Laphroaig 32-year-old

Overall rating
91.49/100
votes
340
Whiskybase ID
WB71807
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
05.2015
Stated Age
32 years old
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
5880
Strength
46.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L51463A
Barcode
5010019637970
Added on
06 sep 2015 12:00 pm by Heidjer
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1916.34

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 32-year-old

47 users have left 48 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.49 points.

  1. tarutaru scored this whisky 99 points Newbie

    Excellent!

  2. Foamy scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

  3. ConvalRen scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Smoked charcuterie, salami Milano, speck, baked gammon.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Palm sugar, coconut shavings, dried coconut husks, sri lankan tea, salted ginger, minced lamb seasoned with cumin and sesame seeds.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long finishing, where lemon, mangoes, oranges, oyster sauce, plum win,e chicken bouillon, beef stock cubes, fermented cabbage, deep fried onion rings, pork crackling, rabbit stew in white wine and langoustine seared over a killer with butter, tarragon, thyme and rosemary and boiled chickpeas on the side.

  4. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Meat and smoke, the aroma awoke a primal urge to upend the glass the one fell gulp. I resisted and salivated as cured meat, jerky, and smoked brisket arrived. Hints of salt and a slightly creamy funk brought to mind smoked gouda while straw, old compost, and an old garden shed carried the dram toward the earth elementals. A fruitier side teased with lychee and strawberry. Medium-bodied, the profile carried on with meat but introduced more fruit and mellow campfire smoke. Charred fruit skin and caramelized sugars brought a summer barbecue with hints of salt and watermelon to mind. The wife called out Chinese black bean sauce over spare ribs while lapsang souchong tea arrived with a delicate herbal smoke. The smoke continued to build through the end with old campfires and weather-beaten driftwood. The finish was long with hints of fruity pear and charred driftwood, the remnants of a beachside bonfire.

    There is something magical about tasting a whisky older than oneself, especially when it is a rare and special treat. Distilled before I was born, I have since outpaced this Laphroaig after it was bottled at 32 Years in 2015. This whisky had a lot to love as its pungent smoke survived those long decades in oak. I was surprised to find so little fruit; in my experience, older Laphroaig can become almost magically fruity as the more acrid elements of the smoke subside. Tantalizing hints of tropical fruit appeared at times, but the dram remained firmly in the beachside driftwood campfire zone of the flavor spectrum.

    The wife tried it blind and thought it was good, but she was surprised to find out it was so old; it struck her as a bit younger and a tad too light. That said, this was obviously still an excellent dram and a bottle worthy of a milestone celebration.

    Mental Image: Summer’s Beachside Bonfire
    • Nose
      Meat, smoke, jerky, smoked gouda, straw, hints of lychee and strawberry, old compost, earthy.
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied, meaty, charred fruits, hints of salt and watermelon, Chinese black bean sauce, lapsang souchong tea, old campfire, weathered driftwood.
    • Finish
      Long and lingering with pear and charred driftwood.

  5. melonwan did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    the US edition is 46.7% ABV versus the rest of the world 46.6% ABV. Not sure what the difference is

  6. hyc scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Smell ----------------------90
    Flavor--------------------91
    End Rhyme--------------------89

  7. whiskytornado scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  8. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Tried at a regulars' table, therefore shorter notes.
    For me a perfect example of how to bottle Islaymalts that have been stored for a long time. Has practically all of the Laphinotes, only split into 20 sub-notes, more complex, more demanding, but still fully there. Of course not as much smoke or iodine as a 10 year old, that's logical, but fits very well here.
    • Nose
      A hint of barn smell, fine cocoa, herbal honey, cedar wood, pine nuts, camphor, linseed, cardamom, moss, ginger, a hint of coffee, heather grass
    • Taste
      Ginger, cardamom, cedarwood, pine nuts, herbal tea, camphor, linseed, moss, heather grass, green tea, licorice, distant campfire, autumn leaves, subtle iodine
    • Finish
      Decent ash, moss, matcha tea, herb honey, camphor, long

  9. 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

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo 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

  11. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Maritime smoke, tropical fruits a delicious mix between sweet, fruity and peaty, excellent

  12. gossm01 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Excellent whisky
    • Nose
      96 96
      Very discreet peat smoke, dry fruit, licorice, slightly salty, light vanilla and honey sweetness, pipe tobacco
    • Taste
      97 97
      Subtle earthy, pleasant honey note, slightly vanilla
    • Finish
      95 95
      Pleasantly mild and very supple, medium long

  13. Glenjasper scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. schengel10 scored this whisky 98 points Connoisseur

    An outstanding Laphi who was allowed to mature in super barrels. The smoke was almost completely degraded over the long term. Only had 2.5 cl, but they were worth every penny! Have rated him very high, here is "if not now, when?"
    • Nose
      subtle smoke, sherry, plums, fruit cake, cinnamon, seasoning, oak;
    • Taste
      soft, mild, some smoke, sweet plums, spicy, dark chocolate, very complex;
    • Finish
      very long finish, unending finish (fruits, spice cake);

  15. ErzWhisky scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      sweetish, fine smoke; subtle (good) sherry and wood tones; very harmonious; despite the age, a slight freshness / sea breeze is noticeable
    • Taste
      sweetish after sherry and peat, then stronger; Herbal notes; Smoke and ash; peppery pungency
    • Finish
      warm; Herbs; a little sherry and wood remain discreet; Aschenoten slowly "glow"; dry; overall long and complex

  16. 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.

  17. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      First there was the smell of a dying fire; embers and ashes. There is leather and oak. A faint smell of the sea. after some breathing there is definitely sherry, dark chocolate, a hint of raisins.
    • Taste
      there was so much going on. Ashes(positively), dark chocolate again, vanilla and oak, sherry and faint overly ripe red fruits, a bit of raisins. the typical Laphroaig peatiness, but soft and faint, slowly introducing itself after some time on the tongue, not wanting to be dominant. And lots of other nuances which are hard to pin down. Something mineralic, some faint spiciness, and a bit of nutmeg perhaps
    • Finish
      Long, ever so long and warming. Simply great. Dark chocolate, overly ripe red apple, some sherry, a faint smokiness.

  18. guerriero82 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Whiskynotes.be :

    Laphroaig 32 yo

    (46,7%, OB 2015, 5880 btl.)

    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

  19. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    An excellent whisky in which the game with the water brings a nice effect especially in the mouth. I do not know if I find it better with or without water. Has both its merits.
    • Nose
      Salty peat smoke rises in the nose, smoked fish, still has much smoke for its 32 years, but of course not comparable to a Laphi 10, very creamy, vanilla and caramel, slightly sour plums, and again salt, the smoke alone would be an excellent Smell experience, now also a bit greasy, chocolate is added, whole milk, cocoa with a dash of espresso, warmed the gas a little with your hand finally comes out a bit spicy oak, nutmeg and light pepper, just incredibly dense with water a fruit bomb is ignited, where previously the salty smoke played the main role, I now clearly have the plums in the nose
    • Taste
      directly a smoky mouthfeel, cold ashes, dry, then when the whisky moves in the mouth it is creamier, sweet, plum compote, beautiful fruity, ripe, I rarely had the plum note so clearly, now also the salt comes to light, also here something Pepper and nutmeg, a bit drier at the back and slightly more wood, grapefruit, nicely intense here with water creamy, almost viscous, less smoke here, directly grapefruit with it in combination with the plums, sweet and slightly dry, also beautiful
    • Finish
      Grape skin, the smoke is only a shadow, creamy, hazelnut, the mouth becomes dry, medium long

  20. maltaholic did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    By Serge 

    Laphroaig 32 yo (46.6%, OB, 5,880 bottles, 2015): 90 Punkte

  21. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/tomoh-anniversary-drams/

    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-

  22. Dionysus scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  23. wbarchive_485944 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      97 97

  24. Noface83 scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    Nose: old oak cabinet and wood polish, well-bred bright fruits, a touch of overripe exotic fruits, plum wine, clove, menthol and cinnamon, the smoke is always noticeable but very discreet and fully interwoven with the other flavors. Over time, the smoke becomes more clear and maritime notes blow over. Like opening an old treasure chest on a sandy beach on Islay. A monster of complexity but rather tender - nothing of the typical Laphi-smokiness. He is not only old the judge too old. A big movie theater !
    Taste: Smokier and stronger than the nose suggests. Warm ashes, pepper and again these exotic fruits. But the oak is becoming more and more dominant. Spice cake and coffee grounds, strong bitterness and aromatic smoke are the dominant notes in the long finish. This freshness of menthol revives the whole thing a bit but this beautiful old wood remains in the memory longest. So now we know how such an old treasure box tastes that has been dug up on Islay ^^
    The nose is gigantic and the taste too. The finish is "only" still very good, but that's all a matter of taste. All in all, a great whisky that every Laphi fan should have had in his glass. An entire bottle is unfortunately only for the rich but at least for a dram I was in the Islay sky.
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  25. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Complex and balanced. At first, bright fruits dominate. Apricots. Mirabelle. Overripe mangoes. Behind it hover a fresh menthol note and a very subtle smoke. Rose water. After a few minutes you will see Christmas spices like cloves and cinnamon. The fruits are now darker. Pickled sour cherries. Plums. Mineral notes. A distinct oak bitterness is to be felt, but this is not dominating, but perfectly interwoven with the rest of the aromas.
    • Taste
      First, mineral notes. Then getting sweeter with honey and fruits. Cherries. Plums. Mangoes. Marzipan. Some freshly popped pepper. Lime zest. Some smoke. Dark chocolate. Oak spice.
    • Finish
      Long. Bitter and dry finish with a lot of oak flavor. Mocha. Orange abrasion. Pepper. Some smoke. Herbs. Menthol flavors in the background again.

  26. Eclectic Scotchist scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    (Obviously the price is not good, but I want all my rates to reflect whisky quality and not price).
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  27. 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.

  28. Koloman scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      99 99

  29. 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. 

  30. mds51 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    For a 32y I would have expected something more.
    • Nose
      Slightly discreet smoke, rather ashen, mirabelle, white pepper, menthol / mint, plums, oranges, cherries, a touch of oak, strawberries, a hint of Campino.
    • Taste
      Wonderfully gentle, oily, sweet. Honey with smoke, orange peel, cherries, apricots, milk chocolate, slightly salty, citrus (rather tirons than lime).
    • Finish
      From the velvety soft milk chocolate, is a dark chocolate, which brings spice with it. This will stay in your mouth for a long time and will start the salivation. Some mocha and herbs, and a touch of oak.

  31. nightheron did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    "It's 32 year old but there's actually some 34 year old in here too. So one of the casks was a 34 year old. So That would mean two of the other managers we've got here, Murdo Reed and Dennis Nicol would've made this liquid... There's some refills and there's some first fill sherries in here too, so you're gonna get, there's alot of dates to me up front in this one In a real kinda toffee, datey way. And then you go through and there's a real mahogany feeling in this one. When you taste it... you're gonna get the toffeeness first and then it moves into fruity and then the real kinda woody, nice dry, it just lingers and floats about your mouth for a long time." - John Campbell, Laphroaig Distillery Manager

  32. wheatfield scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Drinking this next to the Laphroaig 17 year bottling for Feis Isle 2004. This is medium gold, a touch darker than the 17. Nose is medicinal, peat smoke, fairly calm and smoldering, with green apple skins. Compared with the 17 (which is much sharper and more aggressive) it's quite sweet and very buttery, I dare say to its detriment. Mouth is refined, again apple, butter, nice peat and coal smoke on the finish. Lots of nice fruits on the finish with sharper flavors coming on. Some tropical fruits start to shine as it opens, especially mango. Nice medium/thick feel. Improves and grows as it opens. Nice stuff, especially when the butter calms down and the tropical fruits shine.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  33. Winger scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Overall a very strong dram and a rather singular Laphroaig, but the price is enough to make anyone think twice before buying.
    • Nose
      Ashy and dried fruit, particularly stone fruits (sugar plums and dried apricots). There is a distinct whiff of dry sherry and christmas spices like cinnamon and nutmeg round out what is actually a very pleasing nose
    • Taste
      Rich and elegant! More sweet than smoke, the dried stone fruit dominates the arrival with hints of apricot jam and lemon zest. Develops into a spicy christmas cake mixing bowl full of cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon along with hints of oak and flint. It is here that the sooty, ashy character from the initial nosing makes itself felt here but without being too forceful. The mild peat plays very well with the sherry and is reminiscent of chocolate powder.
    • Finish
      Good length on the finish. Sweet conserve gives way to a tarry chocolate with just the faintest hint of salt

  34. Egge scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A great, mature whisky. Price for the taste but a bit too expensive.
    • Nose
      Discreet smoke, plum and delicate cherry. At the same time a freshness like of menthol, later also a smell of honey. Subliminal all the time cinnamon and a touch of rose garden.
    • Taste
      Mint, a little fresh black pepper. Then dark chocolate and a salty note.
    • Finish
      Enormously long. Dry, still chocolate, then mocha.

  35. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Hm. For a great whisky. Delicious. Noble. Can I take a long time? But so relative, in comparison for the price? Difficult, I do not often drink such old Islays or in this price range.
    But so 2 clues from memory: The 1988 Bowmore 21 Port and https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/19865/caol-ila-1980-mm , for example, I found better.
    • Nose
      first spicy, ground cumin, cloves, old leather, a little pepper, then comes a slightly menthol-medicinal freshness, dry smoke, then back to dark fruits in the foreground, blackberry, blackcurrant, black cherries, also a slightly tropical note
    • Taste
      pleasant velvety and dry, chocolate, forest honey, a slight fruity-bitter note (grapefruit / lime) ... over time, the sweetness gives way to bitter oak notes, cocoa, tobacco
    • Finish
      long, dry, subtle - dark chocolate, oak

  36. Goethe scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    No doubts, this is a great Laphroaig expression. But if you are expecting an older version of the latest 30y old Laphroaig, you have to find it somewhere else. This one is unique in its way, oloroso and smoke in the mix. But not that plum marmelade punch from the 30y old version.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 5/10 (2015)
    • Nose
      Ashes and smoke with some dried fruits (red fruits especially plums), some sherry, some tropical fruits, menthol, nuts, rasins, nutmeg.
    • Taste
      Dried fruits from the smokebox. A lot of smoke left after 32 years in the cask. Like an oloroso quarter. But much more complex. Cloves and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      Long. Smoke and oloroso running together. Dark chocolate with some salmon.

  37. 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

  38. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This is a gorgeous and dignified dram to celebrate the distillery's
    200th anniversary year. An exceptional whisky, very complex, rich with
    layers of flavour impressively demonstrating the brilliance older Islay
    whiskies can be. A perfect symbiosis of sweetness, sherry, peat and
    smoke, without any dominating wood flavours. Grab a sample, sip in front
    of an open fire in a brown leather chair, then you are in heaven.

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776
    • Nose
      The nose starts off with a lovely mix of sweet, spicy and plenty of
      sooty flavours. There's a delicate sweet fruitiness with plums,
      apricots, figs and raisins, complemented by Christmas cake spiciness,
      nutmeg, and cinnamon, along with chimney soot, peat smoke, coal ash and a
      maritime edge of briny flavours. With time lingering vanilla arrives
      with a pleasant freshness of citrus, eucalyptus and mint. Powerful,
      complex and exceedingly aromatic.
    • Taste
      Very rich and oily on the palate. There's a delicate sweetness with
      toffee, apricot jam, liquorice and dried fruit - mango, plums and
      raisins - along with a hint of citrus notes. This is immediately
      followed by a good shake of cloves, oak, nutmeg, ginger, and cracked
      black pepper. The peat smoke is always present here but not intrusive
      and complemented by sooty, ashy, and medicinal notes with a slightly
      salty edge. Lingering dark chocolate and dry cocoa powder emerge with
      delicate nutty notes in the back. Thick and extremely mouth-coating.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, warm, sweet and tangy. Toffee sweetness and dried
      fruity flavours fade away leaving the dry sooty and ashy peat smoke.
      Delicate oak and lingering dark chocolate are flashing up towards the
      end with a hint of maritime edge on the tail. Glorious!

      WITH WATER:
      Significantly less fruity and sweet on the nose with intense peat smoke,
      chimney soot, tar and bitumen. The sweetness, however, remains stable
      on the palate, along with hot and intense spice and lingering citrus
      fruit. The finish is medium long, warm, and spicy with sticky dark honey
      on the tongue and lingering peat smoke.

  39. XorLophaX scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: 91/100 points - "should have tasted" whisky The Laphroaig 32 years is a beautiful, complex whisky, matching the anniversary. He combines the basic character of a classic Laphroaig with the solid complexity of an old sherry whisky. The sweetness is very good. However, the price in a league, that this leads to point deduction, because he stands for me in no justified relationship to the offered. However, you should have tried it, as it is something special.
    Link to the tasting on my blog: http://www.tasting-notes.de/Archive/50
    • Nose
      Smoke from wet wood of the campfire, but surprisingly discreet. Fresh, fruity notes of ripe oranges and pomegranate. Fresh herbs on wet solid wood board in the background. Surprisingly sweet and slightly vanilla, with accents of grapes, red grapes.
    • Taste
      More alcohol than in the nose. More pronounced sweetness and more present smoke character. However, not comparable to typical Laphroaig, as less smoky and more sweet. Fairly fruity, but rather ripe fruits such as Bromberen and Johns. In addition, there is a clear caramel sweetness, which was previously imperceptible. Some red pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, woody finish with herbs and a little mocha. Dry mouthfeel, some pepper.

  40. 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.

  41. 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)

  42. Dieter_W scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Well I am a bit disappointed as a Laphroaig fan. It is a great malt but I miss the typical Laphroaig. That could also be an old Lagavulin or Caol Ila. After 32 years, this Laphroaig makes it very leisurely, but the nose is a dream, unfortunately on the palate a bit disappointing for me.
    • Nose
      Super-nose, very complex, tropical fruits, cinnamon - wood - orange - grave fruit , ripe brown bananas for a 32-year-old very fruity, some nail polish, of course, smoke but in the background. If you give him time , you also get medical in the nose. Really a dream.
    • Taste
      very soft, nice tart note, graffruit, fruity alcohol and smoke are great. But everything Laphroaig untypical.
      Not at all barrely, one can hardly believe that it was a first fill OlorosoSherry Cask, but perhaps that was the dryness.
    • Finish
      Long as a eucalyptus sweet

  43. SteveW110 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The nose is extremely beguiling:
    sweet grapes, dried berries, honey / vanilla cake, apricot, light peat and smoky notes, oak, slightly "wet" barrel, light eucalyptus ...

    The taste is much stronger than expected:
    the initial embers in the mouth, spreads and grows into a stately fire. Great, powerful smokes, despite the age -> much more than expected !!!
    Afterwards the glorious sweetness of the sherry comes through, without dominating. It is an interplay of the sherry and the old barrel, reminiscent of a pot of honey ...
    Many fruits are found again (grapes / berries / mango / papaya and much more ...), almost untypical for a Laphi ;-)

    Finish: long with a great fruity smoke note.

    Conclusion:
    Extremely complex! Each additional sip opens new associations and the 4cl are drunk faster than wanted.
    The price is salted, the taste unbelievable!
    My dearest Laphi so far =)
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  44. 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
      long
      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

  45. Hammer-Whisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The whisky has a circulation of 5880 bottles worldwide.

  46. notesofmalt scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig 32 years, 46.6% OA Laphroaig 32 years, 46.6% alc. original bottling
    Extending: Oloroso sherry casks
    Region: Islay, Scotland

    Report on the release in Berlin (September 2015): Here

    Nose: Mild peat smoke with a small rim of iodine, with orange aromas, gentle grapefruit, currants and dried blackberries. Behind them are the oak wood tannins, accompanied by cloves, wood smoke and cayenne pepper. These flavors are discreetly kept in the background. At the end, the fruit becomes even richer and sweeter, sultanas jostle among the other flavors.

    Palate: More smoke, much spicier. Nevertheless, everything fits perfectly into the picture. The fruits are sweeter, look like fruit gums, and the impression of caramel, cinnamon and butter biscuits, spiked with dried berry fruits, flashes. Cocoa butter is also tastable.

    Finish: Long and spicy, dry Oloroso, dried berries, cedar wood and dark chocolate.

    Conclusion: A very worthy of the anniversary bottling, albeit at a hefty price.

    90/100 point (tasted 2015, approx. 1,100 €)
    Thank you Beam Suntory for the rehearsal
    Original article with photo: http://notesofmalt.de/notes-Islay-und-In...-32yo,-46,6-OA/

  47. cfosterk did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    a combinatiom of 32 year old and 34 year old casks; first fill and re-fill. two previously managers responsible for the distillate.

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