Laphroaig Cask Strength

Overall rating
88.93/100
votes
753
Whiskybase ID
WB159190
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch #012
Bottled
07.02.2020
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Bourbon
Strength
60.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Green Stripe
Bottle code
L0 038 SB1
Barcode
5010019639806
Added on
28 may 2020 12:07 am by Jnpons
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 125.28

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig Cask Strength

142 users have left 150 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.93 points.

  1. 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.

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  3. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    What else do you want to say. Great whisky!
    Hadn't tried a "bad" one from this series either.
    • Nose
      Color:
      Deep golden. Very nice color.

      Nose:
      Where do I start there...?
      Phenolic sweet smoke. But it changes immediately, more like cigarette smoke. It smells like a cigar you just unpacked. Cool!
      I can't describe this casual cutie badly. Definitely vanilla and something smoked, tropical and menthol candy.
      With a little time in the glass, the colleague looks more maritime. Nevertheless, the cigar and the wooden box in which it lay inside remain. Smoked limes and and I don't know why... but reminds me of wheat beer.
    • Taste
      Sweet, oily entry. It's easy to do without water. The alcohol shows arms, but remains involved. Also in the taste something smoked tropical. Goes in the direction of pineapple.
      Then develops more maritime and fleshy. Chili flakes and kind of sandy. The smoke here is more like asphalt vapor. Reminds me of fried potatoes with herbs on top.
    • Finish
      Long and strong. smoke and bitterness. The alcohol squeezes appropriately. Then it ends with sweetish, aromatic tobacco.

  4. VEF206 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  5. kismartonid scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  6. Kalamadei scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  7. Thoma scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Boletus did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A wonderful Islay concentrate! Of course, when swallowed quickly, only the smoke dominates, but when it stays in the mouth for a long time, the most diverse aromas are passed through the successive dilution of the whisky by the onset of saliva production, making this malt enormously creamy and at the same time impressively full in the mouth. The only downer in its complexity is the finish, which is a bit of a downer, but otherwise this is a ''Laphroaig'' in top form and makes me pure drinking pleasure.
    • Nose
      The expected smoke bomb doesn't appear at first, almost a bit closed, it coats the nasal mucosa with a chalky mineral note, crushed dry mussel shells in the summer sun, finely chopped lemon balm and lemon thyme add a refreshing herbal note, marjoram and chamomile are also there, with increased air contact it slowly builds highly aromatic peat smoke, a campfire is lit with hay made from many wild herbs and dried seaweed, heavy and tarry-oily ash clouds rise, brand-new paving material is taken out of the packaging, grilled pineapples, grapefruits and limes are processed with a zester, one too Another light fruit component in the direction of apricots can be seen, the toasted oak is very mild and contributes some vanilla and very little coconut
    • Taste
      It fills the mouth very full and oily, now the expected peat fireworks explode, Leukoplast, at the beginning with a smoldering rubber note, the smoke changes very quickly and turns in the herbal campfire direction, a cloud of cinnamon with some aniseed passes, in addition there are hints of ripe apricots and some honey pomelo, lime zest, a small bite of smoked mackerel and grilled scallops, the onset of salivation melts a small piece of white chocolate in the mouth, making it even creamier, vanilla and coconut appear along with aromatic toasted oak , after chewing through it for a long time, the main aspect is beautiful marbled barley malt with some seaweed and a few sprinkles of iodine and also has gentle herbs such as lemon thyme as well as marjoram and chamomile in its luggage
    • Finish
      Long and very mild for the high alcohol content, but also relatively simple after the diverse smell and taste, again marjoram, toasted oak with vanilla, blanched almonds and a few roasted coconut flakes, a memory of apricots emerges from the cheeks, then rises much more cinnamon Herbal smoke up the throat, algae-peaty and a bit medicinal, once you lick the salt lick stone, then a heavy oily cloud of ash settles and ends with a mineral-calcareous finish, with a strange, subtle aftertaste reminiscent of small rust particles

  9. Remu scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Relatively heavy peat with rich smoke, strong impact
    The sweetness of the malt with the looming lemon aroma is very charming under the combination of vanilla tobacco
    • Nose
      88 88
      The peat is stronger, with a distinct sweetness like melted rock sugar, smoked sausages, a little sea salt, leather, and extinguished pipes
    • Taste
      89 89
      Alcohol control is not particularly good, strong peat, followed by the sweetness of maltose.
      There is a jumping lively sour taste, like lemon tarts, a little orange sugar.
      The back is like croissants, salt-grilled salmon, smoky with vanilla.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Relatively long, not very dry, like the smoke of a pipe, obvious disinfectant water, a little sea salt, baked malt, very light lemon peel oil

  10. d1scostu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  11. hlz30 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Good enough for many modern taste buds, but not me.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Rather closed at the beginning. Rubber, bandage, burnt tire caramel and vegetal peat (soap, of course!). Baked almond and marzipan, as well as burnt wood. There was also a strong signature of the bubbling tar for which was annoying to me. There was, unfortunately, only a fragile trace of peach here.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Big sweetness and solid body with good oiliness. What else? Root and earthy, crystal sugar and that should be it. With chewing there came more tangy lemon juice. Many leather and a trace of gear oil, which were not to my like
    • Finish
      84 84
      Ashes from plants, ginseng and soaps. Long enough.

  12. ARRANOVERLORD scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Savage young Laphroaig that hides its oily, phenolic character under an un-characterfully sweet nose. AKA it's the right kind of young Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      Iodine, vanilla flowers, slight dry woodiness. Chinese spices. Menthol. Toffee - quite sweet. A little bready.
    • Taste
      Powerful attack, mouth-tingling but not searing. Oily, becoming more so as it rests in the mouth.

      Wood tannin, seaweed, dried meat, charcoal briquettes.
      Stagnant seawater; bitterness (is that oak)? Chinese allspice.
      Not quite sweet, but pointing in that direction.
    • Finish
      Burnt wood, seawater, menthol. The barest hint of vanilla.

  13. migratore scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Astrid scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Because of the great nose I was hoping that I could warm up to Laphroaig after all. But the difficult relationship remains. Incidentally, the 60% is still bearable when drinking, but provides a lot of fire. For the full review, go here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/10/23/iod-blut-und-traenen/
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  16. Drum scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wow... smoke and smoke. It's hearty and very enjoyable. I had salmon for dinner today and the Laphroaigh CS was a great digestif. It was too strong for me without water, but it tolerates water and I definitely like it.
    • Nose
      What a pleasant smoke! I stand at a campfire or at the forge. I smell smoldering logs and glowing coals. But also some leather, study with tobacco and fireplace. There also seems to be a swimming pool right next door, a little chlorine fumes and swimming pool smell draws in. In the background is another undefinable sweetness.
    • Taste
      Omnipresent smoke and smoked goods, especially smoked mussels. The mouthfeel is oily, hearty with a light woody note.
    • Finish
      Warm, smoky and very mild. Some dry oak at the end. I find the finish quite long and the smoke lingers for a while.

  17. Rosebanker66 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91
      Honest smoke with a surprising amount of sweetness. Wonderful

  18. Nikilema scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  19. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very maritime and medicinal, with good sherry influence and sweet citric fruits to create a more balanced profile. Modern in style, but very good.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Seaweed, malt, mild iodine, smoked ham, oil, limes, subtle leather, fruity sherry.
    • Taste
      89 89
      A powerful attack by the peat - lots of salty seaweed, iodine, some TCP, fresh plasters. Limes are still present, along with a simple sherry fruitiness. Very nice.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Tons of TCP, iodine, fresh plasters, etcetera. Less seaweed and fruitiness now, but there's still some, and the fruit grows. Sweet malt also. Long.

  20. SebStar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  21. Iron_Calli scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Wonderfully full nose, smoke and fruitiness, charred log. Applesauce burnt in the mouth, hmmm delicious! The finish slightly earthy, also here burnt fruit. Fiery, racy, great!

  22. vlad78 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    It's very interesting to follow all these releases, to try them, to observe the development. I must say that none of them disappointed, on the contrary, each is beautiful in its own way. I even want to put the entire line and test them in a row, of course, if the body survives.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Bright, sweet, smoky, various oriental spices, chocolate and sweetness, ashes from a cold fire, technical notes, rubber, iodine and motor oil, a carpentry shop with glue, old leather.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Burning, assertive, dense, fire and smoke, turning into the sweetness of dried fruits, chocolate with raisins, red pepper, bringing technical notes to the surface at the end.
    • Finish
      90 90
      These technical notes, as soon as you spent the drums, again turn into sweet, thick ones, accompanied by smoke and engine oil. There is a feeling of small metal shavings and grains of sand on the teeth. Very oily.

  23. malt maniacs scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  24. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  25. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  26. Petitcham scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig's distinctive intense tidal flat smell and disinfectant, citrus, softand dark body, sweet, long and strong finish

  27. Gregorsky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  28. claymore84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasted on 02-26-2022. 88-90 peat monster!

  29. JJKATED scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  30. Saftkenner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Compared to batch #11 and #14, the smoke here has a significantly more iodine and medicinal touch. In addition less fruit and a less harmonious overall picture.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Nice Laphroaig nose, a bit more phenolic and medicinal than batch #11, also slightly sharper on the nose. Campfire, ash, Hansaplast, apricots, moisturizer, a touch of vanilla, shoe sole.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Campfire smoke with a nice sweetness and plenty of iodine. Fruitier than Batch #11. Vanilla, caramel, quince, ash, liquorice, anise, baked apple.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-length finish, slightly bitter. Vanilla, iodine, caramel, rotten wood.

  31. Dyno scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This one is right up there with the best.
    90-91... hard to tell when you had so many great cask strength 10's
    I'll go 90 tonight since the nose speaks to me. It's different from the 011, they are all different and still somewhat the same.
    But the taste is maybe slightly less, so 90 it is for now
    Finish... Long peaty medicinal coating...
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  32. ARRANOVERLORD scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Light amber in color, so sherry influence is expected. Smoking meat (charcoal), but also seashore salinity, like from kippers. Sweetness, less dense than honey and probably closer to pastry. A little floral and herbal. The smallest hint of citrus. Perhaps a little sawdusty - in the vein of dry-roasted peanuts. Breathe in too deeply and the 60.1% alcohol shines through - lovely burn
    • Taste
      93 93
      Neat, powerful and mouth-coating, with a viscous richness. It doesn't 'burn' but it does tingle and numb. Sharp stab of smoke and salt on first contact - drawing saliva.
      After some time in the mouth, it develops further: charcoal briquettes, roasted seaweed, a mild sweetness (citrus). Gains viscosity with time in the mouth.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long and dry. Burnt wood, salinity, charcoally sweetness. Fantastic.

  33. mr_braun scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  34. HW74 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It has been an experience for me every year since 2014, although I have to say that the batches do not vary greatly, but enough to try the new bottling every year. That's THE LAPHROAIG for me!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  35. Bartek_097 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

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

  36. Goethe scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Another very nice Laphroaig 10 CS version. This batch has a few more sherry expressions, very mouth watering with some smoked fruits way in the back.
    Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10
    • 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.

  37. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Earthy, coastal, smoky, malt and copper.

    Palate: Earthy, coastal, smoky, malty and metallic with some caramel and dried fruit.

    Finish: Long -> Sweet and smoky coastal.

  38. Foudos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  39. yarikovsky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  40. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  41. eddi14 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  42. redlightsflash89 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This for me is the ultimate embodiment of an islay whisky. Laphroaig CS 10 never dissapoints and for under 100€ you get an absolute banger of a whisky.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Immediately smoke, smoked meat, very salty as well, reminds me of grilled cod. A medicinal alcohol note comes to the forefront as well. Some burnt herbs are there as well, vanilla and honey and then some sherry/wine notes of tannins, dark berries, and dark chocolate. With water oak comes more to the forefront.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Immediately smoke and salt fill my mouth. This is then followed by the classic laphroaig medicinal note, it is quite powerful and alcoholic, but digging deeper I get honey, espresso, fresh tar and more salt. With water oak notes and some dark berries come out more.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Very smoky of course, even saltier than the taste, this could be salted beef jerky, then there are the burnt herbs again, the medicinal note comes to the forefront a little bit later and this is then well rounded off by some dark chocolates, raisins, figs, espresso and tar.

  43. F_Weinberg scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    An excellent offering from Laphroaig, with all those classic flavours in a well-integrated profile at a very fair price range. There are many flavours to discover, so allow plenty of time in the glass, as more flavours emerge the longer you leave it. There are plenty of bottles still hanging around, get them while you still can...
    • Nose
      91 91
      When nosed neat, the classic peaty aromas dominate. The peat has the quality of the dying embers of a wood fire, some engine oil, and medicinal sticking plasters. Some brown sugar lingers in the background. With some water and some time, sweeter flavours emerge; royal icing, Christmas cake, freshly baked brown bread.
    • Taste
      91 91
      When tried neat, the strong peaty flavours dominate, with an ashy flavour that is sweeter than on the nose. Other sweet flavours are evident, such as liquorice, treacle and hard candies, alongside some more savoury, herby flavours: mint, parsley etc. Adding water perhaps enhances some more of the herbaceous profile, as well as opening up a slight maritime note.
    • Finish
      90 90
      A medium-long finish which is smooth without a hint of imbalance or bitterness. There is some heat of course, but not as much as the ABV would have you think. Lingering flavours of smoked bacon, cigar smoke, vanilla fudge and caramel persist. The dram works well neat or with a splash of water.

  44. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Its been a while since I've had Laphroaig and this bottling has everything I've ever enjoyed from the distillery and more.

    The nose delivers the familiar peat and sea notes, but it is sweeter with fruit and the medcinal edge, softer and more accessible than I remember.

    The middle is somewhat simpler than what precede and follows, but it is completely delicious. It is still peat driven, but the thick, dark sweetness playing off the medicinal Witch Hazel that comes with it, is a perfect sidekick.

    I can't believe its 60.1%! I could drink this with a straw. Not single use, of course.

    The last third brings all the complexity back to the forefront of the experience. It is bewitching, beguiling and extremely moreish.

    If I could mark this down for anything, it is that I could stand more spice and a little more chew. So -1.
    • Nose
      Sweetly medicinal: Honeyed peat, some not particularly sharp citrus, iodine and savoury shore line notes of drying Bladder Wrack sea weed. There is fruit there too with ripe apricot and... raisin(?) undercut by flowering Heather and Eucalyptus cough drops.
    • Taste
      Vanilla peat fumes hit first, then dissipate, priming for milk chocolate cream whose sweetness goes on to reveal the dark, manuka honeyed peat and Witch Hazel core. Now, ever so slightly drying oak rises, warming to delicate pin pricks of white pepper spice.
    • Finish
      New leather, ash, freshly shredded pipe tobacco, orange boiled sweets, more cream, and shy spearmint (not astringent). There's a lightly bitter and herbal smoke left on the roof of my mouth and Star anise at the very end.

  45. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    long time no see! :-)
    I think the last batch I tried was #6 but I am not totally sure.
    I liked all of the batches I tried very much.
    So I think I will have a good time
    • Nose
      89 89
      Well yeah, Laphroaig!
      Phenolic and medicinal, a salty breeze, garden herbs, dill, not as tarry as I remember the batches I tried before.
      Very fresh with quite some lemon and grapefruit.
      Plaster, a hint of linseed oil.
      Very good
    • Taste
      91 91
      Wow, I was afraid to burn my palate, but this is soft as babys´ cheeks. Dense, smoky and sweet. And warming!!! No obvious fruitiness, although you might find some lemons and bananas if you want to. Sweet liquorice. Old style cough candies (Rachengold). Excellent!
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, a bit ashy but not much, slowly getting drier. Clean.
      I feel a bit stupid having missed Lp 10 CS for years.

  46. sarthur71 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  47. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The nose delivers the familiar peat and sea notes, but it is sweeter with fruit and the medcinal edge, softer and more accessible than I remember.

    The middle is somewhat simpler than what precede and follows, but it is completely delicious. It is still peat driven, but the thick, dark sweetness playing off the medicinal Witch Hazel that comes with it, is a perfect sidekick.

    I can't believe its 60.1%! I could drink this with a straw. Not single use, of course.

    The last third brings all the complexity back to the forefront of the experience. It is bewitching, beguiling and extremely moreish.

    If I could mark this down for anything, it is that I could stand more spice and a little more chew.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sweetly medicinal: Honeyed peat, some not particularly sharp citrus, iodine and savoury shore line notes of drying Bladder Wrack sea weed. There is fruit there too with ripe apricot and... raisin(?) undercut by flowering Heather and Eucalyptus cough drops.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Vanilla peat fumes hit first, then dissipate, priming for milk chocolate cream whose sweetness goes on to reveal the dark, manuka honeyed peat and Witch Hazel core. Now, ever so slightly drying oak rises, warming to delicate pin pricks of white pepper spice.
    • Finish
      90 90
      New leather, ash, freshly shredded pipe tobacco, orange boiled sweets, more cream, and shy spearmint (not astringent). There's a lightly bitter and herbal smoke left on the roof of my mouth and Star anise at the very end.

  48. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  49. Jolemann scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Very sweet, peaty, berries, honey, malty
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very sweet, peat smoke, malty, strong, salty, raspberries, gum
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, first sweet then dry

  50. pianoman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Pungent smoke, disinfectant, scorched plastic. Then lemons, vanilla, dried apricots, some honey and sultanas. Fresh sawdust.
    • Taste
      Spicy. Smoking campfire, lemon pepper, burnt meat. Apricots, a touch of salt.

  51. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, maritime notes, seaweed, tarry, vanilla, honey, tobacco, leather
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, sea salt, oak char, caramel, spicy (pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon), marshmallows, toffee, shoe polish
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, ashy, iodine, coffee, drying

  52. Max70 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  53. The_Osprey scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength Batch 12. Bought a bottle of this immediately upon release without even a moment's hesitation, on the back of the outstanding Batch 11. Aroma has lots of toffee, peanut brittle, clove, slightly medicinal, some raspberry, oaky, vanilla, mousy oak. Taste is punchy... oily... toffee vanilla, medicinal smoky - nice punchy smoke - rounded vanilla, toffee, oaky. Great balance of flavours. Rich and intense. Very good - not as good as Batch 11 but then that might have been the best whisky I've ever had, so it's not exactly a fair comparison! This is also outstanding, but less so. 3.9/93

  54. nallacam scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    It has steam, power and intensity.
    In the back, the youth tripped him up and he lost a little.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sweet smoke.
      Smoked bacon, cold fireplace, leather straps, rosemary honey, iodine, salt, harbor basin, salt lemon, matches, cold pipe, Darjeeling tea, charcoal stick, herbal liqueur,
    • Taste
      87 87
      Yeah, the 60.1% are there. But to be enjoyed absolutely well. The peat is dominant and makes your mouth feel incredibly dry.
      Saltiness, lime, tea leaves, charcoal.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length, very dry. Plain.

  55. mattheww scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  56. Nagai5000 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

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

  57. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  58. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  59. LittlePeat scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  60. ThorstenH scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Mild and fruity compared to other batches. Rather ashy in the finish.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  61. Gerrit84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  62. stefanrietdijk scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Not as good as batch 11, which has a more distinct flavour profile, at the same time, batch 12 has the more laphroaig flavour!

  63. riegerjonas scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    2020-09-19: slightly diluted
    • Nose
      medicinal, smoky, malt, earth, marzipan
    • Taste
      rauchig, stark malzig
    • Finish
      long-lasting tart

  64. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  65. Tastingbros scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    https://tastingbros.com/2021/04/07/some-laphroaig-obs/
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  66. Patrick93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  67. 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.

  68. g00se scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Batch 12 was less fruity on the nose than # 11, but a bit more harmonious. And dangerous to drink even on its own. This is where I find the sherry content most evident. Made them beautiful! And if this continues with the 10 CS, # 13 will be a grenade. But please again in the first round for around € 75. That would be nice

  69. Bopaja scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  70. DannyHill scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    N: peat, iodine, oats, cereal, campfire, vanilla
    P: rock salt, brine, malt, smoked bacon and more rolling smoke
    F: peat that goes on and on and on

  71. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  72. PeatSnatch scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    To me, the Laphroaig 10 cask strenght bottling offers each year the best price quality ratio on the market with a combination of strenght and balance unmatched at this price. The epitome of heavily peated malt!

    Now for this one, while retaining all the classic Laphroaig sweetness and smoke, this edition is leaning more towards dry and salty maratime notes than previous batches but again perfectly executed at
    +60%...

  73. Ficelli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  74. ms_th scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

  75. Schafranek scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  76. gossm01 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It is of medium viscosity and its bouquet is of relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of peat, cowshed, honey sweetness, vanilla, salt, malty sweetness and pipe tobacco. Moderately complex. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is relatively well integrated and it has a heavy body.

  77. JeanChan scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  78. Willum scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  79. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Had this one in a blind tasting. A really powerful peated dram, with enough room for some sweet notes and even a little fruity touch.
    Very pleasant to complete a tasting with.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A lot of peatsmoke, sweet smoke as well, some hay, rubber. Pretty some alcohol. Salty notes and some hints of sweet- and fruitiness.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Licorice, sal ammoniac. Pretty powerful, sweet smoke. Alcohol gains power in time. Then some sweetness arrives, caramel, milk chocolate, honey.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Still very powerful, sweet smoke, caramel, honey. Long finish, an ashy touch as well, with some salty notes.

  80. Svjatogor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    n: peat, smoke, bandages, hospital, cocoa
    t: peat, smoke, salt
    a: peat, smoke, salt

  81. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  82. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  83. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  84. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  85. Holzwurm scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  86. kot1803 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  87. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  88. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  89. gaboruso scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  90. 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.

  91. Kensay scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    good whisky, but not quite the level that you expect from a Laphroaig number release
    • Nose
      87 87
      powerful and straightforward, smoke and quite significantly a large number of sherry casks in this release, smoke, iodine, smoked fish, wormwood, a little pepper
    • Taste
      87 87
      peppery, smoky, sweet, a little burnt oil with spices
    • Finish
      88 88
      smoky, dessert, smoothly flowing into coffee tones

  92. -sAxo- scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Boring
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  93. Joint86 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A good representative of the 10 CS line. One of the best VFM ratios
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  94. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Warm smoke, maritime, fresh wood, pine needles, some lemon, grasses, herbal honey, some rubber
    • Taste
      Apple, honey, lemon, apricot, wood, pepper, smoke, ash

  95. Dogs2 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  96. 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.

  97. Thermidor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    This is what I was hoping for when I bought a bottle of batch #009 based on its reviews here, which promised a loud and proud bourbon Laphroaig that would satisfy everyone. Batch #009 sadly didn't do it for me, but this batch #012 certainly does. It's unashamed and bold, large and loud, simple, yet rich. Some of the complexity and stranger notes of early 2000s CS bottlings have been lost somewhere along the way, but that is more of an observation than a complaint.

    Bang, bang, bang for your buck, certainly.

    [edit 23.06.22] Drinking my last sample I can't say I'm going crazy about this. A nice punchy dram but it's not worth a penny above its original retail price..
    • Nose
      Strong woodsmoke soot, vanilla, medicinality and some linen. Board chalk dissolved in water. With water: ahh, this tar is just lovely. Cigar ashes, burnt wood, and fresh thyme. Iodine and more of that heavy, smoky tar.
    • Taste
      Huge peat at first, but then the sharpness of the ABV comes through. Still, completely drinkable neat, but prepare for sensory overload. Water brings medicinality and some plaster, as well as more ashes. I feel that this bottling is best with a little water. This thick, inky soot that comes out with a teaspoon or so is just perfect.
    • Finish
      Eternal tar and soot. In a sense it's quite simple, but so very full I can't fault it.

  98. 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

  99. Mapl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    without water 90/89/89
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  100. SRB scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Leather, peat notes, plum compote, marzipan, old hay, cowshed
      Without water, the nose would have 90 points, with water "only" 89 as the actual drinking strength.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Medical, disinfectant, cold ashes, then comes sweet smoke, grilled salmon skin, smoked almonds
    • Finish
      90 90
      Warm and sweet at the beginning, long finish, pleasant smoke that stays, at the end dry and some wood in glowing ash.

  101. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    It's a powerful peat bomb but still somehow balanced and very drinkable - very good
    • Nose
      91 91
      Peaty, smoky, bonfire, iodine, medicinal, little vanilla, little austere and herbal but with hints of honey, spices, seaweed, smoked fish, also little meaty, tobacco - very good
    • Taste
      92 92
      Punchy, oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, heavy peat and smoke, meaty, bonfire, spicy, herbal - great
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warm, more peat and smoke, herbs, little woody notes

  102. mandragoru scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  103. DrunkDude scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Peated, dried dark fruits, milk cream, toffee, burnt wood, tobacco. Fennel cinnamon heavily baked bread. With water, it gives more spices, salted white flowers, dried citrus peel, more or less burnt cinnamon with hints of honey sweet. Slight slightly herbs. 89
    • Taste
      88 88
      Vinegar + citrusy sour, salted umami, burnt wood, honey, cinnamon bread, black peppers. With water we find More lemon, vinegar sour, with fresh fruity honeycombs, burnt citrus bitter. Burnt cinnamon texture is there. 88
    • Finish
      88 88
      Liqorice, salty, fennel, tannin, peppery spices. With water it give more tannin 88

  104. Luigisim scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      A bit shy, pleasent notes of barbecue
    • Taste
      88 88
      Rich and powerful, caramel sweetness
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sweet and persistent

  105. wbarchive_721011 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    In the nose, the smoke is by far not as smoky-peaty (iodine, hospital, garbage) present as with other Laphroaig bottlings I know (QC, 10er Standard, Lore, Brodir ...). Sea air, spray, salty, I can see myself standing on cliffs and breathing deeply. Sweet vanilla, caramel, I recognize my cherry. Despite the 60.1% no alcoholic marks, great. Powerful, smoky after a campfire, the cherry is there again for a short time, salty-spicy-sweet (salted honey peanuts). Laaang finish!
    Sometimes I wonder why spend more on a whisky. 2 FL Laphroaig 10Y CS + Lagavulin DE per year and is good. A really tasty part of whisky. I didn't think it was possible for myself to enjoy a Laphroaig with over 60% pure without water, but this works without any problems. When complaining, then a little bit more fruity notes and it would be really perfect for me.

  106. LordBellamy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    with water: mmmh, I have a hard time adding water, Laphroaig also lives from its brutality, and the liquor is perfectly integrated in the nose and definitely doesn't need any water. But we'll try anyway ... The vanilla umami sweetness gets stronger in the nose, I don't like that very much here, but the alcohol tip on the tongue is gone. It's hard to say whether he likes it better with or without water. In the end I would rather enjoy it without water

    Conclusion: Again a real board that Laphroaig delivers here. The price has risen again, so the PLV is still okay, but it's slowly getting borderline. It's great that this time sales went through the trade and that the local dealers were also able to earn something. That's why I'm happy to go along with the price increase this year.
    • Nose
      Despite the + 60%, the alcohol is perfectly integrated, in addition to the typical Laphi smoke (seaweed, plaster, iodine, pebble stand) there is a load of vanilla, which also has something umami-like, and a few nice notes of sherry, the peat character sometimes turns Direction cinnamon from (totally interesting), also a few yellow fruits (apricot) come through, as well as a little liquorice every now and then
    • Taste
      First a great, pleasant sweetness, very creamy mouthfeel, in addition to vanilla and yellow fruit, a little sherry comes through, then the phenolic and iodine peat hits full and the alcohol also tickles the tongue, maybe a little water could be good here
    • Finish
      medium to long, ingenious combination of the Laphira smoke, which lingers for a long time, and the vanilla fruit sweetness and subtle Oloroso notes, outside it gets slightly dry and the oak brings a few spices like cloves. After the peat is gone, there is still a long-lasting smoky vanilla on the tongue

  107. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Nice Malt (88)
    • Nose
      Finally, fruit, some wax, vanilla and apple juice. Deeper peat, iodine, bandages with apple jam, cowshed (22)
    • Taste
      Spicy, spicy, fruity, ash (22)
    • Finish
      Rubber, salt, vanilla, tablets, varnish and spray paint (22)

  108. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Seldom drunk such a great combination of heavy smoke and massive vanilla, great!
    • Nose
      Oh, a very nice start, creamy, vanilla, caramel and the nice cinnamon Laphroaig smoke, the smoke is intense as usual, but some whiskys that are smokier on paper can pack in, somehow I have to think of just lit shisha charcoal if it is still crackling , unbelievable amount of vanilla, apricot, yellow fruit, sweet, but the smoke and vanilla clearly dominate and that in a simple but pleasant way, in short a hint of freshly sliced cucumber
    • Taste
      sweet, full-bodied, strong ashy smoke, cinnamon, vanilla, a bit tart, the smoke comes across rather dry, but the bourbon barrel has left a lot of sweetness, again pure vanilla, honey, super creamy, can be drunk without water despite the barrel strength
    • Finish
      here the smoke is more medicinal, vanilla, but the smoke dominates now, salty, dry, despite the massive smoke still quite pleasant, a little spice, malt, long lasting

  109. Youngone scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  110. Rom scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Powerfully aromatic and very pleasant nose, but a little one-dimensional. Peat is very potent on wood fire and charcoal. The dilution brings a hint of pepper.
    The attack is clearly liquorice, a note that lingers until the end. Vegetable bitters (roots) explode at the end of the mouth, really marked (and even more after dilution).
    Very long finish in which we find the smoke of a wood fire just extinguished. A little sweet touch runs through the whole experience.
    Typical and very well done but not very complex, very good integration of alcohol, a good batch.

  111. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Doesn't exactly come across as a Laphroaig right away, but it's really good.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Citrus, gooseberry juice, eucalyptus - but where's the smoke? Well, already phenolic in the background.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Almost mild at 60%, definitely round, oily and sweet, later charcoal, hardcore liquorice and typical Laphroaig flavors with tar and sticking plaster - and even burnt bacon!
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long and intense. Feels undiluted a bit as if you ate a piece of pizza with prosciutto too hot, the 60 volts are already noticeable here. But it also makes you want more - even a little diluted it's great :)

  112. mothers_finest scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Was the winner in a direct comparison against batch # 9! Found it rounder and sweeter ..
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  113. Ed Radour scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

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

  114. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 85 points Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 840: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhssswOX260 (90/100).

    "Has it diminished any over the years? Well, I don't think so. I think that the producers are wise enough not to thin out Laphroaig because it would be a disaster, it just wouldn't work."

    Ralfy review 840 Extras - Generations of Laphroaig: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85ZndFXyFC8 (92 vs 90/100).

    "It's no so much the flavour that's changed, it's the form. The array of sensations is lighter on the modern contemporary Laphroaig than is on one from ten years ago."

  115. besar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  116. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A Laphi CS as it should be. He doesn't disappoint at any level!
    • Nose
      91 91
      The typical Laphi CS contrast: ash, phenolic smoke and that along with a wonderful sweetness, a lot of power - position your nose a little further away, plus a little herbs and vanilla
    • Taste
      90 90
      At first sweet and creamy, then the smoke and alcohol set in, quite tangy, citrus fruits come in between
    • Finish
      90 90
      Creamy pastries on the palate, the smoke and the vanilla sweetness dominate for a long time

  117. GJR scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Eh bourbon ? Lots of colouring i guess. Caramel, but also Laphroaig goodness.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  118. Dramtastic.86 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  119. martinseco scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    We finally tried it - a top whisky!

  120. DannyDram scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    An amazing Laphi, not burning despite the high alcohol content, but very creamy and well balanced with medium complexity.
    • Nose
      91P: Nicely integrated peat smoke, medicinal, liquorice, dark chocolate and citric. Well balanced, with the peaty being a bit more pronounced.
    • Taste
      91: Cold smoke, liquorice, tar and something maritime. Creamy, balanced, the high alcohol content is very well integrated. A warming sweetness is well noticeable.
    • Finish
      91P: peat smoke, dark chocolate and a bit citrus. Warm, supple and with a good length.

  121. 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 :) /

  122. Kawa_ZX6 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!

  123. Islay1815 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Issue price € 75
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  124. BehindSpace scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  125. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The profile with the phenolic smoke and the maritime influences is a classic Laphroaig, which is still drinkable with a trained palate even with the 60% present here.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Phenolic smoke, vanilla, pepper, salt, the alcohol cools properly in the nose, more acidic than sweet light fruits, malt, iodine, spices, gum, smoked ham
    • Taste
      87 87
      sweet, the smoke comes and spicy, some chocolate and strong and warming alcohol
    • Finish
      89 89
      long finish with smoke, malt, citrus, slight bitterness

  126. ezioaudit scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  127. 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.

  128. 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!

  129. martinseco scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is not a review yet; the bottle isn't open yet because I want to taste it with my cousin. But first a few thoughts on the new advertising slogan on box and label, which I noticed for the first time: "One of the most richly flavored of all Scotch whiskies". Is it time now? Is this withdrawal from marketing preventive, voluntary, or was Beam Suntori/Laphroaig sued by the evil competition? Hope this isn't a hint of future quality! However, it sounds pretty arbitrary; You can actually save yourself such a weak spell. Be that as it may - I'd rather have "The most richly flavored of all Scotch Whiskies" in my glass in the future.

    Update June 2022 after enjoying a whole bottle for several months: I have nothing to add to the reviews (in alphabetical order) of Archer, Chesterfield, didi1893, hs305 and Kantemechaniker. I have gradually ordered a few more bottles from the Distillery Shop because I would still like to have this strong pleasure in 10 years. Also, as I know today, this batch is the last without caramel!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  130. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
      IT: 90
      B: 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  131. 11insomnium scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The alcohol is very well integrated, no stinging or burning. The aromas are almost entirely limited to the facets in the smoke, because there is hardly anything behind it. No improvement over time. Here the taste is actually more interesting than the nose. Overall, however, one-dimensional.
    • Nose
      Sweetness, smoke, freshness, citrus
    • Taste
      Direct medical smoke, strongly reminiscent of naphthalene (old mothballs), cold candle smoke and church, light sweetness
    • Finish
      Slight dryness and very long medicinal smoke

  132. rolabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  133. FernetBranco scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  134. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  135. gossm01 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Peat, cowshed, honey sweetness, vanilla, salty, malt
    • Taste
      Ash, honey sweetness, vanilla, liquorice
    • Finish
      Pleasant and long-lasting

  136. gossm01 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Peat, cowshed, honey sweetness, vanilla, salty, malt
    • Taste
      Ash, honey sweetness, vanilla, liquorice
    • Finish
      Pleasant and long-lasting

  137. gossm01 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Peat, cowshed, honey sweetness, vanilla, salty, malt
    • Taste
      Ash, honey sweetness, vanilla, liquorice
    • Finish
      Pleasant and long-lasting

  138. WillWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  139. ezioaudit scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  140. birkzehn scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  141. 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!

  142. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  143. 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.

  144. 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.

  145. 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

  146. ReinerMalzkopf scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

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

  147. Odysseus93 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  148. 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.

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