Overall rating
Single Malt
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
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 159,50

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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 89.60 points

  1. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  2. Shane_IL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Quite aggressive for its age. A fine mature Islay. 
    • Nose
      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. 
    • Taste
      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)
    • Finish
      The dry chardonnay note is very pronounced now. Honey. Salty. Lots of ash. Bitter wood. 

  3. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes
    Colour: Inca gold 
    Flavour: Peated 

    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.


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