Laphroaig Cask Strength

Overall rating
89.06/100
votes
532
Whiskybase ID
WB195979
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch #014
Bottled
06.2021
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
ex-Bourbon Barrels
Strength
58.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L1 159 SB1, L1 160 SB1
Barcode
5010019640666
Added on
13 nov 2021 11:05 pm by spagr
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 112.99

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig Cask Strength

116 users have left 121 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.06 points.

  1. Ostfriese scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A very nice nose typical of Laphroaig combined with great, intense aromas on the tongue and on the palate. Laphroaig Bourbon Cask might not be perfect, but damn good and close to the Distillery Only 2009 that I was able to try recently
    • Nose
      Heavy peat smoke rises from the glass and a breeze of salty sea air wafts the smell of seaweed and algae that mixes with the now ashy peat smoke. Smoldering, charcoal wood carries sweet vanilla and the smell of forest honey. The smell of smoked ham emerges from the background, accompanied by iodine and tar, before it slowly mixes with the spicy notes of nutmeg, pepper and a hint of cinnamon. Old, oily leather and fresh limes swirl in the background.
    • Taste
      Unexpectedly sweet it first flows on the tongue before the powerful but pleasant peat smoke suddenly spreads in the mouth. Oranges, peaches and grilled zucchini transition into black pepper, nutmeg and toasted flavors. Forest honey and moist peat moss, the smoke becomes cooler and stronger again before phenolic notes slowly emerge. Iodine, tar oil and light citrus flavors mix with dark chocolate, coffee and sandalwood.
    • Finish
      Long, warm and slightly dry. Ashy peat smoke carries sweet vanilla, oranges and peaches with it before it slowly turns into coffee with milk. Nougat and Bensdorp cocoa turn into charred, spicy wood.

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  3. Islaysmoke scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The 10 is not my favorite Laphroaig, but I found this batch very exciting. For me, cask strength often means that I dilute something, otherwise the alcoholic strength/spiciness determines the taste too much.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sweet, Smoker, Peat, Sea Breeze.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Peat, Sweet, Vanilla, Sea, Smoke, Stone Fruit.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long. Smoke. Sweet.

  4. AlphaCentauri scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      A little more reserved, but more elegant than #13. Nevertheless, the smoke is more intense. Again typically Laphi: cold ash, smoke, a slight saltiness. On the other hand, #14 has a slightly drier nose than #13. More towards chocolate and tobacco. I can already guess that there is a not inconsiderable amount of tannins in the taste...
    • Taste
      89 89
      The first impression is a bit more restrained and at the same time more elegant than Batch 13. I'll spare you the fourth time listing the distillery character - you won't be surprised that this is also dominant again. But also in the taste no fruitiness and sweetness as in #13. Fewer tannins than I would have expected on the nose - still a slightly bitter/dry note, but not uncomfortably bitter. The elegance from the first impression runs through and it looks a little older and more settled, even if both are of the same age. Ham, dark honey, chocolate... it just offers a little more complexity and flavors. Here the 13 remains one-dimensional. After a very good batch of 12, this one comes pretty close, although it doesn't overtake it for me.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Voluminous and very long. Smoke, ash and the drought are the most defining.

  5. alalalll scored this whisky 70 points Newbie

    next..

  6. SuppenHuhn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  7. Whiscask scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Powerful, aromatically sweet, phenolic, cask strength, very fruity for a bourbon cask aging. The medicinal notes inevitably steer towards the south coast to the beautiful distillery in the hollow of a wide bay not far from Port Ellen. Another great bottling in the cask-strong ten-year-old series.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Caramel and vanilla notes, heavy sweetness, ripe pears, light stone fruit, a peat smoke with slightly medicinal notes is very present over everything: plasters and gauze bandages
    • Taste
      91 91
      Rolls pleasantly and tingly over the tongue, letting the aromas explode and lining the mouth with a phenolic smoke. Something medical again
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long and dirty. The smoke clings to the entire mouth, the sweetness accompanies the finish and draws a few fruity components with it. Then a slightly salty attack with almond-like bitterness.

      This reminds me of a warehouse tasting this summer.

  8. fradin11 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. GiveItATry scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Very mellow CS with tons of sweetness and medium peat smoke, good complexity and transition. CS is another style compare to normal 10/QC
    • Nose
      89 89
      Laphroaig medicinal for sure, ash, seafood and oyster, beans!? Some grainy sweetness.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Thick body and alcohol is almost hidden. Surprisingly sweet and peat is much less powerful than expected as a cask strength Laphroaig, Laphroaig QC is more peaty. Lots of sweet corn and keep intensify with time in mouth, then burn smoke.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Medicinal peat when swollow, sweetness, then turn to long wood smoke with mild bitterness

  10. SRB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  11. _Dziki_ scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet, chamomile, fruitcake, cheesecake, smoke, iodine, hospital, typical Laphroaig.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Fruit strudel, sponge cake, vanilla, thyme, rosemary, grilled fat, smoke.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, pleasantly warming, nutty.

  12. Wolf68 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  13. TomAndIngrid scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A little disturbing at first in the blind tasting, but then it becomes more approachable.
    • Nose
      86 86
      coal smoke and herbs
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet coal smoke, damp cardboard.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Ashy coal smoke subsides.

  14. Jimbeau scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  15. ep11ripee scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    the 2nd half of the sample: 21.5/22.5/22/22

  16. gossm01 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It has an oily viscosity and a high-intensity bouquet. I have aromas of intense, maritime peat smoke, smoked bacon, honey sweetness, vanilla, pipe tobacco and spicy oak. 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.

  17. Hupsende Hippie scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Yes what can you say. Firm peat in your face, apple, citrus, medicinal. Rarely have I tasted such hearty peat bombs, I love it.

  18. ep11ripee scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    22/21.5/20.5/21

  19. mandragoru scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  20. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A wonderfully creamy, honey-sweet batch, not a bad grade, at most a little too round for the 90 points. As usual, very high level.

  21. Captain Teague scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Benchmark Islay still fairly priced in 2022 - I think I liked batch 12 a little more from memory...do I taste the Caramel :))

  22. springtank scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  23. Steven79 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Arrrrrdbeg scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Typical Laphroaig 10 only with the additional alcohol content another level, more flavor intensity.
    • Nose
      Smoke, Vanilla, Medicinal Smoke, Iodine, Salt, Maritime Notes, Seaweed, Creamy, Spicy
    • Taste
      Medicinal Smoke, Iodine, Mineral, Vanilla, Spicy, Chili, Salt, Oily
    • Finish
      Strongly smoky and slightly creamy-sweet (vanilla) finish, light sea breeze, light fruits, oily, a subtle sweetness and smokiness remains in the mouth, very pleasant roundness!!

  25. WillWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nice laphroaig 10cs, thats what i need, good price and quality for daily
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  26. Sith 45 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  27. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2022/10/13/feis-ile-2022-laphroaig/

    N: Is this far off the 2022 Cairdeas? With ex-bourbon barrels credited, we’ve the typical fruity ice cream notes alongside Laphroaig’s salty meaty woodfire peatiness [a little ash] with a sweet vegetal medicinal quality, sawdust too and some grey [bog roll] cardboard. Enough.

    T: An acute/affronting savoury-sweet salty lemon-sour affair. The abv seems to carry it but adding water is wholly recommended for a more rounded/less cutting experience.

    F: Salty, citrusy and sharp/acidic with more sawdust and a little dried seaweed, concluding with light clean medicinal burned bitter lemony TCP.

    C: A good whisky but there’s plenty of that around.

  28. Highlander65 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Colour gold. Great whisky, with a number of changes that surprise and delight you.
    • Nose
      On the nose I expected it to be more peaty, smokier, however it is nice, tough, fleshy, with rustic and wet cardboard notes, after a while burnt plastic (it changes continuously), then it turns to sweeter notes of raisins and trifle, but also rusty iron. Perfectly integrated alcohol.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it is much tougher, powerful, salty, smoky, notes of petroleum, petrol, sea salt, but also licorice and dried fruit (nuts)
    • Finish
      Very long, marine finish, seasoned with light smoke.

  29. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  30. Gotan scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Big leap from standard 10, it seems to me the most medicinal of standard 10, Lore and Quarter Cask. Good, for heaven's sake, but always a little too cut with a hatchet. Very much in line with batches 9 and 10. I prefer it on the nose than on the palate.

  31. hawk31 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  32. Tony_drink_not_drunk scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Laphroaig 10 year cask strength batch 14
    Alcohol ABV: 57.9% Cask:ex-Bourbon Barrels

    =>Nose: bamboo. Fried onion

    =>Taste: very sweet corn. The finish is spicy.The finish is not smooth.I would still prefer some older Laphroaig.

    =>Score: 80 [Recommend to try]

  33. hyc scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  34. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  35. WillWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Maybe still new openned, should be better next time
    • Nose
      87 87
      Kind of yellow fruits, cream, peat, maybe need to time...

      Add some water, wet newspaper comes out
    • Taste
      87 87
      Light honey water, wet newspaper or ink?
      Very slight burning
    • Finish
      87 87
      Dark chocolate and expresso, light floral honey

  36. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  37. drinkforfun scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    I love it more than bath 015, but just as good.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  38. red71 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  39. GlenWim scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  40. HammerHead scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Pretty ok for a Laphie CS, but i's mainly smacking you around on it's high abv. Clearly lacks complexity compared to earlier batches. I still like it, but I'm glad purchasing this at an in my book maximum justifiable price point of €80.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Peat smoke, hansaplast, quite sweet on resin and vanilla, some piccalilly like smells. Definitely not the most complex CS Laphie.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Big and bold on fat smoke, pepper and medicinality, sweet vanilla and citrus. Liquorice, clove, ginger and more pepper in the development.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Quite long, though only on smoke, black pepper and ashy wood bitters. Initially some sweeter vanilla, fruitiness and liquorice, but this dissipates quite quickly.

  41. Eisieisbaer08 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  42. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Marzipan, vanilla, hay, yellow fruits, medicinal peat, barley sugars, very nice

  43. YD84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  44. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Fresh, citric, peaty and smoky - straight and very drinklable - pretty good
    • Nose
      88 88
      A lot of vanilla, cereals, hay, yellow fruits, honeydew, medicinal, coastal peat, some smoke, cookie dough, marzipan - not bad
    • Taste
      89 89
      Punchy, oily, citrusy, liquorice, tobacco, herbs, subtle sweetness, peat, honey, vanilla, spices, smoked pepper, lemon peel - really not bad
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, warm, citric, peaty, smoky

  45. dapoinbua scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  46. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    21+ 21 20+ 21 84

    the basic theme is to drink in the cool, ok, everything seems to be fine, but those emotions that were not so long ago are completely gone.

  47. elipszis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      iodine
      salty (maritime)
      medicinal
      sweet bacon
      earty
      peach curd cake
      lime
      leathery
      bitter
      (onion)
    • Taste
      92 92
      intense
      leathery
      bitter
      peaty
      sweet
      peaches
      salty
    • Finish
      89 89
      medium long finish
      intense and spice
      ashe
      sweet
      leathery
      iodine
      bloodorange

  48. whisky_garage scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    The aroma is rich, intense, oily. Iodine, seaweed, minerality, smoke, coniferous-herbal theme, dead leaves. Sweet citrus fruits, fresh (hot) pastries, baked apple with cinnamon, green apple, some spicy spices.
    Taste - bright, oily, sweet. Soot, coniferous - herbal shades, smoked smoke, vanilla, sweet citrus fruits, some spicy spices, cocoa.
    The finish is long, enveloping, sweet. Smoked smoke, soot, spicy spices, vanilla, cocoa.

    Conclusion: Any aging at any age suits a good whisky, this Laphroaig is proof of that. Bright, powerful, rich, tasty with characteristic thoroughbred features.

  49. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Quite some peat, bonfire smoke and a whiff of tar. Ashes and iodine. Liquorice in the back, quickly followed by smoked ham. Then seaweed and sea salt. Later also a hint of vanilla sugar, mixed with a few drops of lemon juice and peaches.
    • Taste
      It starts a bit sweet with a note of creme brulee. Bonfire smoke. Iodine and a hint of bandages. Followed by oranges and peaches. Later also honey and toffee and a lovely hint of milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long and a little bit dry. Lots of peat again, a hint of ashes and vanilla. A light wood note. A drop of honey and sweet oranges and again a hint of peach.

  50. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  51. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    maritime woody, medicinal, vanilla,
    vegetal, spicy, lemony with cooked zest
    a concentrate of all this mixed
    stuffy:
    quite singular with sweet caramel, almond bitterness, fortunately the peat levels it all out a bit
    we are between the bottom of a boat's hold filled with fish and wooden fish boxes and the alley of a barn with wet hay, finally used
    the caramel, yes there is and not only for the color, gives a sweet return, on the burnt juices of a barbecue,
    the vegetal side on dried and sweet seaweed, yes an amazing mix mixes with candied orange fruits
    final:
    medium to long but monolithic on the zan, candied seaweed, oily peat, peppery spices, on burnt and toasted caramel.

  52. grinface scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I tasted this CS10 twice. To be honest, I was disappointed the first time. Luckily I (accidentally) got a second sample. The second try was way better.

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

  53. Petitcham scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Drinking compared to the same 10 cs batch 11: there is not much difference, but a little simpler and sweeter

  54. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty and varied.
    Beautiful bourbon barrel maturation with a lot of smoke and a lot of smoked ham.
    • Nose
      lots of smoke right at the start. Ash, smoked ham, spicy but also sweet. A rather subtle fruit note is evident. Citrus fruits emerge. Lemon peel. But the smoked ham note clearly dominates here. When mN sticks his nose deep into the glass, the malt seems quite rough.
    • Taste
      salty smoky, sharp. Powerful start. subtly sweet fruity. Ash, smoked ham, peach. A slight hint of cinnamon. In the background devoured some vanilla.
    • Finish
      lots of ash, sweet and also a bit salty at the same time, which harmonizes well together. Sweet fruits come through at the end. The aromas linger for a long time.

  55. TomAndIngrid scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very "smooth" for a cask strength 10 year old.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  56. FuturePerfect scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  57. EricLeeee scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Nose
    The nose starts with an extremely powerful phenolic smoke, which resembles tar and medical solutions like iodine, accompanied by a sweet minerality and a salty sea breeze, and the expression of soaked coals, toasted charred wood, and smoked bacon, followed by some light wood, spices, and citrus. With a little water added, the phenolic smoke becomes soft and sweet, and even evokes some leather and dried fruit that are not commonly found in bourbon barrels.

    Palate
    Classic Laphroaig smoke and peat that are clear and intense, with sweet caramel and sea salt, some industrial feel of fuel in lighters, accompanied by smoked bacon and charred wood. With a little water added, it evokes a light sourness, vanilla, citrus, and a hint of light woody bitterness.

    Finish
    Long; clear phenolic smoke still lingers on the tongue, the palate's light bitterness quickly fades to a gradually presented fresh and slightly sweet, then a touch of honey, soot, and earth.

  58. vlad78 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I found so many dark berries that I even made a mistake with the type of barrel at first.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Smoked plums, figs, wild berries, technical notes are not so persistent, but the usual pharmacy is practically absent, but there is a lot of marshmallow from grapes, dried raisins and cake. Greasy, mackerel on newspaper, used motor oil, dried mango, army biscuits.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Thick, enveloping, oily, smoked fruit, machine oil, smoked berries, charcoal-grilled beef steak with little burnt fat, sweet, smoky, with ash.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, slowly fading, leaving motor oil with sand on the teeth, with dried dark berries.

  59. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Actually, I wanted to open this bottle on Father's Day and compete against Batch 11. Because someone asked me if I could send a sample of this, I opened the bottle today and poured myself a dram from Batch 11 as well. I don't know if I could have seen such a big difference between these two batches six months ago.

    This is a decent whisky and still worth the money at today's prices. I don't find a wow effect here, but I like the dram.
    • Nose
      88 88
      This Laphroaig is very sweet on the nose and the classic peat smoke initially decreases significantly over time. Through my experienced whisky friend, however, I have learned over the past few months how to recognize a beautiful old-school Islay. This one isn't one. It lacks that subtle sweetness that develops from the peat of older casks, and it also lacks the oiliness, which is much more common in Batch 11.

      This is still a nicely balanced and clean whisky, almost 88 points on the nose confirm that. The alcohol is very, very well integrated. Compared to the Batch 11, this one is simply too simple, without an aha effect. But it is still worth the 80 euros and I also find aspects of enjoyment here.

      With water it just gets smoky.
    • Taste
      88 88
      87.5
      On the palate, the flavor profile is a bit one-dimensional, sweet and smoky, a bit sticky liqueur sweetness, but still pretty intense due to the percentages. With water, it becomes significantly more bitter and also significantly thinner. I would definitely skip the water here.

      The Batch 11 is noticeably more diverse in terms of aromas and mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is rather short for a Laphroaig if you're looking for flavors alongside the smoky taste in the throat.

  60. springtank scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  61. DramALife scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Less aggressive than Laphroaig 10 on the medicinal peat smoke, provided more space for the rest of Laphroaig flavors to shine through. Another step up from quarter cask!

  62. The_Osprey scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig 10 year old Cask Strength, Batch 14.

    70cl bottle. First 35ml dram rated April 2022.

    Mid-tone amber.

    Much has been said about Beam Suntory adding e150a to these whiskies. I’d really, really rather they didn’t do it. It sucks all the magic out of whisky. Why would you create this more authentic expression and then mess around with it in a way that makes it seem adulterated and inauthentic? Surely this sort of whisky is marketed at people who are conscious of and averse to the use of caramel? Sigh. Anyway...

    Aroma is milky oak, touch of clove, some antiseptic, just a hint of charred white meat. A little more muted than would be ideal - sometimes I wonder if the use of e150a kills aroma a bit. Gets a touch soapy later on.

    Body is light oily.

    Taste is better than the aroma, certainly.

    Mmm... sorry I lost myself there.

    Significantly richer than the previous couple of CS bottlings. Surprisingly empty on the palate to start – it’s a “back-loaded” dram. There’s a deep ‘sweet’ oaky intensity in the middle of the palate that endures throughout, a hint of oily rag and moving towards hammy, breathy, mechanical smoke, clove, hints of copper and rust. Opens up massively along the way, leading to a crescendo of smoke and sweet medicinal goodness. Drinks great at the ABV and I wouldn’t want to dilute it.

    So, it's full of e150a. The aroma is underwhelming. The initial flavour is a bit empty. So why the big score? Well, the taste opens up into a flavour profile I really, really enjoy. If this had a complex and pleasant aroma to match, this would be right up there with the best Laphroaig bottlings I’ve tried. Who knows, maybe a little time in the bottle will open it up. Even as it is, it’s not far off.

    Yum. 4.05/96

  63. sakis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  64. Ficelli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  65. BehindSpace scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  66. TimkoT scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  67. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  68. malt maniacs scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  69. fallinwhisky scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Seaweed, bacon, obvious peat smoke, with some honey flavor
    • Taste
      87 87
      Caramel、heavy peat , with some orange fruit and black pepper
    • Finish
      88 88
      The aftertaste is long, pepper flavor and peat smoke

  70. Peregrine scored this whisky 80 points Member Junior

    I remember my mate pulling a plastic glove from the kiln when we visited Laphroaig distillery. A big bluey green one. They must have burned a few pairs for batch 14. Worst CS yet. They even added E150 to try and make something of it. If it's bourbon matured without much colour, fine. Ardbeg get away with it. But why add E150? Too much focus on the distillery profile which spoils the whisky. There's a reason this one's still widely available. Visiting Islay in May and skipping Laphroaig. Shame.

  71. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  72. Emsmalt scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  73. P.K.S scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Impressive first impressjon, cinda start to get laphroaig love afther a number amazing ones
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fresh like summer, pepper and like hospital peat, riped lime and lime peel
      Oak
    • Taste
      84 84
      Bitterness, like rotten wood, reely ligth in the mouth want more oily texsture and more fresh in the mouth.
      Minerals
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long bitter, handsope feeling. Steel feelingen like rotten wood

  74. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  75. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    16.02.2022
    • Nose
      Cold smoke, charcoal, ash, maritime, seaweed or something, salt, a few herbs, caramel, honey, even a slight note of fruit, light fruit - perhaps apricot, a fairly intense note of wood
    • Taste
      Honey, caramel, herbs, maritime, salt, lots of wood, ash

  76. TheRidgeBack scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    A Laphi as you imagine it. Rough, wild and harsh. He outshines the normal 10-year-old by far. The interplay of sweetness, smoke and sea makes it very interesting. Powerful, but never brute. He doesn't want to be a gentleman like the 16er. But he is remembered. Smoked bacon with a light honey sweetness and smoldering oak shavings lingers in your mouth for a long time while your thoughts are sorted.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Smoky
      Medical
      Fruity
      Sweet
      Spice
    • Taste
      86 86
      honey
      smoke
      Herbs
      iodine seaweed
      Seasoning builds up
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long,
      smoke
      salt

  77. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Delicious drink with extremely well integrated alcohol.
    This batch pleases with sweetness, saltiness and (for Laphroaig) subtle smokiness. The finish is long and harmonious.
    I can't quite understand the hysteria about the use of dye (even if it's not nice) in some people here: you wouldn't notice it blindly... Isn't it a matter of taste?
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  78. Sandman23 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  79. DannyDram scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Campfire, Peat, Tobacco, Medicinal, Graphite, Citrus, Orange Marmalade, Vanilla, Dark Dried Fruit, Vanilla Cheese. Balanced, powerful, strong body, good texture, creamy, vanilla sweetness, pronounced intensity, nice finish.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  80. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2022] Another taste of a new Laphroaig cask strength batch. Until batch 012 they all were of remarkable high quality which I scored 90+points and without adding caramel colouring to it. This changed with batch 013 and it seems to continue with this batch 014 (according to the label declaration in Germany)...

    ...yep, it does. In older batches the dark colour was created through adding a significant number of sherry casks to the cask strength batches which lead to a flabbergasting high flavour's complexity. From batch 013 onward they changed this recipe to a (much) lower share of sherry casks - if any at all - and create the dark colour using loads of caramel instead, resulting in a rather boring profile (compared to the older batches). And they added more virgin oak-alike casks (de-charred/re-charred technique) which turn these cask strength releases' profiles very close to the rest of the modern "hit-and-run" Laphroaig editions portfolio.

    Good, if you love the spiked and easy-to-grasp new Laphroaig taste (which obviously a lot of people do, looking at all the high scores here at WB). But these are bad news to all who prefer the older, more sophisticated Laphroaig profile (which made Laphroaig famous, by the way). I belong to the latter connoisseurs that is why now I turn away from buying any new Laphroaig bottlings at all - the cask strength was the last out of their portfolio I really liked (up to batch 012). Sorry Laphroaig, but you lost a decade-long loyal customer...
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is deep copper but this is irrelevant because they used loads of caramel to adjust it (which they did not do for older cask strength batches). In Germany the use of colourants has to be stated on the label which they did ("Mit Farbstoff") and despite all of the labels are written completely in English they used the German words here to not bother customers in the rest of the world (aren't they nice?). So always look out for "Farbstoff" which is the German word for "colourant", but sometimes they use "Zuckercouleur" instead which simply means caramel. What else to say about this nose? I did not find any single trace of any sherry-induced aroma and the malt's aromas profile is rather boring for a Laphroaig, to be honest. Still this is better than many other drams but it is miles away from the glorious Laphroaig profile of the past. But if you are in whisky for rather simple yet impressive drams you will like this for sure - this nose requires no intellectual efforts, just take a single sniff and you will know all about it.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is very simple and extremely sweet, most probably because of the vast amount of caramel added to colour this dram. There are some shy hints of sherry flavours here but I am not absolutely sure about these impressions. This could be a side effect of caramel and heavily charred casks too. Still the heavy peat and the basic Laphroaig malt's profile is pretty nice but I miss almost all of the complexity of previous batches. Even after longer chewing there are no new impressions popping up, all is there with the first sip already. Actually, I find the rather strong sweet caramel note increasingly disturbing the more I sip this dram. This taste is both easy to quaff and easy to forget, sorry folks.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The dram arrives warming with a limited coating effect (compared to older batches) on my palate without distracting moments. The finish accordingly is of a medium length only, again rather disappointing for a Laphroaig cask strength release. It does not add any new impressions but the sweet caramel flavour stays until the very end. Do you like caramel in whisky? I do not, and I do not like any added sugars or vanilla in rum editions either. If you own a very sweet tooth you may like it, but always remember: This is a very cheap and stupid way of sweetening drinks. Some water turns the nose more punchy and release more peat aromas, but still no sherry. The taste turns punchy too without releasing new impressions. A bigger splash does not change a lot, so I prefer the neat dram.

  81. MaltNerd scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Wild strawberries with powdered sugar, vanilla, sweet algae, bbq sauce, balsamico and ash. Rich and variable aroma.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Creamy and rich. Strawberries, peat, salt, black pepper, nutmeg, oregano, algae and mineral elements.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Dry, with a lot of oakiness, smoke, spices and bitterness. Quite disappointing. Drop of water helps and gives better balance.

  82. Dogs2 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Coast (slightly seaweed-salty-maritime), peat smoke, pavement, vanilla, shortcrust pastry, ham, peach, slightly oily metal, noticeably sweeter than Batch 12. Yes, it's different than Batch 12, but definitely not bad. Where Batch 12 brings a bit more notes from the "coast" for me, the Batch 14 is more on the sweet side.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  83. domani scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is the most intense Laphroaig I've ever tasted. Extremely powerful with mineral-salty smoke. The memory lingers for a long time. Water frees sweetness for the palate but tames the smoke in return. Just enjoy pure - 03/19/2022
    • Nose
      90 90
      Spicy, aromatic smoke spreads with an intensity reminiscent of log fires and smoked ham. The smoke is mineral with a light note of tar, charred wood, essential oils in the background, fir oil, herbal salt, cardboard, no trace of alcohol, a very nice balance
    • Taste
      91 91
      Intense smoke, incredibly dry, woody and very strong, the alcohol is powerful, sweetness but not in the direction of fruit but rather in the direction of grilled vegetables, the smoke lasts very long, charred wood, glowing ash
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, the smoke is still very present and powerful, mineral, salty-spicy, woody, dry, dusty

  84. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  85. dapoinbua scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  86. CPI_1972 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  87. FernetBranco scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  88. BLDNCH scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Nose: heavy
    Mouth: explosive
    Finish: afterburn

  89. martinseco did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Up until batch #012, the Laphroaig world was fine for me - since then it hasn't been. Batch #013 and this batch #014 are decorated with caramel. For me this is more than just a drop of bitterness and for these great whiskys completely superfluous and pointless. If the color of the whisky in this class is no longer caused by the barrel aging but by an additive, that is a strong argument for me not to buy the whisky anymore.

  90. GoldenDram scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Really good overall result!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Mainly I get vanilla sweetness, tobacco and subtle smoke. Overall, however, very pleasantly interwoven and in no way intrusive.
      After a while, lemon zest is added.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Alcohol perfectly integrated, again very sweet but also powerful after vanilla and fresh fruit
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long due to the perfect cask strength, here the smoke becomes clearer but does not overpower the dram but emphasizes the finish

  91. ArdbegZalle scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

  92. Макс scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  93. serejja scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Good one, I like it better than batch 13. A bit of creaminess compared to batches 11 and 13. Still inferior to batch 11 for me. Doesn't have that lot of pepper in the taste and introduces noticeable sweetness, though not so strong as batch 11.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  94. Mike King scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    Extremely multi-layered, complex, smoky, sweet, spicy, herbal, fruity, washed with all seas at the end

  95. WSP scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  96. Ed Radour scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

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

  97. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nails. We chew scrap metal, in the middle of car wrecks. And now the peat is rising. It's a tidal wave that carries us away. And instead of drowning, we find ourselves in the cool, on the beach, lulled by a gentle sea breeze and iodized. Dried fruits, prunes, apricots, banana. Dirty and charcoal peat. Soot, motor oil, diesel oil. Shards of rusty metal. Saline net. Light medicinal touch. Mouth very saline at first, then fruity, juicy pear, finally the spices rise, pepper, nutmeg and ginger. Ether, drug solution. Fairly long finish and still very medicinal, earthy, smoky, bandages, mercurochrome, chlorine, disinfectant. In the end it turns into salt crystals, sea water, enamel, wet sand. Shaving cream.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2022/02/laphroaig-10-yo-cask-strength-batch-014.html
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  98. geriud scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  99. Saftkenner scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A great batch. Significantly more fruity than Batch #11 and #12. The smoke is more elegant, less phenolic, less iodine and ashy. This batch also feels significantly oilier on the palate.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Great Laphroaig nose, but also tamer, more harmonious, fruitier than Batch #11 and Batch #12.
      Campfire, Seaweed, Green Tea, Vanilla, Peach Jam, Quince, Fresh Grass, Toasted Almonds.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Nice campfire smoke significantly less phenolic and iodine. The fruit comes out much more clearly next to the smoke. Very full body, goes well without water. Apricot, quince, vanilla, iodine, delicate oak.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Mid-length finish. Overall very fruity on the finish. Light, very harmonious smoke, quince, vanilla, baked peach, forest honey, pipe tobacco.

  100. Comet67 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  101. Igitor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  102. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    SIGNIFICANTLY better than Charge 13.
    Just my two cents though...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  103. robse211 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  104. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  105. Derbyshire_sipper scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

    Nose.
    Golden syrup, sweet honey. peaty, ham, smoked bacon, salty sea spray & seaweed.

    Taste
    Sweet honey, caramel, vanilla. This gives way to a wave of sea salt, the peat coming through too. Some fruityness too, peach, and some sweet orange.

    After
    Really long and deep. That smoke lingers and that honey sweetness running through it that just sings. Ends with coffee and milk.

    Compared to those I have tried before. This one raises the bar. Sweeter and more complex.

    Absolute banger.

    93 points from me.

  106. mr_braun scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  107. Rauchfang scored this whisky 100 points Member Senior

    Very Laphroaig. Have been wating for this one for 30 years.
    • Nose
      99 99
      Fruity, Laphi, sweet sherry (? Should not have, as it is supposed to be Bourbon only) and tpc laphi.
    • Taste
      100 100
      Like the 10er, 40abv, but hey, not. Clearer, hefty laph, clean, pungent, but not alcoholic aggressive, a deep sweet sherry note completely without this hallmark adstringent bitterness, which reached its climax in the oloroso bottling at 48% last year and which was so characteristic of the last undrinkable bottlings. And not so monophasic as the non bad sherry spoit ones like the 16y, batch 13.
    • Finish
      98 98
      Long. Clean, strong laph. Not spirity as the last Batches (as the16y 48%). It is the a absolutely best laphroaig since 30 years. Oh my God. In comparison to batch 13: this slight awefull bad sherry bitterness is no longer present, it is clean and fragrant. I would die for this one

  108. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  109. Eifelmalt75 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Great, slightly atypical Laphroaig. It is very sweet and the typical medicinal note/iodine is only very subtle in the background. In comparison with batch no. 11, no. 12 and no. 13 this is the clear winner for me. Batch #14 is more complex and slightly sweeter than the above.
    The biggest difference, however, is the finish: it is much more intense, complex and extremely long due to the variety of aromas.
    He convinced me.

  110. pianoman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Phenolic smoke, burnt lemon, grilled pineapple. cigar ash. Some vanilla and coffee. Hot tar paper, a dash of diesel.
    • Taste
      Strong grill smoke. railway tracks. Smoked Pepper. nectarines, some honey. wood varnish. Leather, dark chocolate, wood ash.

  111. Kegelbogen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It made a better impression on me than the previous batch 13. Although not much, it is more complex and interesting in aroma and taste. Remarkably integrated alcohol - 58.6% are not felt in the aroma and taste. Given the price of 80 €, this is a very good whisky for a winter evening.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet smoke, a cigar box, a pinch of tobacco, with the same small pinch of salt, wool and leather somewhere in the back.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Colder than the scent suggested, I like the eucalyptus smoke. A little coniferous wood and salt. I suppose that there were sherry casks in the batch - there is a decent feeling of dried fruits - dry pear and raisins.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium on peat and salt.

  112. Fman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Yeah, that´s a real good one :-)

  113. Daan2 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Yes, this is really the best whisky I know so far. Wonderfully sweet, full and peaty. For example, this makes the Talisker 18 a boring dog.

  114. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    it's better than everything after the 8th batch, the nose plays with halftones and the taste also gives a good scale with aftertaste a little worse but at the level
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  115. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  116. stalker1971 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  117. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    89 - 90

  118. krupoder scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Excellent recognizable helmet 10. Smoky, sweet, tasty, that moment when you don't want to drip in details, but just enjoy drinking, especially when you have a whole bottle in stock)

  119. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The difference to the previous batch 013 is striking. Not in terms of quality, since Batch 014 and Batch 013 are on par, but in terms of the type of aromas that can be found in the glass. I can't remember identifying such a fruit and ham note in a 10 CS (ex-Bourbon Casks especially) that then blends in so well and harmonizes so well with the other "classic" aromas.
    Edit: On Wednesday, April 20th, 2022, the first Laphroaig online tasting took place with the new Distillery Manager and successor to John Campbell, Barry MacAffer. This 10 CS was the first dram tasted and MacAffer in the course of the broadcast gave the cask composition:
    69.5% 1st fill bourbon
    30.5% refill bourbon
    • Nose
      91 91
      "Rough and extremely demanding" were the words I would have used to describe him after a first sniff. Not uncommon for a 10 CS, but after just a few moments in the glass and a second sniff, it suddenly becomes almost soft and a lot more approachable - which suits it very well. Seaweed, smoked ham, warm tar paper, salty sea spray, a box full of Hansaplast adhesive plasters, peat smoke - the spicy bacon in particular stands out here as a special feature, all other flavors are good and valued acquaintances. A spice mixture that, with thyme, rosemary, chervil and a little cinnamon, is not at all tart, but rather partly sweet. And that note of smoked ham…
    • Taste
      91 91
      Absolutely classic 10 CS start: clear peat smoke that only Laphroaig can manage. A breeze from the Wadden Sea, pregnant with salt. Seaweed, warm tar, machine oil, Hansaplast and again the spicy smoked ham from the nose. In addition, there is a nice fruity note of grilled peach slices, which I have to think about in a quiet minute, whether I have ever had them in a 10 CS. Grilled peaches on smoked ham, I should try it in real life.
      Great cinema, what he delivers on the tongue. On the one hand the classic tart aromas, on the other hand this very special fruit note.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Has the usual long, smoky finish, which not only benefits from the smoke alone, but also presents some fruit, tar and smoked ham.

  120. yarikovsky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  121. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Peat, smoke, coal, pepper, nuts, slightly burnt grilled meat, iodine, tar, bandages ... 22-22,5-22,5-22
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  122. rrd scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    Dry, salty smoke, with a mix of white and black pepper, quite long finish, with a slight bitterness at the end.
    With water, a little sweetness emerge.
    For myself, this was one of the nicer CS which I enjoy very much, so high marks for this one.
    To close, I still feel the Laphroaig Cask Strengths 10yo are among the better value for money nowadays...

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