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Laphroaig Cask Strength

Overall rating
89.47/100
votes
148
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch #012
Bottled
02.2020
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Bourbon
Strength
60.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Green Stripe
Bottle code
L0 038 SB1
Barcode
5010019639806
Added on
28 May 2020 12:07 am by Jnpons
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 86.42

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Cask Strength

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.47 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2020] I did not really like batch 10 of the Laphroaig Cask Strength editions (87 points) but I enjoyed batch 11 very much (91 points) while batch 9 was in-between (89 points). So where will the most recent batch 12 fit in? To check this I do a head-to-head versus batch 10 and batch 11...

    ...and it is completely different to both batch 10 and 11 but in a great way. They added a significantly higher share of sherry casks to this batch which made both nose and taste more impressive and powerful. It is not as complex and balanced as batch 11 but it is at eye-level in terms of quaffability and enjoyment (again, forget the simple wood-driven batch 10). I suggest to own both batch 11 and 12 and drink them side-by-side (when in the mood for such a setting) - this is a lot of fun and it provides the best what pre-Beam Laphroaig has to offer. Slainte!
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour of chestnutoloroso sherry is significantly darker than both batch 11 and batch 10 (which are almost the same at burnished, maybe 11 is a notch darker than 10). So obviously there is a higher share of sherry casks in this batch which is promising. The nose is more powerful too with stronger wine-driven aromas beside the peat and wood which strengthen the other flavours too, it seems. Compared to this batch 10 smells rather simple with too much wooden notes while batch 11 is nicely balanced and leaves more space for the malt-driven aromas to enfold. I like both batch 11 and 12 with 11 being more delicate and 12 more powerful.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is clearly driven by the peat and the sherry on a firm but never dominating wooden backbone. The malt is a junior partner in this setting only but it is detectable, still. To be honest, I like this setting even if it is not perfectly balanced. Instead it is powerful and very impressive - it reminds me of the very first (and best) PX batch but with more power due its higher abv. No, it is not layered but the mix of flavours is delicious as it is. Batch 10 is completely unimpressive compared to that with just bitter peaty and wooden flavours in an unbalanced setting. Batch 11 is more complex and layered with a close-to-perfection harmony of malt, peat, sherry and wood. I like it a little better than batch 12 but both are very different on the palate and in terms of quaffability they are on par (for different reasons).
    • Finish
      91 91
      This dram arrives powerful on the palate with a creamy and warming texture that covers all of the mouth instantly. There are some hot moments (no wonder at 60.1% abv) but they are not distracting at all. The finish is long and adds more chocolatey notes and impressions of cold bonfire ashes at the sea shore. No bitter or drying moments, all stays tasty and enjoyable. The finish of batch 10 is shorter and adds no new impressions, unfortunately. Batch 11 keeps its nice taste throughout the finish with some additional chocolatey notes (which are not as bold as with batch 12) and spices. I go for another draw of batch 11 and 12 (batch 10 is much weaker, again). Some water turns this dram punchier what happens often with such powerful whiskies while a further reduction smoothes it but it takes away the untamed power too. I like batch 12 best when neat, despite its 60.1% abv.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    60.1%, but now they are exaggerating. At least that was the first thought. But once the dram was in the glass, crumbled and tasted, the only thing actually was: 60.1%, yes, damn it, just right. Rarely had a 60% whisky in the glass, which was so accessible in the nose and on the tongue. One can only bow and say: Laphroaig, thank you, everything done correctly. And also, after several years, again the sales through the retail trade and not exclusively through your own (not always clean) website - you really have nothing to complain about.
    • Nose
      91 91
      A well-defined Laphroaig nose: phenolic smoke, seaweed, warm tar, a little pepper, marjoram, allspice, sea salt. In addition fresh fruits, vanilla and honey, very mild herbs. Removes licorice. Hansaplast. It doesn't get any more classic. And you still think: 60.1%, but there will probably be nothing in the nose for the time being - puff cake, there is - immediately - a lot.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Hard to believe, but nothing burns on the tongue here, rather it glides comfortably warm and leaves a clear peaty fragrance brand. Freshly paved road, still steaming. Sun-warmed seaweed, light breeze from the sea with some surf. Just before sunset, a lively pounding peat fire on the beach. Vanilla, honey, toffee, milk chocolate, coffee powder, licorice snails and there, the hospital corridor with Hansaplast and gauze bandages, Dr. C. at station 2, please.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium length and slightly dry. Smoke-driven, of course. But with nice notes of dried apricots, sea salt and seaweed. A little more machine oil and tar, espresso beans and liquorice.

  3. Whisky_Heathen scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

    Nose - The nose is full, initially with sea shells, plasters and pastries. There’s not a lot of alcohol burn considering the ABV. There’s burnt banana and charred pineapple.

    Palate - The texture is oily and thick. Upfront is a fruity sweetness leading to a slightly more bitter and coastal smoke towards the back. Full bodied and packed with flavour. Aniseed develops with time. The finish is long and, again, coastal. Reminiscent of the 2018 Talisker 8.

    This is a fantastic whisky and one of the best 10 Cask Strengths to come out for a few years.

  4. Bomshanka scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Did a head to head of this and last years Laphroaig 10 CS. This year is less sweet, less warm, less mantlepiece and soft recliner. Its more seaswell and stony shore, more rocky hilltop, but the sun is still out and the vegetation is lush.
    Punch to the face rather than a warm hug.

    Swims well and gets rounder with water, but really does well without as the alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Beach bonfire, drying seaweed, some sweet yellow fruit hiding beneath the classic tarry rope and salty old driftwood.
      Herbal and even floral notes appear after a while in the glass.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Phenolic up front. Slightly sweet, cough syrup, oysters, fruit de mer, lemon puré, gooseberries, menthol, anise, thyme. Really rather complex.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Slightly drying, much like licking beach pebbles after bonfire night. Minerally and herbal and going on and on.

  5. wuenne scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Another solid laphi with a lot of power. You can feel a pleasant sweetness on the nose, paired with campfire smoke. The start in the mouth is strong and sweet as usual and over time a variety of spices are added. The finish is only a little over medium-long, but the current 10-year barrel strength remains in the mouth for a long time. Simply great, even if the price has almost doubled in the past four years. What the hell ... Slainte
    • Nose
      90 90
      Smoke from the campfire, pleasant sweetness and vanilla tones, the 60.1% are well integrated and hardly stand out
    • Taste
      93 93
      sweet approach with pleasant power and typical lapin notes and pleasant warmth on the palate, with the addition of spices over time - cadermom, subtle ginger, white pepper and others; despite the strong volume percentages very pleasant to drink - a light caramel-cream note develops in the end, quite a well-rounded affair
    • Finish
      86 86
      The drop rolls down the throat of medium length and is pleasant and leaves a long-lasting, pleasant feeling in the mouth

  6. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I am still amazed how a malt with ~ 60% can be so fine and oily on the tongue. The Laphroaig-typical smoke note is clearly present, but not so dominant that the other notes of malt, vanilla, honey and some fruit are lost. At the same time, it tolerates a lot of water, depending on the taste and mood of the connoisseur.
    Well done, Laphroaig!

  7. ezioaudit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  8. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Color: Light Amber

    Nose: Laphroaig! If you're buying this, there's a decent chance you're doing so in order to get a quintessential Laphroaig experience, and the first nosing augurs wells. Because immediately, one cannot help but think "medicinal." That's the salient quality I'm looking for with this dram, and I'm getting it in spades immediately: iodine and really strong, unflavored liquid doses of medicine. Right there with it, though, is salt. Specifically, it's salty sea air. If you're feeling metaphoric, let's say there's some grilled oysters with a touch of lemon seasoning, as well. So it's got a little bit of the coastal character, but always integrated with that stronger, darker side that differentiates this from, say, Caol Ila. Finally, there's a trace of vanilla coming through, well integrated into the whole. That last bit was hinted at by the color, because a 10-yo, bourbon-matured Laphroaig with this color clearly has some decently active casks at work. Water mutes a bit of the harshness, which in this case is sort of the point, but it does bring out a nice powdered sugar note.

    Taste: Good times continue on the arrival. As others have mentioned, this really doesn't come in hot, especially for a 60% ABV whisky. Really impressive to be able to pleasantly sip this neat, and it adds to the appeal of getting a rocket-fuel, young, mostly-unwooded Laphroaig. Like the nose, you're getting big peat on the palate, too: this time ash is playing more of a part than it did on the nose, but the medicinal element remains strong. Brutal but also clearly well-matured. By the way, I don't get a ton of development by adding water here--worth checking it out on the nose, but I prefer it neat on the palate.

    Finish: The tastiest ashtray you've ever licked followed by a lemon squeeze.

    Comments: It's hard for me not to think of whiskies in archetypes, and perhaps the first one to spring to mind is the unadulterated peat monster. Now, of course, there are better peated whiskies out there than this, and many have more to say, especially on the palate. However, this bad boy scores huge marks for me as a exercise in style, because it nails that uncompromising, search-and-destroy profile that I sometimes seek. Even among its South Shore brethren, I think this example of Laphroaig is exceptional qua "Peat Monster." I consider this a worthy addition to just about any collection, because there's not really anything else I can think of that's widely and consistently available that delivers these results.

  9. Marcinek scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    June 2020. I haven't actually had many drams of Laphroaig 10 YO CS of various batches. The 012 is my truly first one. So what do we have here...
    Very well hidden alcohol for a 60% alc. volume! It's a big hit for me and I love it deeply.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoke, dying campfire, some ash and a hint of tar. When you dive deeper in with your nose you can detect some vanilla and a pinch of fruity sweetness.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Quite a prominent note of alcohol right off the bat. However after 10 minutes in the glass malt is mellowing. What have we got here...

      Tar, road tar and coal tar. Strong smoke. Deep down in the background some sweetness - mainly cough syrup and vanilla mix.

      Surprisingly quite a big mark of casks - these are rather first fill than second fill ex-bourbon casks and they are a good quality casks. I cannot detect even a trace of sherry.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Finish is super long. Lingering smokiness through and through. Quite a lot of umami is what is left in my mouth - so called savory taste. Also quite salty. A bit like salted peanuts. Also this sweet vanilla/cough syrup mixture stays put.

      Lovely stuff!

  10. martinseco did not rate this whisky Newbie

    This is not a rating yet; the bottle is not open yet because I want to try it with my cousin. But first a few thoughts about the new advertising slogan on box and label, which I noticed for the first time: "One of the most richly flavored of all Scotch whiskys". Is it now? Is this withdrawal in marketing preventive, voluntary, or has Diageo / Laphroaig been sued by the evil competition? Hopefully this is not a hint with the fence post when it comes to future quality! However, it sounds pretty arbitrary; such a weak saying can actually be saved. Anyway - in the future I would prefer to have "The most richly flavored of all Scotch Whiskys" in my glass.

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