Laphroaig 25-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Edition
Stated Age
25 years old
Bourbon & Oloroso Sherry Barrels
46.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Feb 2016 2:09 pm by Gonathras
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 392.75

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 25-year-old

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.93 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] I had the 2017 and 2018 edition of this dram recently so I am very curious now to check if this older release from 2015 is different...

    ...and it is rather comparable to the 2017 edition, profile-wise. In terms of balance and delicateness I prefer this 2015 over the 2017 because it is more harmonic and complex. The 2018 is more powerful in the nose and taste/finish (peatier, medicinal) but it is significantly more simplier too.

    [August, 2019] I can not resist to do another head-to-head of two 1990 vintages, this 25-years old versus the 28-years edition from 2018 (WB id 116673). All in all these two drams are very comparable with the 25y more peaty and a little more powerful while the 28y charms with even more delicateness and some additional (shy) sherry flavours, hence offers a somewhat greater complexity. And by the way, this is exactly what one expects from more maturation years of the same distillate. Hard to choose which one to prefer - maybe the nose of the 25y is a notch better as is the taste of the 28y. I think this is a clear draw (on a very high level).
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers a rather delicate profile for a Laphroaig. It is very complex on dozens of different aromas and comparable to that of the 2017 edition with less peaty aromas but more waxy and fruity notes. Give it some minutes to breathe and it will enfold its full beauty (it is a little shy straight out of the bottle). After around 10 minutes it offers Laphroaig at its best - complex, balanced and very, very delicious...
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is truly multi-layered with literally all the tasty flavours I can think of: It starts with an unusual bitter-herbal layer but very soon delicious molten sugars sooth the bitterness that then is strengthened again by a peaty-medicinal layer. But the fruits and honeys counter this attack nicely and support the sugars in creating a balanced profile. The spices are last, as usual, but they really pep up this mix greatly. The woods are perfect to provide a fine structure where all the different flavours can adopt to but they never dominate (like in today's Laphroaig NAS woodsky releases). Wow, this is pure pleasure on my palate and I like it even better than the already great 2017 or the powerful 2018 taste. Water is not needed with this release - it is perfect with its 46.8% abv.
    • Finish
      93 93
      The initial mouthfeel is simply great: Warming and charming with a creamy coating feeling without distracting moments. The finish is long and turns more fruity-sweet which is very tasty in combination with the maritime peaty and medicinal notes. Just a very slight drying moment pops up towards the end but this is not distracting, actually. This finish again is better than the 2017 and 2018 edition which are on par on that dimension.

  2. schengel10 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    25-year-old Laphi appears as an annual limited edition; Without question a top malt, but also at a very demanding price!
    • Nose
      very pleasant mild but dominant smoky note, vanilla, some oak;
    • Taste
      intense but soft onset, pleasant smoke, lots of sweetness, vanilla;
    • Finish
      sweet, long finish; long, smoky aftertaste;

  3. Izzino scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Great old smoky whisky. Dry, smoke.

  4. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    well balanced
    • Nose
      surprisingly sweet and mild. Warm earth, mineral dry (dusty). Aromatic lemon, a bit salty. Very subtle, herbal smoke of burnt herbs, pleasant spice. Eucalyptus and lavender. Wood is there, but wonderfully subtle, dry and set. The longer the malt is in the glass, the sweeter it becomes and the fermented tropical fruits emerge. The smoke is by no means phenolic / medicinal, more aromatic ash.
    • Taste
      the full load of seawater, so set and calm he was in the nose, so powerful he is on the tongue. Oily texture, by no means rough and impetuous. Ginger, freshly sliced, grapefruit and floury apple. A whole handful of spices: cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
    • Finish
      Mild Ascherauch dust-dry covers the gums. Spicy sweetness of cane sugar, towards the end a harmonious bitterness from the wood

  5. Vince' scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: A pleasant composition of spicy smoke, vanilla, some fruit and tart but unobtrusive oak flavors. The smoke is pleasantly integrated and in no way superficial and wonderfully integrated in the overall aroma. Slight associations of iodine and sea salt join the butter vanilla apple pie. A certain sour tart old oak note resonates permanently in the aroma and I like it very well. Taste: Mineral-sweet and pleasantly soft with vanilla, subtle spiciness in the form of nutmeg and fruit in the form of apples with barely perceptible smoke. In the finish, tenderly bitter and spicy oak aromas, as well as some phenolic accents are released, which prove the tongue something. The finish is long and not superficially smoky, but bittersweet and a hint of vanilla remains long lasting. Conclusion: A pleasant and complex but also discreet Laphroaig, which shows for me its strengths in the nose as well as in the initial taste.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. besar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Valérie scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  8. TsiAI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Room temperature when drinking: 18 ℃

    Viewing Eyes: light gold

    Smell Nose: chemicals, pills, faint dog hair, almonds, dried figs, cream cakes, mint, fermented sour, salty seaweed, bad fish, raspberry sauce, pineapple sauce, ink, clay, baked wood

    Taste Palate: lemon juice, grapefruit, black pepper, vanilla, coconut sugar, sweet milk flavor of figs, dry white wood, salty freshness of shellfish, sea water, bitter taste of black coffee, sterilized water, dust, charred wood

    Finish: Finish, medium length, iodine, ink, beach, sweetness, orange juice, canned yellow peach, finishing hair, resin

    Body: Medium, oily, no tannin, no bitter bottom

    Nose: 87/100

    Palate: 89/100

    Finish: 87/100

    Body: 89/100

    Overall: 88.5 / 100

    Overall: Very structured, balanced and rich in order. The peat smell is relatively light, mainly reflected in finish, and the overall appearance is more brisk and elegant, without losing the beauty of strength. Fruit is the main body of expression, about 3/5, and peat is about 2/5.

  9. Northern&Isles scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    Full-bodied, balanced, complex, perfect combination of smoke, peat and sherry.
    It doesn't get any better than this.
    Great, delicious and an unconditional purchase recommendation.

  10. robse211 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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


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