Laphroaig 10-year-old

Overall rating
83.13/100
votes
1869
Whiskybase ID
WB42885
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2013
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Label
New Label
Barcode
5010019640260
Added on
22 jun 2013 5:37 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 42.60

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig 10-year-old

147 users have left 168 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.13 points.

  1. tomjcollins85 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I thoroughly enjoyed this. I think, with the exception of the Balvenie DoubleWood (which is a personal favourite at this level), it's probably the best thing on a supermarket shelf.

    It's not overly complex, but the flavours it does have are strong. I've read a few comments on here regarding the ABV not being strong enough; I actually disagree, I think the 40% works really well with this.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose is powerful with lots of smoke and medicinal notes. I also picked up on lots of citrus, and after 15 minutes in the glass I also got some vanilla.
    • Taste
      86 86
      BANG. This is only 40%?! It's very much a continuation of the nose; there really isn't any fruit, just lots of smoke, leather, medicinal notes and a slight cream after a few mouthfuls.
    • Finish
      85 85
      I found the finish to be short and very smooth, understandable without much burn at this abv.

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  3. AndyMO10 scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    Unique Islay style. Typical Laphroaig's medicinal notes, peat smokiness, maltiness, orange peel, citrus, seaweed, significant earthiness, nettle, sweet vanilla mixed with sea water. Relatively rich for 40% ABV. I like releases from this brand, this one would be brilliant with more ABV /46%+.../.

  4. stalker1971 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. Sajmon scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  6. aw-home scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Phenolic peat smoke with apples, citrus, oak aromas, vanilla and maritime notes.
    • Taste
      Peat smoke with apples, vanilla, oak aromas and maritime notes.
    • Finish
      Long with peat smoke, vanilla, oak aromas, citrus and maritime notes.

  7. Sajmon scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Very specific whisky, smokey, oily, dominant peat
    • Nose
      73 73
      smoke, leather, citrus, peat, smoked cheese
    • Taste
      79 79
      oily, dry, smoke, leather, peat, smoked meat
    • Finish
      78 78
      medium, oily

  8. drinktippset scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    It's a classic all time favourite of mine, and a bit sentimental because this whisky really was the reason I fell in love with scotch.

    The nose is smoky, with a bit of tar and some oceany vibes. It reminds me of sailors coating their boats in the harbour. And there's some beautiful honey on the nose.

    On the taste it's a wonderful, long lasting smoke. A sweetness of honey, along with some pears and fruits, once the smoke has settled.

    I love the Laphroaig 10, and to me it seems like it has been rather consistent over the years I've drank it (15 years or so).

  9. haubi scored this whisky 71 points Expert Junior

    Rauchbombe

  10. Saftkenner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Ah yes, this bottling is just fun. I've never bought a bottle of the 10-year-old because I've always preferred the bottlings with a higher drinking strength, but when I was out in the evening, I've often gotten the absolutely solid 10-year-old into my glass in various bars or pubs and it enjoyed every time.
    My (following) notes refer to the following bottling: WB172047
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very nice phenolic-maritime smoke, which, as one would wish for with a 10er, also has a few gauze bandages, algae, tar and campfire embers in its luggage. Once the nose has hidden the smoke, vanilla is added, fine citrus aromas, heather, pound cake and fine oak spice.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oh yes, slightly creamy and also slightly watery, but the low drinking strength tempts you to keep it in your mouth forever. That's really fun! The powerful smoke is accompanied by nice sweetish notes. honey, vanilla, caramel. At some point even pickled cherries, light chocolate and a hint of pineapple are added.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length finish, very pleasant with caramel, vanilla, malt, charcoal and pickled cherries.

  11. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Once you, better your nose, have gotten used to the smoke, the smell reveals a very nice, clear aroma that you would not expect from a ten-year-old, 40% malt. As far as the nose is concerned, the malt convinced me.
    Here I absolutely understand the fans of this distillery and the whisky. If the weak-bodied representative smells so good on the alcohol side, how tasty does the CS version have to be?
    In terms of taste, it starts off a bit light and flat for my standards, but increases again over the course of the day and ends in a long, dry beautiful finish.
    A very, very decent standard and a nice introduction to this traditional distillery.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Immediately an intense rush of smoke in the nose. Strongly phenolic, medicinal - like charred residue from used gauze and bandages. Something keeps flashing behind it, like warm, fresh asphalt. After the enormous smoke has literally cleared up a bit, the other flavors now come to the fore. First a dash of lemon and the zest of it. Some vanilla, overall it gets sweeter - even the smoke gets progressively sweeter. This is followed by tree resin, forest herbs and pine needles.
      But also maritime notes with algae, sea water, iodine. Now the malt really opens! The smoke is now more and more in the background and a beautiful, rich fruity note - especially a ripe lemon, but also something like apricots or peach - steps in front of the scent curtain. I wouldn't have guessed.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Slightly thin, watery entry with a smooth mouthfeel. The low alcohol content of 40% is noticeable here. Immediately on the tongue a good portion of the medicinal smoke. The malt also appears more ashy and drier. Then comes the lemon and vanilla as a counterpoint. Some sweetness is also there - but only discreetly, cannot assert itself. The resin and the forest herbs also show up. Towards the end, another boost of tar and asphalt, some salt and algae.
    • Finish
      86 86
      It's getting more woody, the oak shows itself. Not very strong, but still noticeable. It becomes spicier on the palate. Light coffee with a few drops of milk. The smoke lingers in the mouth for a long time.

  12. Bomshanka scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Classic and iconic. This particular tasting was from a 1liter bottle that had been sitting almost empty for almost a year. The violence of the profile has subdued and the more fragile elements appear.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Brine, TCP, yellow orchard fruits, cold ashes. Iconic nose.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet yellow tropical fruits, tarry rope, grilled bacon that fell into the ashes.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Drying on the ashes, whiff of sea breeze on a cold day.

  13. Sajmon scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Very interesting and unique whisky
    • Nose
      Peat, old wood, gas
    • Taste
      dried meat, leather, smoky, warm
    • Finish
      litlle bit warm, hints of smoke, peat and wood

  14. Spoerkel scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    OK, peaty and very Laphi typical. But otherwise rather boring.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  15. micohiba scored this whisky 83 points Newbie

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  16. niggy1813 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    What I realize every time are variations in quality. Sometimes the 10y Laphroaig is very mature and complex, sometimes it's one dimensional and simple. This bottle from 2021 is a simple one. But that's what makes whisky even if they try to make it consistent. Nethertheless, I love it.
    • Nose
      83 83
      There is the clinic as well as wet canvas, tar and 84many other crazy flavours whatever you want to call them. It's deep, it's intensive, it's so different. Anyone who has ever drunk Laphroaig knows what I mean. It's this "you either love it, or you hate it".
    • Taste
      84 84
      Feels like biting in peaty smoke (however that is possible) together with a hint of disinfectant. Sounds mordant, but is surprisingly pretty smooth.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The finish is as special as the whole rest - medical, smoky, crazy. Remains very long in your throat and gullet and of course you still have something of it the next day.

  17. rich_93 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Tasted from a 5cl sample bought in 2022 at a UK supermarket. I don’t mind the floral notes, in fact I like them quite a bit. Even the soapiness is fine. But Laphroaig’s standard expression is becoming too neutered to accurately reflect the distillery character. Everything is inoffensive until the finish.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Noticeably laphroaig, but starting to veer quite far from the classic heavy phenolic character we know and love. The overall impression is citrus-fresh, floral, and distinctly soapy. Yes, a really nice violet soap with herbs.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Light, woody, dry, fresh. At the start, defined by the somewhat tired feeling casks, with astringent bitter herbs and spices. Then, as it develops, soapy (both in flavour and texture), with mild herbal and phenolic nuances. Refreshing citrus fruits. Quite bland for a peated whisky.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Sour peat and citrus, like smoking decent but not great weed. Remains soapy. Finishes unpleasantly cardboardy and drying, like licking the box it was shipped in.

  18. TimkoT scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  19. Johnakhs scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  20. Peavey scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    My all time favourite.

    On the nose: cold smoke, salt, algae, medicinal, gauze bandage, sweetness, some oak

    In the mouth: smoke, charcoal, ash, very light malt sweetness on the finish, soft, dry, alpine herbs, tart woody, uncompromising, medicinal (gauze bandage, plaster, iodine, disinfectant) at the end.

    A little air makes it more intense, freshly opened the handbrake is still on.

  21. Quercus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  22. Furyuri scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    price and performance is excellent

  23. Obynapewno scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      smoke, hospital, iodine, sea salt, menthol
    • Taste
      more smoke, leather, fire, firewood, iodine, she seems to have a little more alcohol
    • Finish
      spicy, woody, smoky, long lasting

  24. eselsim scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I am a man of simple rules. I see a bottle of Laphroaig 10 and I buy it. Good all rounder. One of my most favorite go to tipple. Burning hospital and seaweed parfait

  25. fido44 scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    One of my favorite whiskys. Hospital in a bottle. Great price-quality ratio

  26. Rauchfang did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    This was a darling malt from the beginning of my malt journey 40 years ago. I compared it to an older bottling, which was sligthly sweeter and sligtly less peat pungent. Nothing to fuss about. It is still the most expressive laphi around, and despite its rather deplorable low abv of 40 GL, it beats any other affordable bottling, the cs included. It had this typical seaweed desinfectant iodine core big time. I was very positively surprised about the still flawless character and quality of this version. Needless to say that a 46% unchillfiltered uncoloured version would be VERRRY welcome. Sometimes I add a shot of cs.

  27. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Only 40% alcohol really weakened his beauty.
    But the price is very good.
    The taste score is 83 points, plus 1 point for the price, for a total of 84 points.
    • Nose
      Banana, Caramel, Iodine, Smoked
    • Taste
      Mild smoky, iodine, followed by aromas of new furniture, sea salt, floral and caramel
    • Finish
      Iodine, smoky, herbal and slightly sweet

  28. Will_iam scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  29. CellarToberi scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Matured in 1-st fill ex-bourbon casks. Thick, slowly forming, long legs. Chill-filtered and coloured. Water enhances sweetness on the account of smokiness. Undiluted, a generic Islay single malt.
    • Nose
      Smoke: medicinal peat, ashy, notes of smoked meat. Maritime: iodine, seaweed, salt spray. Fruits: smoked overripe apple and citrus fruits. Spiciness: pepper, baking spices. Malty: biscuits, barley sugar, sour dough. Sweet: honey, very light vanilla. Floral: sweet heather. Herbal: fresh tobacco and tea notes. Drifts in subsequent nosings: sweet, but dry, and oaky notes: toasted American oak.
    • Taste
      Sweet on the arrival: syrup. Develops fruits, smoke, salt, spices, and nuts. Savoury: dried meat. Malty note.
    • Finish
      Medium to long: Smoky, spicy, sweet, and oaky: light tannins. Lingering smoked salted meat notes. Warm.

  30. robbert88 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    The first glass of laphroaig is really the best. After that, it quickly diminishes in the bottle.
    If you taste old laphroaigs this is a shame.
    I've heard someone call this firewater. And I think that's a great name for this laphroaig.
    • Nose
      N: medicinal, wet charcoal, plasters, saltiness, ash, hospital air, iodine. Wet rotting wood.
    • Taste
      P: macadamia nuts, salted cashew nuts, smoke, medicinal, hansplast,
    • Finish
      F: ash, iodine, shorter than you hope can such a whisky, bitter lemon, pepper

  31. Gous scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  32. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very smoke-intensive Laphroaig with a sweet nose and tart taste and finish, very oily already in the glass, with a bit of searching you can also find something fruit and floral in the nose behind the thick wall of smoke, nothing for every day, but now and then has one fancy such smokers.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Peat, grilled banana, old book pages, thyme, caraway seeds, chrysanthemum blossoms, some cold ash
    • Taste
      86 86
      Oily, mild, tobacco, sea salt, artichoke, caraway
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length, walnut skin, hay, tobacco, some leather, some vanilla, burnt incense sticks

  33. MarcinCh scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      Pretty sweet. Caramel. Honey. Some fresh orange fruit. There is also sweet peat and medicinality. Vanilla. Some salt. Later on, citrus and green apple appeared.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Peat, medical. Light sweetness at first, then more dryness. Sea. Lots of salt. Caramel in the background. Then it starts to get a little sweeter again. A pinch of spices. Delicate ginger.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Peat. Medical. A pinch of spices. Caramel. Maybe even a bit of herbalism. Medium-long finish. Lots of salt.

  34. chrisyeo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Had a 30ml sample tasted in April 2021
    was advised its older bottling , My first Laphroaig
    Nose : smells medicinal (new clinic smell), very light vanilla feeling, smoke
    Taste : burnt smoke
    Finish : medium, lingering smokiness , slight sweetness back of tongue
    • Nose
      smells medicinal (new clinic smell), very light vanilla feeling, smoke
    • Taste
      burnt smoke
    • Finish
      medium, lingering smokiness , slight sweetness back of tongue

  35. MLE scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  36. Dutchdram scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      I smell peat, sea salt and white bread. A medicinal tone of iodine comes around and is passed by a light tone of smoke and in the end peppery.
    • Taste
      First a suprising taste of liquorice. Followed by peat and a medicinal tone of plasters. Vanilla, oak and a little pepper in the end.
    • Finish
      Medium-long. A nice, sweet and full aftertaste with a medicinal edge.

  37. Captain Teague scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    It's a good easy drinking Islay malt. Maybe the best if you want to get in touch with peated whisky for good money... also good for smoked cocktails. To me as I love the Laphroaig distillery ( the old 18 and the 10CS some of the greatest malts released in a core range) it just lacks too much everywhere very watery...with 48% this would be easily within the AB10 /Laga 8 range - smoke needs fire in this expression the water killed the fire. I like the QC at 48% much more even as a NAS.

  38. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  39. rolabob scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

  40. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nowadays it seems LP10 is neither as fruity nor as iodiney as it was many years back. Still decent, but has become a bit less distinct and tamer. 40% abv in Europe don't help...

  41. SimondeVette scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A real solid and powerful dram. I like it
    • Nose
      Smoke, leather, rubber, ocean
    • Taste
      Peat, ocean, medicinal, a bit of vanilla, some bitterness, some sweetness, licorice
    • Finish
      Viscous and surprisingly sweet

  42. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  43. KonstUA scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nose 21, taste 20, finish 21, balance 21

  44. Emperor69 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Category: Single Malt
    Producer and bottler: Laphroaig Distillery
    Region: Islay
    Fortress: 40%
    Volume: 700 ml
    Bottling date: 01/31/2020
    Barrel type: ?
    Age: 10 years old
    Filtration: yes
    Dye: present

    Nose. Such a strong smoke, a fire, as, for example, the closest competitor in terms of exposure to Islay, Ardbeg 10, is not observed in this Laphroig's nose, rather it is fading coals and ashes, ash. However, the nose is by no means unattractive, forgettable. The aromatic profile is based on marine motifs (iodine and algae, fish marinated with pepper, bay leaf and lemon slices) and medical themes (pills, Vishnevsky ointment) with nuances of sheep's wool. Fruits (apples, pears, plums, cherries), berries (dried blueberries, cranberries, lingonberry juice), vanilla and the malt theme of shortbread cookies add sweetness to the nose. In general, it turns out smoothly tailored, rich in diverse nuances, a wide aromatic palette.

    On the palate, peat, burnt wood, pepper bitterness manifest themselves more actively, but still not as powerful as we would like. Probably due to the low proportion of alcohol and the use of cold filtration, the whisky does not feel dense and oily enough. In general, the taste can be described as sweet and smoky. There are the same iodine, marine motifs as in the aroma, again smoked fruits, lingonberry juice, toffee, baked chestnuts, hot smoked chicken, dried smoked mackerel, very sweet malt. Due to its excessive, as for me, sweetness, the taste is sometimes perceived as rather cloying.

    The aftertaste is of medium duration, dryish. Peat, sweet malt, spices, iodine.

    An interesting, non-trivial whisky spoiled by excessive reduction. A good entry-level malt from Ayla, but I still find its taste a bit unbalanced, emphatically malty, as if you are drinking a smoked sweet lager with demidrol (hehe). So, for now, its competitors of about the same age (Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila) from our favorite island, I personally, give more pleasure. Well, this one is purely in the mood.

    Rating: 83 out of 100.

  45. McMoulis scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  46. Foudos scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  47. 2ndSip scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    netter Standard mit medizinischem Torf-Rauch-Charakter.
    [85 - 81 = delicious --- get a second bottle if price is within the range]
    • Nose
      medicinal phenolic peat aroma hits the nose immediately.
      Together a maritime character emerges (sea breeze, seaweed), but it turns out to be very light.
      For me, the smoke also has something mineral-quartz-like undertone.
      Behind it a certain citrus freshness with a slight caramel sweetness and a little honey.
      An oak spice is quite subdued in the background. The barrels add a light dry hay character to me.
    • Taste
      very gentle start - the wort arrives very restrained; slight tingling on the throat.
      The medicinal phenolic peat character also reappears in the taste.
      For me it gets salty on the tongue.
      He's getting drier now a little sweeter; Caramel and honey sweetness, but leveled down a lot.
      The oak flavor becomes more noticeable after the third sip.
    • Finish
      Slow finish with medicinal phenolic peat smoke, which turns into worn matches / burned ignition platelets.
      The wort sticks to the tongue for a long time as it dries up.

  48. ezioaudit scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

  49. DrunkDude scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      thin roses, floral fruits, hints of smoke and delicate
    • Taste
      82 82
      peated with hints of fruits, salty tastes
    • Finish
      83 83
      ginger and nut, medium to short

  50. Mordeth scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      80 80

  51. claymore84 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 06-07-2020.

  52. Alessandr0 scored this whisky 76 points Newbie

    The aroma of a new leather jacket, lacquer, paint, taste, something unclear, bitter chemical. In general, the impression is ambiguous.

  53. wbarchive_81991 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    One of the very best smokey and peaty whiskies in the world. Macho, not penetrating into the nose, but all-round very drinkable despite the intensity. Never gets boring.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Smoke, sea, medicinal.
    • Taste
      95 95
      Smoke, peat, butter, alcohol. A pure and strong taste, very recognizable.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long aftertaste. Smoke and peat.

  54. erwinnlim scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Value (£28) : 8/10
    • Nose
      Medicinal peat upfront, but not as intense as I had expected. Some light vanilla notes and caramels as well.
    • Taste
      More peat here, but again not as much as I would have expected. slight Honey sweetness with bitter notes of coffee.
    • Finish
      The peat is most evident here on the finish

  55. keba9591 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  56. whiskundige scored this whisky 78 points Newbie

    On drink: first sweet then slightly smokey

  57. HammerHead scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    The regular 10 year old didn't cross my path for at least 5 years now. It's still ok, with the typical medicinal and coastal profile, but also a lot more woody and dusty than I remember.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  58. Martin1965 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Medicinal smoke, kelp, iodine, sea
    • Taste
      Pleasant smoke, sweet, salty, oily
    • Finish
      Spicy and long

      A revelation among the smoky malts

  59. SRB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  60. @nton1955 scored this whisky 75 points Newbie

    Not really my personal taste

  61. davidloosli scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Peat, sweet and medicinal, grassy, ash, white pepper, olives, gets fruitier after a while
    • Taste
      Smoky, peat bitterness, blood orange, walnut, a touch of vanilla sweetness, a hint of caramel
    • Finish
      A tad bit watery, bitter vegetable (artichoke?), cigar ash, Mocha, if you let it rest you get more sweetness from the finish (caramel and vanilla)

  62. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 82 points Super Administrator

    A revelation to some but simply disgusting to others, Laphroaig 10 is arguably the most intense of all Single Malts. Your taste buds are shocked by the unfamiliar, dominated by dry peatiness. The nose reminds of an old steam engine, road tar and burned rubber. Rotting seaweed, iodine and mineral notes combine with chimney smoke, TCP and a cold ashtray. Flavorwise, an overwhelming phenolic blast subdues the underlying sweetness. Crisp oak and salty dryness characterize the peaty finish. Whether you love it or hate it, you will never forget it!

    RATING: 3.4/5.0 stars ≙ 82 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [-]
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      84 84

  63. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    For me actually rather unspectacular. Know much better Laphroaigs, but still a good standard.
    • Nose
      Phenolic smoke (extremely intense for 40%) iodine, maritime, spices and recognizable and then a nice sweetness
    • Taste
      Sweet, then smoke. At first short spicy sharpness, then comes a maritime and salty flair. Seaweed and juicy smoke.
      After a long time in the mouth a clear iodine note comes out.
    • Finish
      Long, slightly dry smoke, but not astringent, sweet, some spices and then salty.

  64. Wolv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  65. psiiik scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  66. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The nose presents a good medicinal peat, iodized, with a hint of ether, salt and lemon. And that smell of bandages, is that betadine? It feels like walking through the halls of a hospital. In the background, anise, dried fruits and wood, maybe a little dark chocolate, some mocha. The entry in the mouth is a little watery, it lacks a few degrees, but it is warm and friendly, with liquorice stick, more salt than caramel, pepper, cola. It's almost sparkling. There is coffee in the finish, but with very little bitterness, and more chocolate. It's long on the palate, deep, oily, spicy (cumin I would say, and a pinch of paprika).

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/05/laphroaig-10-yo-40-original-bottling.html
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  67. Markie81 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  68. King_of_Grill scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      74 74

  69. King_of_Grill scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Do not skin me now
    • Nose
      A lot of medicine, smoke, some leather, some citrus after some time
    • Taste
      Surprisingly light, slightly spicy, no fruit, a bit watery
    • Finish
      Short to medium finish, smoke with oak

  70. mema82 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  71. zebeautiful scored this whisky 84 points Newbie

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  72. zebeautiful scored this whisky 84 points Newbie

    One of my favorite Single Malt, for now.
    • Nose
      Tobacco, peat and leather.
    • Taste
      Peat above all, then peach, spices, plants and cough syrup.
    • Finish
      Relatively long, with spices and caramel.

  73. TheWhiskyAgent scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Review from my blog:

    http://thewhiskyagents.com/?paged=2

    Noses quite dense and thick, brine and seaweed give way to some citrus fruits. All of that is of course smothered with cold smoke, ashes and iodine bandages. Some, wet tarry ropes are present and if you manage to get past all those hefty aromas you could find some vanilla hiding in a corner. The mouthfeel is oily, which I like a lot. Some anise, liquorice and a just a hint of Demerara sweetness. Good, light wood influence and of course ash, tar and a gulp of ocean water. Not overly complex but good Laphroaig the way we know and like it.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  74. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  75. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat, smoke, ash, tobacco. Grilled meat, salty. Some influence of casserole, also hints of citrus and vanilla
    • Taste
      Licorice, peat, smoke, ash, oily, citrus. Also some sweets towards caramel
    • Finish
      Light peppers now, peat, wood fire smoke, tobacco, citrus, honey

  76. Rien scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  77. waal scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Comparison Laphroaig 10, 40% AbV, WID 42885 - stale vs. fresh 2cl 1 year in the bottle vs. 2cl from the fresh opened bottle https://www.whiskybase.com/.../wh.../42885/laphroaig-10-year-old #WagnerAlexTastingNotes One year ago I put 2cl Laphi 10 in an empty bottle and since then the flat has been shaken and opened regularly (at least once a week). Today, the single malt was compared to a "fresh" Laphi 10. In the following, I will only discuss the main differences. Aroma: old: quieter, sweeter, more vanilla, earthier new: edgier, younger, more ashen smoke, floral Taste: old: bitter, mineral, not really tasty (nicely expressed) new: much rounder and more balanced Finish / aftertaste: new: a touch stronger Comment: An interesting experiment with finally clear winner. In the aroma, I found the old Laphi much more lovely and "salivating," but the taste of the old, stale Laphroaig 10 was not for me. I also could not finish the dram and he walked into the casting. Thus... Points: new: 90/100 (yes, for me still one of the best standards, even though he only has 40% ABV) alt: 75/100 (the aroma saves him from total crash)

  78. McKen scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Opening up with a very heavy, smoky and ashy note that brings to mind smoked herring and the Chinese Lapsang Souchong tea. It continues with a very masculine and leathery note, to finish slightly sweet with a beeswax type of scent.
    • Taste
      Cane sugar sweetness, though with a briny undertone, reminiscent of seaweed. It hasn't lost ashy smokiness, although it has died down a bit.
    • Finish
      A smoky and briny finish, no surprises there. An ever so slightly dry finish due to the American oak type of flavours.

  79. potzblitzdumm scored this whisky 79 points Newbie

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  80. Lorion scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Well, a good standard. But there are just under 50 € just too many candidates who stand out clearly.
    • Nose
      Medical, intense smoke. First of all just that. With some time, a "warm" sweetness is added. Something kräutrig, some malt.
    • Taste
      Unfortunately not as intense as hoped for by the nose. But still: Neat smoke. Medical smoke. Seasoning in the taste and a delicious herbal smoke that remains. It's pretty cute as well.
    • Finish
      Pretty long, smoky, kräutrig, sweet.

  81. Achany scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    After some time I had  some drams of this one again. Still wonderful, a lot of salty peat, seaweed, iodine, some sweetness, grassy, fine long  finish. Whats not to love?
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  82. MadScientist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  83. Wiz scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  84. LukeFive scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Not bad whisky but a bit boring
    • Nose
      Smoked butter, smoked fish, fisherman nets, smoke, a bit of peat but its all gentle and civilized nose for laphroaig 
    • Taste
      soft, smoky , sweet, one dimensional based on smoke, smoked fish/cheese, I didnt pick any fruits, not bad but not challenging ( for laphroaig )
    • Finish
      medium long, forgettable

  85. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  86. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    not the most complex dram, but I think it´s something like "the essence of islay"
    up one point in my notes
    87/100
    • Nose
      lovely nose with the typical medicinal lp smoke, bandages, ointments and a strong herbal edge. parsley and a little dill I´d say. on the other hand it´s sweet and there are some citrus fruits in the background, probably tangerines.
    • Taste
      My bottle doesn´t get empty just because I always think: "oh no, only 40%. but every time I taste this whisky, I must admit that it works at that low strength. okay, you should choose it as the first of the day and your palate has to be clean.
      It´s not watery, let me call it gentle but profound.
      peat and sweet is the first impression, very much the nose, perhaps a bit simple but it is well balanced and easy drinking stuff. of course you gotta like peat.
    • Finish
      relatively long, some vanilla appearing . warming.

  87. JHS scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    very intense and still rather balanced/complex single malt
    • Nose
      peatsmoke; mineralic; earthy; dryed fruits; orange; apples; pears; maritim notes; sweetness; saltiness; hints of spices; phenolic
    • Taste
      peatsmoke; mineralic; earth; maritim notes; phenolic notes; spices; oily; citrus notes
    • Finish
      bitterness; peatsmoke; malted barley; mineralic; earthyness

  88. JHS scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  89. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The tendency is clear (although the differences are small): The smoke component (medicinal, bitter) is slightly weaker with longer opening / more oxygen, but the whisky is rounder, more mature. I like the 1/8 sample best.
    ---------------------
    Overall, of course, great standard smoker with age for very fair € 30.
    • Nose
      Comparative Tasting (1) freshly opened (1/2) & (1/8) half or eighth bottle shaken vigorously monthly for 14 months and left open for 5 min:
      -----------------------------
      medicinal, disinfectant, sea air, some malt and vanilla in the background, (1) strong grassy, ​​vegetal, flower cut, (1/2) similar, but slightly sweeter, more greasy, (1/8) the herbal component is almost gone, but drier , woody, slightly ashy smoke
    • Taste
      the smoke is dry, ashy, vegetable bitter substances, hops, some salt, decreases from (1) -> (1/2) -> (1/8) slightly linear, followed by sweetness (malt candy, caramel, some sweet pipe tobacco) the It increases in proportion as it becomes a little rounder, more mature
    • Finish
      rather long, first sweet (especially at 1/8), then ashen, tarry, bitter (especially strong at 1 & 1/2)

  90. malthead-sven scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    A classic, even if it is something to the chain and the crass distillery character does not quite let out. The phenolic smoke in the first nose is unparalleled.
    • Nose
      Tool box, a dusty sack of cement, salt, dental surgery, extremely phenolic smoke, slowly comes hazelnut, off the heavy smoke, he is rather soft, with time, he is getting milder with vanilla removed
    • Taste
      extremely soft, no pressure at all in the mouth, the medical smoke combines with a slight sweetness
    • Finish
      again medically, talc, while a hint of vanilla, rather short, leaves peppermint and wild garlic

  91. abcmeuric did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    The nose is very pleasant, peaty with both sweetness (vanilla, melon) and a little salty. It did not seem particularly medicinal or menthol. In the mouth, does not confirm so much the promises. Long enough to ride on peat, leather, maybe a little camphor too. Distinctly below Lagavulin in terms of width and body. This is the first whisky that I have tasted and loved, and the final is no stranger: powerful smoky wood rounded by a bit of vanilla, somewhat acrid retro-olfaction, on the ashes. A little water peat moss, develops a little roundness (salted butter caramel).

  92. whisky-malt did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      88 88

  93. LJBurns scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Without water the nose is smoky, medicinal, but also with some light fruit- maybe melons and even peaches.

    The smoke rushes through the initial taste on a wave of pleasant tannic bitterness and there is a slight lingering acidity.With some water the nose opens to red and green sweet and sour apple notes, there is more cereal sweetness to the taste and the whole thing is wrapped up in petrol-soaked smoky rags.

    Decent longish finish of mostly bonfire smokiness, becoming sweeter again.

    I've had this bottle open a good few months; I could swear the smoky and medicinal notes have lessened over time. Shame about the CF and Caramel.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      82 82

  94. Islaywolf scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      60 60

  95. LordIslay scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      69 69

  96. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Rocky Moss
    The Laffie 10 is such a classic that I do not have to make any kind of introduction, right? This one was bottled in 2013. It should be present in every cabinet, actually.
    Suprisingly sweet nose on melon and apples, joined by a light smokiness that is less medicinal than I expected (in comparison with previous batches). Very herbal and soft on the spices. Brings rocky moss to mind. But the typical maritime elements are absent, much to my surprise.
    It is soft and sweet, but immediately very sooty (nice!). Lovely touches of peat that remind me of wet earth, barbecue ashes and seeweads. But it is also very herbal on the palate. All kinds of garden herbs pass by the tastebuds. A small salty edge.
    The finish is long and the sweet peat has the final say.
    I am somewhat surprised. I remembered the Laffie 10 with much more peat and medicinal touches, but this is almost soft and sweet.

  97. moab21 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The pioneer of my passion for whisky. Of course you have to stand up to these strong medical marks. If this is the case you have an excellent smoky whisky for a very reasonable price. Should you have tried.

  98. Opeth83 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  99. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  100. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Aftet more than 2 1/2 years of silently breathing this Laphroaig gets better to my taste:
    The strong medicinal peatsmoke-only note went some steps in the background revealing more complexity.

  101. Gatopardo did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    My bottle has the code L603MB1 engraved in the bottle. Bought in september 2016.

  102. Ciro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  103. whiskybros scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    You can find our review at http://www.whiskybros.com/#!Laphroaig-10yo/c21kp/571623930cf25351a37ad7a8
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  104. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  105. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  106. kalervo did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Awesome, apparently this is pretty much a "baseline" and no doubt for the reason. It did not really make a real impact. Tasted at 3/2016. And it might also have been the first touch of the single malt visas in the world.
    • Nose
      Smoke and peat, a little bitter fruit. Something crunching, is it then the medicine?
    • Taste
      Lightweight feel. Add peat and smoke. Also add that medication? White pepper?
    • Finish
      Drying out. Otherwise, many of the above mentioned flavors, but smoke and peat unexpectedly remain slightly less at the end.

  107. Butei scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  108. Pépé scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    The nose is seductive and so characteristic. At the opening of the bottle, it is violent on the bandages, in the end, much more licked. The mouth is too shy. On the other hand, the rubbery notes remain long in the mouth. A nice experience for less than 30 € anyway! Very good Q / P.
    • Nose
      Power correct, on bandages notes, saline (spray). Above are grafted fairly light fruit, apples and lemons. A lot of sugar just licking everything here. And point-bar.
    • Taste
      Soft and soft attack, which denotes a little with the flavors that arrive, which they are still quite "ruff": Leather especially, sandal, rubber. Then a slight moist woody bringing a bitterness. The fruits of the nose are the trunk. Iodine in the middle of the mouth.
    • Finish
      Peaty hints mixed with vanilla.

  109. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig Tasting Notes:

    Colour: Sparkling gold

    Nose: Huge smoke, seaweed, a hint of sweetness

    Body: Full

    Taste: Islay peat smoke, full and earthy, tangy salt laden air, an echo of sweetness at the end

    Finish: Long and unforgettable

  110. Obviousz scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      90 90

  111. Obviousz scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    A very strong and heavy peated malt. Even tho it's at 40% ABV and colored and chillfiltered. It's definitely no beginners malt. The intense flavour can be very overwhelming, but once you get used to it's power it becomes quite rewarding. A glass of laphroaig 10 can last me for 2 hours easily without getting boring. It's pretty much all peat but there is quite some complexity within this peat.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, alot. Very medicinal and earth like. Tons or herbs and spices. Reminds me of wet mossy wood smoldering hot coals.
    • Taste
      Very earth like peat smoke. Salty, heavy peat, again very medicinal en herby.
    • Finish
      This finish is long, very long. The medicinal peat lingers on for over half an hour but it seems to get sweeter as time passes. Very pleasant development over time. 

  112. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: smoke, medicine, dark chocolate, vanilla
    Taste: dry, cold smoke, medically
    Finish: long, smoke, dark chocolate, oak

  113. supastan scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      86 86

  114. r0back55 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  115. r0back55 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      A lot of peat, but not typical medicinal, iodine, sea salt, pepper. After some time the smell of barn, and citrus notes at the background.
    • Taste
      Peat, sea salt, vanilla, pepper, oak, some bitterness and surprisingly a car tire.
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweet, warmy, not so peated as I expected.

  116. zinaf scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The main difference for me is the lack of the medicinal side as the key note in the whisky. That was what got me hooked. Now it is more on pure peat than medicinal. I don't think I can pick Laphroaig any more in a blind tasting. Sad.

  117. wbarchive_149037 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Nice one, with a quite singular profile. But too reduced. Not my favourite among the entry-level Islayers, but a must try. Lacks a bit more ABV and complexity to get an higher score in my view.
    (Why did they coloured it ?)
    • Nose
      Vanilla, medicinal peat (it smells a bit the hospital, or old people's home). Clear influence of ex bourbon wood. A bit sugarry. Not too weak at 40%. The more aeration it gets, the less the peat is present.
    • Taste
      Yeah, the medicinal notes are more present than on the nose. So is the reduction, unfortunately... This a bit too weak despite a nice profile, with vanilla, meds. Not very complex but it works.
    • Finish
      Medium, on medicinal peat.

  118. Dionysus scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  119. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  120. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A very good standard. The low ABV is obviously a pity, but still it doesn't feel weak or watery. 
    • Nose
      peat smoke, citrus, orange, a touch of overripe banana, ash, brine, a little vanilla. smells very juicy, very typical, very familiar and good.
    • Taste
      salt, big peat blast, salted toffee, a little multi-vitamin-juice-fruitiness, a touch tropical, ash, black pepper, a touch of oak. intense even at 40 % ABV.
    • Finish
      medium length on pepper, tar, ash.

  121. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  122. squaadgras scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  123. KayMeertens scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting of a sample. A very recognisable Laphroaig. It is tasty but lacks a bit of punch. At a higher ABV this would have been one of the best standard bottlings on the market. Still a good introduction to Laphroaig though.
    • Nose
      Peat, citrus, vanilla, orange, raspberry and toffee. Nice recognisable nose.
    • Taste
      Peat ash, raspberry, orange, vanilla and caramel. Pretty weak, that's a pity.
    • Finish
      Peat, raspberry, caramel, dark chocolate and orange.

  124. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The 10 is a classic that should not be missed as a smoke / peat lover. Great value for money. When opened, his character unfolds best.
    • Nose
      A far from shy nose: earthy, peaty, salty. Iodine odor in the distance. Smoke is there, but if you make a difference in the perception of peat or smoke, the nose is clearly in the direction of peat. Seaweed and seaweed. Still warm tar. Grainy sweetness.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly complex and voluminous for his (only) 40%. Tar and peat dominate the beginning, through the palate blows a strong salty sea breeze. Soon sweetness will be added, perhaps lime or lemon.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. It is dry to the end, the peat gives way to the smoke. Warm tar on which it rained.

  125. Whisky_Momente scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      70 70

  126. dkny scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Typical Laphroaig-type smokiness, tends to be more hospital than campfire, fairly light on tongue, surprisingly sweet, long-lasting, phenolic finish.

  127. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  128. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    sweet with a hint of salt, sea breeze, grass, decomposing wood, burnt ointment, pink rash cream from a half remembered childhood memory... and it all works like a charm, distinctively good and unforgettable

  129. Peaty_Nino scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  130. FernetBranco scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  131. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  132. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  133. rottendon scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Still the standard. Of course, a PX Cask is more sophisticated, an 18-year-old more complex, a Quarter Cask more powerful and of course the CS much more bombastic, etc ...
    But this is the Laphroaig, which revives the entire atmosphere of the distillery at a low price. The classic. Also, he would do three or six percent alcohol more good, but even so he just just right. Simple, honest, Laphroaig!
    • Nose
      A gust of smoke comes against you, medically, phenolic. Iodine and gauze bandages, bandages, and then campfire on the ham is smoked. Salt is in the air. Then he opens up, ripe pears and heather honey as well as lots of caramel and vanilla conquer the nose now.
    • Taste
      Immediately it is sweet, honey-like but unobtrusive, then pepper spreads in the mouth, salt and oak, tobacco and some leather. And then the smoke that occupies the entire mouth. Its oily consistency reinforces this impression.
    • Finish
      Sautéed in honey, barred with wood logs remain salty sweet in the mouth. Clear oak tannins assist in the invasion of the pharynx.
      There are short, medium long, long and very long outlets and there is Laphroaig! Only very few whiskys can hold the water in the finish. For a long time one feels the peat smoke in the oral cavity.

  134. whiskyroma scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  135. Unic scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Love the fruitiness in this one, searching for a cask strength at a reasonable price
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  136. Arquebus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  137. Arquebus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Still a great dram – the whisky that turned me into a ‘malthead’ 30 years ago. On very first opening, really different –Laphroaig? - yes. but also a distinct smell of molten candlewax – like the smell when you first put out a candle, the white smoke from the wick. So oily you could slip on it. Sunflower oil, oily mouth feel, fresh woodsmoke, then light phenols gather pace and the solid malt character of the spirit in tandem with the smell of seaweed from the shoreline sweeps up from underneath – sweet and solid – glue/ yacht varnish or over ripe bananas.  The ephemeral candlewax notes die out by the second dram – almost a shame because if you could capture this complexity all the way down the bottle and in each glass it would surpass greatness. Underneath the smoked kippers a strong background of damp wood and leather from the casks.  Some delicate fruit notes – pear perhaps - lurk beneath the peat. Vanilla sits discretely in the background and perhaps a hint of salted caramel too.  On the way down – a wave of coal dust passes like a freight train leaving  a peaty, malty sweetness which eventually dries out and lends a touch of bitterness in the finish.

    A beautiful integration of peat, malt, casks – and time, which if you have ever been to the distillery itself, will instantly transport you back there. 

  138. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 84 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  139. Akoo scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    An honest whisky, well developed, with rather unusual notes. This Laphroaig, found in large surface, by its profile, is not a very accessible whisky for the uninformed consumer. It's a good entry-level but do not ask too much, especially on the final ...
    • Nose
      The heavy notes of smoke and peat are here quite discreet. Here we have a whisky that tends towards medicinal aromas: antiseptic, wintergreen, camphor, tiger balm, all with fresh notes such as eucalyptus, ginger, bergamot. A little leather in passing. We feel that sugar level, this Laphroaig has under the nasals: the shade of caramel hovers over my glass ...
    • Taste
      It's light, a bit bitter and bitter. We smell the sugar but, somewhere, thankfully. It softens the sharp notes of ginger and antiseptic. We have some notes of apples and pears not very ripe and a salty side quite present, as if this whisky had been reduced to seawater. Si si! The notes of smoke, burnt wood, rubber and peat are more present than nose and give body to this whisky
    • Finish
      Rather short and a bit bitter. There is not much left in the mouth, except a little smoke and medicinal aromas.

  140. Sandman scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    This is not one a really enjoyed. The flavours in this whisky aren't my thing.
    • Nose
      Peat, medicinal, hint of seasalt 
    • Taste
      Peat / earthy, smoke, ashes and after awhile I get lemons and bananas
    • Finish
      Long, dry smoke, some salt and ashes

  141. Goethe scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    After this one every other Laphroig smells like banana!

    Quite complex for a smoker. Give it time in the glas!

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Smoke, oil, black pepper, lemon, TCP, dry smoked meat, salt, vanilla, chocolate. 
    • Taste
      Ashes, salt, smoke, medicinal.
    • Finish
      Medium. Dry. Cold cigar smoke. Salt and pepper.

  142. vb_bembel scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  143. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    good and full daily dram during cold days
    • Nose
      oily, pepper, lemon, smoke, a touch of liquorice, smoked meat - sausage, lots of smoke and later oily like a car garage
    • Taste
      pepper, smoke, peat, lemon, ashes and camp fire
    • Finish
      medium drying with smoke and pepper

  144. Thor Fli scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    The older bottlings I found much better, still a really horny whisky and in the price segment for smoke fans almost unbeatable
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      95 95

  145. Astrid scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      87 87

  146. Astrid scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Powerful start with ups and downs. I just can't get any of these medicinal flavors, so I'm happy with the counterpoints behind them. "You love it or you hate it" - by no means! Just another facet in the fascination of 'single malt'.
    • Nose
      85 85
      very strong smoke with a medical-phenolic character settles in the room and in the nose, behind it sweetness and vanilla, the smoke becomes more aromatic, but the clinical hospital smell remains, in connection with it marzipan, sugar syrup, possibly a hint of cinnamon
    • Taste
      78 78
      a base of typical hospital disinfectants and phenolic smoke, dry, with vanilla, becoming spicy over time, a little oak, later also marzipan
    • Finish
      87 87
      long and smoky, astringent, very dry oak flavor, a little vanilla, overall pleasant

  147. hfos scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  148. Numwierum scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  149. Matt80 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A favourite in our house. The only whisky my wife will drink ( a reformed smoker!)  
    • Nose
      Heavy peat smoke with a strong salty edge. TCP and a slight treacle sweetness.
    • Taste
      Very woody. Salt, smoke and TCP all carry onto the palate.
    • Finish
      Finish is long and very salt and peppery.

  150. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      85 85

  151. Koloman did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      84 84

  152. MrManners scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  153. Shane_IL scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Peat and peat and smoke and peat, leather furniture, new boots, seaweed lying in the sun for a while.
    • Taste
      Rich earth, medicine (the kind that tastes good), smoked meat, bit of smoked wood lingering around. 
    • Finish
      Long, slow smokiness, like exhaling a long drag off a good cigar. 

  154. HunterRomario scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    After a long time, I turned back to the classic Laphroaig, this time the 2013 version, a sample from Króč, to whom I thank. Older stuff I remember a bit more full-bodied, but so excellent whisky and a clear winner in direct comparison with QA.
    • Nose
      Peat, medicine, iodine, smoke, tar, gauze. For a while, sweet, then salty, sea, oily. (90 b)
    • Taste
      Sweet, oleaginous, pepper, disinfectant, again gauze, tarrying, soot, smoke, burned tires. Extremely long in flavor. (90 b)

  155. Whiskykoch scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  156. Guntis scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  157. hartist scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The essential Laphroaig but there is still better to go further in complexity and flavors.
    • Nose
      Seaside, pine forests, peat smoke, seaweed. Also malty notes, fruity and liquorice.
    • Taste
      Mouth light and a little short but soft and sweet. There are the scents of the nose: smoke and iodine peat, medicinal flavors, a lot of vanilla notes, final on the tar.
    • Finish
      Intense on fragrant and sweet tar.

  158. Edgewalker scored this whisky 93 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      94 94

  159. DennisV scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  160. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  161. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Due to the low ABV he is very mild.
    • Nose
      Coastal flavors and roasted nuts in combination with peat smoke, candied fruits, milk chocolate and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Initially sweet fruits and metallic acidity. Then phenolic smoke, nuts, spices like cloves and pepper and some dryness.
    • Finish
      Medium-long and dry finish with slight bitterness and smoke flavor.

  162. Georges scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  163. Georges scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat,
      smoke, seaweed
    • Taste
      Mineral,
      smoke, seawater, medicinal
    • Finish
      Quite
      short, salty, smoke, cheese

  164. Tomh scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  165. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Simply huge atmosphere!

    But why only 40%??   That is a pity !!!

    Weak body, and what happens in the finish you cannot compare to older versions which had 43 % ...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  166. Igor scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A fair amount of dried grass, straw, hayloft/sawdusty woodshed smell, dried shredded squid - sweetish and salty at the same time. Phenols gain strength little by little, deepen onward through camphor, liquorice. Then slightly ferny note, bog myrtle?, thyme, medicine chest mentholated scent, even hints of hair spray. Now more inviting appetising honey-roast ham, charred white oak shows up in the distance unloading dim vanillins.
    • Taste
      Middling richness apparently, neither too watery nor oily enough but somewhere in between. Soft yet brisk, vigorous. Brackish, iodic seaweed, cumin, mustard-seed oil, muscovado, honey mustard sauce. Salivating, I'm thinking of a small piece of candied (honey-glazed) salmon pairing a grilled cheese sandwich.
    • Finish
      Provides some sweet peatiness, linty, ashy, turmeric spice, coriander?, citrus honey, baked rice pudding with added cinnamon, eucalyptus oil?, softwood (Scots pine)/sawdust mulch. Simple but rounded aftertaste of short to medium duration.

  167. [2stoned] aKu scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful, strong smoker who comes bronchely due to the smoke in his nose and surprised in the mouth with a mild oily sweetness. But could easily tolerate 3 better 6 vol.% More, so it seems a bit thin in the mouth.
    • Nose
      strong phenolic smoke rising into the glass when pouring it into the glass, hospital, old adhesive plaster, leather fat, slight sweetness of herbal honey, hides a little more vanilla
    • Taste
      slightly oily, soft, sweet, seaweed, slightly spicy / peppery, a touch of salt, looks somewhat watered down
    • Finish
      long, phenolic sweet smoke, slightly wet forest soil, old leather, occasionally slightly nutty viella. Walnut, has something of spruce needle bubble bath

  168. drkrylov scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      90 90

  169. drkrylov scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Phenolic, seaweedy, with a hint of estery, melony, sweetness.
    • Taste
      Seaweedy, salty, oily.
    • Finish
      Round and very dry.

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