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15 Oct 2010

Laphroaig 1964 (Berry Bros)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Laphroaig

This is post n°500. No need to thank me, thank YOU for visiting this blog so often. Most people suggested to celebrate with the Laphroaig 1964 / 1981, so here it is…

Remember that it’s only 16 or 17 years old, it spent much more time in the bottle than in the cask. It has a unique yellow-brown colour – almost none of the red hues that we find in other sherry casks.


Laphroaig 1964 / 1981 BBR Laphroaig 1964
(43%, Berry Bros & Rudd 1981, 75 cl)

Nose: okay, let’s take it step by step. First step: quiet, almost velvety sherry. I wouldn’t say this was an Islay whisky. Step two: it IS an Islay whisky. There’s deep tobacco, some smoke, cold ashes and precious types of wood (cedar). Step three is where it all comes together with beautiful fruits, prunes, dates, berries… Lovely mocha. Old leather, a bit of musk. Toasted bread. Subtle oak polish. Something minty and metallic. Also, the coastal elements are superb. It’s very complex and perfectly smooth. I’m especially fond of the tobacco / fruit mix. Mouth: very gentle and round, with some dates and sweet marmalade. Still a surprising amount of earthy smoke, although it turns out a bit weak and watered down. It keeps growing smokier with plain soot before turning slightly metallic and more briney, with liquorice and ashes and a cocoa edge. Finish: medium length, dry and faintly herbal / bitter. Still very ashy.

Impressive how there are so many flavours in a wonderful balance. I guess the 30 years in glass had some effect, but it’s still an excellent showcase of the qualities of old-style sherry matured Laphroaig.

Score: 95/100

Thank you for the opportunity, Régis!

Laphroaig 1964 (Berry Bros) 5 Ruben Luyten 2010-10-15
  • dede

    This one was wonderful. A great sherry/peat balance, for sure. I compared it with a 30yo OB, the 1974 for LMDW and a 1970 for Samaroli. I prefered a little bit the 1974, but this one played side by side with the Samaroli, but in another kind of style. I loved it.

  • John Foo

    Congratulations Ruben! Laphroaig is my favourite. I’m glad this 1964 deserves your #500. Great website and tasting notes — keep up the good work!

  • Norbert

    Congratulations Ruben!

  • MARS

    A great malt for the 500th!
    It’s sad we don’t see more often whiskies like this. (islay distilleries don’t mature a lot their product in sherry cask these days)

    I also liked the mix between fruits and the tobacco.
    I usually don’t liked peated whiskies but you can pour my glass with whisky like this when you want!

    Congratulation for your blog

  • Tim F

    Sounds fabulous, Ruben – Congratulations on the big #500!

  • aw

    No – thank YOU! It’s a great site that I have to visit daily. Congrats on the 500.

  • Michael

    Congratulations Ruben and thank you very much for what you are doing. I love your Web site!
    I will probably never taste this Laphroaig but will look for this and other old Laphroaig expressions at auctions.

  • Filip

    soo… the ‘old bottle effect’ does exist 😀

    anyway: congratz!

  • Piazzolla

    Hello Ruben,

    It’s a pleasure for me to contribute to the knowledge of these beautifuls old bottlings.

    I’m not able to analyse whisky like you or Serge Valentin, but I think I’m able to recognise such beautiful bottle.

    Congratulation for your blog.


  • Jason JY

    Congratulations, Ruben. You’re one of my favorites and I read every note you publish. Here’s to post #1000!

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