Laphroaig Cask Strength

Overall rating
89.16/100
votes
311
Whiskybase ID
WB9102
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch #001
Bottled
02.2009
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
57.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L9 041
Barcode
5010019637048
Added on
05 jun 2009 4:15 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 699.99

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Whisky reviews for Laphroaig Cask Strength

31 users have left 33 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.16 points.

  1. malt maniacs scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  2. Killswitch scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Falang scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I'm a huge Laphroaig-fan and I never had a Laphroaig from before 2007. So, I didn't really know the old-style Laphroaigs... This is one was offered to me at the end of a great tasting somewhere deep down in West-Flanders. And it blew my mind; this is a true gem. So much elegance and complexity. This dram is more then a bunch of smoke and sweets, it's a narrative with complexity and a lot of maturity. It's like reading a book, and every taste adds something to the story. Seaweed, BBQ, honey, wet ropes, old boots, rocks and cherries, iodine,... Tastes that transform and grow. Wauw. Thanks for the experience!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Peat and smoke explosion with delicious sweets, seaweed, iodine, subtle bitters, touch of ash and a lot of leather. Lovely nose that keeps on growing and evolving. Slowly the peat transforms into ash, mingled with hidden hints of caramel, vanilla, and beeswax. Peppery and strong with the aroma of tobacco leaves drying above a fire. Hint of coal fumes and even a tiny bit of diesel.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Mature taste with sea-salted caramel, honey, barbecued ham, salted mackerels, maple syrup, shoe polish, oysters, wet ropes, etc. This is very very good. The alcohol is strong but not aggressive. The mouthfeel is thick but elegant. The sweetness grows and transforms. Hint of onion (or garlic)? Some cinnamon powder at the back. And even a bit of lavender; apothecary!
    • Finish
      89 89
      The smoke stays, but it becomes less fire-y and more elegant. Sweetness transforms into something coockie-like. Saltiness stays (bit hidden though). This is a very elegant finish. Slowly transforming, long and warm, really sophisticated. Cinnamon transforms into something Asian like (HongKong5Spices?). Some of raisins and cherries. Wauw!

  4. Killswitch scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  5. herdertje scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      medicinal (iodine), seaweed, sweet and sour gooseberry fruitiness
    • Taste
      89 89
      seaweed, salt and tar
    • Finish
      88 88
      long and dry

  6. yarikovsky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Imp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose: ashes, peat, bacon and wax, touch of licorice and camphor, quite medicinal, hint of tropics through petrol fumes.

    Taste: powerful on iodine, licorice and pepper.

    Finish: long, sweet and salty but perhaps not so sophisticated as nose and taste.

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  8. MaltHaus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Fabulously complex and very busy. This is a very confidence malt, the one that you cannot simply take away the beauty of the earlier years. Bravo!
    • Nose
      90 90
      A very huge pile of PEAT catapulted into your face! And then someone ignited it with IODINE, setting up the fire using COAL that burnt into ASHES with a splash of SEA SALT, inhaling you with the SMOKE before you even realised. With water: vanilla, thicken smoke, leather polish, Manuka honey, beeswax, black pepper and tobacco. It is like driving a convertible car along A846, a road trip of The Sound of Islay.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Honeyed malt welcomes you with a huge smile on his face. Engulfing smoked fish, sea salted bacon, barbecued ham, deep fried anchovies, engine oil and maple syrup dipped toasted garlic. With water: rain dripped pebbles, very earthy, toasted marshmallow on top of the intense dark chocolate with a splash of cinnamon powder. A late night supper sip beside the fire burning chimney during raining days of Islay.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Sweet and salty, elegant and sophisticated, peat and smoke, spices and dark fruits, firm and complex. A harmonious orchestrated masterpiece playing inside an empty philharmonic hall. Well done!

  9. vlad78 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    It will be interesting to try all the batches, I hope I will succeed.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Recognizable smoked melon. Mackerel, warm industrial smoke, sweet fruit tones.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet, very smoky, the taste of unripe melon. With water, the smell is sweeter, the taste is worse.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, sweet, smoky, bright.

  10. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    What an intensity of smoke and nails. You would think you were at the junkyard. Quite a lot of coarse salt but not too much iodine. The peat rises. Soot, coal, lignite, it lines the nostrils. Really nice balance, it's extremely smooth despite the atypical aromas. Fine touch of vanilla. Smoke again, thick, dizzying. Asphalt still fresh. On hot days, when it seems to be melting. With that, a little earth and holly. Pungent heather. Oak leaves, acorns. And the smoke comes back again, it's endless.
    In the mouth, motor oil, peat, strong spices. Apricot juice, fuel oil, pebbles, coke. Stretto coffee and very dark chocolate. Not immensely long but very earthy finish, cola, sage, cranberry, liquorice. A little dry wood. Guérande salt, fresh from the marsh.

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    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. sagara-kun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice laph. A hair below the redstripe.
    Water does him a lot of good.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very nice pile of peat.
      Oily smoke, peat, ashtray, barbecue. Cold ash.
      Smoked bacon.
      Slight spray. A little plant in retrolfaction. Dry grass, artichoke.

      With water it's much better. A touch of exoticism. Mainly pineapple.
    • Taste
      89 89
      In the mouth we continue on dry grass, artichoke, asparagus.
      Oily peat, cold ash, smoke. Camphor.
      Pepper, liquorice.
      With pear and green apple water.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long finish on camphor, oily peat, medicinal.

  12. Teresa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  13. detachedblue scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Huge banana, some new oaks, the peat is not as pungent as today's version, quite integrated, some coconut oil.
    • Taste
      New oak, very sweet, banana cake, purity!
    • Finish
      A lot of tar, huge smoke, still some new oak.

  14. mema82 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  15. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A powerful and rather specific release compared to later ones that I managed to try earlier, expected more in the body and finish
    • Nose
      Attic dust, dressing bandages, medicines, iodine, shoe polish and polish, tobacco. Saturated and bright. later, more classical notes of Laphroaig, sweet smoke and peat appear
    • Taste
      Black pepper oil and wood
    • Finish
      burnt black pepper, light smoke and wood

  16. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

    At the bar we were able to acquire [at some expense], batches 1 & 2 for comparison against the Red Stripe. This is one fine Open Day.

    N: “Hello, is there anything there?” From the original batch to batch 001, we have skipped a generation and entered a more mechanised & standardised world. Here the cask talks as does its previous contents. I note fruity mineral & curried notes, leather and beeswax. The peat smoke is very discrete, no big bonfire action here.
    T: A dunnage-ish honeyed & malty whisky with some fruity action. It’s slightly more medicinal neat and with more complexity.
    F: Drying, but this isn’t hollow. There’s body & chew, balance with varied complexity.
    C: Resolute, firm and tasty if a tad predictable after the original Red Stripe. A more modern-classic Laphroaig then.

  17. besar scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  18. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Archer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Terrific.
    • Nose
      Medical smoke, very intense and penetrating. Seaweed and algae, wet asphalt, the smell of Hansaplast. An apple note is there, but it has hard to prevail against the smoke.
    • Taste
      Cold ashes, lush peat smoke on the tongue. Salt liquorice abound. Very dry. On the tongue it is less the sea flavors (seaweed, salt) that dominate, but rather wet asphalt and sticking plaster. Hospital Feeling ... fantastic.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, dry, a lot of cold ash, salt and pepper, little fruit.

  20. Helgo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  21. stefsel111 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  22. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  23. 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

  24. toklian scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Serge V says:

    Laphroaig
    10 yo 'Cask Strength' (57.8%, OB,
    batch #001- FEB.09)

    These new ‘small batch’
    editions will replace our beloved
    ‘10CS’. Hope the quality
    won’t be replaced! Colour: pale
    gold. Nose: holy smokes! This one
    smells just like an ashtray full of
    lit Habanos at first nosing. It seems
    that it’s rather more extreme
    in its smokiness than the earlier
    batches, less fruity too. Also a lot
    of leather and notes of ‘new
    tyres’ that remind me of some
    PEs. Not really medicinal, that is,
    even if there are whiffs of antiseptic.
    Fresh walnuts. Spectacular whisky!
    With water: smoke, smoke and smoke,
    of all kinds. And cigars, and leather.
    Also a little earthy. Mouth (neat):
    extremely punchy, fruitier than on
    the nose when neat (ripe apples),
    very peaty, clean… Once again,
    the smokiness is quite extreme, a
    little Supernova-esque. With water:
    much more on earth and roots, gentian,
    a little aniseed, salt, badian…
    Finish: very long, distinctly salty.
    Quite ashy in the aftertaste. Comments:
    rather less fruity and balanced/complex
    than earlier ‘regular’
    batches but smokier and ashier. Yes,
    even more for peat heads. Extreme
    but very, very good. SGP:258
    - 89 points.

  25. KayMeertens did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Looking for an empty tube of this one. I'm willing to give samples or other tubes in exchange.

  26. notesofmalt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Laphroaig 10 years CS Batch 1, original bottling; 57.8% alc.
    Region: Islay, Scotland

    Nose: A beautiful peat smoke that bounces against you. Strong, but not overwhelming. The smoke comes with medical iodine and campfire, some charcoal and salt, removes algae. But then a harmonic sweetness, on the one hand creamy vanilla, on the other hand peach and other rather light fruits. These then in the cereal with cereals.

    Palate: Smoky, mineral, slight bitterness, spiciness from the wood, the alcohol clearly noticeable. The sweetness of the nose comes more with caramel and toffee.

    Finish: Very smoky, enormously long and warming to the little toe. Some honey sweetness, otherwise a lot of smoke.

    Conclusion: he does not really tolerate water, so I recommend to enjoy in cask strength. In any case, a fierce and very good Laphi. The nose is complex, but unfortunately much less smoky than hoped. The departure then makes up for it.

    89/100 points (tasted 2014, ca. 200,00 €)

  27. Jeep51 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very pretty expression of Laphroaig. The 58% are superbly integrated.
    • Nose
      Camphor, oyster shell, iodine, lemon. It's fine, chiseled, pretty and relatively complex.
    • Taste
      The attack is on the fruits: yellow fruits and lemons. Then, a typical Laph peat takes the step. With a bonus, spices, salt and pepper.
    • Finish
      Long on seaweed, seawater ...

  28. Alex scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    bold whisky with strong flavours, all about peat, smoke, herbs, coastal notes and all balanced very well with the pronounced barley sugar sweetness

  29. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A great expression!

  30. Malt Hans scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Herbal and smoky aroma, thyme, lime, fir

    branches, peat and vanilla. Vanilla sweet and smoky taste, pepper,

    honey, mint, oak, pear and resin. Long, tary, herbal and spicy end.

  31. alectron scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      First of: lots of peat & iodine, salty, hemp cloth/rope, behind that some sweeter notes of vanilla syrup, caramel, also some dried heather, wet oak and some pebbles/stones. (89)
      Later: turns sweeter, with more vanilla, caramel and cinnamon, still a wet oak feel, also a slight leather note comes up now (89)
      Peatier and more austere than batch 002/003.
    • Taste
      peaty, leather, salt, mineral, briefly some wood spices and vanilla (90)
      Later: turns sweeter, very pleasant caramel notes now, but less dramtically changing (89)
    • Finish
      peat fires, smoke room, great caramel- and maple-sweetness, also some red apples and a touch of juicy fruit bubble gum occasionally. (90)

  32. Roman scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    One of my favorite Laphroaigs as All Day Dram - recommended again and again because not too peaty.
    • Nose
      Peat, medicine, iodine
    • Taste
      Strong, iodine, peat and smoky (more peat than smoke), balanced not sprittig but strong.
    • Finish
      Very long and beautiful peaty, smokes on the tongue. Has a lot of aroma and character.

  33. Dede scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very good, but a notch below the red stripe, although part of the same family. The peat is too domineering, but the whole remains very soft.
    • Nose
      Peat is even more present than in the red stripe, more earthy too, with new tire hints. Once again, a beautiful sweetness lurks behind this demonstration of strength, perhaps more vanilla, but there are much less fruit in the red stripe, without them being completely absent. We are here on very ripe red fruits, and in small quantities. The acidulous side is less present too. With water: how sweet! It does not have the fruity exuberance of its predecessor, it is extremely peaty, but without aggressiveness.
    • Taste
      More alcoholic than red stripe, it is also more one-dimensional. Peat, then peat, and a little peat. Fruity notes are, however, felt on yellow fruits, and the citrus fruits absent on the nose are back. With water: even more peat and even less fruit. Only grapefruit still manages to emerge from the peat.
    • Finish
      Very long and very peaty, it allows to express some fishing notes that disappear after adding water. Grapefruit and liquorice come back to the fore, as well as a touch of vanilla sweetness.

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