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Laphroaig 25-year-old

Overall rating
89.72/100
votes
83
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Edition
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Second Fill Oloroso Sherry Casks & American
Strength
48.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
LL0033
Barcode
5010019638205
Added on
24 Sep 2016 6:31 pm by lrb85
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 440,36

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 25-year-old

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.72 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Side by side with Laphroaig 25 (2017) which I rate one point higher.

    I think Laphroaig does really well in larger batches (ie: 25 year, 10 cask strength). Sometimes single casks can be a little too rough; however every once in a while you’ll get a knockout. At least that’s my experience. If you asked me to pick a 25 year old OB I would probably put this one in the top 5, but it’s also one of the top popular distilleries that charge the big premium. So while it’s really great, there are many many options at this price range.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Smoked apples, seashells, and a nice soft honey, tinctures and gauze. Soft iodine and minerals. Some new oak. A beach fire in the distance.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Salty, a nice creamed honey note, licorice, soft tarry peat and lemon cake.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Salted caramel, apple pie, vanilla bean ice cream, licorice and soft iodine. Smoke and ash build to a very long and satisfying finish.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2019] ...the missing link! I drank a bottle each of the 25-years old Laphroaig releases from 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 and now I was able to get a sample of the 2016 edition, finally...

    ...and it is the missing link between the fruity-complex 2014/15 editions and the more peaty-straightforward 2017/18 releases (at least in the nose). But it owns a somewhat strange chemical off-note in both taste and finish that I do not like (and I am not sure if this is genuine or if just the sample was spoiled, so take my rating with caution). If I come across a further sample I will check this...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers a fruity-peaty profile that is both complex and delicious. It turns more bitter-earthy-chalky upon breathing and adds a lot of different aromas over time. Yes, this is exactly in-between the profiles of 2014/15 and 2017/18. Very interesting to experience this slowly profile change over the course of five years.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is a little bitter-chemical and I am not sure if this is genuine or a flaw of the sample. If it is genuine than this is the weakest taste of all the five editions (still on a high level). It is complex and interesting to explore but it is not as quaffable. Water strengthens the chalky-mineral notes in the nose and this strange chemical off-note in both taste and finish. I like the neat dram best.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The initial mouthfeel is warming but not as much coating as the older releases. A minor dryness pops up but this is not distracting. The finish is medium to long and it turns even more to this bitter-drying slightly chemical side that remnds me of detergent or cleansing products (which is weird). This is not really a flaw but it is clearly an unpleasant off-note to my taste buds.

  3. Thermidor scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasted side by side with the 2017 edition, I find this one to be almost the same whisky, just a little bit sweeter, with the peat coming out a bit rougher with water, while 2017 has more vanilla. All in all, a good whisky, best enjoyed on good nose days when you can pick up all the detail properly. I can't rate the 2016 and 2017 differently, both are 89-90 pts. whiskys depending on the day. Buy the one you get for less money :)

    If you've never tasted a Laphroaig beyond their 10yo and NAS bottlings, be advised that this stuff is a fair bit more gentle and nuanced, with the (discontinued?) 18yo acting as a bridge between the styles. What you get here is a faintly acidic dram with medicinal peat, band-aids, some vanilla sauce, vinegar-y sherry, age-rounded soft oak, plaster, and a faintly fishy smoke, with an easygoing but lasting finish.

    Thanks to member GIORGOS for the sample!

  4. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A quite simple dram with only an elegant body pointing at the age. All in all youthful, not tasting very mature.
    You could also open a bottle of 10yo, let the spirit breathe for some months and save ten times the money ...
    • Nose
      Fine with quite youthful peat. Rounded vanilla notes with zest and hints of tropical fruits. Some sea air and seaweed.
    • Taste
      Again fine with a certain elegance. Sweetness with peat and marmalade. Mellow pepper, hints of vanilla. Salty sea air with hints of brine and seaweed.
    • Finish
      Peat and pepper, hints of salt. Sea weed getting a little more complex in melange with rounded vanilla sweetness.

  5. Andytka3 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N- Husky, carbon and soot, gunpowder and sweet cocoa powder mix. Sharp and spicy nose masking most the rest, wait to get creamier and let the hefty dryness down scale itself for the salted herbs to come thru. Tinge of green, hay-ish and cardboard-y. Coconut dessert. (86/20)

    P- Peat are well integrated as it should be. Sweet-salty coconut cream with pandan chendol, fine balanced with reasonable depth. (86/20)

    F- Medium-long, well smoothness, more coconut chendol by the fireplace. Well mellowed with bold mouthfeel. (87/21)

    B/B- 87/21. +1 for the price, still the lowest priced 25YO SM in the market.

    Weighted Rate- 83pt

    Cr-2, Fr-1, Fl-1, Pt-2, Ft-2, Sp-0, Wd-1, Wn-2, Sc-2
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Husky, carbon and soot, gunpowder and sweet cocoa powder mix. Sharp and spicy nose masking most the rest, wait to get creamier and let the hefty dryness down scale itself for the salted herbs to come thru. Tinge of green, hay-ish and cardboard-y. Coconut dessert. (86/20)
    • Taste
      P- Peat are well integrated as it should be. Sweet-salty coconut cream with pandan chendol, fine balanced with reasonable depth. (86/20)
    • Finish
      F- Medium-long, well smoothness, more coconut chendol by the fireplace. Well mellowed with bold mouthfeel. (87/21)

      B/B- 87/21. +1 for the price, still the lowest priced 25YO SM in the market.

      Weighted Rate- 83pt

      Cr-2, Fr-1, Fl-1, Pt-2, Ft-2, Sp-0, Wd-1, Wn-2, Sc-2
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Notes from a different bottle to 2017 rating.
    I have let this breath for 15 minutes or so in the glass and it has benefitted from that.
    A flinty, medicinal nose, with brine, peat, shellfish stalls on the seafront, (Whitby, Scarborough or anywhere on the East Coast of England really).
    Some dark cake sponge notes, emerge and then some lighter biscuit so a multi layered nose.
    The palate is really peaty with hints of lime, gooseberry and lemon juice, bags of sweet peat and again something flinty like the nose hinted at that adds a little dryness.
    This seems to get more summer fruits as you go on, very lively and very tasty.
    Just needs a little more fruit/spice to get it over 90 points but 90p is a fair assessment.
    Decent finish getting a little black pepper now and lime skins with more cake and the peat getting sweeter but really shining through on the finish.
    Better than last time, a great laphy, so drinkable, just slightly dry but that is a really minor point.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Dris scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  8. wbarchive_630772 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    A great whisky with tones of cooked fruit and a hint of smoke.

  9. detachedblue scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A classic and complicated Laphroaig, I enjoyed this less-peaty style compare to the modern (possibly future) releases.
    • Nose
      bright, crisp apples, strong and clear peat, citrus fruits, cherry, salty seaweed. Very complex
    • Taste
      Crispy cloudy apple flavours, pungent alcohol, very drinkable and smooth
    • Finish
      Peat and fresh fruits, medium

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

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

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