Laphroaig Cask Strength

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch #005
Stated Age
10 years old
57.2 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
25 May 2013 9:02 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 255.95

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Cask Strength

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.63 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Conclusion in the barrel-strong peat experiment: an extremely fruity and peaty malt. By trend, I would type in a ball chalice. Barrely with about 55-58% and a Burgundy or wine finish, about 10 years old. In the end it could be an Islay ... Ok, I say 25% Islay. Probably a Highlander, but could also be an Islay.
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: Fruity notes mix with timid and subtle peat aroma. Intense orange and banana aroma dominate the nose immediately, slightly malty, then peaches are added. The alcohol is quite present and intense. The intense sweetness and fruit notes now dominate the nose. Here, the decision is a little harder for me. Although it flashes occasionally islaytypical peat, although I tend here rather to a Highlander.
    • Taste
      Extremely fruity, the first sip flows through the mouth, then the peat hits with full force. Somehow, this sample, despite the fierce Torfaromas yet creamy and soft. Tender notes of wood mix in the course of drinking with the intense berry fruit and the bulky peat. Smoke is currently hardly or very discreet. Somehow this sample tastes like Islay and somehow a smoky Highlander with an exotic wine finish.
    • Finish
      The departure starts powerfully. The peat is again present and the smoky note becomes more dominant and bitter on the finish. Spicy wood and fruity berries play on the finish, earthy and with a sweet peat note, the malt gradually fades out.

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    simply good
    • Nose
      Smoke, fish, liquorice, citrus, vanilla, salt, wooden planks with algae at the jetty, spicy, heather
    • Taste
      soft in the beginning, spicy smoke, salt, chocolate
    • Finish
      long, salty maritime with strong smoke and sweetness

  3. Gloin scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The smell is unusual, the smoky note is very independent, I like the nose well. In the taste of the whisky increases again, the sweetness fits very well with the smoke. And the finish fits seamlessly. I really like the whisky.
    blind tasting
    • Nose
      burning wood, baked apple, cinnamon, sweet, later some citrus fruits, freshly cut herbs, some oak, and again and again the burning wood
    • Taste
      Soft onset, creamy body, immediately gentle smoke that does not taste like peat, red apples, a hint of oak,
    • Finish
      In the finish, the impression of smoke becomes more medicinal and the dominant element, complemented with sweet apple, a little oak, chocolate truffle

  4. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Always a pleasure.
    • Nose
      At first restrained, but then: seaweed, algae, peat smoke, rain on fresh tarred road, adhesive plaster, engine oil, salt, vanilla, honey.
    • Taste
      Strong and warming. The ashes of a cold campfire, fried bacon. In addition, surprisingly sweet with ripe apricots and peaches. Some lemon. Salt pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, greasy, salty.

  5. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig 10 yo OA Cask Strength 57.2% Batch 005
    Color: as always
    Nose: japp, there's again, the evil, sweet, always yummy, honey sweet, smelly Laphroaig Cask Strength. He just will not be bad. But the question is yes, is he getting better? I mean no. The filling is very good. No question, again a lot of power, a lot of caramel, a lot of sweet peat, but the overall picture lacks the finishing touches. He seems a bit confused. Without being balanced. Whining at a high level, but that's the way it is.
    Taste: beautiful, delicious start, there can hardly keep up another distillery in CS. Still not. But he comes a little edgy, with a slight sharpness despite supple 57+ therefore: D. The predecessors could do that better. But still beautiful, intense and spicy oak, iodine, hospital cheese, just good ...
    Finish: long, clear, licorice, honey of the dark variety. Excellent!
    Comment: he wants to achieve it, but he does not quite manage to match the size of the predecessors 003 and 004. Tortzdem remains he still one of the big players in the smoke and Cask Strength Biz, and still for me one of the best Islay Malts. I sincerely hope that Laphroaig can keep up with the current pressure from the enormous demand!

  6. ezioaudit scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  7. EvilAFI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It’s my jam. Big bold peat, vanilla, lemon, powerful and unrestrained. Laphroaig was my first Peated pour and I may be a smidge biased when reviewing them.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Ashy bbq peat, abv is well integrated, sweet, vanilla, cinnamon, brine, herbaceous, lemon zest
    • Taste
      91 91
      Big ash smoke opens, vanilla icing, lemon cake, white pepper,
    • Finish
      89 89
      Eating Grilled peaches sprinkled with cinnamon and brown sugar and vanilla ice cream outside by a smoldering fire (sometimes it’s easier to describe a memory or experience)

  8. Albaron scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    Blind tasting during the peat experiment by fassstark.de:

    Could be an Ardbeg Uigeadail, but after the Bowmorenoten come through in the end it can really only be a Bowmore Darkest. Despite a strong start rather not a Laimrig, hard, definitely a Bowmore. Can not believe that should come from an ex-Bourbon barrel. He's definitely from Islay and I dare to say that it's a Bowmore.

    At the post-tasting:
    A strong whisky that actually has distinct sherry notes, but only comes from a bourbon barrel. Many solvents and oily. In between, it appears green, but that flies again and is actually only an appearance. Has an unusual profile and the smoke evolves over time and gets stronger.
    • Nose
      dry, slightly phenolic smoke, a little bit mineral, vanilla, some raisins, toffee, later some quite typical notes of bowmøn are added, say something green, light solvents and slightly oily
    • Taste
      very strong onset, clear alcohol, also slightly mineral, slightly metallic, the smoke is very present and still dry and slightly phenolic, slightly sweet, slightly bitter, some black tea, also raisins and after some oxidation also the green bowmore notes
    • Finish
      the smoke subsides fairly quickly, but the raisins remain and the ashy notes stay longer

  9. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The Laphroaig 10y CS is a guarantee for a great Islay whisky.
    • Nose
      Strong peaty, but well integrated into a nice sweetness, vanilla, quite a lot of oak, with nutmeg, some menthol, slight medical notes. Acts very mature and significantly older than 10 years.
    • Taste
      full Laphroaig power. Peat, medicinal, menthol, burnt scrub, tart oak, pepper.
    • Finish
      First, the pepper is there, then a nice sweet sneaks back into the finish, which accompanies the peat wonderfully. Oak, slightly menthol, all a bit scorched.

  10. uap304 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    It's an amazing experience.  Dim the lights, turn on some music, and enjoy the ride.  A highly entertaining dram.
    • Nose
      Golden.  Strong and intoxicating aroma. Vanilla RC cola and bourbon under a haze of an alcohol peat cloud.  Becoming phenolic.
    • Taste
      Oily and sticky, spindly legs.  Overpowering peat blast, nutty and malty, then becoming spicy and more unidimensional over time.  With water comes ridiculous changes, turning spicy, honeyed, malty.  With more water to the point of becoming soft and thin bringing out pistachio, incredible sweetness at the forefront, mellowed cinnamon, toffee/caramel chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long and intensely drying. Salty but not much additional development.


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