, but this one seems to be perfect. Salty and smoked chocolate, seawater, leather, smoked fish, soy sauce, a little ink… What’s not to like? With water: indeed. Linseed oil, almond oil, oysters and curry sauce, ham, more seawater, iodine, bandages… Mouth (neat): exactly perfect, since this tart lemon adds zing and zest to the combo. Very great. With water: swims like Shirley Babashoff. The tax evaders starting with ‘Goo’ are your friends. Oysters, bitter chocolate, brine, earth, porcinis (dried then moistened)… Finish: very long, with tons of salted and smoked chocolate. Comments: why wouldn’t the owners issue such bottlings? Magnificent selection. SGP:467 - 91 points."

Macheye
Expert Senior Macheye Tasting note
06 Apr 2018 9:52 am
Macheye gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

An incredibly inviting menagerie of quality sherry aromas combined with robust meaty smokiness. Starting with salted caramel, chocolate, pipe-tobacco and leather the sherry influence here is unmistakable - but it also walks the tightrope between old and musty and fresh and lively perfectly. Spent coffee grounds, raisins, meat stock, roasted ham and maple cured bacon further cement the cavernous depths of this whisky’s nose. Coastal smoke is on the down low (meaty smoke is the order of the day), but still ever-present – it’s slightly medicinal with iodine, but also somewhat earthy with ashy soils. Water adds some interesting red wine-like notes – blackcurrants and berries as well as bringing out more of the coastal peat influence.

Taste

Big, bold and packed full of flavour – chocolate, raisins, leather and tobacco – check, check. But, now the peat comes out to play properly – TCP, cough syrup, surface cleaner and briny rock pools, but with just enough zing of citrus to lift it. A few drops of water greatly enhances the peat here – smoked salmon and kippers, hospital ointments and balms – still wrapped up in a warm blanket of sherried sweetness from chocolate and now particularly espresso coffee.

Finish

Long, drying and packed full of chocolate, sea salt and coastal smoke – with a hint of bromine right at the close.

Comments

It’s easy to see why the chaps at Whisky Exchange picked this cask, and likewise why it’s become rather desirable on the secondary market – it’s quite simply excellent. The nose holds true allure, managing to balance both sweet with peat masterfully – offering real depth of aroma, whilst never losing sight of its underlying spirit character. The fact that the palate then goes on to deliver such robust, well-constructed, well-balanced flavour is quite remarkable. I could wax lyrical about this whisky for quite a long time – it’s without a doubt my favourite Laphroaig from the last 5 years. Add this to your list of ‘must try’ drams immediately.

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aphex
Expert Senior aphex Tasting note
28 Dec 2017 8:48 pm
aphex gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Mahogany
Nose

Sherry, peat and coastal notes wih a little medicinal and rubber notes in the background. Perfect balance. Grilled bacon, spices, dark chocolate, leather and smoke. And a few berries.

Taste

Strong, smoky. Dry and dark sherry with some charred notes. Raisins, coffee, dark chocolate plus earthy and briny notes.

Finish

Long. Smoky and salty.

Comments

Beautiful nose. I think it improved with aeration in the bottle. Loved the dry and dark palate too.

Bottle down unfortunately.

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