Laphroaig 10-year-old

Overall rating
86.49/100
votes
668
Whiskybase ID
WB178663
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sherry Oak Finish
Bottled
26.1.2021
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Sherry Oak
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L1 026 SB1
Barcode
5010019640321
Added on
09 mar 2021 11:42 am by Alex A.
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 76.04

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 10-year-old

131 users have left 133 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.49 points.

  1. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    He's boring me a little. Solid, tasty, sherry peat. Neither monster nor particularly strong. I lack character, strength, Laphroaig. So it's a good dram, but nothing more. You don't have to chase after that, in my opinion.
    • Nose
      The nose is sweet, sherry, but also very floral, tulips and cut flowers. In addition, astonishingly moderate peat. Interesting.
    • Taste
      More pepper, peat, laphroaig, marzipan and some soy sauce in the mouth, herbal tart notes.
    • Finish
      The finish is slightly bitter, peaty, somewhat herbaceous, just a little sherry sweetness and unfortunately very short.

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  3. schengel10 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    ...One may argue about the price, but I think Laphi has brought out a very good 10-year-old with a sherry cask finish. The 48.0% are good and he doesn't overwhelm anyone!
    • Nose
      82 82
      dates, raisins, cherries, dry sherry, full, aromatic smoke, vanilla, wood, tobacco;
    • Taste
      83 83
      fruity, powerful, spice, lots of wood, lots of smoke, sherry, chocolate, Christmas spices, oily body; [A]
    • Finish
      81 81
      medium length warming finish, sherry, smoke and sweetness;

  4. Schusti_94 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Medicinal smoke, but not as dirty as usual with Laphroaig. A little leather and cocoa. Then come very light red fruits and the sherry. But really very subtle. Overall for Laphroaig untypical "gentle" nose.
    • Taste
      85 85
      A little smoke and sherry. Somewhat herbaceous, plus slightly bitter oak. Tasty, but not very complex.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Warming, the smoke remains reserved. More like a campfire now. Departure is rather short.

  5. alpacaman scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    This whisky achieves the feat of delivering the full power of Laphroaig while remaining elegant throughout. The sherry doesn't seem fake, but wonderfully underscores what's already there. The blackberry in the smell doesn't fight against the medicinal smoke, but elicits an exciting smoked fish note from it. In the mouth, the sherry creates a smoother texture so that the taste is more reminiscent of grilled honey ham.

    I find it difficult to price it. Tasted blind, I would say that it is definitely worth its almost 60€. On the other hand, Laphroaig can almost double the price for a higher bottling strength plus sherry finish compared to the regular 10s.

  6. mr_braun scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Juergen Willi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A well - balanced, easy drinking Laphroaig
    • Nose
      Sherry, dried Fruits (Raisins, Dates) Rasperries, brown Sugar, Herbs, Honey, Leather, Tobacco, mild Smoke, Camp Fire. Not so much of the typical medicinal Laphroaig Smoke.
    • Taste
      Red Berries, Orange, Cherries, Sherry, Pepper, Nutmeg, salted Caramel. Smoke, Ash. The 48% Alc. are well integrated. Perfect Dram for Autumn & Winter.
    • Finish
      Fruity & sweet, black pepper, ash. Not too short.

  8. Larry411 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is a dark, rich, luxurious whisky. A leather armchair smoking a cigar in a study sort of whisky.

    Cigars (tobacco, smoke, and ash), leather, coffee, raisins, fig newtons, cookie dough, elastics, and caramel ice cream.

    Of all my Laphroaigs, I've been drinking this one the most.

  9. megakerstin scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    A slightly overdone but very enjoyable Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      Rich sherry, honey, saffron, some rubber. Slightly muted overall. Does not jump out of the glass but welcoming.
    • Taste
      Sweet and sour. Peat makes its presence known. Red berries. Fairly thin. A cola-like sweetness that is not present on the nose. Cherries with a small whiff of smoke. Subtle but still enjoyable!
    • Finish
      Fairly short. Medicinal. Smoke and ash mixed with berries.

  10. g00se scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Yes, it's nice, but I'm not really excited about it.
    Tastes too little like Laphroaig for me and too much like 08/15 smoker from the sherry wet barrel. I think the current 10 series Talisker can do that just as well for half the money.

  11. serejja scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    First of all, I totally enjoy the color of it. I rarely pay attention to the color of whiskies, but this one is really pleasant looking.
    In general, I find this somewhat more successful than regular 10 y.o., but they are just different and are for different occasions and moods. I will still drink regular 10 y.o. with pleasure. There are days when you just don't want this sweetness in your whisky
    • Nose
      89 89
      Lots of maritime notes immediately. Signature Laphroaig peat, iodine, ash. Sherry sweetness and fruitness well felt but not sticking out. Laphroaig really did a great job with this one.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Spicy, ashy, salty and medicinal. Sweet and warming. Mouth watering. Not very strong flavor, but very decent anyway. Cherries and red apples. Hints of walnuts
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medicinal and sweet. Medium to long length

  12. the_muskox scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    It’s a good whisky, but I don’t think it’s a great one. The nose is delicious and fairly balanced, but the sherry really takes over on the sip. It’s a bit unfortunate for this whisky that my recent point of comparison is the 2021 PX-cask Cairdeas. That whisky was about as sweet as this one, but had much more savoury and smoky depth. I don’t think this is as good as Triple Wood, either.
    • Nose
      Sweet Laphroaig is still Laphroaig. Bandaids, salted licorice, seaweed, and iodine. Montreal-style smoked meat sandwich on rye with whole-grain mustard (how’s that for a specific note!). There’s a grilled hot-dog character that really reminds me of Ballechin. That sweetness though – there’s raisins, chocolate orange, cherry soda, and maple syrup, as well as baking spice and a hazelnutty creaminess. Manuka honey is actually in Laphroaig’s official tasting notes for this whisky, and I’ve found that in here as well.
    • Taste
      Medium-thick texture. No heat. Very sweet on the arrival – black cherries, red table grapes, maple-glazed bacon. Hazelnut and tangerine. Darker and smokier as it develops – deep earthy woods, dead campfire, and tobacco leaves. A little bit of honey-glazed ham. Everything is encrusted with brown sugar.
    • Finish
      Slightly thinner than expected. Charcoal. Amber maple syrup, dark honey, pomegranate juice, crisp bacon, and dark chocolate. A hint of black licorice and cloves. Lingering sugar-syrupy sweetness with very little peat.

  13. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Bembel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Dangerously tasty! What are 10 cl :-D

    On the second sip, the association with the PX cask quickly disappears. Significantly more settled and mature. I'll go a little further and say that this malt even comes close to a 15 year old.
    • Nose
      Reminds me of the PX cask when I breathe for the first time!
      If you then smell deeper into it, it becomes a bit more complex.
      The 48% push the aromas nicely! Beautiful oak, fine sweet-phenolic notes, rich dark fruits, tobacco, some leather, cherry, mineral, grain, smoked ham.
    • Taste
      Strong start. Slightly cooling. The 48% is great! Lots of sweet cherry, iodine, spices, smoke (not typical for Laphi), salty seaweed, slightly tart, chocolate.
    • Finish
      Medium length, dry spiciness, cherries, ashy smoke, pepper, woody, chocolate.

  15. vlad78 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Smoke, cucumbers, sea salty and iodine tones, soot, and sweet tones of dried fruits try to break through this.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  16. Vashalme scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  17. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Pretty neat, not too complicated, easy to drink, I would almost pass for a port cask
    • Nose
      Sherry and smoke, mint, creamy, in the first impression also a lot of sour fruit, cherry, almost fizzy, charred hanut wafer, raspberry candy, sweet, behind it a hint of sulphur, plum, freshness flashes from time to time, caramel, also floral, citrus overtone
    • Taste
      Now clearly Laphroaig, sweet, spicy smoke, cinnamon, raspberries, PX, very sweet, some dark chocolate, salt, a little watery, but already intense
    • Finish
      Ash, chocolate, cherry, the smoke is very present, sweet

  18. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  19. fnk scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Cool! A worthy alternative to the classic 10. Mega aromatic, drinkable) Not to say that it is better than the basic 10, let's say it is cool in its own way.

  20. Obynapewno scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      feel the hospital core of Laphroaig, but much more delicately, smoke, iodine, old oak, leather, honey, dried fruit, cloves, earth, chocolate with orange peel
    • Taste
      87 87
      smoke, old wood, leather, tobacco, chocolate with orange peel, dried fruit, earth, honey, some sea salt, ginger
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium, chili, smoke, wood, dried fruit, sweet

  21. Collegiate scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Big step up from the more recent bottlings of the standard 10yo. This one evolves and got better the further I got down the bottle. A nice, harmonious blending of sherried sweetness and the medicinal, oily Laphroaig peat.

  22. eddi14 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A really good dram for an affordable €50-60.
    Very pleasant fruity notes on the nose with raisins, spices and leather combined with campfire smoke.
    On the palate it reveals its 10 years compared to the Laphi PX.
    No medicinal smoke and seaweed influences, as with other Laphi's, but balanced sherry notes with tobacco, red fruits and forest honey.
    Everything nicely integrated into the smoke.
    The 48% give the dram its power. Great!!
    Departure of medium length with gentle oak and smoky notes.
    Price-performance victory over others

  23. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Awesome sherry "smoky", with a good balance of sweet and sour berries, phenols and spices.
    • Nose
      Cocoa, custard, dried berries, cinnamon, star anise, smoke, iodine and tarpaulin boots.
    • Taste
      Berries with sourness, dried fruits, chocolate, spices, iodine, salt, phenols.
    • Finish
      Long, peppery, sweet and sour berry and smoked at the same time.

  24. HW74 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    In direct comparison with the PX I prefer the 10YO Sherry. All in all a successful Laphroaig, my favorite is and remains the 10YO Cask Strength, and I reserve the place on the shelf for that, so I didn't buy the 10YO Sherry.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  25. Sirralf scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  26. stalker1971 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  27. Gareth74 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    All the better for not being great?

    I know, sounds stupid but bear with me. The thing is, it’s very easy to get causing up chasing the next best dram, searching for illusive smells and tastes and decrying this rare bottle or that limited edition release to be mana from heaven, peated or sherried ambrosia but a lot of the time, at least for me, the real moments of joy are when you can switch off, pour a few fat fingers of a decent scotch and just enjoy the moment.

    You see, it’s like being an art critic, or any other critic. The joy is always being tempered with a multitude of other things, expectations, biases, intellectual or distillery snobbery, even peer pressure and the pressure to conform to the latest take from online influencers. It’s easily done once you start going down the whisky rabbit hole things change, you can lose your way and in the dark, just like that funny looking little chap with his precious ring, you change. Maybe not to such a degree though.

    So going back to basics or finding your centre or just getting your head out your arse is important to do once in a while and, for me, it’s good whisky (note note great) that does it for me. It takes away the pressure to be endlessly impressed by this or that and let me just drink and enjoy the drink. No strings attached. It’s liberating.

    And here we are with this bottle. On the nose and it’s recognisably Laphroaig. There’s a medicinal peat, seashore, a little camphor, some smoked seaweed and brine. A bit of preserved lemons but only a drop and then a little pine sap, old leather and then is dunked in sherry. Nutty, brown and a little backbone of orange oil, balsamic and a little menthol note. It’s not a massive nose. There better. But it’s very cosy and easy. Not too much of this or that.

    In the mouth and the arrival of good, sweet sherry slides quickly into peat and iodine and salt and liquorice and ash. A little citrus note and more salt and peat smote. A toffee note, Everton mints spring to mind. It get progressively more salty and medicinal but the sherry holds its hand all the way down the lane with a sticky toffee thrown in for good measure, but it is the salinity and the medicinal sticking plasters that dominate in the end. It’s all just right.

    This is the kind of whisky that you can put on a table between friends and just use it to lubricate an evening and it will. It will pass you by and you’ll have a great time. In the same way you could drink it in a pub and have a great night because the whisky would not be the star and sometimes that’s what good whisky needs to be. Just good. Because good means it’s not the centre of attention and that can be rather marvellous in itself.

  28. zzqfyl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  29. malt maniacs scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  30. The_Osprey scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig Sherry Oak Finish 48%.

    I bought the first bottling of this immediately upon release without trying it first, on the basis that I think sherry cask finished Laphroaig simply works. Reviewed Dec 2021.

    Very dark. Two tone cognac brown. If this is naturally coloured then the pope is protestant.

    Aroma is initially hammy, gammon, dusty, some tired oak, quite muted though.

    Taste is coffeeish, randomly, like a vaguely fruity coffee, moving to burnt notes. The Laphroaig medicinal character is almost absent. I might not have called Laphroaig in a blind tasting here - maybe even if someone had told me it was South Islay. Some clove. Some strawberry.

    It is an okay dram. Perfectly fine. Quite well-balanced. It has an above-average flavour profile. Not wonderful but good and bottled at a good abv. No real complaints from me but the standard 10 has a better flavour profile and independent bottlings would tend to be better than this (albeit more expensive). Solid though, and I can't complain too much at the £65 asking price. I would have saved money by waiting, and my interests would have been better served by sourcing a sample of this and buying another bottle of CS, but I will still happily drink this.
    3.5/83.5

  31. Igitor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  32. 2ndSip scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    nice complexity on the nose, there is something of everything here... the smoke is sweet and greasy.
    More spice in the taste, sherry aromas come through, but are not too extreme and bring a nice complexity.
    [86 - 82 = good whisky -> get (second) bottle? Maybe...] a really good malt, but unfortunately too expensive from my point of view (Feb 2022)... well, everyone has to decide for themselves.
    • Nose
      sweetish, greasy smoke, leathery effect. Honey, caramel, vanilla, plus chocolate with pieces of orange. Dried raisins, figs and dates.
      Fine spice of cloves and some nutmeg as well as earthy oak spice/coniferous forest moment. Slightly sour wild berries, which form a nice counterpart to the sweet sherry tones.
      With more time to breathe, more and more maritime aromas are added, sea breeze, but also heather. Far in the background a hint of walnut aromas.
      With even more time, the greasy smoke turns into a dry, cooling and sooty-looking ash, which always brings a sweet touch with it.
    • Taste
      spicy, peppery-hot. Dark fruits, sweet smoke. getting dry. coffee herb The sherry tones come through, but don't really put their stamp on the malt.
      Second sip: again peppery-spicy (white pepper), fruitier, again a lot of spice. Sherry felt again.
      Dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate. Maritime elements. The sour component (berry fruit acid) appears somewhat more clearly than in the nose.
    • Finish
      long lasting, flavorful smoke that becomes ashy over time; the greasy taste from the nose is still there, but becomes less in the finish.
      Dry, tannins, oak spice, nutmeg and clove.

  33. TViN scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

  34. Rauchfang scored this whisky 74 points Member Senior

    Dissapointed. Not MY beloved Laphroaig
    • Nose
      Mild Laphi, dark Sherry
    • Taste
      A very subdued Laphroaig character, quite strong Sherry, dark, dry. Then a bitter leather taste takes over and kills all.
    • Finish
      The adstringent, not so pleasant leather bitterness stays, fading out in very bitter woodyness. Sometimes I think there a two different batches out, reading all those good reviews. The 10y 40% is much better, the 10y cs batch 14 is really superb.

  35. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    S 8
    A well-designed dram to bridge the sherry cask lover into the world of heavily peated malt. Very smooth and complex.

    N 27
    - Peat smoke
    - Very rich sherry nose
    - Deep, dark honey running behind
    - Coastal saltiness
    - Maple syrup and dark berries notes arise when left to breathe

    P 25
    - Smoked meat
    - bonfire
    - Wood spice
    - Rich honey sweetness

    F 26
    - Long finish
    - Peat smoke
    - Chargrilled meat with a touch of salt to season
    - Dark chocolate
    - Hint of dark fruit
    - Subtle mint lingering in the background

  36. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Soft, delicate smoky peat whisky, thin, polished phenolic strokes, allow, in addition to the main theme, to consider a decent palette of shades and midtones of the background in the totality that form a three-dimensional picture, among the shortcomings - slenderness and wateriness.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, first nose - leather goods both new and old; spicy wood, mineral shades, peat, the coals of an extinct fire, ash-metal motifs, some smoked products, lemon peel, coal dust, uncoated tablets, chalk, stone chips, light medical tones - dressing room, bandages; lugol, burnt caramel, a little coffee and dark chocolate, pu-erh.
    • Taste
      Calm, rich, slightly watery, smoky-peaty shades, dried grapes, sweet creamy motifs - toffee, fudge; pu-erh, ash-mineral notes, metallic sourness, cola, oily motifs, oak, leather goods, tobacco leaf.
    • Finish
      Soft, refreshing, oak, light smoky-peaty shades, coffee, leather goods, polish, tobacco leaf, creamy tones, ash-metallic notes with a slight sourness.

  37. DistiLesha scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Someone decided to mock Laphroaig 10 and pervert it in a strange way. The barrels are obviously some kind of strange match, maybe paxarette?
    The taste pleases at first, but then the opposite (with its stupid sourness) aftertaste abruptly sets in.
    N:22 T:22 F:20 B:20
    • Nose
      Cherry juice, smoked smoky prunes, vanilla, leather, burnt hay, not the most pleasant combination, in fact, thinner, book cover, vanilla, barberry-flavored lollipops, pollen, fruit heavily disguised, sunflower stem, candy wrappers, chiseled pencils.
    • Taste
      Smoked prunes and other smoked fruits, very caustic and burning, a lot of phenols, a lot of salt, smoked cherry compote (or even compote, to which a teaspoon of phenol was added), tartaric acidity. the bitterness of burnt plastic
    • Finish
      Bitterness of tannins, prunes, a lot of phenols, medical sourness from some herbal infusions

  38. Dramtastic.86 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  39. KB201 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Laphroaig Sherry Oak not only matures in both bourbon and sherry casks. The malt then receives an additional Oloroso sherry finish in European oak casks.
    • Nose
      Laphroaig smoke, cloves, restrained sweetness, light vanilla.
    • Taste
      Sherry cask, but dominated by oak and pepper, intense and slightly spicy, notes of espresso.
    • Finish
      Long, delicate sweetness, licorice, gum.

  40. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    NOSE
    Sherry, copper, cinnamon, malt, smoke, nuts, citrus peels, plastic and touch herbal and inky/iodine.

    This is a deep dark aroma that aligns a bit on the metallic side.

    PALATE
    Sherry, copper, cinnamon, graham, smoke, nuts, citrus peels, plastic and touch herbal and inky/iodine.

    They’re nearly identical in profile, but there’s a combination of notes on the palate that reminds me of Cinnamon Toast Crunch… I haven’t had that in 20+ years.

    FINISH
    Long -> Smoke, herbal spice, sherry, copper, dried fruit and saline.

  41. Spoerkel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The normal Laphroaig power in connection with a sherry barrel - but somehow the spark doesn't want to jump over so completely despite this actually attractive combination.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  42. Will_iam scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  43. DocMelin scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

  44. whisk_guy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    New open
    Glassware: Crystal Tulip
    Colour: Amber
    • Nose
      Iodine, musk, haylike, peat, ashy, briny, oily, bacon
    • Taste
      Medium body, very smooth, iodine, peat, marzipan, smoky, briny, hints of musk
      3/10 Sweet
      4/10 Salt
    • Finish
      Touch of marzipan, peat, iodine, ash
      Ash stays last
      Length: Medium Major (2mins24sec)

  45. yarikovsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  46. tester1277 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A lot of iodine, smoke, followed by sherry, fruity, cherry candy
    • Taste
      soft but hot, some peat, spicy-sweet, salty
    • Finish
      becoming dry, peat stays on the palate

  47. Saxonpride scored this whisky 49 points Newbie

    For a Laphroiag in the category 70 euros a smooth one
    poor ... no rough edges, disappointment
    all along the line ...
    • Nose
      50 50
      a little herbal candy, subtle mocha note and a bit maritime.
    • Taste
      49 49
      a little dried fruit and maritime saltiness.
      Cod liver with herbs ...
    • Finish
      49 49
      Short and dry oak seasoning

  48. JeanChan scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  49. Sir MaHei scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  50. Kaywendi scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  51. mattheww scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  52. og187 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      when opening a fresh bottle, there was a fresh raspberry growing on the railway along which a freight train passed and coal was waking up, peaty in the background
    • Taste
      85 85
      smoked tar, slightly tanned, sulphurous, autumnal foliage
    • Finish
      86 86
      dry, tobacco, warming on exhalation peatiness

  53. Izzino scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: smoky scent of peat, seaweed, tar and broadly unspecified medical aroma, sweet dates, almonds, black coffee, tobacco
    Taste: surprisingly sweet, with hints of salt, iodine, earthiness, vanilla, almonds,
    Conclusion: spicy and long - but sweet
    (new rating because I thought I had an error in the ratings)

  54. sarthur71 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  55. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    For me a failed bottling.
    Much worse and completely different in taste than the "PX cask" travel-retail bottling and also completely different and significantly worse than the "triple wood" bottling, which is unfortunately no longer available.

    A disappointment. The distillery character and the typical aroma structure of Laphroaig is no longer as recognizable as a "friend of Laphroaig" would like and the barrel influence is strong, but in this bottling it simply does not harmonize with the malt that is filled into the barrels became.

    Laphroaig succeeded best in combining their typical malt with "exotic barrels" in my opinion with the "Brodir" series, which had been stored in port wine barrels. Unfortunately also discontinued.

    Against the background of the disappointment, my 83 points are benevolent.

  56. SherryPeathead scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  57. Rosebanker66 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88
      Cool worth buying at under 70 loops

  58. 88bamboo did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    This is great for people who love peated whiskies such as Lagavulins or Ardbegs, and perfect for those who already like the Laphroaig 10.

    The whisky has become remarkably smooth and slightly more complex after the sherry maturation. The rich and round flavours of dried fruits also strikes a good balance with the classic smokiness and iodine in a Laphroaig 10.

    An outstanding expression well worth a taste. With its richness in flavour, this compliments an equally rich, flavourful and savory dish. The smokiness and dried fruit sweetness of this Laphroaig was sublime with the savory, rich and spicy nyonya beef rendang and blue pea coconut rice.

    Link to Review: https://88bamboo.co/blogs/the-bamboo-post/laphroaig-10-year-old-sherry-oak-finish-48-0-ob-2020-limited-edition-one-of-4-450
    • Nose
      In the glass, an exquisite shimmery auburn colour.

      On the nose, initial notes of sweet honeyed and aromatic smokiness reminiscent of BBQ charsiew pork. As the aromas open up a little, fruits begin showing up: dominant notes of raisins, strawberry jam and cherry jam with some trailing notes of caramelised apples and pear.

      Once again, this does not prick your nose at all even if inhaled directly. The rich and heavy aromas of smoke and honeyed sweetness form a protective coat over the sharper notes.

      A minute of swirling in your Glencairn glass brings out more smoke and medicinal notes. Smoke increases in intensity and now has more oaky charred wood character with some notes of rosemary, some notes of soy sauce, some iodine and minor notes of seaweed. There is also a bit of leartheriness present in a new Mercedes-Benz. The smokey aroma is overall quite savoury, a cross between BBQ bacon and Brand’s Chicken Essence.

      The distinctive smokiness and medicinal notes that Laphroaig is known for are still here but less assertive. The sherry maturation has added quite a bit of richness and roundness, smoothened the rougher edges and removed the sharpness. Very well integrated sherry notes.
    • Taste
      On the palate, very sweet and rich in flavour with a velvety and viscous texture. As soon as this dram touches the tongue, it coats the palate and exerts a honeyed sweetness similar to beeswax. Dominant notes of mossy, salty and ashy smoke mixed with substantial dark Vietnamese coffee and chocolatey notes and some roasted sunflower seeds (瓜子). This is followed by a chewy layer of sweet dried fruits, with raisins, dried cranberries and strawberry jams.

      The whisky is defined by leading notes of smoke and dried fruits, but underneath there is some brightness of sweet orchard fruits, with caramelised apples, peaches and a very slight nail varnish note.

      With another sip, the nuanced oaky notes become discernible with vanilla, pencil shavings and pistachio.

      The sherry finish balances out the sharper and spicier notes, adds some complexity and viscosity and adds a pleasant note of dried fruits.
    • Finish
      The finish, is long and sweet with drying smoke, a lingering umami character in soy sauce and Brand’s Chicken Essence, and faint notes of cinnamon spice.

  59. Mr. D. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Smoky and sherry; smoked and spicy; deep and juicy; a bit sweet for Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      89 89
      This is great; powerful charge of smoked sherry; skin, all kinds of skin; fire-fried bacon; tobacco; cinnamon; ash; and of course a lot of fruits: figs, mangoes, cherries; diverse and attractive.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Continuation of the scent; ash and burnt salted meat; further skin and smoked tones; distinct notes of cherry and cinnamon; the smoke is not hospital smoke, rather greasy, from a barbecue; the sweetness of the figs anticipates the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium duration, smoked and spicy; here hospital and mineral tones break through; oak and ash bitterness at the end.

  60. geriud scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  61. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sherry, smoke, subtle sweetness, dried fruits, raisins, the alcohol is well integrated, cherry
    • Taste
      Sherry, axis, dark fruits, sweetness, mild
    • Finish
      Dried fruits, sweetness, sherry, mild, medium length

  62. Ficelli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  63. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    For me personally a very tasty whisky, even if the strong sherry aromas let the distillery character take a back seat. You are welcome to buy more.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Some sulfur, spices, toasted aromas. Phenolic smoke, cherry and citrus fruit. Later vanilla, chocolate and mustard seeds.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet start, with smoke and ashes, dark fruits, chocolate. The alcohol is well integrated.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long finish with a slight bitterness, malt, chocolate, smoke and peppery, quite well integrated alcohol.

  64. Xelef scored this whisky 100 points Member Junior

    Tried many whiskys. The best of the best so far !!

  65. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  66. claymore84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 09-08-2021.

  67. dram-drinker scored this whisky 82 points Photo Moderator

    It's actually more kind of a good leather and not the sulphury kind of (like sweaty socks) but it's a bit too much
    • Nose
      83 83
      New leather couch galore, new leather boots, new leather pants, new leather jacket (you see what I mean?) - little medicinal, smoky, peaty, hints of dried fruits - difficult to smell anything else
    • Taste
      82 82
      The leather again, peaty, smoky, subtle sweetness, raisins, vinous, medicinal
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium long, warm

  68. milkbonez scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Pork and hoisin sauce, dark honey, burnt cherries, leather, and soot. Slight medicinal note, but not super medicinal like the standard 10.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sherry on arrival, but then develops into numerous things. Nuts, blackberries, blueberries, salt, dark chocolate with bacon, leathery cigar notes and a dark sweetness. Quite good. The dry notes, sweet, and smoky, are put together very well.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Saltwater, dry, dark chocolate, dark coffee, and soot again.

  69. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Smell: medium to full bouquet, unusually greasy, bacon, barbecue, grill smoke, sweet base, fat note of leather and tobacco, very dense, very subtle. Cherry tones in the background, with further ventilation bicycle tube and talc, according to coal / briquette

    Taste: dense and spicy, dark and sweet basic tone of sherry, dark chocolate, the medicinal component is practically completely absent, German. Bitter note, which is immediately buffered away by the sherry sweetness, black pepper, medium-sized. Reverberation in which for the first time the alcohol subtly flashes through

    Color: tawny, narrow WR, clear, almost unbelievably dark for a Laphroaig

    Conclusion: by Laphi standards, downright fat in the nose, German. sweeter than all Laphroaigs tasted so far, and the color does the rest of the brief disorientation, that it all goes together is beyond question, whether it still transports the expected character is questionable ....

  70. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Basically it’s a Laphroaig 10 which I like with added sherry notes, I think it really adds something to it, I like it

  71. elipszis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    very good to 48 percent
    • Nose
      90 90
      marzipan
      nettle tea
      sherry
      sulfur
      medicinal (as all Laphroaig)
      salty
      peaty
      earthy
      toffee
      ash
      leathery
      tobacco
    • Taste
      89 89
      sherry
      oily
      peppery
      tobacco
      salty
      peaty
      medicinal
      lemon peel
      ash
      roasted chestnuts
    • Finish
      89 89
      bitter chocolate
      salty
      peaty

  72. Gous scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  73. dandyman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A real surprise! I wouldn't have believed Laphroaig would actually be able to bottle this kind of quality nowadays. Unusual sherry notes like lovage, wormwood and angostura showcase real complexity. Combine this with a big and rich body and a really long finish, and you get what is almost 90 points material. Only almost, because the nose flattens immensly after the very first sip. This is certainly a 'supercharged' Laphroaig because of it's secondary sherry maturation but it's key notes are still clearly perceivable, and it's got excellent balance and length. More Laphroaig like this, please!

    One dram note.
    • Nose
      tobacco (cigar), leather, some iodine, some wormwood, a little sage, hints of aniseed and fennel, heather honey, a little molasses, some knotweed, hints of cinnamon and austere oak, rich and busy at first, but flattens pretty quickly.
    • Taste
      molasses, iodine, prune, tobacco again, some hay, a little heather honey and lovage, a nice soft oak note, big and firm body, nice depth, good intensity and great balance.
    • Finish
      angostura, molasses, wormwood, prune, some iodine and tobacco, some leather, a little lovage and heather honey again, this nice soft oak note evolving into hints of coconut, a really long finish.

  74. Squinugie scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  75. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  76. Hlektrion scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  77. BLX scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    The recent ‘small not so small’ batch from Laphroaig. One of my favourite combinations of all time is sweet sherry and peat and laphroaig are the masters.

    I had my doubts about this given the abv however I was not disappointed.

    Nose: usual laphroaig char, ash, sea salt , brine, fat, bacon grease.

    Taste: burnt strawberries, usual medicinal notes, musky, delivers full body and jammy notes.

    Finish: medium, those red fruits and berries stay clinging on to the throat, the abv has no adverse impact and is well balanced throughout, I really enjoyed this and recommend you pick it this up.

  78. MaltHaus scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Sherry influence is strong and bold. But, the whisky is lack of true Laphroaig’s character and depth. This 10yo Sherry Finish is “designed and distilled to sell”. And don’t be fooled by the colour, it’s E150A.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Peat, medicinal, dark fruits, sultanas, cinnamon and granulated sugar with a broad layer of tar. With water: honey coated barbecued meats, maple syrup, with some hints of milk chocolate at the end. Nice combination of peatiness and sweetness.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Sweet and a bit woody on arrival. Dominating peat on the first sip, honey, ashy, tar-ish, black tea and some cedar. 3 drops of water brings out the creamy parts of this distillate, apple jam, white pepper, burnt wood smokes which is nice but still too simple to savour.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Somehow long. Sweetness of honey and spiciness of cinnamon dances together with the smokey ash and fruitcake’s dried fruits. A bit of tannin at the end.

  79. domani scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The sherry influence is strong. More on the fruity side on the nose, very sweet on the palate. The smoke has little intensity and is no longer Laphroaig-like. In my opinion, the malt lacks character and expressiveness - 07/10/2021
    • Nose
      87 87
      The sherry is very strong and fruity, fruit tea, raisins, dates, figs, leather polish, freshly opened tobacco can, the smoke is warm and soft but remains largely back and stays in the background, lemongrass, chocolate
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sherry sweetness full, date, liquid chocolate, dry, hot pepper, grassy, spicy, the smoke is minimal and cold, very sticky, iodine, salty, towards the end a very oily and creamy texture
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length, also very sticky with cold smoke, grassy, dried herbs, peppermint

  80. holborndrinker scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Almost a session dram, but you'd get hammered as you'd keep returning to it. Very drinkable.
    • Nose
      85 85
      It's as if you'd chucked a bottle of TCP onto a BBQ.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Restrained, the typical DNA of the distillery is here, but the sherry notes seem to smooth it off.
    • Finish
      84 84
      A reasonable finish but leaves you wanting more.

  81. Malthead19 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    - a very tasty malt from the island of Islay
    - significantly better than the standard 10 J.
    - tasty but the price of 60€ is too high
    => should be on par with the Quarter Cask in terms of price, so around €40 would probably be justified
    • Nose
      intense, pleasant smoky note, fruity aromas in the background
    • Taste
      aromatic but also powerful attack, volume and smoke dominate, the fruit aromas are present but in the background, delicious combination
    • Finish
      medium length, smoky finish ;
      long smoky aftertaste

  82. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  83. valasios scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  84. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Shares similarities with recently released presumably last batch of very dark Laphroaig Triple Wood but is distinctly more Laphroaig-y. Good bottling strength, but could be a notch fuller from its mouth feel. Too expensive, 50 Eur max would be ok in my book.

  85. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  86. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    The sherry is not heavy handed, adds without detracting from the 10 year old peat monster
    • Nose
      86 86
      Nose: fire and beach, iodine, some tar and salt, a little cherry and maybe some tobacco.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Mouth: sweet dried red berries and smoke, warm sweet tobacco and licorice, aniseed
    • Finish
      86 86
      Finish: smoke and soot and anise, warm but not hot, embers.

  87. Expraesi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  88. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Really good, the Laphroaig is there, but more in the background and then always more subtle. Spicy sherry in the foreground, a slight sweetness, more ash than Laphroaig iodine salt sea. Very round, not mega complex for its age. Rust and oak. Beautiful Laphroaig
    • Taste
      88 88
      Again, nothing in the foreground, rather smoky sherry spice, sweetness, but none of it overloaded. Adequate strength.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Stay dry and long enough

  89. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    An extremely tasty and extremely gentle Islaymalt with a wonderfully fine fruity peat note! ... but unfortunately (except for the nose) this wonderful malt has little in common with a Laphroaig. In contrast to the normal 10 bottle, there is no taste of phenol, mineral smoke, seaweed and algae, and absolutely no comparison to the CS bottlings that I love; here I miss the campfire, the embers and the burnt wood. As already mentioned, a damn tasty malt, but not a typical Laphi for me!
    • Nose
      Reddish copper shines in the glass, an oily streak sticks to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter from which many small "legs" loosen in slow motion. At the first nosing, the well-known Laphroaig-DNA is immediately apparent, despite the dark red color, earthy peat and mineral smoke play with each other, phenol and algae with seaweed and salty influences tentatively come into their own, whereby here I have the "scent" of hospital and "totem Man in the bog "miss a little. Gradually, light roasted aromas with fruity sweetness emerge, red grapes and berries followed by mandarins and peaches, along with caramel and a hint of milk chocolate. The longer this 10-year-old Laphi is in the glass, the more sweet sherry aromas come into play while peat and phenolic smoke withdraw more and more ...
    • Taste
      The first sip, sweet and mild, flows creamy over the tongue, roasted aromas and gentle peat stick to the tongue, the minimal smoke note fades more and more and ends peaty on the palate. Here and there burned wood and fly ash flashes, but unfortunately very minimal ... Sweet fruit and mild peat dominate the taste.
    • Finish
      Creamy and wonderfully soft peat and sweet fruity notes stick to the palate, roasted hazelnuts swim in the stimulated saliva under the tongue, the aftertaste is remembered for a medium-long time and leaves soft fruity peat on the tongue ...

  90. YD84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Smoke, tar, wet rope, bandaid, cigarette ash, dried fruits, chocolate, malt, seaweed, honey, old leather, old books, oranges, pepper, caramel. Nice mouthfeel. A delicious, layered whisky.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  91. craide scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Not bad, Laphroaig smoke with sherry suits me. I just have the feeling that the otherwise great Laphroaig smoke falls victim to the sherry.
    He could have been a bit presenter throughout.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A bit of sherry and cold smoke, more ash and cold charcoal, bacon, a subtle bit of iodine and leather, fruity notes of plum jam, orange peel, raisins. In the background spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Strong wood aromas penetrate the front and somewhat displace the fruity notes and the smoke.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Slightly salty bitter oak wood, honey sweetness, smoky ashtray, ham and spices come through well.
      The fruit comes a little tentatively, but then more clearly forwards. He doesn't seem alcoholic, everything nicely integrated.
      Gives a nice oily, slightly creamy mouthfeel with a slight spice.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long finish, smoke still slightly occupies the mouth. But it has now become a little sweeter. Bitter, some coffee, some chocolate

  92. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    At the start, a very spicy and tasty sherry, deep and fruity, more ripe and blueberries than blackcurrant, and without any acidity. Then a smoky and tarry side sets in, it's humid, tropical. A thick sea salt peat, iodized, spices up the whole thing. Strawberries and crushed raspberries. Cranberries. Burgundy. At the end, we feel a medicinal touch. Marriage is quite effective. In the mouth, the peat is more present, but it remains very sweet, the fruits dominate. A few spices grate the tongue. Greasy and spongy earth, volcanic rock, lignite, iron filings, nails, tires and rubber. Coarse raw salt. Sufficiently long finish, on the same path as the mouth, where the fruits gradually fade to give way to a black and oily earth. Then it's ashy, the impression of licking the bottom of an ashtray. Tinplate in retro-olfaction. Finally, a slight acidity, on the currant.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/05/laphroaig-10-yo-sherry-oak-finish.html
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  93. Torian scored this whisky 74 points Member Senior

    Gut rauchiger Whisky.
    • Nose
      75 75
      gut rauchig, torfig
    • Taste
      75 75
      round, spicy, peppery
    • Finish
      73 73
      first sweet, then long ashtrays

  94. Jeanguy scored this whisky 79 points Member Junior

    Very big disappointment. This need to soften the Laphroaig to make it more accessible to palates around the world is worrying. He's sweet, too sweet. The peat is confused, the degree is there to give a wow effect but which does not hold on a weak finish. The lack of mastery of aging is quite striking, and the game with multiple finishes does not bode well for the future. Laph 'will become a standard product, without soul or flavor except to fall into the panel of the dastardly.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  95. Arrrrrdbeg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A good whisky that should not be missing in a collection.
    I would buy it again, but the price should drop a bit.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Lots of sherry, honey, vanilla, peat, medicinal smoke, sea breeze, malt
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sherry, honey, malt, peat, medicinal smoke, alcohol spiciness, pepper, salty, seaweed, oily
    • Finish
      86 86
      Dry and long, but too hot for me personally because of the alcohol.
      Bit unbalanced.
      Sweet, dry, dark chocolate, salty, malt, sea breeze.

  96. whiskydramo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Black tea leaves, smoke from broiled meat, earth, dark chocolate. More BBQ honey, sour note from sherry wine. Burnt wood. Baked apples, bananas. More changes and sherry influence than I thought!
    • Taste
      89 89
      Mineral, rich apple jam, sour cherries, dark chocolate, pepper towards the end. Peat lingering and black tea.
      Med body, slightly oily
    • Finish
      87 87
      Kicks off with some citrus zest. Burnt wood, black coffee, pepper powder, a bit of tannin after 10s. Tea+spices+wood bitterness. Bitterness skewed finish. Peat is long lasting.

  97. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  98. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very interesting. Immediately I have an intense sweet note, light fruits like pear and grape; as soon as the glass wall has dried a little, the fruit note gives way to an intense spicy note. Absolutely intense carnations! Everything is carried by smoke that is medicinal for me. I really like the spicy note!
    • Taste
      Smoke; medicinal smoke; then sweet; Honey; Malt; aromatic wood, which is getting stronger and stronger; slightly salty and maritime.
    • Finish
      cold smoke, still flavorful and sweet;

  99. larswehmeier scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The combination of Oloroso-Sherry influence and Laphroaig smoke works for me! Sweet dram.
    • Nose
      Nice combination of phenolic Laphroaig smoke and fruity-sweet sherry tones on the nose. Burned bacon for breakfast. Spicy honey. A couple of cherries.
      After the first sip, it becomes fresher and more maritime with a touch of salt.
    • Taste
      Light and soft on the tongue. Sweet and light chocolate in the beginning. Then the smoke comes in nice and ashy. Warming sharpness on the middle tongue. Pleasantly dry on the palate and the back of the tongue.
    • Finish
      Mild and relatively short. The smoke remains sweet in the throat.

  100. WillWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Fair quality to the price, significant sherry and ashy nosing

    Palate is kind of brown sugar sweet taste, wood taste more ashy.

    Comfirt drinking.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  101. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Cold smoke, dried fruits, wild berry jam, salt, slightly musty, wood, a little lemon, smoked bacon, nuts, caramel, a hint of cinnamon
    • Taste
      Pine needles, dried herbs, grapefruit, lemon, nuts, some leather, wood, some honey, caramel, dark chocolate, salt, ash, the back gets dry in the mouth

  102. robse211 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      79 79

  103. Svjatogor scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    n: oloroso sherry, smooth, flowers, bubble gum, smoke, hint of coconut, little peat, banana, red fruit, caramel, vanilla, bacon, hint of tobacco
    t: fruit, apples, peat, sweet, so smooth
    a: earthy, peat, wet bonfire, sweet, tobacco, coffee, caramel

  104. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I like it better than the standard 10. Very tasty. I only expected the smoke to be more present.
    • Nose
      86 86
      slightly medicinal smoke, not as intense as with the standard 10, light sherry notes in the background, a little sweet with caramel, maritime notes follow and there is a little salt.
    • Taste
      87 87
      again the medicinal smoke envelops with light sherry notes. The aromas from the nose can also be found here. Here you can feel the alcohol a bit and it looks slightly spicy. Becomes a bit bitter later
    • Finish
      87 87
      medical notes in the finish. The smoke is only present in the background. Sherry flavors show up here too. Then towards the end it becomes bitter and dry

  105. DGV scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Laphroaig is definitely good and most importantly not standard. Isla in combination with sherry is almost always a win-win! 10 Sherry is neither complicated nor very deep, but tasty and charismatic.
    • Nose
      Dry. Metal, cooled coals, dried fruits, freshly cut grass. Bandages identified from medicine.
    • Taste
      Soft. More berry and sweeter than the aroma. Ripe cherries, grapes, smoked meats.
    • Finish
      Long. Oak, spices, smoked meats, light wine tones.

  106. K C Wong scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  107. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Blenders Glass.
    Nose: Nice combination of sherry and peat, although obviously young. For peat, grass, citrus, allspice. The light medicine typical of the lafs is present, but uncomplicated - good, but simple. 21
    On the palate, woodiness and wateriness are well masked by peat. Again - good, but simple. 21
    The finish is quite long, woody and sherry (smoked prunes, dates, figs) and peat. 22
    Good, but simple - this is the motto of this drink.
    Summary: It's good to just have a drink while smoking a cigar or pipe, or roll in a company. B21
    85

  108. ThorstenH scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  109. Dingyan scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

  110. riegerjonas scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    2021-03-30: somewhat similar to Triple Wood
    • Nose
      Caramel, fruity, smoky
    • Taste
      tasty, iodine

  111. dapoinbua scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  112. zaphod155 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I'm missing the typical Laphroaig smoke a little. However, I like the sweetness quite a lot. A very nice, pleasant, not entirely harmonious single malt. Just the thing for a snowy post-Easter Tuesday afternoon, like today. A highly recommended addition to the collection for Laphroaig fans.
    • Nose
      A nice sweetness of dark fruits, with freshly roasted breakfast bacon, fills the nose. Only then do slight phenolic notes appear. It's not nearly as intense as its brother without a sherry finish, much more reserved on the nose. Slowly, spicy notes are added. I even have a little dill followed by a salty sea breeze. The smoke becomes a little drier and woodier and citrus aromas emerge.
    • Taste
      Less oily than the eye would suggest, it runs on the tongue. First honey-sweet, then getting hotter, with slightly bitter tones, which explains the Manuka honey mentioned in the official tasting notes. There are also dark fruits and caramel. The seasoning is added again, this time without the dill. Amazingly little smoke for a Laphroaig.
    • Finish
      Sweetness and flavor only linger for a short time. A warming spiciness remains the longest and, at the very end, dark chocolate.

  113. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    There are quite a few Notes already, so I'll keep it short.

    Lots of sherry and dark wood tones. This also makes the Laphroaig smoke a little less typical and has a more subdued effect. Almost goes in the direction of wood smoke. Plus a few herbs.

    The whisky is well made and the finish doesn't look fake either. You can drink well. But I like laphis from the bourbon barrel or with a more subtle sherry influence better. For me, that goes better with the smoke from Laphroaig.

  114. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  115. Saftkenner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice and at the same time unusual to enjoy a Laphroaig with such a strong sherry aroma, which also comes across as very original. An impressive bottling that looks older than 10 years.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smells ripe and dignified. Very complex, constantly changing. Medium strong settled smoke, slightly medicinal, also like an old, extinguished chimney. Campfire and dark red fruits. Red currant, blackberry, passion fruit, vanilla, European oak, cloves, tobacco, mulled wine spice.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong and slightly oily. Well integrated alcohol. Strong sherry with smoke. Little sweetness, full oak. Vanilla, passion fruit, grapefruit, dark chocolate, raspberries, tobacco, leather.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium to long. Smoke and tart red fruits with leather and tobacco.

  116. MadScientist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  117. 11insomnium scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The 48% are pleasantly involved. Only a slight sweetness comes through from the sherry because the medicinal smoke is so dominant. With the water there is also a little vanilla.
    • Nose
      Medical smoke with naphthalene, freshly lit charcoal, fine honey sweetness with light fruit and minimal mustiness, some smoked bacon
    • Taste
      Directly intense association with naphthalene, strongly smoky, strong and spicy, slightly sweet
    • Finish
      Fine dryness, the strong smoke has a long lasting effect, some sweetness also remains with notes that are reminiscent of dentists

  118. Halmackenreuther did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    John and Simon von Laphroaig compared him in today's livestream (03/30/21) with a "Triple Wood on steroids".
    In a direct comparison, I found the good old TW better and rounder. Unfortunately, TW is / is definitely discontinued.
    Fortunately, the new Sherry Oak 10 is neither chill-filtered nor colored and has an age indication. Also consistent 48% alcohol. Composition: 25% full maturity in Refill Oloroso Hogsheads + 75% double matured in ex Bourbon Casks for 9 years, the latter then finished for 12 months in "Oloroso impregnated casks".
    TW for currently around 40 € is also a clear PL winner against the new Sherry Oak 10 for around 70 €.
    Both are delicious - especially if you like it sweet.

  119. Glenladdie scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  120. Der Franke scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great in the nose, unfortunately this promise is not quite kept

  121. obst scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    This Laphroaig comes with a lot of wood and marries the sweetness and medicinal smoke of Laphroiag into an extraordinary combination for this price range. Islay whisky with sherry should work - as seen for example with the Lagavulin Distillers Edition. The Islay / Sherry combination works this time too - astonishingly dark color and a great taste of oak. The bitterness, which is more likely to be found in older whiskys, is also exceptional.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Lots of oak, not alcoholic despite 48 vol
    • Taste
      89 89
      Smoke, lake, medicinal, wood (oak), bitter (especially after opening the bottle) cedar, sherry
    • Finish
      92 92
      A never-ending finale - bittersweet, sherry - just great

  122. og187 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Grandma's fresh cherry jam, sweetness, vanilla, smoked meat, ash, marmalade, you won't immediately understand Laphroaig's profile
    • Taste
      89 89
      sweet smoked, berries, traced raspberries, smoked fish
    • Finish
      90 90
      long-lasting, smoky, smoked, coal

  123. gossm01 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It is of medium viscosity and its bouquet is of relatively strong intensity. I have aromas of intense peat smoke, dark fruits, raisins, nuts, maritime notes, leather and tobacco. Relatively flat. A good balance between sweetness and dryness in terms of taste. The alcohol is relatively well integrated and it has a relatively heavy body.

  124. NorthCoast500 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Its a nice one. You definitely taste a lot of the sherry cask, which works well with the typical Laphroaig smoke. 48% ABV is okay, but actually cask strength would have been a lot better.

  125. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    For someone like me, who counts Laphroaig to his favorite distilleries and who prefers to see his Dram Laphroaig matured in an ex-Bourbon barrel, this comrade takes some getting used to. The color is too dark, the smell too strange, the taste too sweet.
    Laphroaig and ex-bourbon barrels, a connection as sure as a rain shower on Islay when you are about to set off for the American Monument.
    The development towards sherry barrel-aged Laphroaig is only logical, however, if you look at the countless UA who pimp their South Islay Coast purchases with heavily soaked sherry barrels. The last Cairdeas was already under the influence of Port + Wine, the next Cairdeas will be a PX - why should only the UA throw something like that on the market (which demands it).
    In contrast to the undisclosed Islay smokers (who always only sausage Lagavulin), the sherry in the Laphroaig 10yo Sherry Oak does not look superimposed, but as if it belonged to it per se.
    If I think away from the "classic" Laphroaig flavors and the experiences I've had with Laphroaig so far (if this is possible at all), it still looks rather modern, but on a high level. "Objectively" an 88-point malt - subjectively I will certainly be able to enjoy myself. I just think of “Laphroaig” away, then it's okay.
    • Nose
      88 88
      He certainly does not try to hold back with his finish in the presentation, but goes straight to attack: thick, fat sherry notes with raisins, dried figs, leather and tobacco. Smoke? Yes, it is present, but not in the Laphroaig standard version (warm tar paper, hospital corridor, seaweed), but more subtle, slowed down, less characteristic. Dark chocolate, freshly ground espresso beans, light spice.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very sweet start with smoked dried fruits and candied wild berries. Dry, very spicy. Smoky, but also here on the tongue different from what Laphroaig is usually used to. Okay, you can just make out a clump of seaweed, but the nearest hospital is half a day's journey away - on horseback. Dark chocolate, spicy and bitter fir honey. Wild herbs, pepper, nutmeg, slightly salty. I find myself pouring myself more, even though the glass was full. “War” is the keyword here.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long, dry and spicy, long aftertaste of the smoky note, which is a touch more intense in the finish than on the tongue. Raisins, dark chocolate, nutmeg.

  126. Bene37 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nose: heavy and tasty; medicinal notes and iodine, mineral; dying embers and old smoke; berries, baked apples with vanilla sauce and brown sugar; slightly floral notes

    Palate: medicinal notes and iodine; alcoholic and slightly watery; berries, vanilla, some baked apple; cold smoke

    Finish: medium and dry; medicinal notes and iodine; cold smoke and dying embers; slightly berry; slightly alcoholic

    Evaluation: the nose is great, the rest fits, but can't keep up with the nose - no revelation, but a fully solid standard with the (for me) typical Laphroa notes (medicinal, iodine, smoke) plus nice sherry accents (berries and baked apple) . I'm really curious how the Cairdeas will turn out this year. 65 € do not have to be for this one here, but it is also not badly invested

    6/10 or 87/100

  127. whioli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  128. hubatakacs94 scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    Colour: brownish yellow, dark copper. And what was more noticeable: “The most richly flavored of all scotch whiskys” was replaced by “One of the most richly flavoured whiskys”. What the f happened ?? ????

    Overall, a very complex whisky, the marriage worked very well. It is not nauseatingly sweet, but the oloroso gives rather an extra layer, which mainly dominates on the nose at the beginning. Highly recommended to all Islay lovers! ????
    • Nose
      Nose: Absolutely no alcohol. Thick, oily. I let it air for 15 minutes and then it just started to open up nicely. Soft peat smoke, wrapped in a sweet, syrupy scent. Surprisingly sweet. I smell a little sour cherry and fresh pine scent. As another 10 minutes passed, the sweet / syrupy scent began to fade into the background and I could feel the very well known medical, iodine, algae, leather scent, malty, filthy hospital scent, the unmistakable Laphroaig scent. Fantastic!
    • Taste
      Palate: Like I swallowed an ashtray. Intense, a bit bitter, but no aftertaste or alcoholic bump. The second sip feels the sweet honey / syrupy taste at the beginning of my tongue. Oily, full bodied.
    • Finish
      Finish: Long, warm. Spicy, after a few seconds the very fine woody and malty notes enter the scene. But the sweet tones are there too, it’s more in the background, but they are there. After many long seconds, only the smoky taste remains. The impact / influence of the European oak casks is present and very interesting.

      With a few drops of water: The sweet tones are pushed into the background and the “real” 10-year-old Laphroaig appears. However, it connects the two flavours very nicely, which is very interesting. Overall, a very complex whisky, the marriage worked very well. It is not nauseatingly sweet, but the oloroso gives rather an extra layer, which mainly dominates on the nose at the beginning. Highly recommended to all Islay lovers! ????

  129. Danlow scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    We have a slightly above average Laphroaig here!
    I would say it's a “doped” 10 with real power and thrust. Or a quarter cask with complexity (sherry flavors). Laphroaig likes to bottle whisky at 48%.
    The typical Laphroaig flavors break through, like with the Quarter Cask. This Laphroaig is on the medicinal side (smokiness), not the ashy.
    Here the smoke is carried by a dark fruit. Most likely it is ripe churches and otherwise indistinguishable ripe fruit. The fruit got too close to a campfire.
    The finish is medium to long with a spicy dryness. The smoke remains.
    I don't like this one as much as my beloved 16'er, although of course there are two completely different orientations of Laphroaig.
    You can spend around € 60 for this. 50 € would be fair!
    This shouldn't be the first Laphroaig for beginners!

    I can't find any marking on the bottle for a possible color, as can be found on the normal 10'er, a quarter cask and the disused 18'er that are in my closet. It's the same with the 16'er. Therefore one can speculate about a coloring. But it is very dark, which is why I would bet on a color. It has "only" 10 years and after damp barrels, which can quickly bring color to the whisky, it does not taste good.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  130. JuicyJulez scored this whisky 83 points Newbie

    Nose:
    Great nose with the typical peaty accusations and the minerality, the smoke however not typical hospital, more like fireplace smoke. Reminds something of the cart. In addition, vanilla and a beautiful red fruit that I associate with cherries.

    Taste:
    For a Laphroaig and especially 48% in the mouth, initially quite mild. Extremely oily in the mouth. Subtle sweetness, plus the mineral notes. Then oak comes through and it gets a little more rugged. But the nose promises more than it actually delivers.

    Departure:
    The finish is then characterized by smoky barbecue notes, but overall short.

    First impression: what the Triple Wood has in nice approaches appears more pronounced and full-bodied here. I will definitely (have to) taste the two and the PX side by side. But the Laphi has not changed my world now. And when I think about what I can get for 70 €, the bottle will probably never find its way to me a second time. For me, the TW is much more stable in terms of PLV.

    Probably falls under the heading "Made to sell" and not a really useful addition to the previous range.

  131. glenrob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  132. Reluktanzmotor scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Color: I actually only know Laphroaig a lot lighter. I have no idea whether it is the sherry barrel influence or whether the still has helped with coloring

    Nose: The whisky is cold. Fresh from the packing station. Still a wonderful Laphroaignase. Smoky, iodic, somewhat ashy, tobacco, cherry, slightly sweet, zero alcoholic. Everything is very fine, not brutal. I like it.

    Mouth: Wow - it pushes hard, full ashes, sweet on the tip of the tongue, then more dry than sweet, then switches back again. Dark fruity. After the sip, the nose has hardly any smokiness (as is so often the case with Laphroaig and me), no burning, tarry. All in all, I would think full Islay ;-)

    Finish: stays in the mouth for a long time. Becomes dry and woody. Burned oak. Cold ashtray.

    Conclusion: For friends of smoky Islay whisky and for every Laphi friend a must, I would think. I find it round and sufficiently complex. Nice interplay between sweet and dry, sufficient fruitiness and fat Laphroaigaschigkeit. Appropriately trained nerds will probably get a lot more flavors out of here. But that is (for me) not an Islay copy, but the full Islay broadside. But not brutal, but nicely round and balanced. But you have to like the strong Laphroaig taste. After a few sips, the nose is completely detached from the smokiness containing iodine. What remains is a fruity, floral, sherry barrel-ripened fragrance with delicate smoky notes in the background. If it was undiluted, I would give it 89 points. An Islay connoisseur might give him more (or less).

    PS Still in the mouth after 30 minutes. I'll go brush my teeth ;-)

  133. Urdin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

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