Laphroaig Cask Strength

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch #008
Stated Age
10 years old
Seasoned Charred Oak Barrels
59.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
13 May 2016 10:47 am by mds51
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 202.09

64 × in wishlist

480 × member ratings

2192 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Cask Strength

95 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.88 points

  1. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    This is my third or fourth Laphroaig Cask Strength 10yo and unfortunately this is my least favourite. By a long shot!

    The noise is very nice and no heat, but the palate and finish are both very hot. This is one of the hottest scotches I've every had. I drink a lot Octomore's (all without water) and none of them are anywhere as hot as this. For me this is a bad batch, compared to the others I've had. Very disappointing.

    Edit; This really needs water, with water it's smooths-out the very ruff heat and allows the sweet Laphroaigian style to shine through. After experimenting with water (this needs a bit more than most) I up my rating from 86 to 88. Still a little more abrasive than the other batches, so I stand by that this is not one of the better batches that I've had so far.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    "Batch 006 - 58% VS Batch 008 - 59.2%" Tasted parallel. On the nose, both are smoked and very peppery. Small advantage at 008 for intensity (thanks to the extra 1.2% alcohol?) Medicinal malt, a little more grass for the 006 where I detect thyme. The 006 has meaty accents, while the 008 switches to the side of gluttony with chocolate cereals. On the palate, both are ultra intense and peppery with an almost chewy texture so the malt is thick. The 008 seems to me richer and warmer, while the 006 is more direct and malty. Final very opulent, covering and peppered for the 006. More round but a little less omnipresent for the 008. Enthusiasm 4/5 for both but advantage at 006 for his more direct profile, a matter of taste. Whiskys No. 1367 and 1368

  3. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Always a pleasure and worth every penny. One of the best batches so far.
    • Nose
      If left undiluted, it opens nicely with a few drops of water: Fruity peat smoke, salty sea air, pleasant and Laphroaig-typical phenolic. Fresh tar, seaweed and seaweed. Refreshing nose - as far as one can speak of it with a Laphroaig.
    • Taste
      Promisingly strong onset with a distinct smoky note, salt, pepper and licorice. The sea breeze is also present on the tongue, the seaweed and seaweed as well. Low tide on the Wadden Sea. Behind the smoke light fruit notes of apples and pears appear, but do not stay long on the tongue. Rather, then dried fruit and oak push forward.
    • Finish
      Long, dry and smoky until the end.

  4. Yarema scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose - 22
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 22
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 88
    Be sure to let it breathe for at least 20 minutes

  5. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Again and again geilo
    • Nose
      Very sweet and ashy smoke, orange sweetness, roasted aromas, vanilla
    • Taste
      Smoky and ashy onset, again orange sweetness, always peppery, oak spicy
    • Finish
      Much heat, smoke, very pleasant oak without bitterness, sweet orange peel

  6. nhuber did not rate this whisky 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 008, noisy alcohol not that bad in itself but light years apart from batch 003 (which I liked best in the area horizontal Tasting of 2, 3, 4 & 8), just way more refined  longer and smoother and different class...sorry   
    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

    Batch 008 - 86p

  7. Pollenflug scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      In the first few minutes, the malt surprises me with a slight introversion. The extremely high alcohol content of almost 60% causes a subtle cooling and tickling in the nose. 15 minutes later: Dense clouds of smoke with plenty of medical notes (gauze bandage, plaster and iodine) flow out of my glass with an impressive intensity. A little hesitant, considerable citrus notes now emerge from the dominant smoke, giving the strong Laphroaig almost a kick of freshness (as long as you can fade out the smoke). Lemons, limes, oranges, tobacco and the classic, maritime notes of seaweed, seaweed and salt that linger in the background complete the complex profile.
    • Taste
      Silky soft and oily, the Laphroaig wets the entire mouth before an intense smoke explosion arrives and radiates merciless dominance. Fierce! The tongue is initially maltreated by a strong pepperiness / ginger sharpness, which noticeably diminishes on the second and third sips. The fierce, sweet "hospital smoke" is always dominant, the fruity citrus notes and orange peel sparkle from time to time. A touch of honey and vanilla, I also perceive. Spicy oak notes and tobacco are now noticeably on the rise and cause a slight dryness. In the background are beautiful mineral notes as well as seaweed, algae, salt and a little iodine.
    • Finish
      Forever long, warming and still very intense. Strong, sweet smoke, pepper, tobacco and spicy, burnt wood with maritime hints dominate the finish. It is noticeably drier on the palate. The last drop in the glass smells fantastic after some time.

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: Kilkerran-like smoke, Kilchoman too. I believe the latter shares an identical malting spec as Laphroaig, from the Port Ellen Maltings..
    T: Fruity onto savoury, developing on chewy, smoky ash.
    F: Fruity, crunchy barley ash/charcoal before permeating smoke beds-in.
    C: Good for sure. If you want laphroaig 'direct', here it is.Scores a B

  9. checkpointuk scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=255 Color: pale gold
    Nose: Wet coal and ash and peaty smoke with tar and notes of sports bandages. Then draw subtle nuances of fresh lime, a maritime spiciness and hints of iodine through the nose - not so bad!
    Taste: Sweet peat in cold ashes and surrounded by smoke. Green apple stands out, accompanied by caramel and liquorice. The taste is now bitter and something "darker". A metallic coal is in the background.
    Finish: Medium length - no big change to the taste. Torfig-smoky and tender herb fading away.
    Note: Not the worst batch!
    87 points (nose: 89 / taste: 87 / finish: 86)

  10. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    In comparison with #007 less fruity, more minerally, and hence this year in a way more like an actual cs version of the 10 YO @40% abv.

    For me as good as the previous two batches, but I appreciate the distinct straight-forward Laphroaig-i-ness. Especially batch #007 seems almost a bit too playful as a LP CS in comparison and could have passed off as a Cairdeas with some restrained fortified wine finish.

    2n try some days later, bottle got some air: starts of smooth, refined and sweet but quickly takes center stage with a a dominant body. Smell and taste different than, e.g. Quarter Cask, not only peat smoke but also burnt wood, a bit of classic Laga smoked bacon. Taste lingers long in your mouth. Excellent! Need to up my rating from 88 to 89.


Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.


Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  

Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 52072819
VAT: NL850288836B01

Copyright © 2021

Forgot your password?