Laphroaig Cask Strength

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch #012
Stated Age
10 years old
60.1 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Green Stripe
Bottle code
L0 038 SB1
Added on
28 May 2020 12:07 am by Jnpons
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 128.39

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Cask Strength

118 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.02 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
      89 89
      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
      90 90
      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. Chesterfield scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    One of the best laphis I've ever tried.
    It doesn't always have to be old and expensive!
    • Nose
      95 95
      Wonderfully typical Laphi with everything that goes with it, plus a particularly intense sweetness and more oak aromas than you are used to from the Cask Strengh range.
      My recommendation is to reduce 2cl of this whisky with a teaspoon of water to about 52% alcohol by volume.
      Significantly more aromas come to the fore, such as even more sweetness with beautiful caramel notes, as well as fruity citrus notes, perhaps even hints of orange peel, come to the fore behind the medicinal laphira smell.
      In any case, a very complex nose that changes constantly over time and invites you to play with water.
    • Taste
      96 96
      Super, super, super awesome, I can only say!
      Absolute explosion of flavors in the mouth as I have seldom experienced it!
      The so-called "Chillicatch" of a Talisker 10 years old is a "kindergarten" in comparison!
      A wonderful tingling sensation on the tongue, nice heavy sweetness, very oily mouthfeel, a really extremely charged Laphi!
      I think of the Laphi 27 years old, which I was allowed to try at the first whisky fair in Constance. But guys, let's be honest ..... 500Euro ???
      Since I get myself quite clearly, much much better 5 times such a Laphi 10 years Cask Strengt! I have a lot more of it!
      I would buy 3 times the 2020 and 2 times the 2019, I heard it should also be awesome.
    • Finish
      96 96
      Nice long finish for a whisky that is only 10 years old.
      You can also enjoy this Laphi wonderfully pure, provided you have calibrated your tongue accordingly.
      My recommendation for a smoky whisky evening, that's exactly how I tried it recently: The evening starts with a Lagavulin 16, then with a wonderful Port Charlotte 10 years (fresh and fruity), then finally comes the Laphi 10 year Cask Strengh, initially diluted to 52 vol.% as described above and for the finale as a final firework, so to speak, again the Laphi with full force in Cask Strengh Power undiluted with 60.1 vol.%!
      I think that you have come very close to the heaven of absolute whisky indulgence.

  5. Bomshanka scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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.

  6. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A Laphi CS ... As always, peat, smoke, phenol, iodine, algae, ash, pure campfire. Sometimes a batch is smokier, sometimes a batch is fruity, this batch is surprisingly mild for an alcohol content of 60.1%, the alcohol is wonderfully harmonious and does not require the addition of water! As always a pleasure, tastes good and convinces!

    22/22/22/23 (89P)
    • Nose
      Wonderfully creamy caramel shines in the Premium Snifter, a multitude of small "legs" stuck to the glass wall. Creamy, slightly sweet peat rises, iodine, algae and seaweed join immediately and give off their typical Laphroa aroma. Phenolic smoke dissolves from burned wood, fly ash rises, hints of sweet grapes and berries emerge. Caramel and vanilla, a hint of apricot, a few grains of salt and this irresistibly peaty, smoky and maritime bouquet! Oh yes, for 60.1% alcohol, the alcohol is harmoniously integrated and barely noticeable ...
    • Taste
      The first sip combines fruity sweetness and heavy peat, ash and burnt wood elements are immediately added, iodine and salty algae do the rest ... A pinch of black pepper dissolves from the spicy wood tones, creamy peat and caramel stick on the tongue, amazingly even in the mouth the high alcohol content is barely noticeable. Here and there the alcohol shows its full volume, hazelnuts and earthy peat then immediately suppress the alcohol again and only leave fly ash and burned wood on the tongue. The aftertaste announces itself slightly tart and creamy ...
    • Finish
      Hazelnuts and spicy wood swim creamy in the stimulated saliva under the tongue. Earthy peat lines the palate with a subtle smoky note, a breath of warm air permeates the palate. Creamy wood and oily earth tones rest on the tongue, now and then almost burnt sugar and vanilla flashes, the maritime aromas slowly fade, a fading note of smoke releases ash and salt. The cozy warmth intensifies and remains on the palate and tongue for what feels like an eternity.

  7. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    that scared me more ... nevertheless, a really great, also mature smoker who relies on many flavors in addition to the peat to be expected. As always, it is a lot of fun.
    • Nose
      a little restrained at the beginning, then fresh, peaty, maritime, vanilla, mint, herbs, citrus. Strong but balanced.
    • Taste
      a small explosion in the mouth, strong, burnt spices, salt, peat, citrus, herbaceous, almost a little bitter.
    • Finish
      Peat, herbs, the burnt, spicy is here too. Tart, salty notes, citrus, but also a subtle sweetness in the background.

  8. Mannix65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Requires some water and ventilation to untie his knot - quite complex for his age -
    • Nose
      90 90
      Gauze bandages, hospital, swimming pool, iodine, smoke, dark dark chocolate, overripe blackberries, herbs of a gastric bitter
    • Taste
      90 90
      earthy, heavy phenolic dark smoke, peppery hot, very maritime, smoked mussels, sweet dark forest fruits, ripe forest blueberries, the oak barrel lies on the tongue
    • Finish
      89 89
      long, dark, deep and voluminous

  9. Captain Teague scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Close to perfection to me that's what you want from Laphi.. Nose: Smoke medical and also some bonfire smoke imo, iodine/ hospital smell, Limoncello, sweetness (Honey,Vanilla) some herbs mixed together ( Thyme, rosemary) camomile tea. Taste: Great Oiliness :) Smoke first then Limoncello again, Kiwi, salty/sea, iodine, less sweetness than expected from nose still some honey, vanilla..very herbal later in the mouth Thymian, Mint, slight milk coffee notes, a bit citral...oak ,smoke, hospital taste last quite long in the end..In your face hate it or love it - I love it :) /

  10. Fudschafudscha scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    tasted vs 2018 10 CS and 2010 Red Stripe to which he loses both. Kind of sulphur or umami, I can't tell exactly, but it has an off note I do note like. Overall, 10 years ago, it was way better!


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