Laphroaig 32-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
32 years old
Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
46.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
06 Sep 2015 12:00 pm by Heidjer
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1583.17

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 32-year-old

39 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.47 points

  1. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge says;

    Laphroaig 32 yo (46.6%, OB, 5,880 bottles, 2015)  All sherry matured, this one. There’s been some fantabulous all-sherry Laphroaigs in the past, let’s hope this newish baby will manage to hold a candle to its glorious predecessors. 1967/68 or 1974, anyone? Colour: dark gold. Much lighter than the official pictures suggested. Nose: ah, yes. New tyres and benzine, flints, fresh walnuts, a touch of black truffles (I know that suggests sulphur, but not quite), embrocations and tiger balm, menthol, rather very old Sauternes than oloroso, bicycle inner tube, a touch of raisins, a curious hint of rancio… And no obvious smokiness. Love this nose. Mouth: Laphroaig! A perfect phenolic maelstrom, complex, rich, yet very elegant… I’ve read lukewarm reviews, but I’m relieved, since I’m finding this pretty perfect. Medicinal as it should be, almondy, perfectly gassy (in a way), with the expected tropical fruits (maracuja) and these smoked apples that do not exist in real life, but are very Laphroaig. And here come the seashells, the oysters, the mint drops, our beloved whelks, tincture of iodine… Well, true Laphroaig. Love it, really, love it… Finish: the true level of a malt whisky is to be found in its finish, said a friend whose name escapes me. This finish is perfect. Comments: frankly, this is a relief. This baby’s almost worth its heavy price tag (around £1,000), and I find it very cool that they didn’t propose it in one of those very stupid and very useless decanters that can be seen elsewhere. SGP:456 - 92 points.

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    yes, I'm in heaven
    a whisky that matches his age
    thrilled with distinctive note combinations
    and stays in the mouth for a long time
    • Nose
      beautiful sweetish - medical peat smoke of an old whisky
      dry farmer's bread with sherry
      in the background salty cucumber water, woodruff and heather honey
      cool fragrant herbs - a fine bouquet
      Dust and fruit in old dry cellars
      the doors open
      and a cool summer evening blows in its scents
      a glass of fruity white wine from old barrels is in your hands
      the ripe flesh of cherries, harbor, sea water with seasoning
      wonderfully soft and round
      harmonic notes
      nothing bothers
      complex, apart with fine tension
    • Taste
      When starting, first cool then warming essential oils
      the smoke slowly develops on the tongue and palate
      unfolds with sweetness, slightly bitter woody note and fine chocolate flavor
      the notes dance like in the mist with the fine smoke on your palate
      become maritime in the finish like sweetish algae in chocolate powder
      a very distinctive mouthfeel for the discerning connoisseur of the special
    • Finish
      soft bright herbs
      sweetish barrel notes with light smoke in the background
      Baked apple juice with chocolate flavor
      The finish is intense and complex
      very pleasant

  3. Eclectic Scotchist scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    In my book, this is Laphroaig at its best - I think this whisky really needs a great deal of cask time in order to really be at its best. The price is of course very high indeed, so not much bang for the buck going on here. Still, a fantastic dram.
    • Nose
      Mild toffee infused tarry oil, wood polish with a wonderful citrus fruit presence, majestic but restrained old oak, some dark berries, old and pleasant leather on an old sailing ship, light liquorice covered with heavy and woody malt. Very complex, changing a lot. Layers of soft and elegant smoke and tarry oil slowly pull back to reveal a beautiful sherry note. A gentle but firm sea breeze. A nice refined heathery presence. Heather, flowers, tarry oil, malt and old wood dancing around just beautifully, after a while an until now subdued honey note comes more to the fore, wooden spices mixed with cream, also orange chocolate, some tropical fruit going on in the background, dark syrup, matured seaweed (if that makes any sense), fantastically integrated subtle but still “demanding” smoke, smoked vanilla, nice and subtle nuttiness, turning more citrusy over time with white flowers. Stunning nose!
    • Taste
      Follows the fantastic nose very closely. Wonderful and constantly changing play with citrus, red fruits, sherry spices, cream/vanilla, smoke and oil - in a perfect symphony. Some pine forest, mint and eucalyptus after a while. The texture could be described as cream mixed with light engine oil in a sense.
    • Finish
      Long. Follows the palate closely. Beautiful unburnt peat. Almost completely free of any bitter bite in the very end (like I pretty much always get with younger Laphroaigs). Very malty throughout, like sucking straight on a peated piece of malted barley, the smoke is refined and powdery, really subtle sherry spices going on in the very end. The tarry oil mixes with some chocolate and creates a remarkable combo together with the rest of the flavours.

  4. checkpointuk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=186 Color: Full gold with a light amber stitch
    Nose: Smoky minty aromas and dull leather, peppered with orange extract, lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt. An invigorating freshness of grapefruit, lime peel and sweet honey swings in between - little seasoning, almost peat-free, actually Laphroaig atypical, but quite alright!
    Taste: Thin structure, maritime sweet, with lime, lemons and now also noticeable smoky peat - yes, and what else? Subtle subtle notes of sweet shortcrust pastry and toffee ...
    Finish: Medium length - according to the taste and hints of dry wood. If something is watered down over the finish and sounds dry with smoky lemon aromas.
    Remark: 1.200 Euro? A sheep in wolf-fur !! The 88 points are owed to the not so bad nose.
    88 points (nose: 90 / taste: 87 / finish: 86)

  5. Archer scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Fantastic, as it builds up in the nose. On the tongue a poem, the long finish a dream. Perfectly matched flavors, ingenious Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Very sweet first encounter in the nose: sweet black cherries, glazed apple, vanilla kipper - and then pulls a emerging fine smoke, which previously waberte only as a clue in the background, out of the candy store, to the beach, out to sea.
      Now salt and the smell of dune grass in the sun, campfire smell blows over, sweet-salty seaweed tickles the nose.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Seamless from mouth to nose: the beach fire with dry wood and dry branches still patters. A fine, but nevertheless intense peat smoke note lays on the tongue, mixes with cocoa and coffee beans. Vanilla pods and cherries lend sweetness. Salt, some (cayenne) pepper and rosemary give seasoning. Now also phenolic, medically. Menthol makes for a cool breeze after a while.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long and dry. Menthol still cools, and the wind from the sea has refreshed once more, bringing over the smell of seaweed, peat smoke and a roast over the campfire.

  6. sagara-kun scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I would not have bet on Laphroaig as I can't find any medicinal notes here and the smoke is not prominent.

    Anyway it's a really good dram who only lacks a little more character. I love it.
    • Nose
      At first the whisky is not really expressive. After a few minutes, it's way better.

      The nose is mostly on exotic fruits, passion fruits, peaches and a touch of citrus.

      But it's not too sweet and balanced with some buttered aroma.

      You only get hints of iodine with some costal notes.

      This isn't really peated but you get a subtle veil of smoke and ash.

      Wonderful nose that can entertain you for an hour.
    • Taste
      The mouth is really complex and elegant. A lot of yellow fruits, apricot. The veil of smoke is still here and I can't find any medicinal notes here.

      It's really balanced between the sweetness of fruits and woody aromas (good wood of course)
    • Finish
      The palate is a little astringent first (only wrong note here). Once more balanced on fruits and wood. 

  7. cavalier66 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    From Ruben @ whiskynotes.be

    Nose: quite… well… normal. Really old Islay whiskies tend to have less peat smoke and sometimes a glorious fruitiness. This one is still rather sooty, with quite a lot of ashy notes. Plenty of menthol and eucalyptus as well. Behind this, there are great sherry notes: toffee, dried figs, cinnamon and brown sugar. Hints of red berries, maybe a little ripe mango in the background. Subtle raspberry vinegar. Roasted peanuts. Mouth: again a deep smokiness and tarry notes up front, something diesel-like and ashes, before it gets to a nice fruitiness. Raisins but also lots of pink grapefruits and a faint tropical note (mango, papaya). Signature medicinal and coastal notes (iodine). Nutmeg and pepper. Leather. A lightly acrid earthiness too. Finish: long, warm and smoky. Vaguely sweet but mostly savoury, with dark cocoa and ginger.

    This was surprisingly peaty – I’d think of this as modern production rather than a Laphroaig from a previous era, but that doesn’t make it less great. It’s nicely polished and balanced, which makes the price almost fair. Around € 1200 but prices tend to differ.

    Score: 92/100

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    One of the more dry bottlings - overall prettygood balanced
    • Nose
      90 90
      Seabreeze, iodine, peat, smoked ham and bacon, some gunpowder, menthol, eucalyptus, little nutty, old wood, cigar tobacco - really not bad
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very oily, creamy, little sweetness, more on dry cigar tobacco, ashes, little unripe nuts, spices, little herbal, little meaty, sherry wood, more peat and little smoke - pretty good
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, warm, more dry peat, herbal

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur


    N: Fruit-layered putty complex, unique sponge [think cake=natural sea versions], silicone, putty-ash, charred chestnuts, lime tutti-fruity, waxy vanilla<lychee,... and later on over-taking those fruits come the barley sugars to the fore. No doubt this bottle will continue transforming over the following months/years.
    T: A thin body characterised by its age, also a tad thin=soft-sharp [again on opening], with an aged delicacy. Notes of medicinal<fruits, some nuttiness, a sweet>saltiness. Beguiling.
    F: The driest-waxy mouthfeel i can imagine [i like], with long ashy remnants [i dig].
    C: Immediate love and increasing intrigue as to how this will open out over time. I imagine my score would increase further with more exposure. The Cavalier will enjoy!Scores an A-

  10. Georges scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
      Peat smoke, sweet sherry, candied apples, cherries, dried figs, cocoa, briny, earthy, vanilla, toffee, liquorice
    • Taste
      93 93
      Peat smoke, oily, smooth, seaweed, medicinal notes, spicy (cinnamon, mint), fruity (apples, oranges, grapefruit, tangerines), sweet sherry, sultanas, citrus
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, smoky, spicy, oaky, ashy, chocolate, butterscotch, fruit cake


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