Laphroaig Original Cask Strength

Overall rating
89.83/100
votes
667
Whiskybase ID
WB8435
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Red Stripe
Bottled
2005
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
55.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LKRV0466
Barcode
5010019641823
Added on
14 may 2009 2:39 pm
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 431.69

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig Original Cask Strength

29 users have left 31 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.83 points.

  1. sphinx scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  2. herdertje scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      no other aroma so perfectly encapsulated the island
    • Taste
      black peppers exploding all over the palate leaving behind a trail of peat smoke
    • Finish
      long, with a caramel edge and very smoky

  3. zzqfyl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  4. The_Osprey scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig 10 Original Cask Strength 55.7%.

    Consumed at the distillery Mar 2019 and didn’t think much of it. Caught up with another sample at home Jul 2021 to give it a fairer review.

    Dark golden borderline orange.

    Aroma is airy, smoke forward, iodine and seared plum, burnt red peanut. Okay nose but nothing in comparison to more recent bottlings.

    Body is fairly watery. Taste is burnt toffee-and-peanut brittle up front. No smoke shows up on the first sip until the swallow. Then lots of breathy smoke lingers with some buttery caramelised sweetness behind, faint medicinal note.

    Punchy but not a rough edge really. Good balance. Increasingly salty. Just slightly acrid but nothing too bad.

    Better circumstances than last time perhaps. I made more time to appreciate it. Still, I prefer more recent bottlings of Laphroaig Cask Strength. 3.675/88

  5. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A different style to recent CS Laphroaigs - a welcome style, that is actually preferable for me.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet green fruits, oak, spice, balanced medicinal peat, candy. Slightly too much oak and not enough fruitiness. Old cheese; slightly bitter.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Some red fruits - red apple, raspberry - where are they coming from? More green fruits, mango; quite juicy. Oak and pepper are still present, along with medicinal peat - a better balance here.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Fruity, juicy, peppery. Red fruits that turn to green fruits. Medicinal peat to ash. Interesting evolution, and very pleasant. A touch of water reveals some citrus, but makes it a bit flatter here.

  6. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Gerrit84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Western medicine, iodine, haystack, wet paper, red tropical fruit, chocolate cake, wonderful sherry bucket aroma. Add a little water, the umami and tropical fruits will be more precipitated, red apples, passion fruit, pineapple hard candies, rich juice feel, and even bring me back to the unblended wonderful experience of the 1980s.

    Drink: The oily feeling is full, the rich minerals and cresol flavor fill the back nasal cavity, but the taste buds capture many sweet elements, and the tail rhyme has more herbs and western medicine.

    Overall: Very gorgeous, clear, clean, complex, and something that can easily bring people a sense of pleasure. very good.

  9. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Dionysus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    What a beast..........
    Thank you so much for the sample Bruno.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. Dionysus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  12. penumbra scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Unexpected balance and easy to drink, if you put Laphroaig QA or ordinary 10 years with it, I will definitely think this is the lowest degree.
    • Nose
      Peat, charcoal-baked low-fat meat, smoke rings, iodine water, pot soil, hay, sorghum stems, almond milk, cream, toffee, chocolate, and some salt.
    • Taste
      Grass ash, chimney, iodine water, vanilla, citrus, hard candy with grape flavor, toffee, malt, sea salt, floral fragrance.
    • Finish
      For a long time, fireworks, fruit candy.

  13. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Powerful Lafroig concentrate, everything that we love in it in large doses, invigorating, juicy, perfectly balanced, the palette is not very diverse and does not shine in semitones, here the emphasis is on expressiveness and brightness.
    • Nose
      Restrained, wet, raw boards, peat, ash-mineral and marine notes, leafy leaves, smoked fish with a light douche, lemon peel, fondant.
    • Taste
      Powerful, saturated, wood-peat, powerful pepper wave, charred branches, charcoal, sweet creamy notes, burnt caramel, fudge, bandages, milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      Spicy, invigorating, ash-peat, mineral and marine notes, leather goods, coal, engine oil, bandages, medical shades, sweet tropical motifs.

  14. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    old traffic jam:
    intense nose with peat, spices, smoke, citrus fruits a little candied and fresh lemon! A little meaty and maritime, back from the hospital corridor, in the mouth, it continues with a more pronounced scent more oily on peat, citrus and also a little wood; the final is long on the same markers, lemon, slightly cooked fruits stand out.

  15. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/05/08/feis-ile-2018-laphroaig/

    Serge: "Did you know that a typical batch at Laphroaig gathers 250 barrels."

    N: Malty oaky tropical sugars, light consolidated smoke, herbal action,…. oh this could be a cracker!
    T: The nose comes through on the palate too with papaya, melon, [Bowmore-esque] violets [again] and a touch of totally integrated oily TCP, all topped off with some OBE magic. Wow!
    F: Fruity & oaky with only hints of smoke in comparison to today’s other Laphroaig’s. Long witch hazel plaster finish, sloe gin, ashy at the death.
    C: I’m told batch 001 is even better! We shall try that next. This is up there with the best Laphroaig I’ve had. The kind of whisky I could drown myself in.

  16. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A very good young Laphroaig in cask strength - one of the first of the 10 CS series that will soon arrive at Batch # 011.
    The nice thing is: His successors are barely one iota worse than him. Since you can safely access so far.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Heavy smoke, seaweed, algae, salt, fresh tarred road, solar heated roofing felt - the full Laphroaig program. Through all this, one means to be able to sniff red fruits and a splash of lemon.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Unlike what is expected with this nose, he does not jump on the tongue directly, rather he approaches the whole thing "subtly" (as far as possible) and puts a dry layer of smoke into the palate. Then comes a little licorice, but at the same time a good dose of sugar candy. Nice sweet and smoky at the same time.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, dry, smoky (with bacon), with a little lemon and grape juice.

  17. Goethe scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Another very nice Laphroaig 10 CS version. Very fresh on the nose and very shy concerning the finish.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Smoke, iodine, salt, grass, mineral, burned banana, hints of sherry, some beef.
    • Taste
      Fresh, sweet and dry. TCP, some salt, oil, milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long. Oak. Hints of dark chocolate. Compared to other Laphroaig 10 CS versions very shy.

  18. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2010]  I had this during a community tasting near Bonn.In
    my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  I just noted "Yes, it is a Laphroaig..."

  19. Rom scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Red Stripe: beautiful nose: very big peat, but less on medicinal plants than the usual standard of Laphroaig, iodine and shells (oyster), pineapple, lime. Aeration seems to make him lose his exuberance and make it more austere. The attack is impressive of freshness, here we find the medicinal plants by full boxes! At the top of the juniper, accompanied by a big kick of menthol, then gentian, anise and we detect, as on the nose, a suggestion of lime. The texture is thick and the alcohol well integrated. In the end the dram is transformed and the plants give way to a more orthodox peat (ash, smoke), with a slight farmer side, then a return of this menthol freshness. There is a lot going on here, a very lively dram with which you do not get bored. Thanks to Mars for the sample!

  20. Patrick93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  22. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Its fine but I can`t get excited about it, probably because I had some 1974 Longrow before hand (note to self)
    • Nose
      Peat, smoked cheese, pulled pork, hints of banana, the seaside.
    • Taste
      Peaty, creamy but also tastes a little weak to me. There is a little salt, hint of orange, brine, smoking bonfire, woody

      Gets sweeter over time
    • Finish
      Long and quite smooth

  23. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  24. BXpress scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    sample.

    i recognize the quality in this one. but the extreme nature of this Laphy makes it look like a one trick pony to me. not quite my thang.
    • Nose
      freshly tarred whatever (road, roof, pick one). ashes, coal, wet stones. not much cask influence at the moment. some lemon juice and almond milk now. with water: gets a little farmy. quite some manure actually. gets more herbal, slightly grassy too. iodine + bandages.
    • Taste
      soft at first, but just a second later it gets extremely salty, rooty, medicinal. lots of burnt stuff and and a myriad of spices here. earthy and slightly chocolaty. ashes and coal again. gets very salty again, right before the finish.
    • Finish
      very long and again earthy, ashy, medicinal.

  25. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Laphroaig Tasting Notes:

    Colour: Rich, deep gold

    Nose: Powerfull, smoke and earthy aromas, seaweed

    Body: Full bodied

    Taste: Massive peat smoke, huge flavour, complex, seashore salt, fading sweetness at the finish

    Finish: Long and savoury

  26. FernetBranco scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  27. autowatch092 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Bright amber
    Nose: Very intense, a mixture of smoke shack and hospital hallway with added seaweed.
    Palate: Strong peat, liquorish, salt, cloves, lemon and a faint hint of pineapple candy.
    Finish: Very long, smoke, salt and aromatic spices.
    Overall: The true essence of Islay. This uncompromising malt does not take prisoners. Extremely complex and much better than the regular 10 yo for an unbeatable price.

    http://www.dramming.com/2010/07/14/laphroaig-10-yo-cask-strength/

  28. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    highly recommended and incredible Laphroaig beast, tasted with Aby
    sample available on www.whiskysample.nl
    • Nose
      syrup, ashes, drying, smoke, raisins, earthy, medicinal and meaty - smoked ham
    • Taste
      oily, peat and briny - fish oil
    • Finish
      drying with cookies and pepper

  29. KayMeertens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Compared to the mini (ID 53547) this one seems a bit sweeter with more sherry influence and less malty, but it could be that the big bottle has been open longer and has changed slightly due to oxidation.

    I've also had a version that had been privately finished on red wine casks, not really an improvement in my opinion.
    • Nose
      Pure chocolate and broth. A coastal and vegetal type of peat, with quite a mineral influence. Then peach, orange, toffee and a little cactus. With water some apple.
    • Taste
      A combination of salt and sweet. Peat, pure chocolate, orange, mocha, broth (Maggi), seaweed, cherry, pepper, citrus, toffee, plum and stewed pear.
    • Finish
      Peat, pure chocolate, toffee, mocha, orange, iodine, cherry, prune and broth.

  30. Jeep51 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Iodine, marine, spray, wet dog, medicinal, clean, citrus: lemon, grapefruit. Air. At once bold and austere. During the aeration, this marine peat gains in power.
    • Taste
      Right. Super combo dry peat, medicinal, aniseed, tar, firewood, bacon. It is very spicy, raised, peppered. Beautiful power, complex, evolutive.
    • Finish
      Long on the herbs of Provence

  31. Feusi scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Incredibly peaty, peppery and spicy yet sweet malty, burnt wood with a long finish. Wow, that is the power.

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