Even the uncorking and pouring me a smile. Within a very short time, Laphroaig's typical, pleasant scent mixture of coal smoke and seaweed spreads through the room. Whenever I smell that fragrance, I think I can imagine how Ian Hunter managed to get his whisky recognized as a medicine in the days of US Prohibition.
Every year, the tension is great. After Green Label and Red Label, the Laphroaig team has already launched 10 batches of their 10yo Cask Strength. So far, again and again, absolute price-performance blast, which run the parallel appearing, highly praised Cairdeas bottlings mostly supple rank. Well, the bottlings have been all, without exception, although quite different in taste, as a Vergleichstasting confirmed a few years ago. Some batches, like 003, 007 or 009, were even outstanding for IMHO. Curious to see if even the new family member is able to convince.
Eye / nose Vigorous old-golden shade. Hopefully undyed? Anyhow not cool filtered. Broad, slow-moving spider legs and late drops trickle down the glass wall of Glencairn in slow motion. Visually a treat. The intense nose also arouses interest, while I still relish the oily course of the malts. The barrels used - or at least parts of it - should have burnt down vigorously. Yellow fruits. Like almost every year, I have again the final push that more sherry wood got lost in the batch, as the maximum of 5% of the barrels, which indicates the distillery almost like a prayer mill. In the nose leads first of the (coal) smoke, to the Bourbon vanilla, and in the background then caramel sweetness and apricot jam. The longer I absorb the scent, the more intense the herbal note, a bit like in the coniferous forest. And to it freshly opened Hansaplast. You do not have to say more. Typical Laphroaig.
palate Warm, he rolled in and a bit spicy. The consistency is very nice creamy and fruity, from the memory a little less sweet than some of the previous batches. The oak is more intense here. A rich tick spicy, kräutriger than I have from the tastings of the former 10 CS remembered. Black forest honey and fir resin come to my mind. But also greasy notes and some licorice Also the apricot jam from the nose can be found again, where I mean English orange marmalade and even some orange peel to taste. Be sure not a dry malt. Rather fruity and quite pleasant, despite the strength and phenol content. The medico-peaty Laphi smoke is, like the alcohol, neatly integrated and gives the pot once again another dimension that makes the malt immediately wonderfully complex. Nothing to criticize. I like it. Incidentally, a few drops of water make it even more blooming; the individual taste nuances appear refreshed, as it were.
Finish / Conclusion The finish is smoky long and also very spicy. The oak spice draws from the flavors actually like a red thread through the batch 10. There is not much more to say here. Again a strong, creamy, solid Laphi with age, in natural strength without fault and blame for the price of friendship.