Laphroaig 30-year-old

Overall rating
91.22/100
votes
225
Whiskybase ID
WB86335
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Vintage
10.1985
Bottled
05.2016
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
10000
Strength
53.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
LL0028
Bottle code
L6129MB1 2162
Barcode
5010019638182
Added on
02 sep 2016 12:26 pm by p4blo
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1345.51

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 30-year-old

41 users have left 43 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.22 points.

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I tried this with a few small drops of water from the off.
    i found this really difficult to score the fruit, which is like stewed apple with a little toffee crumble in the mix is held back too much by the peat and white pepper, that said the finish is very good , nothing out of balance but it is marred by an off note, like something metallic?
    This is a competent aged Laphy but taste wise this is a £150 whisky, not 1k, not even remotely close.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. hyc scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 92
    taste--------------------92
    End rhyme--------------------91

  3. Christine_Fun scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

    Nose
    Lemon vanilla, strong sense of juice, green apple juice, orange juice, honey, less obvious peat, a little leather and smoke, air dried firewood, soot, nuts, more jam after standing, honey cream after adding water
    Taste
    Entrance: apple juice, peach juice
    Middle section: canned yellow peach, orange jam, pineapple, dark chocolate, spices
    Finish
    Apple, chocolate, faint spices and pepper finish

    More performance in the fruit hodgepodge, smoke and peat become less, the aroma changes after dripping, and the wine is still strong .It's great!

  4. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Overall: Of course Lpah's things from the 60s and 70s, the aroma is very top-notch, but if you don't talk about the aroma, or the aroma only accounts for 10% of your rating, then why would this bottle of Laph lose a lot? ? I don't think so! So I decided to add a point to it privately.

    Nose: Refreshing sea salt and fruit opening, the aroma is expressive and continues to rise, citrus, herbs, medicinal materials, mint, and there is a refreshing feeling of a mountain covered with misty woods. The peat comes in the form of a bit sharp but faint, metal, paint (grease), and minerals. There is almost no sense of alcohol, the aroma is balanced, complex, and a very powerful wine.

    Drink: The body is medium-upward, almost the same as the smell, and the taste will be clearer, more expressive, and richer. Passion fruit, salty and fresh, beige root herbs, green fresh herbs, very delicious, with a long aftertaste.

  5. Ostfriese scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    This whisky has it all ... a (very expensive) dream!

  6. The_Osprey scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig 30 Year Old. Short review with Paul at the distillery. Aroma - oak-led, vanilla toffee pennies also quite fruity. Taste vanilla, oak, quite salty. Decent but quite oak-led at this age. 3.45/82

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Powerful, fruity, balanced - very good
    • Nose
      90 90
      Vanilla, yellow fruits, apple, pear, banana, some pineapple, honey, little smoky, medicinal, cookie dough, dry hay, tobacco - pretty good
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very oily, creamy, little punchy, subtle sweetness, some fruitiness, smoke and peat coming up, citrus fruits, lemon peel, spices, herbs, ginger, some minerals, little woody - very good
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, burning, more punchy, citric, spicy, zesty, woody, more lemon peel

  8. lordofmalts scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      95 95

  9. Teomarg scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. daverdaz scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  11. Mapl scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  12. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  13. AgentMunky scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      9 // 8.5

      Mint, herbal earth, incredibly aromatic (and potent). Still smoky, but nowhere near overwhelming. // Bourbony, sweet and smooth, but still with that mint and smoke.
    • Taste
      95 95
      9.5 // 8.5

      Is it "worth" the money? Heck no. Is it a helluva lot more interesting AND balanced than a lot of old whiskies? YES. Waxed pear; really full body, chewy, oily, fatty, but SWEET malt; some tropical fruits flash in the maintaste; aftertaste is very slightly (but welcome) maritime peat.
    • Finish
      90 90
      9 // 9

      A bit strong, but gods, it goes forever. Very peaty. // Creamy and pleasant.

  14. Seanzhang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. Archer scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    If you have the following in mind in your head as follows: 'Laphroaig, 30 years, 50%, that can actually be nothing more than a bang', you will feel more than confirmed after the tasting.
    An absolute dream.
    • Nose
      94 94
      At first extremely reserved, after just a few moments, a fruit basket appears in the glass filled with peaches, apricots, plums and red apples. Very subtle smoke, which you could easily think of as an "aroma" of old wooden floorboards. Honey and brown sugar, old leather, dry tobacco leaves. A short trip to the spice rack gives you a mixture of nutmeg, ginger powder and grated cloves. A nose that rests in itself and has a lot to tell.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Creamy and full of anticipation, which feels soft and velvety on the tongue despite an alcohol strength of 53.5%. Dry wood, very mild smoke, in which the peat used can hardly be made out. Orange jam, almonds, hazelnuts, dark chocolate. While the nose was dominated by fresh fruits, the dried counterparts dominated the aroma. Leather and tobacco, dry deciduous forest floor, wood, which ensures a pleasant dryness. Dark chocolate, freshly roasted espresso.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long and just imperceptibly drier. The fruity aromas fade over time, leather, dry wood and dark chocolate take the lead. It stays there for a long, long time. If you think: it's over now, he'll do another round.

  16. Andytka3 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Day 7 of Lockdown - 24th March - Drove down to Bukit Bintang yesterday for a meeting. Two road blocks along the way. For the first time, I need a company letter to justify my travel to continue the journey. All this for the effort to contained the pandemic. No complaint.

    N- Barley lingers. Thick smoggy scents of overripe soursop. Firm at spine with broad rusty and copper notes. Little wild flowers, pleasing crushed mint leaf, some nut and iodine joins the party, with waves of spicy strength awaiting at the shoreline. (90/22)

    P- Well mature, classy, gentle. Perfect integration of peat and oak to share the limelight. Charred citrus peel and nuts skin indicating the layer of oil with soft bitterness and olive brine. Also the waxy honey that never bad to attains. (94/23)

    F- Long. Simply classy and aged gracefully. Not the usual Lap that always hit the ground hard, they should make more of this style, perhaps. (94/23)

    B/B- 95/23

    Weighted Rate- 91pt

    Cr-3, Fr-4, Fl-2, Pt-3, Ft-3, Sp-0, Wd-3, Wn-2, Sc-2
    • Nose
      N- Barley lingers. Thick smoggy scents of overripe soursop. Firm at spine with broad rusty and copper notes. Little wild flowers, pleasing crushed mint leaf, some nut and iodine joins the party, with waves of spicy strength awaiting at the shoreline. (90/22)
    • Taste
      P- Well mature, classy, gentle. Perfect integration of peat and oak to share the limelight. Charred citrus peel and nuts skin indicating the layer of oil with soft bitterness and olive brine. Also the waxy honey that never bad to attains. (94/23)
    • Finish
      F- Long. Simply classy and aged gracefully. Not the usual Lap that always hit the ground hard, they should make more of this style, perhaps. (94/23)

      B/B- 95/23

      Weighted Rate- 91pt

      Cr-3, Fr-4, Fl-2, Pt-3, Ft-3, Sp-0, Wd-3, Wn-2, Sc-2

  17. ConvalRen scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Keep at 88 first. Last time I tried, I know it was much higher than this but I had not taken any notes then nor written the point based calculation.

    88 is based on a 90% empty bottle.
    Once I open my own bottle, I can give a proper review it deserves.

  18. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  19. penumbra scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It is inexplicable that someone evaluated Zhou Baihao as the type that Hong Kong women like.
    • Nose
      Ripe lime, oats, dextrin, milk flakes, Baiqiao, vanilla, hazelnut, butter, beeswax, salt, pills, iodine, red Fuji peel, Rosaceae fruit.

      The aroma and temperature are strong, the taste is slightly dry, and the sweetness is obvious. The malt's own fermented grain taste and the vanilla honey and oily nuts common in bourbon barrels dominate the role. The fruit taste is relatively low but the whole wine is activated. Baking brings an experience similar to Western medicine pills, with a small amount of salt suggesting the island's strength.
    • Taste
      More obvious salt, fragrant without substantial red / orange fruit (similar to the performance of perfume), Bai Qiao, oats, and peat are reflected in iodine water and long-lasting pepper and smoked roast, which appear as the sweetness decreases. Some non-greasy nutty, herbaceous spices and a medium white oak board.

      Strong, medium fat, medium sweet, very low sour, no astringency, no bitterness, no spicy.
    • Finish
      Medium to longer, herbaceous, iodine, salt, wood board.

  20. checkpointuk scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=385

    Colour:
    gold
    Nose:
    Pepper fresh and maritime spicy. A metallic note is added. Add limonene, grapefruit, green apple, salty sea air, peat, smoke with cold ashes, and a little later you will find fresh green aromas that stir up the previous ones. Leather, liquid honey, malt, paper and vanilla adapt.
    Taste:
    Spicy, fresh and woody. Herbs, peat, smoke, grapefruit, honeydew melon. Overall, he remains salty-maritime with peppery impacts and is now unfortunately out of round. The freshness is now in the first place and suppresses much in the taste - bitter-bitter towards the finish.
    Finish:
    Long - still slightly out of round, tart and peppery-spicy. Now with more smoky peat and with not particularly well integrated fresh wood it goes to the final spurt. Somewhat dull, as there are hardly any fruit notes to be discovered.
    87 points
    N: 90P / G: 86P / F: 84P

  21. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Light peat smoke, as expected, with a lovely fruity backdrop. Lots of fresh fruits, menthol, fresh barley and very malty. A lot sweeter after the first sip, and more liquorice.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Big and oily arrival, sweet at first, with a smoky background. Nutmeg, roasted almond, burnt wood, liquorice.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Full and long, with hints of almond, lemonade, oranges, and slight orange peel bitterness.

  22. jmallios scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  23. checkpointrk scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  24. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/04/25/feis-ile-2018-swa-tasting-at-the-bally-grant-inn/

    10000 bottles = limited edition! Isn’t everything limited? Maybe not atoms.
    N: Goes very well with the tablet-like [vg] sticky toffee pudding. The dryness lifts, becoming more youthful after 10 minutes. I got distracted with initial top notes of dried nettles, violets, honeysuckle and fusca, but actually, dried basil, thyme and sticky lavender with bitter sour lemon captures the overall aroma better.
    T: With slowly softened smoke, the malt rings true with sweet vegetal herbal floral action continuing forth.
    F: Bitter oaky herbal, those 30 years of maturation never crushing the barley despite a metallic touch.
    C: I’m enjoying this tasting so much I forgot to write a conclusion or give this a score. It would have been high I’m certain.

  25. Georges scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
      Peat smoke, coastal and medicinal notes, ashy, tarry, fruity (mandarines, mangos, oranges, apricots, apples), nutty (almonds, chestnuts), cedar, wintergreen, smoked sage
    • Taste
      94 94
      Peat smoke, seaweed, ashy, iodine, fruity (mandarines, oranges, passion fruit), spicy (koriander, pepper, ginseng), tobacco, chocolate
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, smoky, ashy, complex, fruity, tobacco, oaky, spicy (pepper), salty

  26. whiskystore scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    3 cl sample
    Colour light amber
    • Nose
      91 91
      Peat and smoke of course, apricot, iodine, wine gum, leather, hazelnutcreme, peeld apples
    • Taste
      92 92
      Lovely whisky, blood orange with some orange cest, slight bitter, honey, herbs, fat on the lips, leather, tobacko, red apples, orange and apricot liqour
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, orange cest, slight bitter, some oak, spice and pepper

  27. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      very seldom that I even buy samples of such expensive whiskies, so let´´s take time:
      even at this age it´s obvious hat this is laphroiag. no other whisky has this specific medicinal DNA.
      Let me advice you to give this dram a lot of time. it reaaly deserves it. if you rush this dram you get a slightly more developed version of the 15yo (I´m a big fan of that one, mind you) . we got a very rounded smoky nose with first class liquorice, just a bit of tar, lots of lemon juice, grapefruit, olives and brine. has a bit of a 30yo Caol Ila which can only mean it´s a very good dram. hints of linseed oil and the mildest oak.
      it´s also got a slightly herbal edge. Vermouth?
      you can nose this stuff for hours!
    • Taste
      89 89
      neat, there is no doubt it´s not as good as the nose suggests. not because it´s lacking complexity but it´s just too sharp to deliver the flavours. so let´s add a drop of water. i hope it´s a swimmer. ok, added just a drop and the nose develops even more. what about the palate? well, to be honest, the strong side is not the palate. not that it´s bad whisky, lol, no, not at all but I would have NEVER guessed it was 30 years of age. it´´s like an 18 year old Laphroaig with some bitter herbs in it. too bitter for my palate, at least today. but again, it´s still good stuff.
    • Finish
      89 89
      only slightly bitter with citrus and salt

  28. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      very seldom that I even buy samples of such expensive whiskies, so let´´s take time:
      even at this age it´s obvious hat this is laphroiag. no other whisky has this specific medicinal DNA.
      Let me advice you to give this dram a lot of time. it reaaly deserves it. if you rush this dram you get a slightly more developed version of the 15yo (I´m a big fan of that one, mind you) . we got a very rounded smoky nose with first class liquorice, just a bit of tar, lots of lemon juice, grapefruit, olives and brine. has a bit of a 30yo Caol Ila which can only mean it´s a very good dram. hints of linseed oil and the mildest oak.
      it´s also got a slightly herbal edge. Vermouth?
      you can nose this stuff for hours!
    • Taste
      89 89
      neat, there is no doubt it´s not as good as the nose suggests. not because it´s lacking complexity but it´s just too sharp to deliver the flavours. so let´s add a drop of water. i hope it´s a swimmer. ok, added just a drop and the nose develops even more. what about the palate? well, to be honest, the strong side is not the palate. not that it´s bad whisky, lol, no, not at all but I would have NEVER guessed it was 30 years of age. it´´s like an 18 year old Laphroaig with some bitter herbs in it. too bitter for my palate, at least today. but again, it´s still good stuff.
    • Finish
      89 89
      only slightly bitter with citrus and salt

  29. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A dream for me, the price is of course beyond good and evil ....
    • Nose
      Great aroma, orange with peel, apricot, nice sweet tobacco, salt, great dark toffee, fresh red apple, hints of iodine from Laphi, full of brown honey, gummy bears, white chocolate, some fresh leather and hazelnut, passion fruit, I could tune for hours sniff
    • Taste
      Dry algae, blood orange, orange bitters, cold campfire, berry bushes with soil, wild garlic and clove, honey with herbs, dark chocolate, beautiful leather, bread crust, red apple, apricot jellies, dark malt
    • Finish
      Long, dry-sweet, apricot, the smoke, malt and light salt will stay in for minutes, reminding you of something rustic oak and clove

  30. nad_chario scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  31. RL_whisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice "Laphroaig" peat. Good first impression with a very good development, which needs a couple of minutes to start, but then continues for a long time.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  32. Segens scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The price is ridiculous so I am focussing on the malt: 

    Great malt no doubt and it is complex and also well balanced so I had a lot of fun to drink it. 
    • Nose
      apple/pear with a bit of passionfruit, honey and malt. The smoke is very decent as well as a bit of citrus and the alcohol is implemented perfectly. You can smell this dram for hours, great!
    • Taste
      The mouth offers a malt & fruit game which makes a lot of fun. Again the alcohol is perfectly implemented. A bit surprising that the smoke is only barely showing up. 
    • Finish
      The smoke and malty hint remains for minutes and leaves a smile on my face. Yes I was expecting a lot but it is also delivering a lot backwards.

  33. Whisky-Tester did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  34. maltaholic scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  35. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  36. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasty, but certainly not a high-flyer. Statusplörre just ...
    • Nose
      The nose is fruity and sweet with medium-bodied smoke. There is also a pleasant spice. The spice is reminiscent of a smokehouse. Very suitable is the medical iodine. With a little time, fermented apples are added. A touch of salt and algae is in the nose. The alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Taste
      The entrance is stormy and balanced at the same time, the smoke settles in the mouth and throat. The fruits again. In addition a portion of oak.
    • Finish
      A neatly long finish. Oak and smoke again. Again the seasoning and spices from the nose.

  37. wbarchive_485944 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  38. maltaholic scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Is his worth € 1,000? I do not think so. Would now like to compare directly with the 18s, which I have so wonderful in my memory. Overall, a great malt, but totally overpriced.
    • Nose
      A very mild, for Laphroaig untypical smoke smell. The 30 years have pulled something. The aroma is fruity, with some spices. Carnation, marzipan, ...
    • Taste
      Very strong, no wonder at over 50%. Comfortable character, warming, fresh. Vanilla comes out, oak, the spices now more intense. The smoke is dominant, but not unpleasant. He is round, balanced.
    • Finish
      Long, fruity, smoky.

  39. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Laphroaig 30
    53.5 WB no. 86338
    N Superficial smoke, bright fruits behind
    G full of sweetness like cherry juice, rolling wide, slightly smoky, no bitterness, then sticky and muzzling
    92

  40. Amsterdam did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Whisky tasting: Laphroaig 30 years https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U4TCAEwizk

  41. Mascht scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Caramel, gingerbread, chipotle, fresh cucumber
    • Taste
      creamy, mouth-filling, orange peel, a little camphor
    • Finish
      very long to forever

  42. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes by Weinquelle Lühmann

    Aroma: Tangerine and mango, roasted almonds and coconut come to light. Aromatic peat oils are interwoven and appear as cedar, Gaultheria and smoked sage. A drop of water releases aromas of honey and apricot.

    Taste: A great oily feeling on the palate with orange peel, vanilla and coriander leaf, in a cedar cigar box next to wild ginseng root.

    Finish: Long and complex with persistent fleshy pomaceous fruit and soft green hand-rolled tobacco.

    Characteristics: Rounded character and exceptional uniformity due to the double ripening in first and second filled bourbon barrels.

  43. Goethe scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Another great and old expression by Laphroaig. Not as perfekt as the version of 2006 used to be. Nevertheless worth enjoying such a beautiful dram.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 5/10
    • Nose
      Sweet gentle smoke. Fermented fruits, strawberrys, raspberrys, citrus fruits, honey, nuts, vanilla, minerals.
    • Taste
      And here we go again: Citrus fruits, sweet gentle smoke, honey, nuts and berries.
    • Finish
      Long. Sweet and a bit dry. Some popcorn lingering around.

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