Overall rating
93.54/100
votes
30
Whiskybase ID
WB8198
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Vintage Collection - Dumpy
Vintage
18.02.1966
Bottled
18.06.1996
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Oak Cask
Casknumber
561
Number of bottles
142
Strength
48.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
15 may 2009 10:17 pm
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Average value

€ 3388.00

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 1966 SV

6 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.54 points.

  1. Luigisim scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Would have been possible to replicate drams, this should have been one.
    Incredible balance of peat and sweet flavours.
    • Nose
      Fantastic sulfuric peat. Mild and gentle. Completely different (and better) from the peat character of today's drams.
    • Taste
      Demerara sugar, old rum melting with wild strawberries.
    • Finish
      Long and lingering but also delicate and tender.

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  3. turtle scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Probably the best I've tasted so far. Simply how an old whisky should be: balanced, multi-layered, complex but not complicated, definitely a Laphroaig. Cose your eyes and you start dreaming...

  4. Tokyo_Zurich did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Whiskyfun, May 23 2020:
    These two casks from a legendary parcel of stock that Andrew Symington acquired in the mid-90s from John Gross. Mr Gross had held the license to import Laphroaig in America many years previously. They’ve since gone on to become deservedly legendary bottlings. Colour: gold. Nose: pure and exquisitely coastal. Pink sea salt, waxy lemon rind and many touches of camphor, brine and even more menthol touches like eucalyptus oils and mint tea. Given a little time the fruits emerge: passion fruit, papaya, mango, pineapple. Almost quivers with this gelatinous mix of fruits and beautifully delicate peat smoke. A harmonious, deeply complex and almost poetically beautiful nose that feels pristinely structured, poised and in total control of itself. With water: seawater mixed with limoncello, salted liquorice, beeswax, hessian, vapour rubs and globally drier, leaner and more ruthlessly precise. Mouth: wonderful attack, all on nervous, brittle coastal and saline complexities. Dried seaweed, ink, aged tar liqueurs, bundled dried herbs and mineral oil. The fruits are here too but they feel waxier, dried out and rather desiccated, things like banana chips, dried mango chunks and passion fruit seeds. The peat is oily, tarry and drying with this rather waspish smokiness. Could be anywhere from 15 - 35 years old in some ways, there’s this ethereal ‘out of time’ feel about it. With water: gah! Just astonishing power, richness of smoke, deeper peat notes, a broader, sparser fruitiness and the impression of many exotic teas. Some lighter wood spice and white pepper notes too. Finish: luminous, endless, impeccably saline, citric, inky, herbal, lightly tarry and delivering all these silky smoky and mineral notes. Comments: One of these old Islay whiskies that feels like it comes from another galaxy entirely. Quite simply, an impeccable collaboration between barley, yeast, water, oak and time. This is why I love whisky.
    SGP: 566 - 94 points.

  5. detachedblue scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    More Port Ellen than Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      Golden fruits, like Port Ellen and Caol Ila, sweet pure peated barley, not very modernish peat, crushed lemon, smoke bacon.
    • Taste
      Dense peat, leather, huge camphor, orange, barley sugar, oily, translucent.
    • Finish
      A touch of sulfur, but still very good, golden barley peat, very long finish.

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Old and Rare 2020. Very close to 559, brilliant.

  7. tebond968 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig 30y 1966/1996, 48.9%, Signatory, cask 561, 142 bottles . Laphroaig 1966. Was it not especially 1967 that was a good year for Laphroaig? 1966, a bit of a weakness seems to me.
    Mmm, long live 1966! Man, what a great smell! An antique shop with its old books and polished antique furniture, dried flowers, ripe bananas, succulent honey, minerals (wet stone), oysters, tobacco and of course the most delicious soft sweet peat. Light tones of a cow stall. Enjoy in overdrive. The good news is that the taste should not be too much for the nose. Delicate, subtle and complex. Creamy peat encapsulated in honey, marzipan, beeswax and lots of fruit. Banana, orange and juicy pear. But that does not stop there, I also think of candied ginger, sweet licorice and a ham on the spit. Long aftertaste where the fruit and the beeswax slowly extinguish, but where the sweet peat will continue for a while afterwards. Fantastic whisky. 95/100 http://onversneden.com/2011/12/30/en-dan-was-er-nog-die-kersttasting/

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