Laphroaig 27-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
27 years old
Ex-Bourbon Hogsheads & Refill Quarter Casks
Number of bottles
41.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
11 Aug 2017 12:18 pm by ThanhPhan

Average value

€ 577.05

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209 × member ratings

410 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig 27-year-old

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.32 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The price-enjoyment ratio goes a piece in the Butz. Although a dignified aged Laphi, he could have saved himself an exciting moment. Too smooth to be really awesome.
    • Nose
      A tribute to the age, subtle nose that does not jump right in the face. At the beginning fruity with crushed overripe bananas, pineapple juice and a pinch of pepper. In the distance, sea flavors. The smoky note is now going through. Becomes slightly salty, seaweed works its way forward, a touch of machine oil pulls through. Then: coffee powder, dark chocolate, while still fruity and slightly peppery at the same time.
    • Taste
      Creamy, pleasantly strong start with cooked bananas and subtle smoke. Acts at the beginning, as if he had put on the handbrake, but that coincides in so far with the nose. Dry smoke, some Black Forest ham, pepper, less oak than you might expect. Hardly bitter or bitter, but remains beautifully supple on the tongue.
    • Finish
      Not so long ... Pleasantly dry, vanilla with mild smoke and the aroma of Noriblättern.

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    rather reserved, wants to be discovered, has its charms - but too expensive
    • Nose
      dense medical smoke, intertwined by age, surprisingly high fruit, including orange, vanilla cream - over the complex nose lies a thin layer of dust
    • Taste
      Immediately the relatively thin body stands out, sweet tincture of iodine, immature honey melon, behind it dry oak, but no bitterness
    • Finish
      Iodine, hay, relatively short, little wood

  3. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. Palindrome scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Appearance: Yellow gold in color with fantastic beading and legwork, which testify to ye olde broth.

    Nose: Smoke grips the nostrils sweetly. This followed by a gust of sea air. Laphroaig’s brilliant iodine then comes into focus, along with Hachiya persimmon, fusty hay bales, caramelized milk in a pan, white Chinese pepper, and salted macadamia nut.

    Palate: Exquisite peat; lime Life Savers; Boston brown bread; and the leather cover on a very old book. In time, salted caramel comes through, along with toasted almonds. There’s just the right amount of oak tannin to impart a regal sense of decorum.

    Finish: Medium to long in length, falling as it does into a dreamy montage of sweet bourbon-enhanced vanilla, peat, and citrus. The nose turns ashy in time . . . almost like a cigarette ashtray. After the last sip of whisky–sniff, sniff, boo-hoo–dried remnants in the bottom of my glass continue to haunt. Postmortem effluvium almost seems better than the living whisky had been.

    Normally I'm not a huge fan of double-maturation, but it really does works some magick in this case. Distillery Manager John Campbell has something to be proud of when it comes to Laphroaig 27 Year Old. Indeed, the bottle and handsome box would make the perfect Christmas gift for both collector and connoisseur alike (with the collector opening his gift, but refusing to open the bottle). 

    So how does this whisky compare with other grand old Laphroaig releases? Well, I tasted the 32 Year Old last year, so let me see. . . . . By comparing my notes, it does appear that I liked the 32 even more. In fact, If I were brutally honest, I would say the price/performance ratio was quite a bit higher for that bottle--meaning it was a better buy, even though it cost about 10-15 percent more.

    I know, I know, purists be damned with their talk of Islay whiskies being perfect without the influence of fortified wine casks. In the case of Laphroaig's 32 Year-Old, sweet Oloroso-enriched oak, combined with perfectly dialed-in peat smoke, was enough to make my head spin like a charmed dervish. This said, either the 32 Year-Old, or its slightly younger, ex-bourbon sibling wins in my book. Speaking of which, the handsome box cradling both of these venerable old releases brings to mind the outward appearance of Warehouse No. 1, like unto a whited sepulcher.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. Dottore scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The second old Laphroaig after the 32 year old who disappointed me a bit. Unbalanced with too little fruit and sweetness in the taste for me, but it also lacks it in addition to complexity and power. Too bad, 87 points. But better than the 32-year-old!
    • Nose
      sweet-sourish smoke, a bit like overflowing on the stove top milk. Banana, vanilla. slight macadamia nut. Slightly weak and slightly watery.
    • Taste
      Watery and only slightly smoky at the beginning. Then bitter-smoky. The sweetness of the nose is missing something. Wood notes are strong, but especially the bitterness and less beautiful spice. Iodine and saltiness paired with quite a lot of vanilla but to please. No fruit. Clear pepper notes. Do not find him balanced.
    • Finish
      Medium-long and dry-smoky. Pfeiffenqualm. Pepper again

  6. Goethe scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Well, the refill Hogsheads are quite dominant (tannins, pepper, ashes). The first fill bourbon casks are quite influential (sweet fruits and vanilla), the QC says hello. The sweetness from the nose disappears on the palate. But in my opinion there are two Laphroaigs in one bottle (maybe that's why you got such a 'rich' nose). Not as discordant as it may sound but not as good as a 27y old Laphroaig could and should be. No comments about the price!

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 3/10
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke, pepper, some vanilla, banana, some nuts, sea salt, lemon, apples peel, some yellow fruits (like dates from the tree). With some water even more fruits and some tropical fruits.
    • Taste
      Smoke (ashes and BBQ, nothing sweet here anymore), iodine, salt, pepper, spicy, tannins, fresh oak, lemon. Nice texture.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Nuts, ashes, citrus, oak, some leather.

  7. whisky_whims scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    This is the most expensive whisky that I have ever bought and I a still feel a little bad that I spent that much on a whisky.

    It is bottled at 41.7% which is cask strength and it does not detail about chill filtration or added coloruing.

    Imagine back to when you visited Islay and the first time you got to the Laphoraig distillery. The smell is similar to being on the rocky/stone shore of the distillery and you have a gentle salty sea breeze coming in with possibly some sea weed on the ground. All over Islay there is a subtle smell of peat that you almost become blind to it, this too can be experienced in the nose. There is soft iodine notes that I am told is a characteristic of Laphroaig. On the end of the nose there are some tropical fruits and a little smoke.

    You have decided to have a BBQ and cook some honey glazed gammon with slice of lime over the gammon to give it a little citrus kick. The palate is as if you are tucking in to the gammon whilst the BBQ sizzles out in the background. The limes could also be described as a little chocolatey, so chocolate limes. Cooked banana is present too with some peat as an after thought.

    The least pleasing part of this whisky. It is surprisingly shorter than expected, still medium in length. There is a smokiness, with more peat & iodine which confirms that this is an Islay/Laphroaig whisky. Ash makes an appearance after the BBQ flavours in the palate. It is quite drying but not overly and I will also note that it is not as woody as you would expect. I believe they have nailed the maturation.

    For me, this is over-priced. I paid £375 on a flash sale (down from 450-500) and I would say this whisky is worth 200-250. It is well balanced, rather complex and it is definitely an excellent whisky - no doubt about that. I say it's a whisky win and that I would recommend trying it but not buying a bottle, it is just too much money. If I was to be honest with myself it would be a whisky bin because of the price.

  8. gaboruso scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Georges scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Matured in in refill quarter casks and first-fill bourbon barrels.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Peat smoke, tropical fruit (mangos, peaches, papaya, pineapple, bananas, lychees), sea salt, briny and medicinal notes, nutty, vanilla, hay, sweet caramel
    • Taste
      92 92
      Peat smoke, tropical fruit (passion fruit, kiwi, nectarines, pineapple, bananas, lychees), sweet, spicy (pepper, cinnamon), bread, salted caramel, nutty
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, dry, smoky, oaky, spicy, tobacco, ashy, citrus, leather

  10. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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


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