- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Batch #007
- Oak Barrels
- 56.3 % Vol.
- 750 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 17 Mar 2016 3:18 pm by RoyC
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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Cask Strength
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.82 points
- Nose 22, taste 22.5, finish 22.5, balance 22
- a bit aggresive initially, it starts to show more tones and a softer underbelly as well
strong lemon, germolene, damp hay
very intense medicinal peat; some char as well but it softens
medium->long; obviously the peat and alcohol are prominent but there is a welcome softness at the beginning of the finish; dries a little but never goes sharp; menthol starts to come through in the form of a half-chewed extra strong mint
- Nose: Lovely lovely smoked honey barbecue sauce. Tad bit of ashy-ness. Just nice amount of sweetness lingering well with the peat smoke. A very harmonious nose! Burnt rubber, damped card box. Perfect combo. Some burnt tea leaves. Hint of clinic smell. After about 5 minutes, some Indian spices starting to appear. "Empty room smell". Very complex.
Palate: Oh that fat oily mouth feel. Smoke, ash, pretty sweet. Oh that sweet smoked honey barbecue sauce. Very medicinal. Very powerful palate. Perfect winter dram. Some very sweet prunes! Yummy!
Finish: Very smoky finish, some bitterness. Bitter oranges. That smoke just won't go away.
Balance: So much balance in the nose that you kind of forgotten it's a Laphroaig. The peat smoke and the sweetness combines perfectly and gives you that lovely savory nose. Then it continues on the palate, with that oily, peaty and powerful palate, and ends with a long lasting finish.
Final: This is not an easy whisky. Take your time to discover it. You may need to experiment a little bit to get the best out of this lovely Laphroaig.
Verdict: A complex and powerful Laphroaig, which requires patient to be able to enjoy it fully.
- Laphroaig Cask Strength - batch 007 - 112.6°
Nose: exactly that chalky type of paint/finger-paint you used to use in preschool/kindergarten. Calcium salts, petrified dill weed. A bit of umami wakame.
I expected more iodine and bandage, as well as peat smoke, but the manifestation @ higher proof is markedly different than the standard 10yr.
As it opens, s dry fireplace ash, then still-cooking applesauce. It's surprisingly inviting, like your austere cabin home in Islay. Inviting for a high-proof! It's still unmistakably robust (manly) though.
Taste: the first sips is brimstone! White fire breathed by Smaug! Creosote and a mixed-wood open fire next to a small, rusted iron coal stove... on a goat farm. The burn is quick and clean, passionate and intense, yet direct and "calculated." It's rapacious.
What is most striking once you're past the initial heat of the proof is the impressive and assertive minerality. This isn't just salt (NaCl-): it's calcium, magnesium, lime, and different carbonates, as well as sulfates. The palate is crisp and woody, but somehow buttery and dry, like both a young and a wood-aged Chardonnay or Chablis. And yet, the minerals give it such a fullness, along with just enough wood tannin to create a complete (and intense), somehow "refreshing" experience.
The malt sweetness is almost entirely hidden behind savory, medicinal, and umami sensations; it IS there, but you really have to seek it out.
Finish: the finish is just like sweeping up the ashes of the raging ember spirit that burned down your cottage and adjacent family farm. It's more of the same from the nose and taste, building character in you, and telling you to squelch your tears without apology, but in a relaxed, understanding, and abiding tone of voice.
Water almost completely tames this animal... at least just bringing it towards the level of domestication in the standard 10yr, with the bandages, iodine, and heather being more noticeable. Still, the dilution, sadly, detracts from the magnificent display of mineral composition... like shaving the mane off from the alpha of a pride of lions.
This is a deep, stern, and experienced drink. A man's drink, not for any puff. But it has stores to tell that you could listen to all night, if you are the type to bare it. 4.7/5.