Laphroaig Cask Strength

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch #014
Stated Age
10 years old
ex-Bourbon Barrels
58.6 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L1 159 SB1
Added on
13 Nov 2021 11:05 pm by spagr
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 102.51

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Cask Strength

64 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.37 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Rauchfang scored this whisky 100 points Member Junior

    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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.


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