Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Fantastical, magical, transporting...
Stated Age
17 years old
Refill ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
52.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Sep 2015 3:19 pm by Allandale
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 181.57

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38 × member ratings

32 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 1997 SMWS 29.163

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.97 points

  1. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful Laphi with its typical characteristics. Very appetizing because of its fleshiness
    • Nose
      Chimney fire, smoke and phenol, very sweet, grilled sausage on open fire, smoked ham, seaweed and algae, very maritime, but also a bit of cesspool and cow dung, a trace of lemon balm and cooling mint
    • Taste
      Iodine ointment, very sweet and full-bodied, juicy and meaty, smoked barbecue ham and mackerel. Smoke and phenol are very well interwoven, in the end a nuance of green apple and lime
    • Finish
      Medium to long, the smoke and heavy sweetness last a long time on the palate

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very complex nose in which the palate can not quite keep up. Overall, but more typical, beautiful Laphi.
    • Nose
      an incredibly fresh, maritime, and at the same time very greasy, spicy Laphi. There are grassy, ​​slightly fishy notes with burning barbecue wood next to gravy, which was poured over a suckling pig. Complex and delicious!
    • Taste
      at the beginning very sugary sweet, some fresh lime, then harsh peat smoke, tar, ashes, burnt meat. As if the barbecue had dissolved from the nose spontaneously and the best pieces of meat would have been forgotten. Too bad :-(
    • Finish
      medium long, sweet, very smoky.

  4. hhc1212 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Fruity, punchy and peaty, iodine taste is flooded with all together.

  5. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    N: Peat, citrus, ashes, earth.

    Some vanilla sweetness.

    Smoked salmon, ham.

    Very nice and rounded.

    T: Gentle arrival, with some peat and peppers.

    Quite sweet, mouthcoating.

    Some ashes, rather dry and a bit sour.

    F: Gentle but long finish, with some smoked ham.

    Not a lot of spice here. Enough peat though!

    Great nose!

  6. Implar scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This is a textbook example of how medicinal a Laphroaig can get. It’s not bad, but a bit of a one trick pony. I prefer my heavily peated malts to be a bit fruitier. http://whiskyinformer.com/home/laphroaig-1997-smws-29163?utm_source=WB
    • Nose
      The medicinal peat smoke jumps out, loads of antiseptic and ash. If you dig a little deeper there’s brine and some fresh lime. Then seafood, think lobster and crab. With more time in the glass, some more fruity notes come out, but they are burried beneath the peat.
    • Taste
      Quite gradual arrival, especially considering the ABV. Peat smoke ofcourse, smoked sausage and seafoods, lobsters and crabs are back, joined by some oysters. Salt as well. Digging deep, some hints of marshmallow, vanilla and green apple.
    • Finish
      The medicinal notes continue, obviously. Some green apple gives it a hint of sweetness. Grapefruit at the tail end of this quite long finish.

  7. Laga93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Since the typical phenol of the Laphroigs is missing, I would have typed the Blind Tasting on an excellent Lagavulin. Torfig and sweet - great drops !!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. steinrich scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. WillemvdK scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Sample 3 of Virtual Blind Tasting 7 @ HetWhiskyForum.nl
    • Nose
      BAM! Koekoek. Turfbommetje. Rookworst, komkommer, citroensap, houtskool, vanille essence (van die geurstokjes), hansaplast/jodium, anijs en witte peper. Redelijk open en helder. In het begin was de neus heel simpel, maar werd opvallend veel complexer naar verloop van tijd. Ruik ik nou mest? Oh sorry dat is natuurlijk "stable" ;)
    • Taste
      droge, rokerige binnenkomst. Vanille, citroen, kalksteen en witte peper. Goed maar relatief simpel.
    • Finish
      middellang, rokerig, droog. As en zeewier.


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