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21 Aug 2009

Laphroaig 1998 (Malts of Scotland)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Laphroaig

I’ve had quite a lot of Malts of Scotland bottlings on this blog lately, but I know people are waiting for the first independent reviews of these usually very interesting bottles, so here’s another one.

Laphroaig is generally matured in bourbon barrels from Maker’s Mark. Sherry oak is only used as a short additional finish (e.g. Laphroaig Triple Wood) or for occasional (but usually exceptional) bottlings such as the legendary 1974/2005 for La Maison du Whisky. Based on the cask reference, I guess Malts of Scotland picked their own sherry cask to mature it.


Laphroaig 1998/2009 sherry - Malts of Scotland Laphroaig 10yo 1998
(55,5%, Malts of Scotland 2009, sherry cask #MoS 15, 201 btl.)

Nose: great balance between peat smoke and sherry. The result is a big, fruity dram with notes of blood oranges, coffee beans and light hints of matchsticks. Sweet liquorice. Marzipan with a chocolate coating. Some hints of tropical fruits after a bit of breathing (mango) which can usually only be found in older Laphroaig production. Faint hints of cinnamon and insence as well. Mouth: sweet attack, again quite sherried. Fruit tea and almonds. The peat doesn’t win the fight here. A wave of salty liquorice as well. Chocolate. Finish: more classic Laphroaig now, on tar, sweet mint and caramel coated peanuts.


A bold dram but very drinkable at cask strength. Excellent stuff, certainly at less than € 60.

Now for the bad news: although this was released very recently (2nd half of July), the German economy has been rising again and our friends bought all of these bottles within a few days. Google results will only lead to “page not found” messages… If you’re into Laphroaig and you happen to find one for sale, don’t hesitate!

Score: 90/100

Laphroaig 1998 (Malts of Scotland) 4 Ruben Luyten 2009-08-21
  • http://HeRo Henrik Roosvall

    I emailed Russell at “Malts of Scotland” and he told me that they had not released it yet (he couldn’t say when either). I have seen some miniatures of it though in some german internet shops, so the release probably isn’t very far into the future. I probably buy two bottles if the pricetag is under 60 EUR.

  • Ruben

    I don’t know for the UK, but there doesn’t seem to be a bottle left in Germany. The miniatures don’t anticipate the larger bottles, they’re what’s left…

    If you’re interested, you can order a 3cl sample from

  • http://HeRo Henrik Roosvall

    Very strange, here is the reply when asking how I could have missed the laphroaig 1998 sherry, when I regularly checked my german internet shops and I never saw that they even got it in stock. I also asked which retailers that got the hot releases first, but got no answer for that, does anyone know? Would be very nice if any lucky ones that got a bottle, could tell which shop they bought it from?

    Hello Henrik,

    To answer your questions, we have only released the laphroaig 1996 Bourbon cask so far. We are a very new company and will be releasing many more bottlings. If you send me an email every month I can then tell you what we are going to release next. I am not sure what we will release next as we have just released Glengoyne 1997, 1972, 1973 and Speyside 1993.

    Kind Regards,

  • Ruben

    My bottle of the Laphroaig says “bottled: 07/2009”. The Speyside also says “bottled: 07/2009” so I would think they already know? Strange.

    I know Belgium received 6 bottles, which are now sold out as well, I’m told. I’m going to check with my Malts of Scotland contact.

  • Ruben

    I’ve had a confirmation that this Laphroaig will not be released in the UK (because of a rather small out-turn and a high demand in Germany). What’s left of the bottles will be sold in Japan by Acorn Ltd.

  • http://HeRo Henrik Roosvall

    Thanks for the information Ruben.
    I’m still a little bit curious about which shops in germany that sold this one, does anyone know?

  • Ruben

    Malts and More had it on their website. Now the page is blank, but I can still find references to the page in Google:–0-7l.html

  • Jorgen

    thx Ruben!



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