Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
20 years old
Pedro Ximénez Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
50.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2016
Added on
05 Oct 2016 10:28 am by hnorjordet
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1057.78

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 1996 SMS

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.20 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 97 points Specialist

    I've been holding back on giving scores on the top of the scale, that's anything above 94.

    Looks like I've been right, because where would I have had points to justify this.

    It's the damn best dram I've had in at least two decades!
    • Nose
      98 98
      Pop the cork and the faint odor leaving the bottle let you know you're in for a real treat.

      The initial sherry nose is strong, but more on the gentler Oloroso than on the heavier Ximenes. rich sultanas, prunes, red plums and a mix of red forrest berries.

      Next to all of this fruity sweetness is a mellow smoke and peat.

      The typical Laphroaig medicinal nose comming through, also carrying muffled notes of tar and seaweed.

      Old wet premium oak with hints of sour mash barley.

      A tiny twist of citrus zest on the edge.

      So many aromas mixed together there's something new every time you nose it, but nothing that stick it's head up too high, it's all so increadebly well integrated and ballanced.

      Spent more than 20 minutes just nosing this, in a combination of pure pleasure and fear of being let down by the taste.
    • Taste
      96 96
      No need to worry, the taste lives up to it's nose.

      Initially lightly spiced and warm.

      Thick and creamy but strangely also a slight dryness.

      Of course there's sherry, but it's spent 20 years in a 500 liter butt, so it's not like an A'bunadh, rather gentle, like plum jam.

      All the notes of the nose are present; muted gentle Laphroaig profile with it's smoke and peat, a little citrus, a pinch of salt, rich dark roasted coffe... all intertwined in almost perfect ballance.
    • Finish
      97 97
      Without any kind of burn or spice, just warming kindness.

      Changing and evolving in an extended length, making you hold back on the next sip to enjoy the full finish.

      Nosing the empty glass is a combination of smoke from an open fire and honey melon.

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur


    The colour is super-dark suggesting it’s a big [syrup-ed?] sherry number - PX mind, regardless of what it says on the label.
    N: Wonderfully unexpected profile on ginger cake, peat [no TCP], grated onions, gooey biscuit barley,….. A totally integrated [PX] sherry-mixed sweetness, prune juice,…
    T: So PX [and peat] can work! This one tingles in,…. providing joy, joy, joy,… and some chew,… the layers falling open with ease.
    F: Finishes very clean after all that. We can forgive the finish given the nose & arrival alone.
    C: Whiskyfun really didn’t like this one! On this rare occasion, few agree. I’m not normally a fan of PX & peat either, though over two years in an open bottle may have helped this/me no end.

    Scores a B+

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    very interesting and delicious malt with rough edges despite age - the nose is my highlight, complex and exciting - but I would rather only worth 150 ¬ - he has power and sophistication but really fascination he may not trigger
    • Nose
      sweet heavy oily sherry scent, camp fire smoke, citrus zest, vanilla sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, hidden behind the other flavors are cherries, plums and red berries - especially the sherry notes in the nose are very buttery / oily-creamy
    • Taste
      sweet and salty - syrupy oily consistency, seaweed, iodine, smoke, savory biscuits, enormous oak spiciness - very intense spicy without being alcoholic, stimulates strong salivation and while it is inevitably diluted - it changes from strong - spicy - intense - concentrated , to fruity strong - until it is flattering fruity with a peppery hint of smoke on the palate - here it is beautifully fruity
    • Finish
      Cigarette ash, oak spice, liquorice, cherry syrup, tobacco mitellang - astringent spice very long

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    What a fantastic Laphroaig! Mild and fruity, smoky and peaty, powerful and harmonious. A whopping 92 points and the anticipation of the rest of the sample make me dream of this Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      Dark and "dirty" amber rests in the glass, viscous drops run back into the glass in slow motion after panning. Mineral rock notes and hints of sweet sherry pour out of the glass and exude a promising aroma. Sweet and dark berries mingle with earthy and peaty aromas, voluminous banana aroma blends with roasted aromas and dried raisins or plums. A harmonious and very pleasant smoky note is over the complete nose, the sweetness is intensified, a subtle pinch of salt is distributed in the sweet fruit. Slowly, a touch of sour grapefruit is added, resulting in a multi-layered and very complex nose. Delicious!
    • Taste
      Salty notes are immediately mixed in the mouth with sweet and dried berries, a "dirty" and loamy peat aroma ends in a bitter and spicy woody aroma. Smoke aromas are created and become more intense, the salt turns into wood sharpness. Some gum abrasion falls into bitter wood chips, Grapefruitschalen give the spicy wood a fruity note. The different and contrasting aromas harmonize perfectly with each other and make the Laphroaig a taste experience.
    • Finish
      Mild with a smoky peat note starts the finish. The dark and sweet fruit flavors return, toasted aromas and dried berries mingle with tart grapefruit. The smoky smoky nose and the sweet, dark fruit gently warm the entire mouth and leave this taste experience in memory for a long time. Gorgeous!

  5. Othorion scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Citrus notes, burnt raisins, salty, maritime, grapefruit, ginger, gum, burned matches, sweet balsamic, honey, nutmeg
    • Taste
      Oily, gentle, zero alcohol, creamy, sweet, caramel, raisins, dark chocolate, medicinal smoke, iodine, salty, spicy, white pepper, grapefruit, lemon, tamarind, walnuts
    • Finish
      warming, slightly dry, laaaang, smoky, with sweet lemon and coffee

  6. Gloin scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The smell is a surprisingly strong citrus note, which complements well with sweet sherry, to the smoke comes. This is very intense and beautiful, but not very complex. The taste is seductive, not stingy with its charms, but leaves like the nose a little complexity. The finish knows how to convince, long, intense and harmonious.
    • Nose
      Immediately very sweet smoke, raisins, sherry I have no idea how smelled lime peel, but that's how I imagine, after a while, the smoke is more dominant, but even then it remains in an interplay between very sweet sherry, smoke and citrus notes ,
    • Taste
      Gentle onset and very creamy body, followed by a little sharpness on the tongue, closely interwoven with an intense sweetness, smoke, behind it delicate oak, as in the nose a conflict of sweet sherry and citrus notes, sweetened filter coffee
    • Finish
      Slightly astringent in the finish, the sherry steps back and the smoke and citrus notes take over control, now comes a little more oak, the smoke is cold, like cold cigarette smoke, long it sticks to the palate

  7. karloff scored this whisky 94 points Specialist

    Thanks to Peatbogger for sharing this sample with me, it was an absolute pleasure.
    • Nose
      93 93
      A perfect balance here of dark fruits and peat smoke. Both on a level playing field, you just cannot separate them. Strawberry jam on white doughy bread. Can't find anything medicinal just a lovely fruity smokiness. That sounds ludicrous when you say it out loud but it is what it is.
    • Taste
      95 95
      On first taste of this it was like I had just sipped a high end brandy followed by a puff of a quality Cuban cigar. What a combination in a glass. Just like the nose this is a perfect marriage. This goes down very easy. Texture, smoothness and quality are the reasons why.
    • Finish
      94 94
      A long finish and praise the lord for I want this to stick around. The peat just pips those fruit notes at the post and the balance is back in order just at the right time.

  8. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A very juicy Laphroaig, I love it! Some reviewers tasted some burnt match or gunpowder, but while it's not the cleanest Laphroaig, I hardly taste any sulfur at all, or at least at a level that would detract from even the minutest of score. The Laphroaig smoke and the PX sherry are not the most well-integrated but I find they work very, very well together. 

  9. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    a nice whisky, which bumps in some places, but is exciting and creates beautiful flavors combinations rightly a UA, because he lacks the Laphroaig own harmony, he has for it a very own dynamics. intensive notes, however, without much variety Ranking: 1.Mund, 2.Nase, 3.Abgang mmh, I like them indeed
    • Nose
      directly after pouring without movement First Sherrynoten and no Laphroaig Slowly, some smoke gets through
      a little later with movement more smoke and now citrus, but the main note is the sweet raisin flavor of Pedro Ximénez Now comes the sweetish Laphroaig smoke with the medical touch and mixes perfectly with the Pedro raisin sweet raisin in gauze bandage - yes we want that;) and now also maritime salty notes and damp old wood in the Sherrynoten
    • Taste
      the entrance already kisses your tongue sweet light brown raisin, slightly salty smoky Wow Your tongue is glowing Stun camphor and essential oils You taste them bitter sweet and smoky after plywood, sea salt, leather the beautiful raisin and bitter chocolate you almost forgot that you are sitting in a doctor's office Laphroaig is just medicine, but one that can kiss well;)
    • Finish
      long Tingling on the tongue, medicinal, smoky, dry, cocoa, some fruit

  10. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Definitely an exceptional PX-Laphi, drinkable and round despite the smoke and the%, it may work. a tick unbalanced, I personally like the grapefruit and citric acid not so completely in between, have all the old Sherry-Bunnas never had. Nevertheless, he is a great Islay with a special finish and even tollerer presentation. I think the '91 are a bit of the one who distract the color and limitation a bit. ;)
    • Nose
      Absolutely wonderful nose right from the start, the typical Laphroaigrauch is changed, from the hospital more in the earthy direction, the iodine remains, extinct campfire, beautiful crusty smoked ham, honey sweetness with apricots and cranberry sauce over the ham, back acidic and saltier , Coastal air, fresh salt, grapefruit
    • Taste
      Again, the smoked ham, this time but rather to the BBQ batzen from the smokehouse has become, black walnut, iodine, in between acidity of citrus and grapefruit, the PX sweetness comes through clearly, the second sip, the citrus goes back a bit, but as in waves always again, to a little burnt rubber, the 100% Antischwefler should probably here. do not access. ;)
      Autumn leaves, red berries, but also grapes, some sour apple in between the citrus sometimes.
    • Finish
      Long, not surprisingly remains the smoke flavor, but also dry leaves, candy from the PX and honey


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