Laphroaig Cask Strength

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch #013
Stated Age
10 years old
ex-Bourbon Barrels
57.9 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml
Green Stripe
Bottle code
L1019 SB1, L1020 SB1
Added on
05 Aug 2021 7:16 pm by Tinwolf
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 97.13

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Cask Strength

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.58 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2021] A quick word of caution: I tasted this dram with good friends last night and (with all due respect to Laphroaig) it seems as if the quality has degraded substantially compared to earlier batches. Given the aromas and flavours profile they did not add a substantial number of sherry casks to this batch (most probably) as was the standard with previous releases instead they added caramel to create a comparable dark colour (according to German law this has to be stated and they did it for the first time with this batch, the bottle's back label states "Mit Farbstoff" which means "dye added"). As a result this dram tastes rather harsh on aggressive peat and wood only (like many of the NAS editions of the last years) missing out the complexity and balance of earlier CS batches. To be on the safe side I will re-taste this dram on different settings over the course of the next days before doing a detailed review and score, finally...

    ...and luckily, the various re-tastings improved the rather weak first impressions a lot. This edition is much more simple than earlier ones with dominating wooden and peat notes burying the malt and sherry flavours almost completely in the nose and to a large extend in the taste too. But still this is quaffable dram, no doubt. I did a head-to-head with batch 12 and the earlier batch won this by far because of its higher complexity and better balance. But still the CS is way better than all of the recent NAS Laphroaig releases - so I strongly suggest to go for (still reasonably priced) older batches as I am afraid of the quality of the CS will deteriorate further due to the upcoming Beam management vintages...
    • Nose
      85 85
      The colour is russetmuscat which is even darker than batch 12, so obviously they added a lot of caramel to this batch (because I do not smell any significant sherry aromas). The profile is rather simple and harsh with dominating wooden notes beside the peat. The malt is almost not detectable in this mix, neither are the sherry flavours. After significant breathing time some shy sherry aromas enter the stage but still the malt is not recognisable.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is simple but powerful with stronger sherry impressions than with the nose. The malt adds barley sugars and the peat cold bonfire ashes to this wood-driven profile and everyone who enjoys this modern whisky style will like this dram, most probably. To me as an old-style connoisseurs it is simply too simple with the non-malt flavours dominating the profile. Is this bad? Well, it all depends what you expect from your drams...
    • Finish
      88 88
      The initial mouthfeel is hot and peppery with a nice coating effect and some astringent moments from the wood. The finish is long and adds more sweet wine flavours, finally. The wood is not as aggressive as with both nose and taste but still it dominates clearly. There is a drying-astringent tendency towards the end of the finish. Water turns both nose and taste more harsh-punchy without releasing new impressions but a bigger splash tames that again and smooths the dram. Nonetheless I prefer the neat dram.

  2. martinseco did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    On the back label of my bottle that I bought in Germany, at the end of the lowercase text, it actually says: "With dye". That was it, dear Laphroaig team!

  3. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Once a year (even twice this year!) The anxious question: is it good again, the 10 CS? For me the answer is clear: yes, absolutely.
    Initially reminded me of the previous batch 012 in the nose, but then turns in a different direction on the tongue. No herbs like in batch 011, very straight forward. Batch 011 at 58.6% tolerated a few drops of water, Batch 012 came off best on its own, which was quite surprising in view of its 60.1%. Batch 013 imitates its predecessor and is best served pure and undiluted in a glass.
    • Nose
      91 91
      I still remember the previous batch 012 very well - after all, two bottles of it ended up in the waste glass - and the nose of this year's batch reminds me quite clearly of batch 012 at first: a classic Laphroaig 10 CS in every respect - nose: seaweed, gauze bandage , Hansaplast, tar paper heated by the sun. The warm tar stands out particularly in this batch. Phenolic peat smoke can be seen very clearly, it is in the glass from the beginning, beautifully interwoven with marjoram, allspice and chervil. And there is a tasty fruit sweetness in the background that is not that easy to identify. This sweet fruit note (something between dried apricot pieces and flambéed banana) has never come before me in this form in any batch. But it goes very well with the other flavors.
    • Taste
      91 91
      It hits the tongue hard, like a wave that ravages the otherwise tranquil harbor. Dry peat smoke dominates, dragging seaweed, gauze, warm tar paper and pepper with it. Troubled harbor basin. Immediately afterwards, however, the sweet fruit notes try to assert themselves against peat smoke and the harbor basin. Not entirely successful, but one attempt is enough to permanently identify the fruit. Less differently spicy than on the nose, but besides the pepper there is also a little chervil and thyme. Vanilla pudding, a little pine honey.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium to long finish. At the end the peat smoke surges again properly and pushes itself over the tongue in warm waves. Cold coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, a hint of liquorice, moistened nori sheets.

  4. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Garden fire, leaves, old tree bark. Sage, lemon thyme. Apricots, red apples. A hint of cloves and bay leaves. Old wooden cupboard.
    • Taste
      Hickory smoke, smoked fish, lemon pepper. Some honey and apricots. Cocoa powder, wood ash.

  5. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Still have to figure out this one. More civilized and tamed than its predecessor the first time I tried it. Maybe it was the previous drams in the particular blind tasting line-up but I expected batch 13 to make a statement who's king after all. Mind you albeit the other drams were cs they were mostly non- /ightly-peated. Not bad at all but we'll see how this thing goes, LP 10 cs hat surprised me before and is rather versatile after all. Nonetheless recommended for a sub 100 price tag.
    Btw. regarding my question, whether Batch 013 was colored, I received the following answer:

    "Hi XXXXXX,
    It's great to hear you tried the latest 10 year old, cask strength.

    Adding colouring is not a requirement, however if it is added mentioning this on the packaging can be a requirement.

    The colour of the whisky comes from the oak casks during maturation so it can vary from cask to cask. Colouring is added to some of our more available expressions to keep consistency and make sure every bottling released is the same shade. This does not change the flavour of the whisky.

    I understand you would like your whisky to be as natural as possible.

    I hope you enjoyed Batch 13.



  6. -sAxo- scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  7. wishfuldrinking scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    For that price it is the best Whisky you can buy

  8. jazzvilly scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

  9. gossm01 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It has a relatively oily viscosity and its bouquet is of high intensity. I have aromas of intense peat smoke, smoked bacon, maritime notes, herbs, honey, vanilla 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.

  10. rampah scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It is less complex than its predecessors, but a full bourbon cask maturation allows the Laphroaig spirit character to dominate.

    Still a great bottling and probably the best value for money OB of Laphroaig that is currently available.


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