Laphroaig Cask Strength

Overall rating
88.92/100
votes
653
Whiskybase ID
WB134950
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch #011
Bottled
03.2019
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
58.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Green Stripe
Bottle code
L9 091 SB1
Barcode
5010019639172
Added on
13 jul 2019 7:31 pm by Archer
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 189.47

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig Cask Strength

134 users have left 145 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.92 points.

  1. serejja scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    After 1.5 years since I last gave this whisky 94 points, I'm here to confirm that choice. While canonically I shouldn't give this whisky such a high score, primarily because of how unbalanced it is, it just resonates with my taste buds and my feelings are very close to an orgasm when tasting it.
    Absolute nectar of gods.

  2. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. Cantona42 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  4. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Incredibly delicious smoky whisky, bottled at the right cask strength.
    • Nose
      Wool, old leather, spices, smoke, engine oil, tar.
    • Taste
      Hot pepper, salt, iodine, smoked products, tannins.
    • Finish
      Long, pleasantly burning, very smoky, generally repeating the flavor palette of shades.

  5. JoshNRW scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    (Update Sept. 22: once again one of my samples of this great whisky brought out of the cellar. And again this is an incredibly clean and beautiful Islay with a subtle sherry influence, great aromas and some OBF.)

    Whisky is for sharing and a wonderful hobby.
    I was at a boring party I didn't feel like going to. Then I got to know other guests there who also really like whisky, especially the smoky ones. So I quickly ride my bike home and get this bottle from the basement. In the end, the four of us sit around the campfire, each with one of my Glencairn glasses - which I packed with the bottle - and are happy. At the end of the evening we all go home satisfied and somehow connected. All four of us probably have very fond memories of the boring party.

    I have rarely had such a beautiful Sherry Islay, at least not when it was only 10 years old and almost 59 percent.
    • Nose
      92 92
      The nose confirms what Dirk described in his note and what I had hoped for from this whisky. A beautiful Sherry-Islay malt with a perfect harmony and balance, hardly complicated and not particularly old either.
      In contrast to many other Laphroaigs, not only is the dominant smoke in the foreground here, but the sherry influence is just as present without being overloaded in the slightest.
      I find sweet pepper with salty breeze if you want flavors to be named. But if you want to observe something: pay attention to the balance between the different intense aromas.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Powerful, again peppery and salty from the sea with a clear note from the different casks, but no disturbing notes.
      A really good oak note in the middle, which is not a bit bitter. The barrels are very well selected. I wouldn't analyze so much here, but would limit myself more to enjoying. This is a 10 year old cask strength - no more -
      (and if it is so beautifully made) - no less.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium-length, smoky-sweet, stays for a long time and is a bit salty, but always strong on the palate. If you're in the mood for this, then that's a great treat for a cask strength 10 year old Laphroaig.

  6. Modly scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. CPI_1972 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Watching Liverpool outplaying Man United and drinking Laphroaig CS batch 11. Match in heaven! Just like the harmony between peat and sherry in the glass.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. malt maniacs scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  11. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  12. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    16.02.2022
    • Nose
      Cold smoke, charcoal, ash, maritime, salt, some herbs, caramel, honey, apricot
    • Taste
      Honey, caramel, herbs, maritime, salt, pepper, ash

  13. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  14. Hlektrion scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  15. sagara-kun scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A very good Laph CS as often.
    Monolithic, simple, but very pleasant as long as you like big peat.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A large herbaceous peat, dried thyme, pencil lead, pepper, resin.
      A good dose of medicine with camphor.
      Light oyster and orange zest.
      It's simple but we have a nice balance and the alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Taste
      87 87
      In the mouth we are in direct continuity with the nose.
      Herbaceous peat, smoke, barbecue, pencil lead, medicinal, pepper, wood.
      It's bold, powerful.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long finish on graphite, peat, smoke, gunpowder.
      Light orange zest.

  16. Saftkenner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very nice batch. More multifaceted and a bit more harmonious than Batch #12, but significantly less fruity than Batch #14.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very nice typical Laphroaig smoke. The alcohol is well integrated. Behind it is vanilla, apple, peach, moisturizer, cut twigs.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Campfire, ash, tar, ham, vanilla, caramel, malt, peach, subtle citrus notes.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium finish. Smoke, iodine, vanilla, quinces, pears.

  17. MaroFF scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is it! Despite its high power, the alcohol is well hidden. Everything is super worked out. It's scary to think what would happen if this whisky got another 3-5 years in a barrel. And this pleasant note of mint, both in taste and finish. Something fabulous.
    I am saving it as another item for purchase!
    • Nose
      a lot of smoke, raisins, honey, bay leaf, plums in vinegar, burnt branches, ash from the fire, lignin, medical notes
    • Taste
      sweet, honey, again medications, hot asphalt, pine needles, mint, bitter orange in the background
    • Finish
      long, pleasant, sweet, iodine, vanilla, notes of mint, herbs and raspberry at the end

  18. Goethe scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Another very nice Laphroaig 10 CS version. This batch rembers me of the old green batches from the 1990s with a fresh sherry and bourbon barrel influence. Amazing! My second favourite batch after batch 009.
    Concerning price/performance ratio: 10/10
    • Nose
      Smoke, iodine, salt, mineral, grass, burned banana.
    • Taste
      Fresh, sweet and dry. TCP, salt, machine oil, citrus, pepper.
    • Finish
      Long. Oak. Having a bonfire with very well peppered meat.

  19. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

    Not much more to say than pretty peaty and smoky
    • Nose
      87 87
      Peaty, smoky, herbal, cigar tobacco, soot, little medicinal
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oily, herbal, subtle sweetness, cigar tobacco, medicinal, peaty, smoky
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, warm, peaty, smoky

  20. yarikovsky scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  21. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  22. DannyDram scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Peaty, medicinal, citrusy, grapefruit, oysters, woody, peppery. Good intensity, creamy, vanilla sweetness, savory, slightly spicy, strong body, a little bit astringent.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  23. Killswitch scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  24. TsiAI scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Smell: potion, operating table, seaweed, red berries, cheese milkshake, coconut paste. 86/100
    Taste: black smoke, charcoal grilled sea fish, disinfected water, iodophor, high saltiness. Sea water soaked wood, creamy dessert, moderate sweetness, salt soda.
    Body: strong oily body, slightly stimulating. Ending rhyme: long, smoky, charred wood, sea water
    Overall: 85.5/100, not too complicated, strong peat flavor, very standard "tough" basic Laforge

  25. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Blenders Glass.
    At first, unpleasant (for me) herbal notes (medicinal herbs such as tansy) stick out in the aroma, after a while their pressure subsided, but still in the foreground are medicinal aromas.
    Nose: peat (a lot), apple pie, sea notes (iodine / algae).
    The palate is massive, peaty, sweet and immediately spicy and salty. Nobody except me felt the Borodino bread here?
    The finish is endless! A lot of peat is replaced by salt and goes into spices.
    The balance is not perfect, but okay.
    It is difficult to assess it. On the one hand, you can sleep behind such peat and an elephant (any flaw), but on the other - I just like it).
    1322'8
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  26. ThorstenH scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very nice nose, pleasant smoke, invites you to smell it.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  27. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      A healthy helping of Laphroaig peat - medicinal, maritime, slightly herbal, and sweet. Alongside it is a nice maltiness with green and red apples, and a subtle sherry influence.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Green and red fruits with some lovely medicinal peat that doesn't take over. Great subtly sherried Laphroaig profile.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Peatier here - quite maritime at first, followed by a more medicinal character and a rich fruitiness. Good balance and very good.

  28. pianoman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Coal smoke, blood orange, caramel and some mint. bug spray. Freshly varnished wood, pine branches.
    • Taste
      Spicy barbecue smoke, burnt lemon, Landjäger, railroad tracks. Black pepper. Something biting.

  29. penumbra scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Looking at the color and price, I always feel that it should be a bourbon and Shirley mixing barrel. Visually, the proportion of the new bourbon barrel is larger, which brings too much sugar and too little flavor.
    • Nose
      Too-sweet malt, maple syrup, upper peat, smoke, incense burner, camphor, iodine, seaweed ash, herbs, dry, trace sea salt. Sherry barrels use very little or very old barrels, vanilla essence, citrus peel oil, fragrant pears, caramel, dough, white stubble wood, roasted nuts.
    • Taste
      High sweetness and low bitterness, malt, chewing gum, coconut milk, almonds, ginkgo. Strong impact of peat, iodine, dark chocolate, slag, tar, salt and pepper, faint red fruit and sour taste, roasted wood.
      Strong, good fat, medium sweetness, almost no sour, no astringency, very slight bitterness, no pungency, no alcohol.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting, 75% black chocolate, peat, ginkgo, soot.

  30. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    One of the better batches, very interesting expression, with a herbal spiciness added to the coastal grime and peaty bonfires.
    How some people find 'sherry' in this is beyond me, though: it is good old bourbon cask maturation as always.

  31. Scherenschnitte scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I think the seasoned oak casks at Laphroaig are becoming too overpowering for the distillate. There is this overarching sticky, sweet vanilla flavor profile from nose to finish on modern Laphroaig OB releases that has started to turn me off from purchasing their products. ‘To each his own’ when it comes to whisky preferences I suppose.⁣

    This is still good whisky but I’d rather have Lagavulin 12CS or a refill 8+ year Islay single cask over this batch.⁣

    Ironically, if you scroll back through my Instagram page to October 2019 I used to think this was a 92/93 range bottle. Although it’s probably cliché AF to talk about the whole ‘whisky journey’... It’s fascinating to see how our palates and preferences change/evolve over time with all things in life. Ultimately I’d argue it’s the most fun part about drinking whisky. Who knows... maybe I’ll circle back and this will be a 92/93 bottle again for me in a few years or so.
    • Nose
      Tons of vanilla icing sugar. More malty than Batch #010 but still largely medicinal.... ash, iodine, sweet vanilla, charred woods, grilled lemons in the background.⁣
    • Taste
      Extremely sticky, sweet vanilla forward peat profile. Candied lemons, sweet chewing tobacco, brine, very medicinal, black pepper.⁣
    • Finish
      Very ashy, peppery, salty, sweet, hints of lemon.

  32. MickMatrix scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Coherent from the nose to the finish!

    Not overly complex, but it does what it's supposed to: be fun!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Clear medicinal smoke, herbs, sweetness. Vanilla is evident. Seaweed, iodine and some citrus fruit in the background. Makes a mature impression. 100% Laphroaig as you know it.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Intense start. Lots of smoke. Coastal flavors. Oily in the mouth. Interplay between sweetness and smoke. Unclothes your whole mouth. Burnt lemons. Some charred wood.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Longing. Slightly peppery and very smoky. There is not much left of the sweetness. A little more oak is added here.

  33. DrunkDude scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    scbp-5666, if you like to drink peat, then he is a permanent 90-point goalkeeper, commonly known as the poor man of peat players, pity me the only ration wine available in the United States.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Obviously sea water, and salted fish. The bottom is moderately smoked, firewood pine, tar, soot. Compared with laga 12, it is more fruity, vanilla, cream, sour pineapple, green apple, slightly fleshy and oily. 90
    • Taste
      89 89
      The palate is creamy, sharp and spicy.
      There is oil, but the taste still lacks some dirty texture, sweet and sour taste performance, sour pineapple, caramel, apple, creamy texture, powdery sand texture, the peat interspersed in it becomes heavier and stronger. The wine strength is medium to strong, the oily feeling is full, the strength is strong, the end irritation is increased, there are peppers, peppers, the irritation is not closed and the irritation is strong, the discomfort is less than the excessive salt feeling, and the end performance is acceptable. p90b88
    • Finish
      89 89
      The irritation is rising, mint, slightly astringent, metallic, dry, with a white tail, a little bit of licorice, and finally closed with a restrained salt. 89

  34. MaltHaus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    This intense peat of this whisky, personally I find needs of some water to fully reveal all its characters. This one is not afraid of water at all and it doesn’t collapse. 8 drops of water for 20ml dram will present you a huge amount of lemon, citrus fruits and vanilla notes.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Power, big and complex! Peat, smoke, medicinal TCP, ash tray, dried Nori, sweet, vanilla and lots of lemon curd. Patience of 15 minutes wait divulges caramelised toffee that sits quietly in the background. With a few drops of water, more medicinal notes, chalky and vegetal.
    • Taste
      88 88
      A huge open-armed hello of peat! Ashes, iodine, TCP, sea-air saltiness, chimney smokes, oak spice, bandages and follows by honey, grapefruit, lemon, orange skin and vanilla. With water: more fruits and more vivid. Classic notes of Laphroaig and general seashore vibes variegated in very well with hospital wards. Delightful.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Lingering long. Warm and astounding sweet, tons and tons of ashy smoke, medicinal notes and blazing liquorice. Acceptable tannins at the end. Leaving your mouth full of peat, smoke and perhaps some fire.

  35. Don Cassi scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The nose is typically Laphroaig, only on steroids: very intensely maritime, light-fruity, medicinal-smoky with a little vanilla.

    A similar picture in the mouth: very full and intense, sweet, fruity, and slightly peppery. The alcohol cannot be completely denied and it stings a bit on the tip of the tongue.

    The finish is characterized by the maritime notes and fruitiness. In the background lies an aromatic, light coffee note.
    Length: 7/10

    Great Laphi, the best I've drunk so far and which is probably still affordable.

    Note 1-

  36. The_Osprey scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength batch 11.

    Aroma is cereals, Cheerios, faint medicinal (Elastoplast) notes and clove. Not much smoke on the nose.

    Taste is big liquorice and Elastoplast, rounded oily peaty loveliness, soft oak influence with lots of iodine, soft smoke and gorgeous balance. A touch of dense fruity Cognac-like sweetness in the middle every now and then. Nice balance of sweetness vs savoury smoke.

    Holy shitballs. This is great. It really is something special, and stands out significantly against the other batches I have tried according to my personal tastes. I bought a few bottles... 4.1/97

  37. Comet67 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  38. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An outstanding malt. Heavy, voluminous, ideal balance of tartness and sweetness and of course the incomparable maritime Laphroaig smoke. Perfect.
    • Nose
      A powerful, dark grape and berry sweetness spreads immediately. Accompanied by great dry and very salty maritime peat smoke. This is followed by chocolate, dry cocoa and other very dark, but subliminal fruit notes. Constantly accompanied by this powerful smoke and the impressive saltiness. After a while you even discover some Black Forest cake. In addition, gelled dark grapes and some Aachener Pflümli. A voluminous and very heavy aroma. What a board!
    • Taste
      Again the wonderful fruity sweetness with dark berries and grapes, plus salt and maritime smoke, accompanied by lots of chocolate with an extremely high cocoa content. Heavy and powerful. Chocolate mousse, dry nuts and cream for men in harmony with dark fruits, lots of peat smoke and wonderfully maritime seaside notes.
    • Finish
      Here, too, a lot of intense chocolate with dry cocoa. In addition, sweet and dry nuts and a light, vanishing note of fruit.

      Plus the (excuse me) horny peat smoke that pushes properly afterwards. A great finale!

  39. stefanrietdijk scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    One of my favourite Laphroaigs!!

  40. sarthur71 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  41. ChrisE scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Just finished the last remains of the bottle. It’s been open for a year or so - still a beautiful dram with a fantastic PLV....

  42. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 22, balance 22

  43. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Still nice, but it can't compete with most older batches. Clearly more dry than batch 10, with less complexity.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Peat, apple, limestone and fig. Water adds nutmeg.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Dry, ashy peat. Green apple skin.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Peat, apple and gingerbread.

  44. WSP scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    very precise whisky with good balance.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  45. toklian scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N20 P22 F22 B21

  46. besar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  47. dapoinbua scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  48. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A beautiful Laphroaig!!
    • Nose
      This nose gives beautiful active peat with hints of campfire, dirt and medicinal hints. Smoked paprika powder, bbq’ed veggies and meatloaf. There is some saltiness inhere and a very delicate, well chosen sherry cask influence. It gives a very old style oaky, musty whisky sensation. terrific!
    • Taste
      Full on flavor. Quite intense and alcoholic. Young and barley like but also very tasteful. It gives quite some peppery hints but also Hansaplasg bandage and salted crackers. There is a raw layer inhere giving the sensation of really old sherried oak and fresh rolled cigars.
    • Finish
      The long finish is a great combi of bourbon and sherry influences. Also here is the point where this really reminds me of whisky from the old days. It’s a classic!

      It’s a truly great Laphroaig giving way more depth that other expression cannot offer. A very delicate peated oak flavors remains for a long time. This batch truly holds status of the much appreciated 10yo CS batches high with pride.

      This is a whisky I would certainly recommend buying. I think it won’t be money before I will add a bottle to my collection.

  49. pecathor scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    I fell in love with this bottle! My first 10y CS edition and I immediately loved it! The amount of flavour, the peat, the combination of sweetness and smokiness! Absolutely amazing! Since then I have tried batches 009, 010 and 012 and even though they are really nice as well, I always love to come back to this one! I love it the same way as I love Laphroaig Cairdeas Triple Wood! Absolute banger!
    • Nose
      91 91
      slap of peat, then dried fruit... medicinal, coastal air, salty shores, bacon, smoked meat, leather, tobacco and vanilla... quite alcoholic, but I like it in this one
    • Taste
      92 92
      the oily texture covers your mouth with loads of dry smoke, spice, grilled meat, medicinal herbs, dried fruit and malt sweetness, salt and pepper
    • Finish
      90 90
      very long, dry and also sweet, smoky, medicinal

  50. og187 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      smoky fruity, fire melon, berries, chewing gum, walnut,
      medical notes, sea breeze
    • Taste
      91 91
      energetic, sweet, pleasant, bonfire, cookies, berries
    • Finish
      91 91
      long very long, honey, fruit, jam for some reason, dry

  51. dominikbraun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Smoke, red fruits, sea salt, wood, citrus fruits, campfire, spices - this composition is particularly excellent in the finish. Charred wood with smoke and fruit over it, fantastic!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  52. Dyno scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    OMG whisky.
    beautiful peatbomb.
    • Nose
      some menthol, lovely nose, peat & so much going on
      herby, spicy, fruity, earthy, burnt, floral, woody, sweet, and more peat.
    • Taste
      intense. explosion of flavours, peaty sweety magic.
      dry fruits, burnt scents, wood, sweet. a real bomb!
    • Finish
      mega finish, solid - waaaw
      warming, herbal, dryish, sweet, peaty

  53. elipszis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Peat bomb!
    • Nose
      91 91
      sweet (toffee)
      after shave (alcoholic note)
      chestnut
      herbal notes
    • Taste
      92 92
      cinnamon
      leather
      smoke
      star anise
      charred wood
    • Finish
      90 90
      long

  54. Foudos scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  55. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  56. dandyman scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    What starts with a promising first sniff, soon turns out to be a minor disappointment. Lacking generally a little in all departments when compared to it's predecessors, especially the length of the finish is a bug. Aside from that, without major flaws, but it's also completely devoid of any highlights, as well as lacking substantial depth and complexity. It's fine, but it's also simple.
    The cask strength presentation is what saves this, if this had traditional drinking strength this would score in the late seventies.
    Some former incarnations of the Laphroaig 10 CS do have some issues as well, but were overall really strong presentations, some stellar even, this feels like it has a clear drift towards mediocrity to me. A really drinkable whisky nevertheless, but certainly not the show piece everybody wants it to be.

    The decline in quality coincides with a year to year price increase for this bottling, the marketing department does an excellent job obviously, as everyone else here is praising this to the skies!

    Tasted H2H with batch 9 at our local whisky club.
    • Nose
      initially some smoked bacon which immediately vanishes after the first sniff and never reappears, then burnt bread fresh out of the oven, grassy, ozone, hay, chlorophyll, some vanilla, some cloves, only very faintly medicinal, very little hints of plasters and bandages and iodine in the far background.
    • Taste
      very grassy arrival, concentrated, dry, lots of ozone and other greenhouse gases/fumes, some cloves, turns a little farmy, some hay, digestives, only traces of iodine and plasters, less cloves when diluted, undiluted the body is medium to light, when diluted it turns thin and watery, the balance is somewhat off, the alcohol is not very well integrated, it's a little harsh.
    • Finish
      some hay, a little vanilla, some cloves, faint licorice, short.

  57. Teomarg scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  58. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Not bad yet

  59. Mannix65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    classic CS 10, huge and dirty - some water is very good for him - needs some time to develop
    • Nose
      90 90
      a dripping gauze bandage soaked in iodine - dripping wet seaweed, medicinal smoke, a walk through the hospital, iodine, chlorine, phenol, cough syrup, Hansaplast - a sweet herb garden, spicy lovage - a moldy wooden box from the cellar that has been used to store apples for many years were, some also bogged down
    • Taste
      89 89
      a huge tornado sweeps through the mouth - a wooden hut that has just burned down next to a freshly chlorinated swimming pool, the billows of smoke are still in the air - iodine-impregnated brackish water - cough syrup in which fully ripe apple slices are placed - looks very ripe for its 10 years
    • Finish
      90 90
      The combination of medicine cabinet and smoke, surrounded by a beet juice sweetness, lasts forever

  60. Ostap scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Traditionally a great job in a series of barrel dozen. Volumetric and meaningful whisky.
    • Nose
      Immediately traditional medical theme, a bunch of bandages, Vishnevsky's ointment, smoke, sweet smoked meat, wild pear compote, paint, dust, peat, oak, constant associations with the apiary (wax, honeycombs, smoke from wood chips), buckwheat honey , dried melon.
    • Taste
      Smoke, ashes, sweet, medical, apiary (wax with smoke), smoked fish, wild pear pear compote, plastic, allspice.
    • Finish
      Smoked, smoky, sweet, again thoughts about the apiary, prunes, allspice.

  61. Youngone scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  62. erwinnlim scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Now this is what I expect from a Laphroaig. With the original 10 now chill filtered to within an inch of its life and drowned in e150, this purely barrier filtered malt retains all of its delicious oily character at a reasonable price for today's standards. Value (£57) : 7/10
    • Nose
      Upfront a heavy medicinal peat smoke, band-aids and burnt rubber indeed. Some iodine and seaweed without the salty character. Loads of sweetness with vanilla and burnt caramel sugars. Overripe pears and a touch of citrus. A slight whiff of crushed hazelnuts. More charred oak and herbal character with a touch of cooling mint.
    • Taste
      Thick and oily. Loads of vanilla. More of the burnt caramel sweetness with some espresso bitterness to balance it. After the sweetness comes the smoke. Ashtray like and sooty on the palate and then a punch of medicinal quality and burnt rubber. Dark flavours like more coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Lapsang souchong. Some fresh cracked black pepper heat. Somewhat drying oak tannins as well.
    • Finish
      Oak and peat forward on the finish. Again more drying bittersweet tannins. The ashy peat smoke note intensifies here on the finish. A cool peppermint lingers at the end

  63. fradin11 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  64. Yarema scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice and too classic, no development or surprises.
    Sharp enough
    Nose - 22
    Taste - 21
    Finish - 21
    Balance - 21
    Rating - 85

  65. sphinx scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  66. toklian scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N21 P22 F22 B22

  67. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    20 22 22 21 85

    sweet strong winter dessert, still the nose would be better, but only 85 ...

  68. the_muskox scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Delicious! The sweetness totally makes this dram for me. I’m usually not such a big fan of those cooked-vegetable notes, but here the earthy savouriness really balanced out the sweet and the smoke. I’m not really sure I can say if it’s better than the other batch I’ve tried, looking back at my notes, Batch 9 seemed a bit more complex, but who knows. I thought it was entirely worthy of its score, independently from my previous review. Bottom line, this is an outstanding whisky that everybody should try, if not own a bottle of.

    Nose: Richly smoky and sweet. There’s that familiar medicinal Laphroiag peat smoke, with wet dead leaves, campfire, charcoal, some rubber, and sizzling grilled pork chops. The sweetness it really apparent here: milk chocolate fudge, vanilla, brown sugar, browned butter, and orange. That browned butter note mixes with the sweet and the earth to produce something like buttered roast carrots. There’s a bit of an acidity here, reminding me of tomato paste.

    Palate: Thick texture. Sweet caramel apples and lime up front, before a landslide of charry, sooty peat smoke. Some coal fires and wet beach rocks. Those caramel apples do carry all the way through the peat, though, joined by rich butterscotch, baking spices, and honey-sweetened black tea. Warm cedar wood and some cola on the back end.

    Finish: Long and sweet. Barbeque char and some stewed greens. Lots of cola here, with fresh juicy orange. Something like a hard, salty cheese as well. It trails off into green tea, ginger syrup, and a hint of crystallized pineapple.

  69. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      Peat smoke, maritime notes, seaweed, tary, sweet vanilla, citrus, herbs
    • Taste
      92 92
      Peat smoke, seasalt, briny notes, ashy, sweet fruit, lemon zest, liquorice, grassy, tobacco
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, smoky, spicy (pepper), dark chocolate, citrus

  70. BehindSpace scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  71. Igitor scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  72. valasios scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  73. ezioaudit scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  74. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  75. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Overall, a very nice release of the 10 year old in barrel strength. In the glass red-gold. I like it with a few drops of water (not too much). But also a very good Laphroaig pure.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Phenolic peat smoke, not as strong as expected. Kelp, iodine, vanilla, mineral, lemon, menthol, seaport and fishnet. Behind it also sherry notes like red berries. Overall very well rounded.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Acceleration: Soft and herbs. Then comes the peat, iodine, sweetness and the campfire. Very good mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Ash, smoldering campfire smoke, pepper, middle-aged wood, sweetness, spice and peat. Medium length. Well rounded here too.

  76. Odysseus93 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  77. toklian scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N21 P21 F21 B22

  78. greg_0277 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A whisky still as good but this version a lot sweeter and sweeter than the previous ones I know (until batch 7). But where did the medicinal, iodized peat go? A relative disappointment.

  79. ezioaudit scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  80. maltmitch scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    I am a bit irritated right now, because in addition to smoke, the impression of baby oil does not want to give up on my nose. Smells but interesting.
    In terms of taste, the smoke then strikes back completely, but a pleasantly fresh, warm smoke that is accompanied by maritime notes.
    I drink the whisky undiluted and the finish is long lasting.

  81. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  82. Carlos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Original tasting notes from the official homepage:

    Original Cask Strength Laphroaig is bottled at natural distillery strength with all the depth of genuine taste and texture normally associated with sampling whisky at source.
    We mature Laphroaig in seasoned oak barrels, charred before filling to impart a slight sweet vanilla nuttiness. Original Cask Strength Laphroaig is barrier-filtered only just, to remove the small char particles present. This means you will enjoy Laphroaig exactly as we made it.
    In extremes of temperature and when you add water it may appear a little cloudy – this is the natural condition of a malt of such a peaty pungence and uncompromising purity. Adding a little water releases a rich aroma of peat smoke with some sweetness and strong hints of the sea.
    Emphatic, full bodied and utterly unforgettable – we like to think it’s the purists choice.

    Colour: Burnished Gold
    Body: Full bodied
    • Nose
      Polished leather and tobacco leaves with spicy lemon and clementine zest. Subtle notes of golden syrup and rich heather honey, with autumn leaves, hazelnuts, vanilla fudge and a touch of white pepper and nutmeg. Dried camomile flowers and a touch of passion fruits.
    • Taste
      Sweet with rich toffee, with dates, maple syrup, praline and crème caramel. Grilled chestnuts with tarte Tatin, marzipan and strong black pepper. Cedar wood, a touch of furniture polish and beeswax.
    • Finish
      Sweet, long with caramel and spicy buttery fudge.

  83. Andytka3 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    1430) Laphroaig, 10YO, Original Cask Strength, March 2019, Batch 011

    Day 39 of Lockdown - 25th April -
    Press: "Moron, do you mean this instead of Lysol?"
    President: "I am not answering. Don't waste my time with your smart-ass question ever again."

    An annual release that always done well to showcase Laphroaig's true color of medicinal and peat bomb characters. Usually launch on 1st quarter of the year, but trust will not see the Batch 012 anytime soon this year due to Covid.

    N- Baked oyster with coarse brown sugar and lime, weird combination but alluring with curiousness. Nose drying with burning seaweed, sandalwood goes on with herbs and fresh leaf. Simmering pot of floral extract with dollop of antiseptic. Burning canes with lot more caramelize sweetness developed, interplay with mineral coastal scents. (93/23)

    P- Spicy green herbs on tip. Oak and peat arrived as expected with open mint, iodine and heavy antiseptic. Oily charred fruit peel lingers with lungful of medicinal nuances. (89/22)

    F- Medium long, amicably sleek despite the above. Exotic but contradictory feel "clean" on the exit. Plenty developed for lasting impression, walnut, rusty mineral, oyster and seaweed come back and monk fruit herbal tea with dried longan. (93/23)

    B/B- 92/23

    Weighted Rate- 91pt
    • Nose
      N- Baked oyster with coarse brown sugar and lime, weird combination but alluring with curiousness. Nose drying with burning seaweed, sandalwood goes on with herbs and fresh leaf. Simmering pot of floral extract with dollop of antiseptic. Burning canes with lot more caramelize sweetness developed, interplay with mineral coastal scents. (93/23)
    • Taste
      P- Spicy green herbs on tip. Oak and peat arrived as expected with open mint, iodine and heavy antiseptic. Oily charred fruit peel lingers with lungful of medicinal nuances. (89/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, amicably sleek despite the above. Exotic but contradictory feel "clean" on the exit. Plenty developed for lasting impression, walnut, rusty mineral, oyster and seaweed come back and monk fruit herbal tea with dried longan. (93/23)

      B/B- 92/23

      Weighted Rate- 91pt

  84. sakis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  85. diamond2000 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Fragrance: initially closed, malt sweetness, smokiness, iodine and salt break through. Gradually revealing - soaked apples, a lot of wood, old furniture, a burnt piece of wood, ash, damp earth, dusty burlap, sterile bandages, tar, sea salt.

    Taste: powerful, enveloping, sweet-salty, salted caramel, a lot of wood, ash, tar, machine oil, slightly spicy ginger, lemon peel, astringent persimmon, grilled meat roast.

    Finish: long-lasting, more ash and ash than taste, but less sweet, medicine, pleasant oak, engine oil, brackishness.

    Rating: 90

    Bottom line: just a wonderful peat 10, slightly different than the basic 40% in style, in the aroma it’s even more delicate, but after a sip you understand that Lafroig is in front of you!
    Branded earthiness, and some kind of rural farmyard, which it was always difficult for me to describe on the spot.

  86. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Smooth. Yes I said it, drinking this neat is smooth with a lot of sweet peat character.

    Smooth can be considered as a bad statement, that is true in describing something that is; weak, lacking character, usually 40% or 43% abv chilled filtered (stripped of it's oils and body (cheap Macallan)) to make it "easy drinking". However when you get smooth from a 10yo cask strength Laphroaig, to me that is something to recognize as something very special!

    This is very well balanced and is an easy sipper with a bold impact of flavour, that lingers into a long and satisfying finish. Marvelous!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  87. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  88. Kensay scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Luxurious whisky for the cold season. Pleasantly warming, powerful and at the same time very discreet, balanced and harmonious, interestingly developing in the glass. One of the best releases in this series. For my taste - 6, 7 and 11 are the most interesting of what I managed to try
    • Nose
      Quite discreet at first, but powerful. Peat, sea salt and some chocolate. The second wave is filled with spices and iodine in sherry. Dry pine, refried coffee beans, dark chocolate
    • Taste
      olive oil with black pepper and iodine, raisins in sherry, collected and powerfully doused with sea waves
    • Finish
      dessert, very harmoniously develops everything that was caught in the aroma and body. long-lasting, pleasantly warming

  89. matfrl scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  90. Deloti scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  91. Joint86 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    One of the most interesting Laphroaig that I have tried. It surpasses many older regular releases in all respects.
    A couple of drops of water almost do not affect the aroma, and the taste is made soft, velvety
    • Nose
      87 87
      The first nose is saturated, dense. Bread, malt, a little smoke, a little damp earth, a little metal shavings.
      In the second, bourbon sweetness appears.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oily, peaty with moss and a pinch of dried fruit
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, spicy, astringent. Decaying bonfire and barrel

  92. BehindSpace scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  93. BehindSpace scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  94. robse211 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  95. claymore84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 12-02-2019.

  96. mandragoru scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  97. ldcsh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    I don't like peaty whiskies, but this is really great islay whisky.
    I like it very much.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Just opened, it is really good.
      Harmony of sherry and peat.
      But after some minutes, I can feel only peat..
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  98. xandi37einhalb scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Color: light amber
    • Nose
      Iodine, smoke, plum, cherry, leather, sea breeze, mold, damp earth, chocolate banana
    • Taste
      very strong, bacon, currants, roast pork, gram
    • Finish
      very long, guano, smoke, damp earth, mold, hot brakes

  99. grinface scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Pretty huge stuff with a great balance. I think that is a wonderful whisky. Of course you have to like peat. Even if the price was raised significantly in 2019 (approx. € 60 to € 70), it is definitely worth it. Full review (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/02/21/laphroaig-2019-originalabfuellungen-in-fassstaerke/

  100. Dionysus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The CS editions remain good expressions .
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  101. Thermidor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I expected a more bourbony and less seaside whisky. Not that it's bad but I have some ideas now on why a similar herbal sea salt aroma started creeping into Uigeadail, because if this truly contains sherry casks, they don't seem to have been particularly great. The end result is still a great whisky at a good price.

    The last CS batch I tried was 003 (88 pts.), which I recall being more bourbony. I just last week tried again some red stripe CS, and thought it was an 89, with more of these kelp and herbs and sea air things than even this one, although not quite as much salt, and a certain complexity this 011 can't match. Against my last sample of Laphroaig 11yo 1998-2010 TWA 54,5 % (87), this CS takes the cake.
    • Nose
      Weird how similar the smell of oak and bourbon is to Benromach 10yo 100 proof I'm comparing this to. There's this dry herbal salt note here that doesn't remind me of Laphroaig, but the burned wood and that general sauna ambience it has speak true of its provenance. Wood ash and a bit of gunpowder. With a few teaspoons of water the bourbon cask notes come to the fore and it begins to remind me of the regular 10yo.
    • Taste
      That's some big peat alright. No cartoonish Octomoreness, but a mighty, ashy, burning sensation, followed by dry saltiness. Tastes a bit immature, but then again, a 10yo is a youngster, really, although the market would say a 3yo is... Tarry, salty, and on the other hand bourbony and sweet. Not dissonant, but a bit angular and rough.
    • Finish
      Long, ashy, sweet-salty. Full and lasting, perhaps the best part in the whole whisky, except occasionally the ashes take on a bitter, ashtray-like quality sometimes found in 2000s Laphroaig.

  102. anonymerlemur scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    What defines this dram is that this medicinal smoke is embedded in an extremely round dram. Could definitely be a daily dram, but with the barrel strength that is of course not for everyone.
    • Nose
      very medicinal smoke, earth, fresh blackberries. Overall very intense but not very complex.
    • Taste
      Really round in the mouth. medicinal smoke combined with spice and sea.
    • Finish
      Black berries, smoke, coal, burnt wood and dark chocolate.

  103. tonymariani scored this whisky 98 points Newbie

    The batch 11 and the best of all the other batch a nugget to have absolutely I bought 12 before the end of stocks to have reserves so it is good.

  104. tonymariani scored this whisky 98 points Newbie

    The batch 11 and the best of all the other batch a nugget to have absolutely I bought 12 before the end of stocks to have reserves so it is good.

  105. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  106. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    On the whole, it’s good, but as a continuation of the CS line it’s weak, not as disastrous as 10 batch, but still I have to admit - the series dipped, lacks density, density, the palette has become poorer (smoked fish, nuts, chocolate wave goodbye to us from 9 batcha), the composition is easier, alas.
    • Nose
      Open, wet, bandages, raw boards, a bath, peat, iodine, density is not enough, slightly watery, birch brooms, charred branches.
    • Taste
      Powerful, saturated, oak, peat, ash, mineral-metallic notes, sweet lemon-caramel notes, charred branches, lemon peel.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, oak, lemon peel, candies, peat, bandages, sweet and sour caramel shades.

  107. karloff scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    These notes were from drinking straight, with water it might be a different animal, I don't know. Thanks to peatbogger for the sample.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Nice colour before we start. The sherry influence calms down the peat significantly to a point of bullying and dominance. Some nice usual sherry notes and it is easy on the nostrils considering the high alcohol level. The balance is quite uneven for me.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Quite palatable too so I am not adding water. Again the balance isn't quite there, more on the sherry side. Is it because of the age? Probably. It is still a pleasant dram be it overly sweet.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish for me is where it feels more balanced , the tortoise has finally caught up with the hare.

  108. singlewalt! scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Excellent whisky! Incredibly intense, with and without water a phenolic - smoky pleasure at the highest level. I don't know a better malt below the 100 euro mark. Tastes really dirty, reminds me of an auto repair shop. Tolerates water very well, without losing too much strength.

  109. Started scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Perfect for anyone who wants intense feet.

  110. mothers_finest scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  111. Oldie61 did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    wonderful
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  112. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  113. LordBellamy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    with water, more and more herbal notes (rosemary, chervil, thyme) appear in the nose, while the peat is restrained, the taste shows tropical fruits

    Conclusion: multi-layered, tasty, harmonious, a little more sherry and the great herbal notes, the thing was just super well done this year
    • Nose
      91 91
      lots of herbs, great peat bunch, light sherry sweetness, pebble beach, iodine, banana, some red berries, very dense oak, oily, biscuit dough, vanilla, hintemraus tickles a lot of salt in the nose, the alcohol is well balanced
    • Taste
      90 90
      in the beginning a strong sweetness after biscuit dough, some sherry notes and lots of herbs, then the typical phenolic laphi peat grabs, tar and asphalt
    • Finish
      89 89
      long, warming, peat smoke, lump of tar, sweet oak

  114. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    This is plain and simple solid.
    I tried to dilute this down to match the regular 10YO for a side by side, and it wins fair and square.
    • Nose
      89 89
      A very good ballance between peat and sherry.
      I just had (and praised) a glass of Kilkerran Heavily Peated, and this has (although not quite) similar qualities. Maybe this is a little more expressive on the pure smoke notes, not as briny, but then again it keeps the ballance with the sherry also being more subtle.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Bold and oily.
      Peat is not as upfront as on the nose, still ever present.
      Sherry and dark red fruits.
      Considerable build up of warming spice.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long finish.
      Peat returns at full force.
      Spicy, and going a bit dry.

  115. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    When first poured, the nose is shy with hints of peat and vanilla notes. After sitting for around 5 minutes, the white fruit notes such as green apples and pear blast out of the glass. After a longer while, notes of coconut and fresh flowers are experienced.

    On the palate, this dram is as complex as it gets for a 10 year old. At first, lots of vanilla and fruity notes. Classic notes such as iodine and medicinal notes can also be detected and especially pronounced in the finish. Seaweed is also prominent on the palate. After a while, sherry notes are detected in the backdrop and it compliments the peat and smoke like any good Laphroaig does.

    The finish is long, dry, and classic Laphroaig. Just like what you would expected from cough medicine, simultaneously sweet and bitter.

    For what this dram is priced at, I feel as though it would be doing a disservice if I rate this anything below a 90. As someone who really enjoys these classic laphroaig profiles, this is a must-try for any islay lovers since this dram showcases perfectly what the distillery is capable of.

  116. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  117. mjts93 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    A higher level of quality compared to previous recent batches. Strong notes of liquorice, seaweed, elastoplast, tar, espresso coffee along with laphroaigian red fruits

  118. g00se scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Good, detailed Tastingnotes of the experts are here enough to read. I agree with all the enthusiasts of these drams. Really great stuff.
    What really got me excited about it is the versatility and variety of the flavors. One day I had poured the into no classic Glencair glass and there was absolutely no smoke to recognize ... Instead, I encountered a fruitiness that almost reminded me of a torn bag of gummy bears (the particularly juicy!).
    Yesterday I dripped a few drops on the skin and it smelled of roasted peanuts ...

    What is this magical drink? °. °

  119. gaboruso scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  120. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    medicinal smoke, vanilla malt, spices, nose finally withdrawn!
    the mouth brings more things ... under the tongue:
    smoked herbs, some caramel, cooked sugar, cooked and macerated fruits, again herbs, or dried seaweed at this time,
    the peat finally arrives, camphor, sooty oily, a little petroleum!
    a little bitterness there, and some caramel, a little cooked glue, a little menthol, a little old leather and wood soaked in salt and iodized water, a little toasted wood too
    Finally, the finish develops markers more intense than the nose, with soot, caramel, smoke and macerated citrus.
    opening to extend, for a young product that stays at the palate for a long time.4.8

  121. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  122. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  123. ChrisE scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  124. nallacam scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Another one for lovers of strong and impetuous Islay Malts.
    He delivers what he promises, very medically in the nose and creamy, sweet and smoky in the mouth.
    Harmonious and young.

  125. Barbone scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Mint oil, citrus, herbs, oak, my not so well-liked hospital fragrance (disinfectant)
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily, warm, again citrus, peat, gum (smoked), smoke, bitter notes, salt, mineral
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long lasting, medical

  126. Jackson05 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I was staying at Ardbeg in the Seaview Cottages when the 2019 Supernova was released. It’s a stunning spot and I recommend anyone traveling to the island with a group to consider it. First class accommodation and hospitality with the most rugged distillery vistas on Islay. There’s something magical about wandering the distillery grounds after hours, dram in hand, with no one around. I had a taste of Supernova at the distillery, but waited until I got home to crack my bottle and do a fair review. Every dram is more sentimental in a warehouse, or at the distillery, so the true test is at home.

    So now I do a side by side of a flashy new release (2019 Ardbeg Supernova £140) and a new release of a classic (Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength batch 11 £67.50). Collectors and flippers abound to grab the two allocated Supernovas (sold out in 2 days), while the Laphroaig 10 CS quietly blends in on the shelves with little to no fanfare.

    Ardbeg Supernova 2019 53.9%

    Nose: (84) We are unsurprisingly in Octomore territory. Young and brash. Buttered popcorn, hot vegetable oil, lemongrass, tiger balm, brine, sea water, vanilla, ethanol.

    Palate: (86) Oily, cod oil, eucalyptus, white pepper, burnt rubber, oil of oregano, fennel and lime.

    Finish: (85) Long, charcoal briquettes on fire, rubber, charred lemon zest, charred meat, roasted peanuts, citrus, white pepper.

    85/100

    Thoughts: Reminds me of Octomore. Its good, but I prefer Ardbeg 10 year. I would guess it’s refill bourbon casks, or around 5 years of age. I refer to Ardbeg as the Macallan of Islay. Growing their brand on the reputation of how their whisky once was. No one seems to notice (or care) all of the annual releases are wildly vague, NAS, extreme wood finishes (virgin oak, rum, intensely charred wine casks...etc). The Ardbeg rep that spoke to us said the core of Ardbeg is refill bourbon casks and that’s what is best for their spirit. Now Ardbeg wouldn’t be having trouble sourcing bourbon casks, would they?

    Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength batch 11 58.6%

    Nose: (88) Big bourbon cask influence, peaches and vanilla ice cream, tar and hot asphalt.

    Palate: (89) Rich, vanilla bean, tarry peat, oily, black licorice, creme de menthe

    Finish: (91) Peanut brittle, licorice, medicinal smoke, iodine and gauze. Long. Very long. Peach cobbler, and smoked meat.

    89/100

    Thoughts: On the opposite end of the marketing spectrum Laphroaig have been consistently releasing what I consider to be the best deal on Islay. The 10 CS is far better to my taste buds, at less than half the price and likely double the age. I couldn’t say which recent batch of 10CS I’ve liked best, but they’ve all been very high quality. Especially when you consider the competition/price.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  127. RaulGomez did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Nose: Smoky Ash, Charcoal, Vanilla, Caramel, Cinnamon, Pepper, Citrius.

    Palette: Medicinal Peat, Smoky Tar , Vanilla, Pepper, Liquorice, Coastal Saline.

    Finish: Very long, Intense. The familiar classic Laphroaig.

    Possibly best of the 10CS thus far. Better than batch 9, and class above batch 10. However, prices have been going up. At current price point £72 still good for this excellent batch. Hope it doesn't go up too much for the next one! Excellent Laphroaig.

  128. rampah scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  129. Fight65 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
      IT: 91
      B: 91
    • Finish
      92 92
      ..............again a great bottling!!

  130. hawk31 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Very kräutrig but also very sweet and a smelly sea breeze, a bit like a beach at low tide. Ashtrays, smoldering coals, maple syrup; Mint tea with decent sugar. Nestea peach on the beach with flaring first aid kit. The alcohol is really well integrated, behind a bit more green apple with vanilla and white chocolate.

    Taste:
    Ui that makes a lot of steam! First sweet and then comes the smoke club! Tar from the construction site, algae, bay leaves, herbal sweets, sage, sweet / tart mixture of flavors. I think the strength is really cool, neatly clean, but I save the water games for later. I find the nose much more complex than the taste. The oak also announces itself briefly but can not prevail against the smoke.

    finish:
    Medium. Smoke coating on the tongue, pine needles, algae, dark chocolate, salty, slightly sweet, burnt stew.

    Is for me premiere of a Laphi 10 CS been. I think he is great, but he does not come to my favorite the 18er ran. But I would like to have the 10er CS in my bar too.

  131. Patrick93 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  132. Joband scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  133. mr.dave scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    This Laphroaig lacks complexity and everything, laphroaig - once - became famous for.

    With my rating, I am trying to be objective. But for me personally, this Whisky doesn’t offer any reason to drink it. After 2 Glases yesterday I poured in an 13y laphroaig from Cadenhead that I consider rather average and it beats the official on every level. I can’t understand those 90(+) ratings ATT ALL. Especially considering the new price tag. I should have known better, as there’s not a single bottling of “modern” Laphroaig I liked.

    Cheers.

  134. ZhengMoMo scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    The fierce laphroaig has always been irresistible. The smell of this wine is very strong. Although the white wood taste is somewhat stealth, the overall stability is maintained. The palate is splendid, strong, and merciless. Compared to the 10 years before the 2008 version of the previous version of the CS, this new 2019 version is much simpler, but the style is more intense, which is my favorite type.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Pour the wine, smell, smoke, iodine, caramel, white wood, kelp, oil, grass ash, after a while, lemon cake, roasted nuts.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The entrance, smoked, syrup, lemon juice, sea salt, the impact of the waves in the mouth, the smell of smoke and iodine, the taste of nuts and herbs emerged.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long aftertaste, smoked, iodine, sea water, maltose.

  135. birkzehn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  136. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    An old love is rekindled. The last batches I found rather mau, but this one has really power again. Lots of sweet, oily oak, thick phenolic clouds and a good shot of mint. That's the way it has to be.

  137. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2019] Finally they managed to get the new cask strength release out to the customers (it was bottled in March already) - hey, dear Beam management: better rush your logistics than the production processes at the distillery! I am very curious if the quality stays high (still the spirit was distilled before the Beam management takeover of Laphroaig in 2011) and to check this I do a head-to-head to last year's edition batch 010...

    ...and 011's profile is exactly what I expect from a balanced, sherry-driven and peaty Islay malt in the best tradition of the great drams of the sixties and seventies. Congrats to this excellent composition, dear Laphroaig! This is a significant improvement over last year's release and I am tempted to say this is the best cask strength release ever (whoever reads this should notice that tastes are very different from person to person and no one should rely on anyone other's tasting note only when buying drams). But you can nail me on that statement: I enjoy quaffing this dram the same way I enjoy to sip old Ardbeg or Lagavulin distilled in the sixties or seventies - not because of the complexity (the old drams offer much more, of course) but because of this adorable "close-to-perfection" harmony of malt, sherry, peat and wood. Slainte!
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour of 011 is a notch darker than 010 at burnished so maybe they added more sherry casks to this batch. The nose is bold and much more balanced than 010 which is too much wood-driven for me. 011 offers a fine balance of sweet malty, sherry, peaty and wooden aromas without any off-notes. This is a significant improvement compared to last year's edition that is good for three more points on this dimension. And indeed, the nose of 011 promises more sherry impact...
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste of 011 is very balanced too with the malt, the peat and the sherry in the driver's seat and the wooden notes act as a firm but never dominating backbone structure. It is greatly chewable and even somewhat layered. I do not list all the flavours here because it is much more fun to find them over and over again when having a dram. What a difference to 010 which is more on the bitter (tannins) and herbal side without any differentiating layers. This is even a four points improvement over 010, triple wow! Some water turns both the nose and taste punchier while a bigger reduction releases adorable leathery, chalky and dried fruity aromas in the nose and turns the taste (even) more quaffable. I like this dram both neat and reduced to about 48% abv. A further reduction flattens the dram.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The initial mouthfeel of 011 is warming and instantly coating with nice peppery moments due to the high abv which I rather like (they are not distracting). And there are no bitter-astringent moments from heavy wood impact like in 010 which is great. The finish of 011 is long and adds more delicious spices and a hint of dark chocolate without any drying or bitter moments. Actually, they corrected all the things I did not like with 010 in this release (of course I am not that self-confident to assume they read my old review but it feels good, anyway). Maybe I am a little euphoric now (but it is my second tasting session of 011 already, so it is somewhat reliable) and I score this dimension three points better than 010 again - 010 is too wood-driven and therefore out of balance (according to my taste buds).

  138. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Nose: TCP, hospital floor, bandages, sticking plaster, green peat moss, chlorine, seaweed, old copper coins, roasted peanuts, lemonpeel. Smells younger and more alcoholic than last years edition.

    Mouth: Bold arrival (as expected) on mineral peat, seaweed, roasted nuts and cracked black pepper. Copper, TCP, a hint of anisseed and fennel. Sharp, metallic and a little too young for my taste, I’m afraid. Water doesn’t help much.
     
    Comments: This years expression is a bit disappointing. It lacks the mature wood integration and fruityness of earlier versions. Its very young, straight forward and more on the refill side, I guess. Just feels a little undermatured to me. Will try it again and compare it to other batches, but for now, it's /83

  139. Rudi2joerge scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    This is massive! The last one (batch 010) was on the dry side and not that fat (but a welcome alternative to older batches, because differences make those batches interesting). Completely other animal than the 010 was the 009 which was fat, heavy Laphroaig/10yCS.
    But now, the 011, this new batch is even fatter than 009. Phew, what a brutal 10yCS. But really Laphroaigish, I adore this style.
    And while the new Cairdeas 2019/Triple Wood is also a really fat animal (even fatter than CS 011) the CS 011 is complex and not one-dimensional at all. Really the art of Laphroaig. The Cairdeas 2019 is fat but it is very one-dimensional. While Cairdeas 2019 is kind of a fun whisky, the CS 011 is real quality whisky while still being a brutal Laphroaig as it should be sometimes. Congratulations, Laphroaig, well done!

  140. Rudi2joerge scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    This is massive! The last one (batch 010) was on the dry side and not that fat (but a welcome alternative to older batches, because differences make those batches interesting). Completely other animal than the 010 was the 009 which was fat, heavy Laphroaig/10yCS.
    But now, the 011, this new batch is even fatter than 009. Phew, what a brutal 10yCS. But really Laphroaigish, I adore this style.
    And while the new Cairdeas 2019/Triple Wood is also a really fat animal (even fatter than CS 011) the CS 011 is complex and not one-dimensional at all. Really the art of Laphroaig. The Cairdeas 2019 is fat but it is very one-dimensional. While Cairdeas 2019 is kind of a fun whisky, the CS 011 is real quality whisky while still being a brutal Laphroaig as it should be sometimes. Congratulations, Laphroaig, well done!

  141. Rudi2joerge scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    This is massive! The last one (batch 010) was on the dry side and not that fat (but a welcome alternative to older batches, because differences make those batches interesting). Completely other animal than the 010 was the 009 which was fat, heavy Laphroaig/10yCS.
    But now, the 011, this new batch is even fatter than 009. Phew, what a brutal 10yCS. But really Laphroaigish, I adore this style.
    And while the new Cairdeas 2019/Triple Wood is also a really fat animal (even fatter than CS 011) the CS 011 is complex and not one-dimensional at all. Really the art of Laphroaig. The Cairdeas 2019 is fat but it is very one-dimensional. While Cairdeas 2019 is kind of a fun whisky, the CS 011 is real quality whisky while still being a brutal Laphroaig as it should be sometimes. Congratulations, Laphroaig, well done!

  142. HW74 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Again a very successful CS! Like Batch 006 and Batch 009, which I also liked very much.
    Every year, I'm really looking forward to the 10 CS from Laphroaig. This very powerful malt is a highlight for me every year. I hope Laphroaig will treat us to this whisky in the next few years in this quality. The price is reasonable.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Without water: at first rather restrained, it opens after a while.
      With a few drops of water, the malt opens faster.
      Sweet, bread dough, yellow and red fruits, some gum mixed occasionally. Smoke, salt, sea
    • Taste
      92 92
      What the nose hears continues in the taste.
      The whisky is initially reserved in the mouth, very sweet. Then it comes powerful, tingling on the tongue, fills the entire mouth with its viscosity. Salt, pepper, you notice the oak which never gets unpleasant.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Very long finish, it comes again and again the different tastes one after another alternately. A powerful malt!

  143. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Not the first year that makes the 10 CS in delivery on Diva. In addition, he experiences a not insignificant price increase, namely from about EUR 60, - to EUR 72, -.
    No more bargains, but on the way to adapt to the current (overheated?) Market.
    There is no discussion of taste: Again Laphroaig at its best. Very clean Islay smoker, who will take care of the joy of the emptied - and then covered - glass even in the morning after the evening's enjoyment.
    Otherwise, I would recommend adding a few drops to the whisky for uninterrupted, undiluted enjoyment. With a little water, it opens up pleasantly.
    • Nose
      90 90
      First of all, one wonders where, if you please, the tar and the kelp are - with all the herbs that are freaking in the nose.
      But yes, come, just be patient.
      After the first astonishment whether the herbal load turns into the hoped-for blissful smile and one can with joy and enjoy the warm tar, the seaweed, the Hansaplast and hospital corridor, the Wadden Sea scent and the peat smoke. The initial herbs are now gone, crumbled, risen in the blazing peat fire. He puts pressure on his nose, throws everything in the ring, what is expected of him. Maybe an apple flashes here and there, can be found there lemon, but all in all, he is not a peculiar little fruit in the nose. But he is very good.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Full of peat smoke, he floods the entire oral cavity. Dry, not too strong start. Warming. Surprisingly austere oak, which presents as a tray sunlit tar paper, dried algae (Nori leaves), salt, pepper and lime slices. The herbal mixture from the nose has once again its appearance on the tongue, but can not prevail against Hansaplast. The smoke is a constant companion, envelops and carries all the aromas. Sweetness of malt sugar beet syrup. Crème Brulée, espresso beans, dark chocolate. Even if the smoke is omnipresent, it does not kill the other flavors. Gentleman smoke.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Smoke, seaweed, pepper and sea salt make sure that he hardly wants to leave his tongue. Pleasantly woody (for 10 years in barrel, it shows some wood notes). The glass is empty, because you could smooth it again ...

  144. Schnadderli scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    This is one of the best batches from the Laphroaig 10 CS! Qualitatively on par with Batch 006 and 009. Better than 008 and 005. Powerful as usual and yet very complex. It tastes that it was burned and stored before the acquisition of Laphroaig by Suntory in 2011. The quality of the bottlings, which is brought by Suntory in the barrels (today's NAS), leaves to be desired, but here again shows the top quality of old batches! Perfect! I also hope for the new 16-year-old from Laphroaig with 48%, because he was filled even before Suntory in the barrels. Just take a look ...

  145. elch scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Still a powerful whisky with lots of smoke and sweetness. But he lacks complexity and fruitiness. Works something one-dimensional. For me, he is not worth the money currently called.
    A 43% Black Label label from Johnnie Walker a few years ago is more complex and has more to tell. Too bad that Laphroaig has let up.
    Small supplement on 06.11.2019:
    I have tried it again and again for a while now. It remains for me: A shame what the distillery offers. A lot of alcohol and smoke are enough, that some "spin" in the reviews. But maybe it's just a matter of selling this bad whisky again quickly. Such manipulations in the network are probably now the order of the day.

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