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Laphroaig Cask Strength

Overall rating
88.39/100
votes
411
Whiskybase ID
WB189372
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch #013
Bottled
01.2021
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
ex-Bourbon Barrels
Strength
57.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Label
Green Stripe
Bottle code
L1019 SB1, L1020 SB1
Barcode
5010019640536
Added on
05 aug 2021 7:16 pm by Tinwolf
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 105.01

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411 × member ratings

1985 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Cask Strength

55 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.39 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 Senior

    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. DannyDram scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I wanted to know exactly and accordingly I tasted seven editions, 3 Lagas (12yo) and 4 Laphis (10yo) side by side. My order looks like this:
    1. Laphroaig 2017, 10yo, B009: 91.6P (filigree, depth)
    2. Laphroaig 2020, 10yo, B012: 91.0P (intensive)
    3. Lagavulin 2019, 12yo, DSR: 90.8P (filigree)
    4. Lagavulin 2021, 12yo, DSR: 90.4P (intensive)
    5. Laphroaig 2019, 10yo, B011: 90.0P (balanced)
    6. Laphroaig 2021, 10yo, B013: 89.0P (mainstream)
    7. Lagavulin 2020, 12yo, DSR: 87.4P

  5. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Garden fire, foliage, old tree bark. Sage, Lemon Thyme. Apricots, red apples. A touch of cloves and bay leaves. Old wooden cupboard.
    • Taste
      Hickory Smoke, Smoked Fish, Lemon Pepper. Some honey and apricots. cocoa powder, wood ash.

  6. Astrid scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    There's not necessarily an added value compared to the drinking strength version, except maybe the punch and it kind of sucks. Ten years were not enough for smoke and barrel to come together. For the full review, go here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/02/14/evolution-of-laphroaig/
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. CellarToberi scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    Matured in charred ex-bourbon casks. Non-chill filtered. Thick slowly forming straight primary legs. Midsize slow secondary legs. Droplets. Holds water very well. Advanced level scotch.
    • Nose
      Smoky: medicinal peat, ash, tar, smoked fish. Maritime: salt, iodine, seaweed, sea breeze, fish, seashell. Cereal: malted barley, dough, hay, barley sugar. Fruity: citrus: lime. Sweet: honey, toffee, vanilla. Spicy: pepper, mint, baking spices. Earthy: moss, dust. Sharp: alcohol: high ABV. Oily: cream. Floral: smoked honey, fragrant, hay. Woody: toasted and charred oak. Feints: leather, tobacco, tang. Herbal: green leaves. Rich: powerful. Full body: balanced. Drifting. Water enhances sweetness: confectionary notes, fruitiness and floral notes.
    • Taste
      Sweet: caramel, honey, vanilla, toffee. Spicy: black pepper, chili, mint, ginger, liquorice, clove, baking spices. Fruity: citrus: lemon, stone fruit: peach, apricot, cherry. Smoky: medicinal peat, ash, smoked fish, smoked meat. Maritime: salt, brine, iodine, seaweed, fish. Savoury: meat, bacon. Woody: oak, mild tannins. Herbal: light bitter notes. Rich: pungent. Water smooths the palate, extends the development.
    • Finish
      Very long: Smoky: medicinal notes, peat, ash, bonfire. Spicy: pepper. Sweet: honey, toffee. Woody: oak. Fruity: ripe citrus. Rich: intense. Maritime: salt, iodine. Vaporizing. Very satisfying. Water makes the ashy notes more prominent.

  8. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Minerality, herbal, fruit cake, smoke and copper.

    Palate: Fruit cake, herbal, nutty, smoky and coppery.

    Finish: Long -> Fruity candy smoke.

  9. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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.

    Regards,

    Debbie."

  11. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  12. grinface scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Pretty tasty and somehow well balanced. But something is missing. I just can't pinpoint what.

    Full review, alongside five other Laphroaig CS10: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/02/24/laphroaig-cask-strength-10-year-old/

  13. Mik scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  14. FuturePerfect scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  15. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  16. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  17. sphinx scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  18. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  19. The_Osprey scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig Cask Strength Batch 13. From a 70cl bottle purchased online and rated Dec 2021.

    A dull orange.

    Aroma is initially biscuity, becoming papery and medicinal. Lots of clove and calpol, boozed up eggnog, aniseed mouth wash, cherry cough sweets, nutmeg. Clove and nutmeg predominate.

    Taste is medicinal, seriously punchy up front. Takes no prisoners. No smoke comes through to start - it’s all oily and mechanical, soft sweetness and char.

    It’s a very tasty whisky, showing off the oily medicinal side of Laphroaig. A good buy at the £70 price tag, objectively, although for me it’s the least good of the Laphroaig cask strength bottlings of the last 3 years. Still, much better than the majority of whiskies you will find on any shelf, which shows the inherent quality of this spirit. 3.675/87.5

  20. glenrob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  21. GWMingus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  22. Макс scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  23. DannyHill scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      cereal, creamy, peat
    • Taste
      90 90
      grassy, peat, mint, green, mossy
    • Finish
      89 89
      very peaty, long

  24. JJKATED scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  25. Nezzer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose has large amounts of peat with rubber, bacon, and butter. Big peaty palette reminiscent of cigarette ash, but in a sweet way. Finish changes over time. Ashy peat at first but then it transitions to bacon, and then adds butter to that. Tail end is ashy peaty buttery bacon.

  26. BehindSpace scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    the previous ones were better..
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  27. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Not as good as previous 10CS. It’s still good, but price is up and quality is down. It trends towards what every other young peater is doing.

    Antiseptic, new plastic, iodine, vanilla. Big dram.

    86/87

  28. KB201 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This Laphroaig matured for over ten years and was bottled without chill filtration and at cask strength for a particularly rich taste.
    • Nose
      Herbal intense sweetness, delicate seaweed, pleasant smoke.
    • Taste
      Powerful, sweet-spicy smoky attack, intense smoked ham, forest honey, peppery spiciness.
    • Finish
      Laphroaig smoke, sweetness stays, the herbs come back, dry.

  29. Ostap scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    10/14/2021:
    Beautiful Luff. Slowly harnesses in aroma and simply explodes with colors and saturation to taste. Degree is practically not felt.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Soft peat, medical notes, pastries, oatmeal cookies, dry smoked meat, smoke, farm (cows with ticks), dried pears, slaked lime, milk iris, plasticine.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sweet, smoky, smoked, dried fruits, iris, bonfire, rich and juicy.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Lots of sweet smoke, dry and long, tart dried fruits, medical tincture (for cough).

  30. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    Very peaty, smoky and herbal - quite rough
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet peat, dry herbs, cigar tobacco, medicinal, vanilla
    • Taste
      86 86
      Oily, creamy, herbal, subtle sweetness, cigar tobacco, ashes, peat, smoke, band aid, disinfectant, hints of honey
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, warm, very peaty, smoky, herbal

  31. yarikovsky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  32. jegerinho scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    very good, bourbon cask peat monster, moderate burn, but lacks a bit more medicinal iodiney notes and/or fruit notes for complexity for a bigger score, lot of vanilla
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  33. Matthias80 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    For the friends of the big stinkers. Always my pleasure
    • Nose
      Very fresh, zest, lemon, nice and smoky
    • Taste
      Smoke. Smoke, of course. sweet and really dense. Not too biting for the cask strength, almost mild;) Iodine. The second sip is then a little bigger. Here comes the steam hammer, but good. caramel
    • Finish
      Racuh, caramel, sweet.

  34. Blacksheep79 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

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

  35. Luigisim scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  36. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  37. TechnOBY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  38. DannyDram scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Caramel, vanilla biscuits, little medicinal, smoke, ash, butterscotch, dried fruits, honey, oak, pear, farm. Strong body, good intensity, warming, piquant, little depth.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  39. DGV scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    If we evaluate this release as a separate unit, then in general it came out very good - powerful, energetic, in the classic style of Isla. But everything is learned by comparison! And in my opinion, the previous batches (those that we managed to try) are a little more interesting in terms of their organoleptic characteristics.
    • Nose
      Creosote, ash, hot pepper, metal, yellow pear, honey.
    • Taste
      Fruit and caramel sweetness, ash, citrus sourness.
    • Finish
      Long, ashy, sweet, with hints of oak, honeycomb and hot spices.

  40. robse211 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  41. d1scostu scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

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

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

  43. wishfuldrinking scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    For that price it is the best Whisky you can buy

  44. jazzvilly scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. Nebuchadnezzar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  48. dapoinbua scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  49. claymore84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 09-09-21.

  50. sphinx scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  51. dapoinbua scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  52. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  53. Immerenga scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    N: 14/20
    M: 39/50
    F: 10/15
    Bang for buck: 8/15

  54. K C Wong scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  55. Comet67 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

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