Laphroaig Cask Strength

Overall rating
88.83/100
votes
510
Whiskybase ID
WB82295
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch #008
Bottled
03.2016
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Seasoned Charred Oak Barrels
Strength
59.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L6080MB1
Barcode
5010019637048
Added on
13 may 2016 10:47 am by mds51
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 215.29

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig Cask Strength

96 users have left 104 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.83 points.

  1. springtank scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  2. yarikovsky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  3. Nebuchadnezzar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Astrid scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A Laphi CS, which works more to my liking, so to speak without band-aids & Co. In this respect it is refreshingly different from batches 9 to 13. It tolerates water, but doesn't have to. If only it weren't for the burnt caesura at the end... ouch! For the full review, go here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/10/23/iod-blut-und-traenen/
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. Макс scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  7. grinface scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Absolutely drinkable, but ultimately a bit too sweet for my taste and even more points. Nevertheless, it is a good and above all aromatic bottling.

    Full review, alongside five other Laphroaig CS10: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/02/24/laphroaig-cask-strength-10-year-old/

  8. malt maniacs scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  9. pianoman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Barbecue smoke, leather, lemon zest. A touch of vanilla and warm sand.
    • Taste
      Smoke, pepper, lemon, some honey. wood varnish. Warm mineral water. A metallic edge at the end.

  10. Ostap scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    2017-09-22:
    Strong whisky, well composed, bright and juicy. The game of sweet and salty is just amazing. Delicious ash theme.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Cigar, smoke, ash, earthy, iodine, buckwheat porridge with milk and sugar, saturated, sweet ash dominates, bread notes, roasted walnuts, greasy smoked fish, Vishnevsky ointment, phenolic, smoked lard, dried fruits, compote, halva, dried herbs, cloves, dried seaweed with a drop of sunflower oil, canned tomatoes, bandages, chewing gum.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Pause and explode! Sweet and immediately salty, a lot of prunes, cigars, ashes, ashes, smoke, smoked lard, sprats, the degree is felt by pressure, meat and oily, peat.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, thick, smooth, smoked lard, prunes, hearth, ash, smoked fish, dried, pepper, tobacco.

  11. vlad78 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Delicious 8 release. Fruit in the smoke.
    • Nose
      Melon, apricots, peaches, pineapple, yellow apple, smoked with fire.
    • Taste
      Yellow and bright smoky aroma. The same taste of all possible yellow smoked fruits.
    • Finish
      Sweet smoky, fruity and bright.

  12. NXI scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    A nuclear attack in the oral cavity that everyone must experience if they want to understand what a peat monster really means. But the rest is not very interesting and the whisky is nothing special. At least this edition.

  13. coldsun scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Peaty smoke, strong notes of gum, deep and various sweet cream, sweet barley malt, medical stripes, honey.

  14. K C Wong scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  15. K C Wong scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  16. Dieter_W scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Of all of the 10 CS series, he has a medical streak. Gauze bandage, iodine stapling tape. But he needs time and some water. Then the fruity and vanilla come through better.
    I liked the 006 batch a bit full-bodied. This one is more herbal

  17. Jackson05 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasted against 007.

    Not much to add to all the notes here. I would just say that don’t expect a spectacular difference between batches. People may analyze it to death, but at the end of the day Laphroaig has a formula and try to make them as close as possible. I can’t pick between the two, other than to say... buy them both! Love these Lp10cs. Best value on Islay by a mile.

  18. Malthead19 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    - a top filling in cask thickness,
    - fully lives up to its entitlement as a special edition
    - significantly better, more intensive and higher quality than the standard 10 years
    - a bit stronger, sharper, less round and not so sweet compared to Batch 7
    - comparable to the Lagavulin 12 Cask Strength 2017
    - for the actual price a very tasty smoky representative at a fair price and unconditional recommended price,
    - currently more interesting for collectors or real lovers
    • Nose
      pleasant, sweet, reserved impression, clearly typical Laphroaig smoky notes, caramel, vanilla
    • Taste
      aromatic intensive start, pure even with the approx. 60% still drinkable, whereby it opens up again with water, lots of smoke in combination with iodine and tar, malt, vanilla, mouth-filling, very complex, sweetish note
    • Finish
      longer, softer, smoother exit;
      very smoother reverberation

  19. 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

  20. Ostap scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A very well-fitted and well-chosen set of components. A rather "quiet" aroma is replaced by a rich taste.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Pastry, smoke, sweet-fruity, coal, medical, antiseptics, smoked fish, lime, white marshmallow, wild pear compote, Vishnevsky ointment, oatmeal, wheat-clogged village teak.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Soot, ash, sweet fruity, smoke, medicine, smoked fish, some salty sea water, lime.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, sweet-smoked, smoked fish, gauze, medicine, fruit compote with wild pear, sea salt, lime.

  21. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Great, very concentrated but great Laphroaig in his notes, like the other CS the strength and smoke integrated great.
    • Nose
      Banana chips, apricot chips, coconut cream, almonds, eucalyptus, marzipan and iodine, sweet tobacco, some freshly burned charcoal
    • Taste
      Same as in the nose with beautiful toasted oak and fresh IPA beer in the mouth, beautiful tannins and forest honey with sweetness
    • Finish
      Warming, mint, roasted malt, green apple with skin, forest honey, medium to long

  22. DannyDram scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very nice everyday whisky
    • Nose
      90 90
      Ash, cold smoke, wanilla, biscuit, caramel
    • Taste
      91 91
      Smoke, tar, honeydew melon, oak wood
    • Finish
      89 89
      Smoke, peat and then a bit citrusy. Medium-long finish

  23. Gregers scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Peat smoke, brine, band-aids, kippers, cracked peppercorn, peppermint
    • Taste
      88 88
      Heavy peat smoke, dark meat, candy cane, some grassy notes. Quite medicinal.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Thick, heavy smoke lingers. Rolls off very nicely.

  24. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Well, the year of bottling in 2016, the flight was normal, the aroma increased velvety, but this is only a deviation of this batch, but otherwise everything is just as fine as in the previous releases - powerful, tight, balanced, each batch is individual in its own way within the general directivity, a sense of uniformity does not arise.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, peat, creamy woody notes, a lot of ash, sharp mineral shades, smoked boards, light resin tones, medical motifs, dressing room; leather goods, lemon peel.
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, lemon-peat, strong peppermint wave, charred branches, sweet creamy notes - toffee, fudge; burnt sugar, leather goods, ash, chocolate, nuts.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, peat, creamy notes, lemon-candy sweetness, candied citrus fruits, charred branches, orange peels, coffee, leather goods, dark chocolate.

  25. Roland7 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Fried fish, fried lard, machine oil, graphite, charcoal, ash, smoke, fried peanuts, red pepper, nettles, lollipops, dried cherries!

  26. KonstUA scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 23, finish 22.5, balance 22.5

  27. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  28. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 88 points Photo 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

  29. thomasflsts scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  30. schengel10 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    An intense, very good malt, which was available at the Distillery at a reasonable price.
    [Color] honey;
    • Nose
      pleasant sweetness, phenolic Laphi smoke, caramel, vanilla;
    • Taste
      aromatic intensive onset, barrel strong drinkable; make something with water; Smoke, malt, vanilla, full-bodied, sweet, complex;
    • Finish
      long, far, raw; longer raw more realistic

  31. Dris scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  32. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is what I call a good example of a signature Laphroaig! Too bad it is limited, and only available to friends. Well, for that you only have to buy a bottle of any Laphroaig and enter the code on their website. So a good reason to buy that bottle of Quarter cask, also good for comparison with this.
    • Nose
      88 88
      There is a sweetish start along with some vanilla, orange sweets, I suspect that is the bourbon cask talking, and then come the bandaids and iodine solution. It is pleasant and surprisingly soft. Over time it gets sweeter and sweeter, but no too though. Some more citrus fruits like grapefruit and lemon and some lime skin lead to more freshness. In fact, it becomes fresh like a sea breeze with a breath of sea wind, scents of sea weed and beach sand heated by the sun. Lovely! Then also some salty caramel, pine tree, gravel, hint of tooth paste. This is fulfilling and complex.
    • Taste
      87 87
      One drop on the tongue and it explodes, bringing complex notes of bandaids, iodide and an orange-y aftertaste. Oh, I like that very much! Cigarette ashes and bonfires are also entering the mix. The smoke is penetrating, but in a lovely way, very much balances the whole. The different notes are changing, rearranging and come back again. Soft though profound smoke mingles perfectly with citrus fruits, sea weed and beach sand. All very lovely, and yeah, there was definitely some bourbon casks involved. I also get some Spa Red, minerals, in particular calcium.
    • Finish
      87 87
      More of the above.

  33. Dyno scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    - april 2017 -
    my favourite of the lot (003-004-005-006-007-008) . Close to the 006 and the 003 but better still, and easily leaves behind the 004, 005 and 007 by some margin.

  34. valery77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smoke, peat, ash, sea freshness, sweet citrus pulp, gouache, a hint of tobacco, sapling, tablets. 22
    • Taste
      Full bodied Moderately dry, powerful. Smoke, salt, pepper, ash, ash, green apple, citrus pulp. 21
    • Finish
      Very long, smoky, warming. 23

      Balanced smoke, nothing bulges, everything is in place. Balance 22.
      Total 88

  35. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  36. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Q: the scent does not bode well for such a strong attack. 88
    • Nose
      A: sweet. Surprisingly not very smoky. Fruity. Sherry. Sweet creamy tones are revealed over time
    • Taste
      B: mmm.powerful.caramel.medicine.smoke and sang.pepper.a bit of vanilla
    • Finish
      P: bright, dry, iodine, ointment, long-term, warming pear.

  37. larswehmeier scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A wild Islay whisky as I love especially in autumn and winter.
    • Nose
      Smoke. A lot of smoke. Clearly phenolic and maritime. Campfire on the beach. At some point something like cereal with nuts and some honey. Powerful start with a lot of pressure.
    • Taste
      Full throttle on the tongue! What a board! The smoke is still phenolic but also surprisingly hearty due to a sumptuous onion. Then it gets sweeter. I also have something buttery. maybe it would call shortbread.
    • Finish
      Medium. The smoke is in the throat. Drying. Oak on the palate.

  38. 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

  39. Immerenga scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  40. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  41. Pikehunter scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Awesome..........
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  42. 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

  43. magic_slim scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Powerful, spirituous and very smoky at first nosing.  Peaty with strong citrus aromas.
    • Taste
      Powerful , fresh, spirituous, peaty and spicy at first mouthfeel. A little bit of toffee and licorice as well, pepper ... and did I mention .... very very peaty,
    • Finish
      Peaty, dry and very spicy with licorice. The aftertaste has something unpleasant ... odd and dirty.

  44. Holder did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    if I only perceive a tenth of the whole thing, that little bit will be good too! Best to set your own taste perception!

  45. Goethe scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Another very nice Laphroaig 10 CS version. This one is very dry and peppery.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 10/10
    • Nose
      Smoke, iodine, salt, mineral, grass, burned banana.
    • Taste
      Fresh, sweet and dry. TCP, salt, machine oil, citrus, pepper.
    • Finish
      Long. Oak. Having a bonfire with very well peppered meat.

  46. Whisky-Tester did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  47. 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.

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Bang for your buck as always, but batch #8 is really marvellous:Sweet, savoury, smoky - the three ultimate goals in Laphroaigology!

  51. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  52. 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)

  53. cfosterk did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Still available at the distillery at under 46.00 a bottle. limited stocks but this was an excellent batch. 

  54. birkzehn scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  55. wbarchive_149037 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The style may not please everyone, and this whisky certainly lacks a little more control and complexity. But me, it's quite my kind of cam! At the initial price (around € 65), it's more than a bargain.
    • Nose
      Alcohol well integrated. Forced of the big peat medicinal herbs (thyme). Notes of vanilla rather marked, then liquorice, which becomes more and more pregnant over time. Simple and efficient.
    • Taste
      An unbalanced hair on alcohol, the dram gradually calms down, and always leaves a lot of liquorice, balanced with notes of fat peat, camphor, vanilla, humus. It reminds me of the Zan tips of my childhood!
    • Finish
      quite long, slightly woody and always the liquorice that persists.

  56. wbarchive_485944 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  57. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    What a dram, pops full. Very sturdy, but still nicely balanced. Between the peat and tobacco violence also some room for fruitiness.
    All in all very pleasant!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  58. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Powerdram, lots of peat, lots of alcohol, but nice in balance.
    • Nose
      Peat, cigarette tobacco, salty, sea air. Even eucalyptus in the background? After a while also fruity, citrus.
    • Taste
      Salmiak kick, full, warm, strong! A lot of peat. Peperig. Oil-like structure. Tobacco again, and salty. Also some fruitiness, apple.
    • Finish
      Long, peppery, peat, tobacco. Salty. Dry, oak and licorice.

  59. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I can only say that this is a very good whisky! It needs a few drops of water and then it really opens. Good quality and the price is good as well. Laphroaig is doing a good job with these annual releases. Almost too bad that they come in this small releases, but then again it is always a nice surprise how these batches will taste. 
    • Nose
      Smoke and burnt oak! Tobacco, rubber, leather, brine, but also a bit fruity with hints of orange and lemon. 
    • Taste
      A lot of peat, a bit of burnt oak, a feint hint of vanilla, nougat, it also got some anise flavour to it, and a bit salty at the end. 
    • Finish
      The finish is mid long, with hints of liquorice, iodine, caramel, sea salt and a feint hint of vanilla. 

  60. Ivynor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    very good, but nagging. I do not like liquorice so I'm divided. To retest.
    87+ / 88-
    • Nose
      Alcohol well integrated, peat, medicinal plants, iodine, quite earthy. Good power
    • Taste
      Good balance, sweet but not too much, dried fruits, oily fish. the texture is oily, greedy. In power, it remains "pretty nasty", and rather simple. But the combo works well: cough syrup, medicinal plants, soil, seaweed, ... liquorice notes bother me a little.
    • Finish
      Medicinal plants, earth, peat, pepper, gentian tip. Maybe lack of finesse.

  61. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

      The nose immediately demands a dilution, the big peat liquorice is violent in terms of perceived alcohol and can not be approached easily. On the other hand, the palate is very pleasant with its thick texture, a very fat peat that crushes everything, and the alcohol is well integrated. Very long finish on the medicinal plants of the typical peat of Laphroaig, one finds there the notes of licorice of the nose. Even if this 10 CS is very good and remains a safe bet, I find that this batch lacks integration to the nose.

  62. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  63. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  64. 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.

  65. Andytka3 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Roasted walnut with butter, cocoa bar. Rounded thick rooty smokes with
    finesse. Cool eucalyptus underlay. Graceful siblings of the standard
    10YO.

    P- Bold, nutty, creamy texture with herbs and sour
    berries. Right caramel for sweetness. Bay leaf, layer of fresh wood and
    new book.

    F- Long and smooth with strength to last. Spicy coating with return of iodine to remind you that he is a Laphroaig.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      93 93

  66. kot1803 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  67. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, coastal notes, medicinal, salty, sea air
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, fruity (strawberries, limes, blackcurrants), salty, tobacco, leathery, tary, smoked meat
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, medicinal, coastal, fresh

  68. DDiep scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great whisky for a very good price.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  69. Mascht scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      fruity Laphroaig, classic, complex, phenol, fresh
    • Taste
      heavy, cigar smoke
    • Finish
      very long to forever

  70. Patrick93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  71. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Real complex beast! Around 60% is absolutely fine! Very good job!
    • Nose
      Very complex nose: peat, ash, pepper, laurel, medicines, hospital, iodine, peach, vanilla, curry, caramel, banana and tobacco
    • Taste
      Oily peat bomb! Pepper, chilli, rubber, shovel medicines, salt, tangerine and metals
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, dry and sweet waves with medicines and citruses

  72. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Peat, citrus, tea, spices - pepper, laurel and cloves. Meaty, some liquorice and leather.
    • Taste
      Peat fire, pepper, liquorice - cough syrup and rubber.
    • Finish
      Medium drying, oily, pepper and seaweed.

  73. peatbogger scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    This one put me right back to my first Laffy.

    It's got more of the distinct Laphroaig medicinal and sweet peat caracter that I fell have been fading from the regular 10YO in recent years.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  74. peatbogger scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    A real beast of a dram!
    • Nose
      Campfire ashes, still smoking. 

      Heavy sweet peat. 

      Iodine, anticeptic, medicinal. 

      Rubber, tar and crude oil.
    • Taste
      Hits even harder than you expect from the nose,

      not by the ABV, but by the extreme intensity of flavours.

      All the notes of the nose are present with some sea salt and a twist of dark raisins.
    • Finish
      Long, warming with some prickly pepper.

  75. fradin11 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  76. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    For me, this is the only Laphroaig expression that I really want to have in my collection but it's worth every single penny. Still available at the distillery shop for 45,83£ (July 2016)
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  77. FernetBranco scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  78. HunterRomario scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Who tasted some of CS's Laphroaig, knows what to expect. This whisky will not disappoint you. For the chance to taste the freshest batch of this gem, there is a big thank you!
    • Nose
      Heavyweight fruit in peat moss. Iodine, sea, salinity of the sea coast. (90 b)
    • Taste
      Oily, sweet and salty, medicinal (gase), sea, tar, citrus. Layered and rich. (94 b)

  79. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  80. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A powerful whisky, beautifully balanced and rounded. Strong, delicate
    and warming. A perfect combination of the rich, the sweet and the
    peaty/smoky. Full of classic Laphroaig flavour - mouthfilling and nicely
    complex. Certainly one for a hip flask whilst out on a wintry morning.

    https://www.facebook.com/whisky.connaisseur/
    • Nose
      Bold and intense on the nose. Hospitals, peat bog, kipper, and
      smouldering wood. This is lovely mixed with subtle sweet and fruity
      notes of peaches, orange peel and lemon. Mild antiseptic. A very
      evocative scent, which gives way to vanilla, liquorice, cereals and
      allspice.
    • Taste
      Rich, strong and intense on the palate with a lovely sweet fruitiness of
      tangerines, apricots and oranges. This is complemented by a powerful
      warm load of chilli, oak, cloves, peat and burnt rubber, perfectly
      wrapped in smouldering wood smoke. Intensely muscular. Oily with a
      long-lasting mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      The finish is very long, tender sweet with barley sugar and nicely
      warming. Turns into medicinal, spicy, and dry with smoke, cloves and
      earthy peat on the tail.

      WITH WATER: Fresh and fruity on the nose
      by adding a splash of water. There's more tangerings and citric fruits
      coming through while the peaty, smoky and medicinal background remains
      rather stable. Water tames this beast significantly! There's more citric
      fruitiness coming to the fore while the spiciness with pepper, cloves,
      oak and allspice is clearly reduced. Peat, smoke and crisp barley linger
      towards the finish. The finish still shows good length with sweet and
      creamy notes of malted barley, complemented by slightly medicinal peaty
      flavours with tender wood smoke on the tail.

  81. Muff Potter scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    a nearly pefect balanced dram and for me even better then batch 007 and 006.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  82. MadScientist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  83. ZwiJo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  84. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    What a board! Rarely has such a campfire burned with smoking smoke and ashes in my mouth. Violent sharpness plays with the campfire.
    An extraordinary batch! Interesting and unusual.
    • Nose
      Intense, filthy peat with a smoky campfire note is coming out of the glass. Iodine, a little salt and an alcoholic note tickle my nose. A touch of citrus fruits penetrates through the phenolic peat, now makes a fine orange aroma noticeable. Medical "hospital fragrance" mingles with burning campfire.
    • Taste
      The first sip explodes with intense, mineral peat. A campfire made of hard coal and bitter oak logs burns intensely in my mouth. Smoldering smoke, fiery embers and ashes burn a veritable fireworks display. Now follow heavy pepper, salt and chilli and demand a splash of water to extinguish or dilute. A good shot of water makes the Laphroaig appear much smoother, with the chill, ash and peat remaining intensely dominant. Earthy and mineral, the taste passes into the finish.
    • Finish
      Saline and earthy, the departure begins. The campfire slowly goes out, smoke rises from the fading embers and leaves a steaming ash pile. The ash mixes with fiery pepper and chilli. Slowly, very slowly, an interesting taste experience sounds.

  85. 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.

  86. Doctor B. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  87. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Powerful. The alcohol makes itself felt, but is well integrated. Spicy notes. Liquorice. Furniture polish. Oak spice. Iodine. Baconous BBQ notes. Moist earth. Campfire smoke. In the background some mint. Grapefruit juice. Lime zest.
    • Taste
      The start is as powerful as the nose. Spicy. Pepper. Ginger. Mineral. Sweetening with vanilla and honey. Earthy notes. Wet wood. Menthol. Tobacco.
    • Finish
      Long and complex. Iodine. Pepper. Earth. Honey. Grapefruit. Drying. Torfasche. Tobacco. Oak spice.

  88. Dionysus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      84 84

  89. EarlMobile scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    The 8th batch has become delicious again. Overall, a little less sweetness compared to the 7th batch. For more smoke, campfire and barbecue. Absolutely to suggest.

  90. Daan Tje scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  91. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Another fantastic batch!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      92 92

  92. mikespike scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Classic Laphroaig again, great quality. Instead of the sherry influence we get dark notes, charred casks leave their traces in the whisky.
    Everything done well!

  93. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Another classic 10y.o. cask strength batch by Laphroaig. Big and bold peat blast upfront. Leather, malted barley, seabreeze and wet rocks. Oily and coating on the palate. Cheers to Laphroaig for keeping the quality consistent and the price for this age statement bottling reasonable year after year. 

  94. rottendon scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This year's batch looks a bit more balanced than last year's, and lacks the sherry influence that Batch 007 seemed to have. He is so consistent and tasty, that's very dangerous. After I had last year in direct comparison in the glass, the impression is confirmed. The characters are very different, 007 is already much too sweet in the taste, noticeably weaker in the nose, almost flat, while much mineral than 008. Yes, for me, Batch 008 has the edge.
    • Nose
      Immediately open fire, after a few seconds, the smoke changes its characteristics and becomes vigorously medically. After a little more durability there is a nice, well-balanced overall picture with a lot of moist rock, some lime and grapefruit juice, iodine, salty sea air, a load of camphor and a full, warm note reminiscent of orange chocolate and dark, slightly burnt caramel. Every now and then approaches of salty smoked bacon. Warms darker, sweeter and more greasy. Roasted crackers with oregano again bare rock. Even dried, candied fruits are to be found, again dark. Overall, the nose is, as always, the opposite of subtle, right in your face!
    • Taste
      The entrance itself is initially mild, dry, salty and again very mineral. Then comes a short but powerful chilli-catch, until very late develops a distinctly tart sweetness, coffee syrup probably meets it best, possibly even a few dried bananas. Above all, smoke and ashes are of considerable strength. The mouthfeel is full and oily.
    • Finish
      Sweet and tart dominate the finish, very dark and peaty. A few crumbs of salt were sprinkled over it. Clearly, the oak has already left its mark, but as in the last year without any acid. In the end ash, forever.

  95. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  96. Leorin scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    This one is for hardcore islayholics only: quite dry, medicinal, ashy and intense.
    Laphroaig galore!  90 p.
    • Nose
      very medicinal at first nosing with roasted flavours and forrest floor notes. Bittersweet.
    • Taste
      Hits you like a hammer, even though it's fully matured and there is nothing alcoholic about it.
      It's simply very intense with notes of manchego cheese, a lot of medicinal and smokey notes and a somewhat metallic feel.
      If you find something fruity or sweet in this whisky, you are probably hallucinating...
    • Finish
      extremely long, dry, ashes, bitter.

  97. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  98. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    tasted head to head with batch 7
    n: I find quite similar to last years batch at first nosing, a tad more tarry and
        there is more liquorice and a little lovage.  so all in all a bit deeper or let´s say broader than
        batch 7.
    t:  very tarry, very much liquorice, less fruity than batch7. the medicinal side is very
        strong. slightly bitter development.
    f: very long, bitter liquorice
    comments: very good as usual. I prefer last years batch just a little bit.
    89/100

  99. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Another winner from Laphroaig. An almost unbeatable price/quality-ratio.
    • Nose
      Very warm and inviting. A fair amount of milk chocolate is covered in a layer of smoldering wood smoke. Some dried red fruits as well as licorice and sweet vanilla. Hints of oranges and bananas. Very well-balanced.
    • Taste
      Lots of peat and a hint of rubber. More licorice as well, accompanied by chili peppers. A bit rough, but in the good sense. I detect a little bit of sweet oranges and mandarines, but some more fruit would've given it better depth. It doesn't swim well.
    • Finish
      Smokey and medicinal. Long.

  100. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I like it, but the previous batch was definitely better. That onewas more refined with more active casks.
    • Nose
      The farmy character of the peat is the first thing that catches my attention. A spiciness of curry that I find typical for Laphroaig. Blueberry, caramel and limestone. Later vanilla and a little banana. With water also orange and a little dough.
    • Taste
      Peat, more briny than in the nose. Curry, pepper and a little yellow raisin. Also here orange when adding water.
    • Finish
      Peat, caramel, curry and orange.

  101. mer1973 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  102. KjellRolandson scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Today I taste the brand new Laphroaig Cask Strength. Yesterday my two bottles arrived at home and today I had to open a bottle of it. Color: Dark gold. First nose has something tart. I smell little smoke and no trace of alcohol. I give him time to unfold. After the whisky was allowed to breathe, chocolate comes through and slowly more and more smoke. Raisins knock on the nose. Included are fruity notes that I just can not sort. I'll take a sip now.
    The whisky is really nasty. Slowly but powerfully the alcohol comes in the mouth. The smoke is here now, and how! Smoke and the alcohol give a sweeping hit. I like the fact that the alcohol is not so extreme and it brings tears to your eyes. The alcohol is rather slow, heavy and round. Really great in whisky. The raisins have now hidden behind the smoke. Dry the whisky taste on the tongue remains after swallowing. Strong finish. Long and beautiful you can feel the Laphroaig in the neck. Can I hear a voice in the background screaming for "more"?
    What a horny whisky. The alcohol is noticeable, but blindly I would not have estimated him to the nearly 60% Vol. With a drop of water it is sweeter and milder in the nose. I do not like it quite spontaneously, but I taste more smoke in my mouth and now also noticeably the alcohol. Water is not necessary in retrospect. Finally a Laphroaig, as it should be and I like it. In 2014/2015, I was seriously disappointed by the classic edition of the classic ten-year-old, Quarter Cask and the Laphroaig Lore.
    The Cask Strength # 008 definitely needs time to develop. I would not necessarily take water for dilution. I think he fits the way he is. He's not terribly complex, but he does not have to be. A beautiful straight-lined Islaymalt of my second favorite distillery. To buy? Immediately!
    He gets 88 out of 100 points from me. https://www.facebook.com/matzeswhiskytreff/

  103. aphex scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Another solid 10yo CS release. I find it a tad better than batch #007 but below batch #006 (which is my favorite of the recent batches).
    It seems Laphroaig is exploring the ashy side with #007 and #008. I would prefer the fruitier side of the #006.
    • Nose
      Tobacco, ashes at first, with the medicinal (antiseptic) Laphroaig notes, seabreeze.
    • Taste
      Oily and coating. Smoky and medicinal. Lemony too with some sweetness afterward.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, medicinal.

  104. nomad_soul scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    as as my bottle arrives in germany i will open it and share my opinion, word :-)

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