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Laphroaig 21-year-old

Overall rating
90.13/100
votes
483
Whiskybase ID
WB70596
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Friends of Laphroaig
Vintage
1993
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels
Strength
48.4 % Vol.
Size
350 ml
Bottle code
L516957A
Barcode
5010019637932
Bottled for
Friends of Laphroaig Ballot
Added on
28 jul 2015 1:59 pm by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 372.33

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 21-year-old

81 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.13 points

  1. rottendon scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Of course, such an expensive malt for a special event raises certain expectations, no question. Since I could not gain access to the flavors at first, despite hours of hiding, disappointment was already spreading. I had not expected anything. All the greater then the wonder that the whisky could still deliver, and how! He's one of the best balanced whiskys I've ever had in my glass. At first, I thought he would like two, three percent more alcohol, but at first I'd literally have broken it off.
    Is he worth his money? Hard to say, yes, but everyone has to make that up with himself.
    Thanks again to the forum member who freely shared his bottle brought from the island.
    • Nose
      First, it begins with strong phenolic, but steamed smoke and clear citrus notes. After that, a strong sunstroke note develops, which develops into a strongly acidic Camphernote, and dominates everything for a while. Only then do you get some salt, vanilla and caramel, as well as leather. The sour notes vanish completely except for the still extremely strong citrus notes. He needs an awful lot of time in the glass. Then warms up very minerally, moist rock and iodine. Incredibly hard to get access to the flavors. It really has to flow over the palate, and then suddenly they are there, dark notes, caramelized red fruits, furniture polish, ripe oranges, caramel sweets, Ricola Swiss herbal sugar, the nose is now in constant change.
    • Taste
      After the closed nose, a bit of disappointment spreads first, and the expectation is very muted. Far from it: ripe smoke, toffee, some salt and a fabulous note of sweet, liquid block malt, in addition wonderfully citrusy notes and a tart sweetness, which climbs up on the palate and settles in the upper oral cavity. Wow, I did not expect that anymore. This sweetness is for me then the best thing about the malt. Unfortunately, I do not have a taste definition for it, it does not remind me of anything, it's just good. Laphroaig 21 FoL maybe? ;-)
    • Finish
      Dark malty it sounds, the oak is well integrated. The finish is ultra-long even for Laphroaig. The sweet malt still swings on the ashes for a while, before it glows slightly salty on the tongue for ever.

  2. tfarrenkothen scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    If this malt is worth its price, why is it being sold in these almost pretty bottles? Any questions that go through your head. I can only speak for myself and clearly say that he is worthy of me, I'm glad I took a bottle with me directly at the distillery. For me, malt is one of the best I've ever tasted. Of course, I'm a bit biased regarding this drop, I've tried it nunmal in the Brenneier the first time. I found him there super and connect with the malt many beautiful memories of a holiday. But that's what it's all about, if a dram invites you to dream and kidnap you in your memories, it's something special for you personally.
    • Nose
      In anticipation of a typical Laphroaig I hang my nose in the glass. In addition to the typical Laphroaig character with a decent dose of peat, iodine and the maritime sea flavor is waiting for a true fruit bomb. Tropical fruits like pineapple, sweet mangoes & juicy honeydew melon make up a unit with smoke. Likewise, I get a slightly fresh feeling in the nose, something like mint or even anise. I feel moved back to Islay, to the magical place where I tried this great malt for the first time. After some time in the glass and with the resignation of the smoke, the sea flavors and associations typical of me, which accompany every malt of this distillery, come to the fore. The longer I devote myself to this malt the more detailed the picture becomes in my head. Memories reminiscing, I can quite a bit of leather and also suspect oak. It's like sitting back in Laphroaig, in one of the comfy armchairs, in the Visitor Center, looking out the window at one of the windows.
    • Taste
      At the first sip, my mouth is watering. It is unmistakably a Laphroaig, but different. He is tamed, mature and knows a complexity that I do not know so from Laphroaig yet. First of all, the powerful smoke greets me, but this quickly escapes and lets through the wonderful potpourri of fruits. I think the already smelled mangoes and the pineapple again. Added to this, along with a malty sweetness, a decent portion of oak. The oak leaves me pretty quickly, but from far away, there is a hint of smoke.
    • Finish
      I really do not want to let go of this dram. For a very long time, the malt keeps on the tongue. A slight dryness and a touch of bitter it sticks to the palate. The fruitiness continues here, so I have a fruit compote of mango, pineapple and a wonderful malt sweetness in the mouth for a very long time. With this malt I feel like the island, he just does not want to let me go. He holds on tight and makes you want more.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2015]  I had this dram during an "Laphroaig Bicentenary" tasting at Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90.  My notes state a beautiful fruity profile on ripe bananas and pineapples.  It swims like a flat iron (water is not needed!).

  4. Owidram scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This is close to Islay perfection.

    As you nose it, you understand it's going to be something special. Fruity and peaty, with a stunning depth and complexity.

    Then the taste, is lifting up and you have these tropical fruits mixed with citrus and saltiness. Whaoooh. Fills all you mouth with something very living which is reacting over the palate.

    Finish is OK, but it might be the weak point for me because when you have all this .. You never want the finish to end.

    To end, there has been lots of complaints about the price. And I must admit I thought it was overpriced too. But now I've been tasting it different times, I must admit it is well worth its price. 

  5. LDB scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The sample leaves me totally enthusiastic, still very meaningful and aromatic thanks to first fill, and the age makes something very fine out of this malt.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Slightly ashy smoke, lots of fruit and the inevitable hospital - without phenols it wouldn't be Laphroaig!
      Rich yellow, intensely fragrant fruits from ripe lemon to honeydew melon with Parma ham - very tasty!
      The mixture is completed by oil colors, Icelandic moss and aromatic alpine herbs as well as great licorice notes over time.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Silky-oily with a little black pepper at first, then after I have blown some ash from the beech log in the fireplace, the fruits come through again, peu a peu, very subtle and delicious, even elderflower syrup is included. Balanced mouthfeel, very successful.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Gently pulsating, the ripe fruits in brine are accompanied by delicate smoke - in a word: long, delicate finish!

  6. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      Discreet residual smoke meets delicious fruit flavors - incredibly clean yellow exotic fruits
    • Taste
      91 91
      Banana, pineapple, vanilla, panna cotta, mint, lemon balm, salt, licorice, citrus
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. sagara-kun scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very good Laphroaig, fruitier than I remember.
    Tasted a third bottle.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Big ashy peat, lemony, with a big dose of camphor.
      Turpentine, bandage, medicinal.
      Lemon and orange zest.
      White pepper.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Still in the mouth, this peat, with a lot of graphite.
      Camphor, pepper, medicinal, eucalyptus, mint.
      Nice fruitiness, with orange, a little kumquat, starfruit.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long and powerful finish on peat, graphite, pepper, candied lemon.

  8. Astrid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Lots of yellow fruits go well with the maritime character of this malt. The smoke seems a bit out of sync. For the full review go here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/02/14/evolution-of-laphroaig/
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. sagara-kun scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    05/10/2018: pleasant but I expected it to be a little more complex.

    09/11/2021: much more exotic, mango, papaya, creamy. Pepper. In the mouth a little tired on the other hand.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Ash peat. Eucalyptus. Pencil lead. A veil of grapefruit.
    • Taste
      88 88
      On the palate, caramel, cold ash, barbecue, a little yellow fruit and white grape juice. Mint.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Final on ash, pear, mint. Long and soft.

  10. Gaija scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very well done all-around but I might have expected more. While very pleasing and spontaneous, it lacks complexity and the finish is slightly disappointing. On the other hand, for what concerns "simple", efficient versions of the tropical fruit + peat combo, it doesn't get much better than that nowadays (for a 21yo OB, that is). The especially good arrival in that regard lifts it to 90. Probably too expensive.
    • Nose
      Smoked mango comes right away, mingling with shoe polish, paprika ... a fruity, bourbony Laphroaig indeed. Smoked pulco, pineapple, brine and acidic berries aplenty, integrated smoke. Fresh yet quite masculine : the typical band-aid comes later on. Smoked grapefruit peel, guimauve, then becomes more and more vegetal on nettle, various fruits vinegars (it's very vinegary in a good way, very close to the 15yo 200th anniversary in that regard, only fruitier and more spontaneous). Burning some wet green wood. Great, easy to understand, yet not terrificaly complex either. 
    • Taste
      The arrival is quite brilliant I admit : the proof is just ok and the bright, juicy fruity profile when it hits the tongue is just adorable. Pineapple and mango shine for a second, redcurrant (or any acidic berry actually, can't really point it out), soon to be replaced by an extremely saline smokiness. Settles on salty soot, bitter oranges and various vegetal notes again, while the salty-fruity background remains.
    • Finish
      On a bitter and vegetal fruitiness again, with that same smoke of wet green wood as before, but it seems to have grown oakier here : plum stone, ginger, thuja ... yep, a bit woodier indeed. But some typical Laphroaiginess remains : soot, smoked salt, even touches of mustard. Not especially long, it doesn't bring anything significant to the table.

  11. magic_slim scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Superb Laphroaig - recommended.
    • Nose
      Sweet and fresh with peat & smoke, lemons and zesty aromas at first nosing. Lots of sweet and ripe citrus fruits ... lemons and oranges.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly powerful considering the 48.4%, very juicy and tasty. Lots of peat of course with pepper, sweet lemons and oranges. Decent notes of liquorice and oak n the background.
    • Finish
      Very long and peaty with a delicate spicyness.

  12. peatbogger scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    Better than the 18yo, but not sure it's worth the difference in price.
    • Nose
      First a bit closed, but opens up beautifully

      Very mild peat, some salt and sea, vanilla sweetness, spices like cinamon and ginger.

      I can't find any trace of the distinct medicinal caracter of Laphroaig
    • Taste
      Warm honey sweetness, initial short shot of pepper, peat is about as the nose indicated, fat roasted walnuts, orange citrus freshness, also some darker fruit and blackcurrant
    • Finish
      Sweet with gentle smoke and a light return of the pepper.

      Long and very well ballanced.

  13. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=208 Color: pale gold
    Nose: Full vanilla flavors with fruity lime, grapefruit, honey and sugar. The high salt content, combined with leathery aromas and rather passive peat smoke fits quite well into the picture. Sparkling fresh and tasty to bite!
    Taste: Sweet, peaty and very smoky. Gooseberry, honeydew melon, green apple and hints of grapefruit make the malt stand on the palate. Caramel, cereals, some wood and notes of smoking ashes complete the taste.
    Finish: Medium long - with dominating sweet citrus freshness and only weak spiciness. Dry wood and still fading with a strong peat content.
    Note: For us the best bottling for the 200th anniversary!
    90 points (nose: 90 / taste: 91 / finish: 89)

  14. ASWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    an always welcome dram
    Honestly? > I had expected much more from this 21y Laphroaig in miniature bottle
    • Nose
      the bourbon barrel
      nice with herbs, vanilla and caramel
      in the background hovers some glue, which combines with bright sweetness
      the sweetish medicinal smoke remains pleasant
      a tart marzipan / almond note
      Woodruff cool and smooth
    • Taste
      Cool and smooth is the start
      green herbs, sweetish woodruff
      quite a bit alcoholic
      bitter wood with sweet caramel in tension
      the smoke develops late on the palate, intense and phenolic
      there are woody notes, bitter with medical feeling
    • Finish
      long
      Herbs
      phenol
      medical, bitter wood notes
      sweet caramel
      Towards the end lukewarm wood ash and getting better

  15. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Wow, completely different from the many Laphis lately, totally fruity, complex. There is a lot inside to discover. One of my favorite whiskys currently!
    • Nose
      Very fruity, light smoke, malty, really fresh, mint, clearly grapefruit, some pineapple, sweet artificial cherry, a hint of cinnamon and vanilla, oak comes through every now and then, milk chocolate and coffee are still to be found.
    • Taste
      First sweet cherry, very fruity, coffee on the edge and behind the mouth, the grapefruit is more and more, much oak is with it and old leather, slightly smoky, overall very strong and oily
    • Finish
      Dry oak, bitter grapefruit notes hold, the smoke is stubborn to find in the mouth

  16. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    a completely different than usual, very fruity Laphroaig. The basic character is there, but is complemented by a tropical fruit cocktail. Terrific!
    • Nose
      Expectation: smoke, iodine, salt, sweet bourbon barrel. The truth: fruit bomb! Sure, there's Laphroaig, there's a decent flock of peat and iodine and salt. But above all flowery fruits float like a mature Speysider, Glen Keith perhaps? The smoke also brings a fresh mint note with it, goes great with it. The fruits I would describe as green bananas, honeydew melon, pineapple and a lot of mango. Almost like a good crafted India Pale Ale.
    • Taste
      Here comes more Laphroaig over, but after a small smoke explosion again much fruit, mango and orange. then a decent load of oak and more and more comes back to the peat. Then something like fennel and chicken soup, cereals, rye bread. Very varied.
    • Finish
      long, fruity, ash, oak.

  17. SteveW110 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Great Laphi!
    Wonderfully balanced and yet his character is unmistakable!
    Great malty Bourbon sweetie!
    Reminds strongly of the old 25iger from 2013.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A very, very round Malt! From the nose to the palate to the finish, he keeps the balance between peat and fruit, without tipping away in between. No metallic notes, no fainting in the finish: great!
    • Nose
      Smoke that gets milder surprisingly fast. From the beginning, tropical fruits (pomelo? Mango?). The more the smoke fades into the background, the more present the fruits become. Slightly maritime salinity.
    • Taste
      The start is strong: peat fire, kelp (no longer fresh, but already a little exposed to the sun), sea salt. Next to it very strong tropical fruits. Some pipe tobacco flavor. Old leather as from an old armchair. Oak comes to the fore and disappears again.
    • Finish
      Medium. On the tongue is a tasty peaty salt film, mixed with fruit sweetness. Maltiness comes up. Drying towards the end.

  19. Foamy scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    it's a perfect peaty dram. fruity, ashy, peaty, smooth, ... I honestly can't describe it ... it's just perfect. exactly what I want from a peaty dram;.
    I can't find any off note or bad point in this dram. This level of perfection is hard to find.

  20. hyc scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  21. sphinx scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  22. robse211 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A poem…
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  23. malt maniacs scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

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

  24. zzqfyl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  25. VEF206 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  26. geriud scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  27. Whiskyisfordrinking did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nice citrus freshness, lemons, yes, light smoke, very nice nose, fresh, but without looking young. In the taste then rather iodine aromas, a bit earthy, salty smoke. In the finish, the citrus freshness comes through again and of course the familiar smoke. Yes, I like it very much.

  28. MaltHaus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Great balance of wood, fruits, feinty and smoke. A true expression of a great Laphroaig character, very well distilled and expressive whisky. Just need to beware the oxidation, do not keep this dram breath for too long.
    • Nose
      91 91
      In the glass, the nose is spices driven; such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves, oily, peaches, vanilla and creosote. With a few drops of water added in, this is where the magic starts; fruity of apricots, orange zest, guava, pomelo, pineapples; meaty of ham, bacon and beef jerky; saltiness of brine, smokes, seaweed and shellfishes. Very well refined.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The arrival is just juicy I must concede. The relish flavour rolled on the tongue in continuous waves, starting with apricots and spreading out. Then it flow into sweet spices found in the nose, and the meaty profile to continue. With water: iodine, medicinal notes, hospital bed, salt water emerged before washed away by spicy sheen. Leaving warm and lingering smoke.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long. Subtle ashes and lasting smoke, sea salt, ginger and the prolonged tropical fruit notes giving this dram a nice depth, sophisticated finish.

  29. vlad78 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Sweet, smoky, light, fruity drink.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The aromas of melon and apricot on the smoke. Dried apricot, light minerality.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is sweet, filled with smoke and all the fruits mentioned above.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The aftertaste is sweet, smoky, and calm.

  30. K C Wong scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  31. ConvalRen scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  32. Vince scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Wow.........what a great Laphroaig. Classic profile, at perfect strength. Excellent complexity.

    Tried at the outrageously priced SAWA bar in Tokyo.

  33. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Very creamy and balanced, but somehow also rough and smoky
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoked bacon, beef jerky, cold cigars, soot, ashes, little herbal, hints of honey, and also quite some peat - not bad
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very oily, creamy, mellow, just little punchy, subtle sweetness, more smoke and peat, again bacon, beef stock, tobacco, herbal, spices - pretty good
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, warm, more herbal

  34. aphex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Once again the highlight is the nose with its lovely tropical notes but the palate is not far. Very good balance between smoke, medicinal and coastal notes and fruits.
    It earns a few more points from my old notes... and I should have kept a bottle.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Subtle. Medicinal, coastal, sooty, smoky, light citrusy and tropical notes with grapefruits, melons, pineapples.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Smoky, medicinal, creamy, briny, peppery, ashy and fruity with lemons, oranges, grapefruits.
      With water even more fruity and spicy.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, pepper, ashes and brine.

  35. WSP scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    medical notes with tropical fruits. Great!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  36. Dris scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  37. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  38. Luigisim scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Lemon and citronella, gently smoked
    • Taste
      89 89
      Pepper and mint
    • Finish
      89 89
      Smooth and soft

  39. Rom scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Smoke dominates the nose but drier, less oily than the standard Laphroaig. Green wood notes.
    Peat moss and coconut with exotic fruits melted, there is the vegetal tip of the nose.
    Long, slightly peppery finish that leaves a taste of elderberry / blackcurrant bud in the mouth.
    Good but not really my profile, especially the final, not to mention the ratio q / p.

  40. schengel10 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    A Laphi, how you could not describe it more beautiful.
    Laphi delights his "FoL" with an incredibly successful 21-year-old. The regular 25-year-old (I had the 2015er) has no chance in direct comparison!
    A really great, interesting top malt!
    [Color gold;
    • Nose
      juicy, fruity, pineapple, mango, honeydew melon, light spiciness, very little smoke;
    • Taste
      intense creamy fruity onset, fruity, juicy, voluminous, fine spiciness, oak, somewhat "ripe" smoke, very complex;
    • Finish
      long, fruity finish; in the end, malty sweetness;

  41. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  42. schengel10 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    What a great Lappi - leaves the 25-year-old behind!
    Unfortunately only had 5 cl - great malt!

    [Color] full gold
    • Nose
      93 93
      juicy, fruity, pineapple, mango, honeydew melon, light spice, very little smoke;
    • Taste
      95 95
      intense creamy fruity onset, fruity, juicy, voluminous, fine spiciness, oak, not very ripe smoke, very complex;
    • Finish
      93 93
      long and fruity; a malty sweetness sounds;

  43. Achany scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    seaweed, salt, iod, peaty, light smoke, some incredible sweetness, after a while fruity, yellow fruits, after the second sip more fruits, starts even to taste a bit like Bowmore Tempest. tropical? yes! the aromas are really well balanced, a lot of Laphroaig visible for 21 years. fine and long lasting finish. That is some incredible fine Malt. Well done!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  44. Thermidor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I'm a fan of the nose for its faint note of vinegar meshing with the vanilla and smoke sauna of the 18yo, but on the palate its a bit simple. 

  45. glenferry scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  46. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  47. Talisker_22 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  48. Gaija scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  49. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Elegant, complex Laphroaig. Matured, but more moderate than the 10 year old Cask Strength.
    • Nose
      Sweet peat, smoke, salted meat, citruses, spicy oak, mint, herbals and iodine
    • Taste
      Creamy. Sweet peat, smoke, salty caramel, peach, citruses, pepper, ginger and spicy oak
    • Finish
      Long with sweet peat and smoke

  50. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  51. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Good whisky but a few off notes for me (putty).
    • Nose
      Peat, pineapple, brine, cola cube sweets, banana,
    • Taste
      Big attack of fruity peat, peaches & cream, pineapple, gooseberry, malted milk biscuits, brine and hotdog notes.
    • Finish
      Approaching medium,  with the peat growing and some putty notes.

  52. Andytka3 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N- Nutty, roasted malt, charred wood, cool mint.

    P- Gentle, coffee, caramel and sour plum.

    F- Long, malt barn,sweet herb smokes. Tinge of spicy lingers with buttery coating.

    — at Laphroaig distillery.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  53. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Still available at the distillery shop at the price of 90£ for a small 350 ml bottle. In my opinion that's very expensive for the offered quality and quantity. Will gladly buy two bottles of 10y Cask Strength instead.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  54. Unclimbability scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Colour: Gold

    Body: Full

    Nose: Lovely. Perfect balance of tropical fruit and aged peat smoke. Vanilla, toffee, mango, pineapple, apple, an amazing fresh orange note, cinnamon. Medicinal with bandages and sticking plasters, a little mineral, lots of rotting seashore- Kelp, seaweed, sea salt, seashells. Oak developing with aniseed and liquorice.

    Water: More soft and gentle. More vanilla and toffee, less fruit. More oak, chocolate.

    Taste: Gentle and sweet. Amazingly fresh and tropical- Mango and pineapple, spiced with cinnamon and fresh ginger. A long development on peat smoke and seashore- Kelp and seaweed, sea salt building with big oak notes going into the finish.

    Water: Softer arrival, toffee apple, fresh citrus- Lemon and orange.

    Finish: Long length. Old oak with some peat smoke.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  55. peatbogger scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    Premium tasting at Laphroaig.

    Thanks to Megan for sharing her favourite :-)
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  56. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      An interplay of flavors, complex and wonderfully balanced. Lemon peel. Grapefruits. Tropical fruits. Brown sugar. Vanilla. Iodine. The smoke is subtly in the background and is beautifully integrated. Again and again, fine oak flares sparkle, the 21-year maturity have left clear marks. The malt is not, as otherwise typical of Laphroaig, to full advantage. Rather, he gives the aromas time to develop.
    • Taste
      Sweet start. Honey. Vanilla. Grapefruit. The smoke is more present in the mouth than in the nose. Torfasche. Mineral notes. Getting oilier. Coffee. Oak.
    • Finish
      Again wonderfully complex. Malty sweetness, grapefruit, dried fruit. Drying in a long finish with a lot of oak bitterness and mineral notes. Pink pepper. Again and again subtle peat smoke flashes up.

  57. Akoo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Surely we are dealing here with a great whisky. The first filling bourbon casks play their role perfectly, giving a very fruity profile to this Laphroaig. The peat explodes in the mouth, but does not crush all the subtleties brought by the 21 years of maturation. A must have!
    • Nose
      discreet and archetypal Laphroaig, with thick, thick smoke, tar notes and a very developed medicinal side, especially with camphor and mint smells. But it's not just that. We find a beautiful basket of exotic fruits, with passion, kiwi, pineapple, mango, but also pear, apricot, lemon and vanilla. It's sweet, but not sickening. It is almost a confectionery with fruit a little creamy. The background is lined with spices, including pepper, pepper and cinnamon. It seems dense and rich.
    • Taste
      powerful and lurking. It is much more empyreumatic than nose, with notes of ashes, smoke and tar very pronounced. The texture is not greasy at all as we would have supposed the olfaction. It is less characteristic of Laphroaig. In the second part of the mouth, the smoke dissipates to reveal the beautiful collection of fruits and spices: mango, apricot, kiwi, pear, lemon, vanilla, honey, pepper, pepper. There are also more maritime notes with salt, sea shells and seaweed.
    • Finish
      very long and persistent on notes of ash, smoke, tar, salt, but also a nice length on the fruit, on a rather dry texture.

  58. Koloman scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Rumor has it that 13,000 bottles were bottled. It should not be much less, because originally one had to be among the winners of a raffle in order to buy a bottle, then you could, even if you did not belong to the winners, suddenly buy three bottles through the online store, and In the meantime (1 January 2016) you can even order six bottles at once. Come on, guys!

  59. Goethe scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very enjoyable this expression of Laphroaig 21. First-fill bourbon sweetness, smoke from the islay peat and a surrounding, like standing on the yard of Laphraoig.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10 (2015)
    • Nose
      Salt, smoke, iodine, vanilla (well, it is first-fill bourbon), honey, dried tropical fruits, ginger.
    • Taste
      Sea salt, sweet smoke, iodine, citrus, spices, pepper.
    • Finish
      Medium. Smoke and malt from the kiln floor.

  60. Shane_IL scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Quite sublime. 
    • Nose
      The nose was quite closed, a few drops of water helped to open it up. There's a light salty note, kind of like the breeze in a coastal town. Smoked tuna. Iodine. A sweet floral note. Honey. Wet stone. Straw. Aromatic herbs like peppermint and wintergreen. With some glass time the fruity notes come forward, Dried peach. Candied pineapple. Mango peel. Orange cake. 
    • Taste
      Mineral peat. Wet stone. Juicy apples. Citrus zest. Fruit leather. Smoked fish. Ginger, lemon and honey tea (the combination not as distinct notes). A sort of orangey note develops. Bit of woodspice and camphor on the swallow.
    • Finish
      Medium. A burst of bitter and sweet fruits and then a long salty linger with some bitter wood.

  61. Dramlicious scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose

    Very sweet with all the aromas you expect from a first-fill bourbon cask. Sweet medicinal smoke accompanied by vanilla and white honey. Oranges, sugared grapefruits and lemon slices. Hints of mint.

    Taste

    Sweet and smokey. Dried seaweed seasoned with sea salt. Grilled pineapples pieces in BBQ sauce. Followed by more citrus fruits and ginger.

    Finish

    Medium, but vanishes way too quickly. Hints of rose pepper and salt. Honeyed ash and citrus fruits.

    Overall

    A very elegant and mature Laphroaig. I am not the biggest fan of this citrus fruity profile I have to acknowledge its well-balanced complexity. So overall a very good expression but not as good as I had hopped for.

    http://dramlicious.com/peaty-friday-episode-23/

  62. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    It's nice, but I'm glad I didn't buy it when I was one of the 'happy few' who 'won' the right to buy three bottles.
    • Nose
      Peat, sweet lime, orange, gingerbread. Later peach and malt. When it breathes the peach becomes stronger, and also some pineapple surfaces.
    • Taste
      Peat, orange, citrus, blueberry, pineapple and pepper.
    • Finish
      Peat, peach, malt, raspberry and orange.

  63. FernetBranco scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  64. Koloman scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    In contrast to Ardbeg, to whose on the occasion of its 200th anniversary nothing else than the other Ardbeg fillings hardly distinguishable perpetual came to mind, Laphroaig has apparently long-termed and retained a number of high-quality barrels. In addition to the 21YO, there is currently also the relaunch of the 15YO, a 16YO available in travel retail and a 32YO. Although the 21YO is not exactly a bargain, it is well worth the price: Laphroaig has never been so complex and yet harmonious! However, those who are more into Ten and Quarter Cask, and who liked the 18YO less, may be disappointed. If you like the 18YO, you will love the 21YO! The idea to offer such a high-quality whisky in 350 ml bottles, I think awesome; I even hope she's going to school, because you do not have to buy a (maybe twice as expensive) 700ml bottle that may not appeal to you. Conclusion: Laphroaig has done everything right! Congratulations to the anniversary!
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      100 100
    • Finish
      100 100

  65. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  66. Arquebus scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    One of the standout whiskies on a recent holiday on Islay. Lovely mix of fruit notes from the bourbon casks springs out to great you, smoke is fresh and more restrained than a usual Froyg - probably the influence of time calming it down.

  67. Segens scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Ok we talk about 300€ for a 0,7 bottle but what an excellent dram. This is the best smoker I had in my glass so far. I am still smiling when looking at my empty glas. It has a perfect balance it has so many different characters and with a sip you are busy for minimum 5 minutes. Great job Laphroaig!
    • Nose
      First sweet smoke but very quick you get fruity notes like grapefruit and pineapple. What a beautiful nose!
    • Taste
      Sweet start (honey, caramel) but after a few seconds you get a bit of smoke and fruity notes (apple, lemon) as well. After a while I get a bit of smoke / bacon / barbecue.  
    • Finish
      First very quick feeling disappointed but then after a second or two warm smoke with fruity sweetness which remains for half a minute. Lovely!

  68. Peter87 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  69. cavalier66 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    From Ruben: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2015/laphroaig/laphroaig-21-year-old/

    Laphroaig 21 yo 1993
    (48,4%, OB 2015, first-fill bourbon, for Friends of Laphroaig, 35 cl.)

    Nose: as expected, a rather mild nose, with medium peat and rather discreet medicinal notes. It’s more on the bourbonny notes, with a fresh but subtle tropical fruitiness. Pineapple, melon and mango. Subtle spices, especially mint and cinnamon. Vanilla. Linseed oil. Hints of leather and plenty of seaweed. Mouth: again a mature, smooth, fruity profile that most people may actually not immediately recognize as Laphroaig (after all, old versions are now very hard to come by). Maritime notes. Mango, apricots and fresh citrus. More peat smoke and oak spices than on the nose though, this is still clearly Laphroaig. Sweet liquorice, iodine, tar and ginger. Finish: medium long, with honeyed ashes, a little sea salt and some dried seaweed notes.

    Maybe not the sales success Laphroaig hoped for, probably due to a heavy price, but a great whisky nonetheless. Fruity, elegant, mature Laphroaig. Around € 130 (for a half bottle).

    Score: 91/100

  70. hfos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  71. Koloman scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    "This limited edition was distilled throughout 1993, then poured into first fill ex-bourbon barrels to age. To add even greater complexity, both kiln-dried and air-dried American oak barrels were used to reflect the subtle changes in flavour that occur with the changing seasons. These barrels variations yield a bright gold colour, more intense vanilla flavour and subtle spice notes during the maturation process. Well balanced and complex, Laphroaig 21 Year Old is the perfect whisky to celebrate 21 years of friendship." (from the tube)

  72. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  73. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, seasalt, medicinal, fruity (apricots, peaches), vanilla, cinnamon, grassy
    • Taste
      Peat, medicinal, spicy, bitter, fruity (peaches, oranges), salty, fresh, sweet
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, dry, bitter, grassy, rubbery

  74. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Fantsatic Noseee
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  75. Tabrulavubeg scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This one has a fantastic nose and a very complex structure.
    Yet the very fruity "lemony" profile on the palate is not to my liking. I should say this is a Laphroaig maybe for the Littlemill fans (which I am not)...?
    Anyway, I have to appreciate the pure quality of this and I do understand why it is so popular.

  76. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  77. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  78. EckoVicto scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Still available at the distillery for £90 so £10 less than in the ballot.

  79. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Bottle share IV
    • Nose
      Oily, creamy vanilla, peat and lingering smoke. Ashes, soft spices - cinnamon and pepper, some liquorice and even fruity notes like nectarines and plums. Later leather and some mint.
    • Taste
      Peaty, pepper, oily, ashes and smoke. Vanilla, briny - salt and fruity - exotic fruits.
    • Finish
      Long and medium drying with liquorice, ashes, citrus and fruity.

  80. Implar scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Color: Gold

    Nose: The expected peat, barbecue smoke and brine. Then a barrage of fruit that reveal themselves over time: lemon, grapefruit, avocado and some green herbal notes that I can't quite put my finger on. With even more time it gets more tropical with notes of mango, banana and kiwi.

    Palate: Smooth arrival. It starts of very salty before opening up. There's marzipan, turkish delight, balsamic vinegar and oak, married with medicinal smoke.

    Finish: Sweet and mouth drying. Vanilla, sweet smoke, the herbal notes are back again, and a touch of pepper. Luckily all this goodness lasts for a pretty long time.

    Wow this is good. Very complex and the peat is perfectly balanced with the fruit flavors.

    At £95 for a 350ml bottle, this is not cheap at all, but very much worth trying. Thanks Norbert for the sample!

  81. Ciro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

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