Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
18 years old
Refill Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
54.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
15 Jan 2016 9:20 am by maltimore
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 265.00

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27 × member ratings

42 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 1997 SV

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.28 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very nice Laphroaig-bottling from the refill Sherry Hogshead. Not overwhelming sherry matured, but the Brennereicharakter complementary.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Red grapes, raisins and dried dates, closely interwoven with a subtle, yet haunting peat smoke note.
      The fruits are sweet and fat. Some furniture polish pulls through, old wood shimmers in the background. Earthy and loamy with spice that appears more and more after a while: cinnamon, cloves, pepper. Mocha beans, chocolate. On this nose you can be stuck.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Creamy and slightly spicy on the beginning. The smoke also discreet on the tongue. Right at the beginning, a sweet touch sets on the tongue - smoked gummy bears. Dried lavender flowers, some violet scent. With spicy wood and tart herbs, so that the sweet and fragrant aromas do not prevail. Milk coffee, cinnamon, clove powder.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium to long, slightly dry and still with a pleasant smoky note of lavender. Old wood, subtle peat smoke. Chocolaty.

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A Laphroaig of the good old days with just the right sherry influence, smoke and peat. Unlike the overwooded and oversmoked stuff of late designed to mask youth.

    Too bad that they don't make stuff like this anymore.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. Tabrulavubeg scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    @christhewiz: great notes for an excellent Laphroaig!

  4. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Oldschool sherry'ed Laphroaig at its best. Leathery, pungent peat, smoke and briny seashore notes upfront. Also stewed dark fruits, various oriental spices, liqourice and menthol cough medicine. Very silky, elegant mouthfeel even at 54% ABV. A definitive laphroaig and a must try Imho.

  5. matts scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Character: A picture-book Laphroaig. However, no representative of the medical kind. Instead of hospital, there is a flawless, maritime powerhouse that impresses with an impressive variety of flavors and tastes. Peat smoke, rough sea / algae, bone-dry oak, sweet malt, dried fruits, spices and so on and immediately. Already delicious, but in this interaction just fantastic.
    Rating: I love Laphroaig and this bottling is one of the best I've ever had in my glass. I can not say much more. Just this: I would love to have a big bottle of this bottling. I have a whopping 93 points for it today.
    • Nose
      Basic flavors: maritime, peat smoke, dried fruit, furniture polish, leather, malt, citrus fruits, fruits, spices
      Description: Wow - unmistakably Laphroaig, and what a! Maritime, intense, smoky and not least due to the subtle Sherrynote wonderfully complex. Everything is really right for me here. Together with rich peat smoke a fresh sea breeze draws in the nose. Seaweed, seaweed, sea spray and iodine of the maritime species. I have to think of thick old ropes, which are exposed to the forces of the sea. Subliminally a touch of furniture polish and leather. The longer I smell, the more beautiful the malt and dry fruits of the sherry come out. Together with the malt raisins and dried figs provide a slightly sweet basic flavor and a few lime splashes in turn for a pleasant citrus freshness. Impressive, how harmoniously the individual flavors intermesh. Nothing will be killed here. On the contrary. I do not want to stop exploring. Are there any apples and pears in the background? A little green banana? And this maritime power: do other spices resonate there? A touch of anise or liquorice maybe? No matter: this polished maritime character alone is already transporting me to Cloud Seven. A Laphroaig nose can not be much better.
    • Taste
      Basic flavors: peat smoke, grain, malt, leather, oak, spices, coffee, maritime, herbs
      Description: Creamy and with an almost dusty mouthfeel, an intense peat smoke gently floods the mouth. Accompanied by a delicious grain and malt flavor, some leather and stately oak. The "slightly dusty" I feel as if sporadically smallest oak particles, cinnamon and coffee powder put on my tongue and the front palate. Then again the wonderful peat smoke and also a portion of seaweed. The oak is powerful and withdrawing at the same time. Her beautiful tart taste is excellently accompanied by tart herbs. I especially taste chervil. That means: the subliminal anise note is also present in taste. Dried fruit I do not recognize in terms of taste, but that does not spoil the first-class overall picture.
    • Finish
      Basic flavors: oak, malt, peat smoke, cocoa, maritime
      Description: The finish is long and far too short at the same time. I wish he could last forever. Dusty, bone-dry oak, juicy malt, peat fumes full, some cocoa powder and a beguiling finish of "rough sea" that only Islay malts can capture. I must inevitably think of the coast and its forces of nature. In spite of all the inefficiency and force, there is always something warm and sweet to drink.

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A nice complex whisky that you should not just drink on the side.
    • Nose
      very intense nose, directly a full load of sherry, and also cinnamon, light muff, smoked bacon, still quite smoky, milk chocolate in the background, some salt, old leather, quite spicy, slightly peppery,
    • Taste
      very intense, creamy, very sweet, liquid plump, again salty behind, the smoke is dry and intense, envelops the rest, nutty, also cinnamon, a lot of oak, a nice combination of sweetness and the dry, almost tart smoke
    • Finish
      behind the smoke is clearer and gradually displaces the remaining aromas, very pleasant with nut and dark fruit and still a slight sweetness on the palate


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