Laphroaig 1998
15 Year Old Sherry Cask Signatory

70cl / 60.8%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Signatory
Laphroaig 1998 / 15 Year Old / Sherry Cask / Signatory
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A single cask bottling of 1998 vintage Laphroaig, one of a small range of excellent casks chosen by TWE and bottled by Signatory. This whisky is a wonderful slap in the face, with huge sherry notes combined with big Laphroaig peat and intense flavour thanks to its high natural strength. A must for sherry heads.

15 Year Old
Bottling Date
23 September 2013
No of Bottles
Cask Type
Refill Sherry
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Laphroaig 1998 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Billy A

    Nose: Peat smoke and barley sugar, classic Laphroaig medicinal notes, with TCP dialled back and brine making itself known. Lime zest, sweet liquorice, bandages and light spice.

    Palate: Sweet and stony up front, with crushed granite, zesty lime and lots of sweet sherry fruit. Black liquorice comes in from underneath, with lots of tingling woody spices (cinnamon & clove) and some driftwood earthiness. Water tones things down, revealing sweet raisins, fruity dark chocolate and delicate black pepper.

    Finish: Surprisingly soft, but long - brown sugar, gentle spice, menthol, apples, dark chocolate and green leafiness.

    Comment: A bit of a beast, with lots of sherry balancing a very peaty Laphroaig. At full strength the flavour is intense and impressive, but it takes water well, revealing sweet fruit and complexity that can be lost in the undiluted onslaught.

4 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    20 September 2014

    Great stuff, the best sherried Laphroaig I've come across so far. This is as good or better than the best batches of the 10yo cask str, but a little different and for once a Laphroaig where the sherry is in a perfect balance. Needs a good dose of water to open it up properly, but it's wise to add the water in slowly since each time you give it more it opens up a new taste or smell.

  • 13 June 2014

    Best Laphroaig I've ever tried. Amazing complexity. Put it up against the Corryvrackan and Uigedail and it won. That's all folks.

  • 18 January 2014

    Gave a drop of this to my wife's best friend last night. Lucie hates whisky, but Joolz comes from a whisky family and LOVES a good drop, so she always gets a taste of my best! She loved it, and might be after a bottle herself. Her notes? "So sweet! Like bacon when you haven't had it for the longest time!" And today... "you know a whisky's good when you can remember what it was like the next day!"

  • 11 October 2013

    Nose – Deep, deep dark fruit. Marker pens and sauna. Prunes soaked in rum with mascarpone eaten next to a bonfire. Very sexy sherry, well integrated with smoke. Beautiful and very rich, OMG. Body – Deep, perfect peat. Rich tropical fruit tries and briefly manages to appear before being swept away by a wave of classic and intense Laphroaig peat. Toe curlingly intense. Finish – Medium. Rich, peppery tannins and massive peat and oak integration.