Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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 9:39 am by maltimore
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 339.00

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 1997 SV

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.20 points.

  1. M4schu scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Pleasant smoke combined with a nice sherry sweetness. Berries and salty sea air and very maritime. Very balanced and beautiful herbs flash every now and then. The alcohol doesn't sting a bit.


    Now the smoke comes to the fore, pleasant wood and the berries are present. Nice start and super oily in the mouth. The alcohol is also well integrated here and carries the aromas with a decent strength.


    The smoke covers the cheeks for a long time and the herbs have the upper hand here. Nice wood aromas and zero bitterness.

    Conclusion: A really good laphroaig without added sherry. Everything is super integrated and the character is super preserved. It's fun and you can really get involved with it.

  2. Dottore scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful mature Laphroaig, for me a Laphroaig in prime age. There is hardly any other Islay distillery that I find the combination of refill sherry and the distillate as suitable as here. In the bottlings of Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Bowmore, I actually often find the Bourbon maturations stronger. Here, too, the Refill Sherry Butt fits like a fist on the eye, the Laphroaig character is in no way suppressed, but its beauty is emphasized. Wonderful iodine, algae and maritime quality paired with dark fruity sweetness, strong dates and the ashy campfire smoke in the nose. Clear, expressive and very harmonious. In the mouth it first becomes spicy and sweet, but then comes the ashy smoke and pepper, which is surrounded by a surprising flowery. My mouth almost feels like Bowmore. The fruit remains discreetly in the background, the taste is dominated by a flowery-ashy sweetness. The finish is now getting drier, rose water and walnut join the oak. That was a wonderful barrel, really great bottling and I am still sticking to my 91 points today

  3. old-smokey scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    A Laphroaig as it should be

    No dram for a quick glass - you should take the time to really enjoy it
    • Nose
      89 89
      Smoky, fruity sweetness, no stinging alcohol. Neither smoke, peat nor sherry are intrusive

      In the glass, oily legs slowly pull down, the strong amber color shimmers seductively
    • Taste
      91 91
      Fresh, spicy and pleasantly oily in the mouth, here too smoke, peat and sherry sweetness are pleasantly retained and are still there, the spicy wood is added

      Saliva foot sets in, the barrel thickness leads to a slight tingling on the tongue
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long-lasting, pleasant and discreet, the stimulated salivation makes the gentle notes of smoke and sherry on the tongue and palate seem pleasant

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    An old school laphi! Wonderfully smoky peat, some iodine and algae, salty and minimally fruity. Straightforward and clearly defined aromas, no applied finish. Tastes and likes ...

    23/22/22/22 (89P)
    • Nose
      Intense amber rests in the Premium Snifter, oily "legs" run along the glass wall. Subtle peat blends with minimal smoke notes, a mixture of dried berries and sour citrus fruits exudes their reserved aroma, the peaty smoke note noticeably gains volume. Spicy, lightly charred wood tones play with chocolate and menthol freshness, leather, iodine and meadow herbs appear slightly. The nose is wonderfully balanced, full of character and not overloaded.
    • Taste
      The first sip spicy flows through the mouth. Raisins, peaches and caramel end in a slightly peppery heat and fly ash, the cold smoke intensifies on the tongue, the peaty elements are discreetly in the background. The next sip pours creamy and gently on the tongue. Chocolate and caramel, voluminous cold smoke, some ashes, iodine and algae, salty burnt logs stimulate the flow of saliva. The intense alcohol disappears nutty and leaves a creamy and oily mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      Subtle smoky sticky spicy wood in combination with peat and dried fruit on the palate, the mouthfeel is incredibly oily and greasy. Hazelnuts stick between the lips, peat and smoke slowly fade away and leave a creamy texture in the mouth.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Tabrulavubeg scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    @christhewiz: great notes for an excellent Laphroaig!

  9. 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.

  10. 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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