- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
- Bottling serie
- Essence of Islay
- Stated Age
- 20 years old
- Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
- Number of bottles
- 58.4 % Vol.
- 700 ml 750 ml
- Added on
- 26 Nov 2015 10:09 pm by John Barleycorn
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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 1995 SMWS 29.171
3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.71 points
- Quite aggressive for its age. A fine mature Islay.
Roast meat with gravy. Smoked fish. Mustard seeds. Petrol. Salt. Leafy herbs, sage, spearmint. Germoline ointment. Hand laundry soap (the old school bar stuff). Dried citrus. With water some fruity notes and a rich woody note appear.
Campfire. Heavy medicinal note. Mineral salt. Becomes more complex with a little water. Tuna in brine. Salted corn. Honey and Lemon tea. A slightly dry fruity note (like a very dry chardonnay)
The dry chardonnay note is very pronounced now. Honey. Salty. Lots of ash. Bitter wood.
- SMWS Tasting Notes
Colour: Inca gold
The nose carried us immediately to Islay – peat smoke, TCP,
carbolic soap, seaweed, wet sand, lemon, bog myrtle, tarragon, barbecue-smoked
mackerel and blistered peppers – but the long, Rip Van Winkle cask sleep has
tamed the smoke to a deep, satisfying, creamy balance that you seldom get from
young Islays. The palate has intense, elemental smoke and ash (‘Liquid bonfire’
said one panellist); but once again the peat-reek smoke is balanced and
softened by deep savoury notes (roast chicken in Balmoral sauce, buttery corn
cobs, chilli and fennel) joyful sweetness and an unexpected strawberry and
raspberry bonus – a real stoater!
Drinking tip: A wonderful rainy day pick-me-up – so probably
should buy at least two bottles if you live in Scotland.