Laphroaig Cask Strength

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch #003
Stated Age
10 years old
55.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
09 Mar 2011 3:20 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 408.16

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Cask Strength

48 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.49 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2015]  I had another dram during an "Laphroaig Bicentenary" tasting at Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90.  My notes state there must have been some sherry casks included in this batch, for sure...

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2012]  I had this dram during a Prof. Schobert "Islay" tasting at Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90.  My notes state this is the best batch of Laphroaig cask strength so far - I bought several bottles.

  3. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    A wonderful scotch. Lucky to have friends in faraway places to get me these as the 10yo cask strength are not available in Canada. What a shame. In the US these are only $70us, what a bargain. If you can still find any.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Rich sweet brininess, light smoke intermingled with light fruits and a little chocolaty. No alcohol. Very pleasant.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very viscous, sweet barbecue smoke, caramel, vanilla, peatiness, iodine, tutti-fruity and light chocolate.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Really nice and warm. Medium-long.

  4. nhuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    wow, started with the Cairdeas 2017 just to warm up and thought may be something bit more smoky.... so what do we have here? Batch 003 was the one in the front of the shelf... deep complex heavy smoke in the nose.... turns to sweet smoke and soooo long in the mouth, doesnt go away. hopefully there are a few more in my storage :)

    am doing a horizontal Laphroaig 10 CS tasting between 002, 003 and 005 and they are all so very good but quite different tastewise, would go for the 003 batch if I had to pick one, but complaining on a very high level, if you only have one of the other 2 - be happy and just enjoy it.

    just for the sake of scoring them

    batch 002 - 89p

    batch 003 - 90/91p

    batch 005 - 88p

  5. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig 10 yo OA Cask Strength 55.3% Batch 003
    Color: strong gold (dyed)
    Nose: Pure: Wow, the classic Laphroaig peat bomb, BUT clear fruit behind it, Sherryfassanteil (!?!), Slightly rosinig. Sea, much sea, salt, harbor, iodine, stormy sea. With a little water: wonderful, the sweetness increases massively, vanilla comes up, fruit still there, but not so superficial. Still very maritime. Smoke level is about the same. Fantastic nose !!
    Gschmack: Pure: it goes pure too! Hardly any sharpness! The expected strong "Peatstorm" but not too violent, very medical, how does iodine actually taste? Then rather dry, less fruit than the nose promises, but quite noticeable. With a bit of water: much sweeter, a little more fruit while still dominant peat. Now also much saltier. Very good, but the nose is a little better.
    Finish: long, light but pleasantly bitter, the peat sticks to the palate for a while.
    Comment: Wow, lives up to his reputation, so far the best young Laphroaig. I could swear there's Sherry in it. Little but noticeable. Very very horny fabric !! Water brings a lot of sweetness. Great PLV.

  6. Thermidor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very good ex-bourbon Laphroaig that was a super bargain at the original retail price.
    • Nose
      First impression: a heavy hitting Laphroaig, but also deep, as in the nose being rich with tones and altogether more robust than what I remember from the regular 10yo. Grass and herbal tones are more obvious here than in the regular 10yo. A wonderful dry sweet aroma that opens with sauna planks, woodsmoke and herbal tones immersed in tarry sweetness. Boiled potatoes, cured ham, vanilla sugar, and a wisp of salinity and then some dried chili skin. 
    • Taste
      Neat it burns, but even though the aftertaste is very present and big there is a slight hollowness about the whole, as if I just swallowed a sun and couldn't quite handle all the flavour. Some teaspoons of water later and we're still in stupendously intense territory, but the flavour is beginning to open and become richer in the mouth. Now it's properly filling, all hollowness gone, and I get anis, coriander, salmiak, liquorice, and sweet tar. 
    • Finish
      I'll settle for 88pts due to the finish that is a bit hollow, as this one tastes not a day older than its age statement. Very forward and cutting on the tongue. A little more mass in the tail and this would have been legendary.

  7. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    First of all, big smoky peat. Light vanilla, bitumen and nails arrive just after. Gravel, asphalt. Pastry cream mixed with fuel oil. Camphor, disinfectant. Dust, cigarette ash. Who knocked over the ashtray? Chlorine, iodine, and peat, which seems to crush everything in its path. Nice fullness after adding water. It becomes more fruity, with some juicy yellow plums. I have the impression of tasting an ash cake. To drown in a pool of ash. At the same time it is very tasty, and rather well balanced. Little by little, the fruits take precedence, white grapes, mirabelle plums, queen claude, which tend towards pineapple, Spanish melon. Then the tar comes back, the gas oil.
    On the palate, very intense peat. Some vinous and honeyed reflections, then the spices rise, pepper, cloves. Surprisingly, I really have the impression of having ash on my tongue. For the rest, it's quite warm, malty. The finish is violent first, then it becomes smoother, very long, resinous, oaky, young and fresh wood that has just been cut. An ounce of fruit to finish, but it's a little sour. Pear a little hard. Burnt wood.

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

  9. eselsim scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Undoubtedly a gem of Islay
    22/23/22/23 90
    • Nose
      Tar, leather, burnt wood and iodine bonfires, sweet winey malt
    • Taste
      Lucious smoke, hints of pine, ash and sea spray
    • Finish
      Everlasting warmth and gentle smokiness

  10. DrunkDude scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An outstanding 10 year old
    • Nose
      Peated, burnt herbs, fresh cut ginseng, ash, slightly malty, hints of apple, paint. Baked vegetable, overcooked rice, burning incense 89
    • Taste
      Herbal Sweet, ginseng sugar, dried plum sour, baked bacon, black pepper and Sichuan pepper spices, a lot of ginger, peat, smoky and balanced. 89
    • Finish
      Ginseng bitterness, ginger warmth, baked breads, liquorice, ash, woods, peat, a lot of tannin 89


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