Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
16 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
59.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange
Added on
08 Jul 2015 9:01 pm by z-imaging
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 185.98

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91 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 1998 SV

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.92 points

  1. rottendon scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I like him better without water, which is already bad borderline. In principle, he needs water but does not benefit from it. But that can not really cloud the picture, TWE has chosen a very good barrel here. The smoke has hardly weakened in the 16 years, the sherry is a supplement without dominance. A well-balanced whisky with a lot of power.
    • Nose
      Strong phenolic smoke immediately followed by some roasted aromas. Salt develops, a hint of ham goes hand in hand with iodine and floor wax. Mineral notes are also prominent, while in the background dark fruity notes try to penetrate to the surface, which does not succeed. Only a few approaches of clearly citrusy oranges and grapefruits make it to the surface. It's strange, you can almost feel the fruits, but as soon as you think you can grasp the flavors, they are gone again. Leather, old filing cabinet and some chlorine come up. The alcohol is well integrated, as nothing bizzles in the nose. Warms are found strong Toffeenoten. More salt with salt, softened citrus notes and much clearer sherry notes, candied fruit.
    • Taste
      Now the sherry is here, and also the alcohol. Dark fruits, toffee, a tremendous sweetness and that with a vengeance that bring 60% alcohol. I would not really say that the purer goes, even if the alcohol is very mild and does not burn, after a few seconds he does it anyway. With water it becomes fruity and less sweet. Interestingly, the alcohol is now somewhat intrusive taste, which was not the case purely. There is a light vodka here.
    • Finish
      The finish is typical Laphroaig, extremely long and phenolic, after the strong sweetness has subsided and the alcohol retreats. With water, the aftertaste becomes a bit shorter and harder, but the oak quickly warps.

  2. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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. 

  3. wbarchive_465063 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

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

  4. tomy63 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    amber color, superb nose with the medicinal peat of Laph and a lot of perfectly integrated sherry, caramel salted butter (saltier than caramel), chocolate, smoked bacon, lapsang souchong, leather, spices, some jammy plums, very greedy. The mouth is powerful, maybe a little too hot, with the same mix of peat / sherry, a lot of salt, neither dry nor particularly sucked, very beautiful thick texture. Final very long but a bit too alcoholic to reach summits.

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • 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.

  6. ThS scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A good peaty sherry, greedy and balanced.
    • Nose
      Earth peat, ample (burnt wood, liquorice); then more mineral and sharpened, letting pierce a clean and straight scroll of lemon acidity. Gingerbread, a hint of violet.
    • Taste
      Immediately smoke, fat and powerful. The alcohol is felt at the first sip, sharp as a blade. Chilli acidity. Keeping it in the mouth for about thirty seconds softens it and dries tingling and needle blows. It then becomes fruity, peat smoke coating a juicy sherry, woody and candied. The following sips are more voluptuous, on the peat fat, earthy and chocolatey.
    • Finish
      Woody, smoked and marine (smoked mackerel and dark chocolate), balanced and long.

  7. Ragazzo scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    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)
    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."

  8. ConvalRen scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    With 2 drops of water to be exact. To dilute the gasoline.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    For my taste, the barrel should have been a bit louder here. Red fruits are mainly found shortly after wetting the tongue, otherwise ham and especially ashy smoke play the first fiddle here
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Suevia scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A well working combination of peat-smoke and sherry with a nice ashy finish. A little more complexity would push it over 90.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89


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