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Laphroaig Cask Strength

Overall rating
89.08/100
votes
495
Whiskybase ID
WB95402
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch #009
Bottled
02.02.2017
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Seasoned Charred Oak Barrels
Strength
58.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L7033VB1 2028 10 08
Barcode
5010019638274
Added on
24 apr 2017 5:26 pm by Dris
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 217.35

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Whisky Reviews for Laphroaig Cask Strength

102 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.08 points

  1. rottendon scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    What kind of stuff! The best Laphroaig 10y CS for years. A pretty complete malt who has everything one would expect from a dram and loves Laphroaig. Again, one thinks again to feel sherry casks, even if it is known only Bourbon barrels. By the way, with the Laphroaig Warehouse Tasting, they also had two completely identical ex-bourbon barrels (same batch, same origin, directly next to one another in the warehouse), which had matured completely differently. The second of them also tasted of sherry, or it is just these barrels that suggest a sherry casks. Great barrel selection! Anyway, at the Laphroaig Bowling tournament a few days ago, he was cutting everything else off, and there was also a Cairdaes from 2008 or 2009.
    • Nose
      Bam, phenols in ya face! Full booming smoke immediately, absolutely Laphi style. After a few moments he becomes more mature and mature, the smoke is now taking on a profile that equals equal hospital, campfire and coal firing in winter. When the wind is good and the smoke of Port Ellen Maltings is pushed down, then Port Ellen smells like that. Below is dark, rich caramel and honeyed barbecue, also a little iodine and granite dust. What a density! Heat increases the intensity again, even more barbecue, some disinfectant and an idea lemon, plus salt caramel and again barbecue. Will be more mineral. Did I already mention barbecue?
    • Taste
      Full, full, sweet, strong start, oak right in front, liquid block malt and salt caramel, to the back also some white pepper and an idea Menthol.
    • Finish
      He is Laaang. At first dry from the oak, but this reduces over time and it is also ashy in the finish, salty sweet. Sticks the stuff in your mouth forever!

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2017]  All of the recent NAS (remember: Never Accept Stupid marketing) editions of Laphroaig were rather weakish (immature, unbalanced) including the Cairdeas 2017.  So I am really curious if they at least managed to keep the high quality of this 10 year old cask stength.  There is hope - as it was distilled BEFORE the Beam Global management took over responsibility for Laphroaig in 2011 and subsequently pushed both equipment and employees to maximise output (by implementing resp. bonus schemes).  Every expert in the industry knows what happens when you just go for volumes...

    Another good batch of the 10CS but we will see if the quality stays that high once the Beam Global vintages have to be used (2021 onwards).  I light a candle for that...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is burnished and quite dark - as usual they added some sherry casks (according to official statements all Laphroaig matures in bourbon casks only ;-) and that is why we all love the 10 year old cask strength! The texture shows a few slow legs and many late fat and sticky tears. This promises a great malt! The nose is extremely phenolic and medical with a range from cold bonfire ashes to emergency room rubbish bin. Some strong wooden aromas too (did they fill virgin oak casks in 2006 already?). Nice nose, just the heavy woods drive it a little bit out of balance...
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is honey-sweet and multi-layered (here the sherry casks do a great job again in multiplying the flavours range) all around a maritime peaty, medical and spicy profile. A fair share of water makes the nose even more phenolic and ashy (I like it better when neat) and smoothes both the taste and finish. They get much more sweeter and balanced - now it is dangerously quaffable... So nose it neat and reduce it for drinking.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The initial mouthfeel is hot (58,1% abv) and instantly coats the whole mouth (as the texture promised). Some minor astringent moments from the tannins but this is rather welcomed as it keeps the other strong flavours somewhat contained. The finish is very long as usual and attacks the taste buds in different waves. But it is a little drying too (cold ashes, metallic) that is not unpleasant after all.

  3. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Thank you, trust in Laphroaig restored. Everything fits together here, a classic that can not be broken, every year anew outstanding.
    • Nose
      Phenolic smoke, algae, seaweed, salt, a strong breeze from the sea. Iodine. A fresh tarred road, steaming after a summer rain. Hansaplast, rubber abrasion. Smocked pork shoulder. Jippie, a Laphroaig.
    • Taste
      Powerful start with cold smoke, fried bacon cubes, salt and pepper. At first one thinks that he wants to bite hard, but then he bends down and in the bend he leaves some bright fruits, which cushion the initially aggressive impression. Mild herbs and a little forest honey accompany the fruits, with phenolic smoke, algae and salt next to them.
    • Finish
      Medium long, still smoky with a hint of smoked bacon, a fine layer of salt that lays on the tongue and lips.

  4. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    This bottling will be forever linked to the huge existential crisis that shook the whisky scene when the Laphroaig shop was suddenly unavailable for a few weeks. Will this mystery dram ever be released or is it just a story we invented?

    *Jonathan Frakes voice off*If Laphroaig would only put out one official annual release, it should be this one. Put all these new NAS bullcrap bottlings to the side and savour this juice. This is the real deal. Kudos to John Campell for keeping it real with these batches year after year. Modern style Laphroaig as it should be. Nothing more, nothing less. Thanks Thomas for the Sample.

  5. Dieter_W scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Wow, what a part. That's what I call Brennerei art in perfection. For me the perfect whisky, if you like smoke. There is no sherry or barrel. Perfectly balanced, everything absolutely in balance. Pure whisky. unadulterated Without much sherry barrel and double bottom For me after the many sherry - sweet wine and Port Gedöne, the mother of all whisky's
    • Nose
      At first rather reserved. For 58.1% even very reserved. You should give him time in the glass. Not 10 years, but 15 minutes it should already be. Then he gets more complex. Crushed banana. Like almonds - nuts - nougat - apples and oranges packed in a first aid kit. A Laphi in pure culture
    • Taste
      For the AlK. % Content incredibly creamy and fruity. As a counterpoint, here again the light oak note. Wood - vanilla - tobacco and of course the smoke. Like a dried Diesel dungarees. Nothing stings and pinches in the crotch.
    • Finish
      Sweet and dry at the same time. Long and warm

  6. Sproaks scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Phew, at the beginning in the nose already very violent phenolic. More than batch 006-008 in my view, even though I could not make a direct comparison here. The sweetness is also in batch 009 but not so pronounced I think.
    All in all, a very delicious malt, the 10 CS does not disappoint with batch 009 - 90 points from me!
    • Nose
      Phew, very, really VERY phenolic, hospital, gauze bandage freshly unpacked.
      Intense seasoning, cinnamon, cloves, lavender. Charcoal, coniferous forest. Then maritime, sea salt, kelp, old ship plank.
      Fresh engine oil, 10W-60
    • Taste
      Salty spicy start, followed by the hospital; very thick, oily. Heavy smoke is above the hospital on the coast.
      Something sweet but not as much as expected. Vanilla, coconut, some pineapple, honey, tar
    • Finish
      Medium long - long
      Now the sweeties are coming a bit more, still oily
      Thick clouds of smoke hover over the sandy beach on Islay, just vanilla ice cream with coconut pieces and cream, refined with nutmeg served and the fresh wind blows you around the nose

  7. Goethe scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Another very nice Laphroaig 10 CS version. This one is so far the best of all batches for my taste. Got a lot in common with batch 007.

    Even better than batch 003 and the red stripe. Hard to compare the green stripe with this new batches. These days there comes a sweet beefy sherry touch with the CS. Back in the green days the balance between TCP and sweetness was kind of elaborated (not in a good or bad way). Something has changed but not for the worse.

    The Laphroaig 10 CS versions are still a bang for the buck. Amazing batch!

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 10/10
    • Nose
      Smoke, iodine, salt, gras, mineral, burned banana, hints of sherry, berries, compote.
    • Taste
      Fresh and sweet, dry with some meat. TCP, salt, machine oil, milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long. Oak. Having a bonfire and throwing in some berries (like the 007).

  8. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    These annual bombs. Horny part!
    • Nose
      Brachial ashy but at the same time also very sweet smoke, roasted nuts, red cooked fruits, burnt strawberry jam, over time the smoke becomes typical medical, eventually some citrus notes come through, gentle liquorice
    • Taste
      Another ashy alcohol-based kick, a lot of sweetness, sticks on the lips clearly liquorice, a lot of smoke,
    • Finish
      At first, the medicinal character dominates here, the oak spice presents itself very sweet, the many smoke wearing the entrance eternal, slightly astringent

  9. Fight65 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I would take this whisky to a desert island! A small sip and the taste will last forever!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    All batches are very high quality, only a little scattering in the points. Nice work!
    • Nose
      Phenolic peat, medicines, adhesive plaster. Menthol and camphor.
      Vanilla, fruits, horseradish and mustard.
    • Taste
      Bittersweet, peaty. Tannic oak. Sherry, spices, medicines, ash. Salt and chili, mint.
    • Finish
      Long, oaky, spicy, ash.

  11. peatjens scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I think there is no point in pondering which of the batches is better or worse. I think each stands for itself as an independent whisky that needs no comparison.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Uiiiii inhaled too deeply - alcohol that comes across almost a bit too aggressive.
      A few drops of water won't do any harm.
      Then comes the typical Laphroaig DNA: smoke, hospital / disinfectant, furniture polish - just a bit more intense.
      The smoke in connection with something metallic reminds me of a steam locomotive shed and the smell of my old Merklin locomotive on the first trip after a long break. In the corner is an old roll of tar paper in the warm sun.
      Later I take the empty glass and smell it again. A smoked mackerel suddenly flashes. Then the smell of opening an extinguished stove.
      The nose is really super awesome.
      .
    • Taste
      91 91
      Still mild and oily at the tip of the tongue, but then filling the mouth / palate, the smoke creeps warming into every corner.
      .
    • Finish
      92 92
      Strong, powerful finish with alcoholic and bitter notes.
      It reverberates for a long time, slightly astringent.

      Conclusion: a “must have” and an Islay rocker who cannot be pushed off the throne. If it is too strong, you are too weak.
      > ;-)

  12. Kensay scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Decent release, something like a mix of 6 and 11 releases. We mixed interesting barrels, including sherry and fresh barrels of the first filling. A very harmonious dessert release, you do not feel a serious enough degree, it is drunk quite easily, it is directly addictive
    • Nose
      89 89
      Bold and velvety, immediately blows over with a wave of peat and phenols, but very round and does not knock off your feet. Iodine, smoked fish on the fire, dark chocolate, cold menthol smoke, old dusty wood. A very promising nose
    • Taste
      90 90
      Honey with fruit flavored with iodine, lemon on the fire, butter with peat, dry wood sprinkled with spices, dense and powerful, but does not knock down or shock, alcohol is perfectly integrated
    • Finish
      89 89
      long dessert, oil with iodine and spices, smoked meats, orange peel and a little persimmon

  13. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    deperately needs air and more so H20. A bomb. More of it, please.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  14. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Don't think the older batches are any better than the new ones.
    Yes, the new ones are smokier, but still complex enough and definitely on par!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  15. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A Laphi CS, I don't need to say more ... As always, a special kind of experience, powerful and intense, smoky and peaty, campfire and ash with sweet and sometimes fruity elements. Fits and thrilled!
    • Nose
      Light caramel shimmers amber in the Premium Snifter, peat and smoke are noticeable from afar. Burned wood, campfires and fly ash, phenol and iodine tincture, hospital and medicine, the aromas typical of Laphroaig are immediately present and make you want more. Spicy wood tones, caramelized sugar, hints of apricots and grilled peaches, fruity sweetness, mineral smoke and earthy peat ...
    • Taste
      Peat, smoke, campfires, iodine, phenol, algae and seaweed, the first time you touch the tongue, the full range of "Laphroaig" comes into its own! Sweet peat ends with an earthy finish, heavy smoke and ash rise, spiciness sticks to the tongue and envelops the palate in cozy warmth. The alcohol content of 58.1% is immediately noticeable, intense and voluminous, but it suits the Laphi very well. Creamy hazelnuts and old, spicy wood, plus smoky peat with sweet elements, fits! I don't need more today ...
    • Finish
      Creamy hazelnuts and smoky wood stick to the palate, earthy peat and mineral smoke come into their own in batches, the mouthfeel is creamy and oily, wood and peat stick between the tongue and the palate. The voluminous aftertaste is remembered for a long time, the smoky wooden elements slowly fade away, the peat fades, sweetness sticks to the palate ...

  16. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Another very successful batch, I like its intensity when I'm in the mood for such Islay classics.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Typical Laphroaig: an unpolished diamond, an outdoor experience with a campfire and wet moss.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Round, full-oily, also fruity, then comes smoke and pepper.
    • Finish
      90 90
      For me convincingly long, "puts hair on your chest" style

  17. mothers_finest scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  18. dandyman scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A little shy on the nose for a Laphroaig 10 CS, aside from that very capable and satisfying. A really good distillate without flaws and some competent cask maturation/blending going on here, especially the balance stands out, it's really rounded and has substantial depth with a firm and big body, again the cask strength presentation saves some serious points for this.
    In recent years, Laphroaig tends to gain a more 'green/leafy', as well as a 'fumy/clovy' character to me, with the smoky/medicinal/coastal characteristics being subdued, and I'm not very fond of that I'm afraid.
    Nonetheless, this is still really good whisky!
    Tasted H2H with batch 11 in our local whisky club, this wins by a mile!
    • Nose
      ozone, some kind of nut-paste (almond butter?!), grassy, some chlorophyll, some vanilla, a little honey, a little iodine, faint bandages and plasters, some spar varnish, some oat biscuits, with water some beeswax appears, overall rounded, warm and inviting, but could be 'louder'.
    • Taste
      sweet & grassy arrival, ozone, chlorophyll, some iodine, some bandages, some plasters, concentrated, big body, nice depth, mouth watering, dry.
      with water more licorice, some honey, faint cloves, a little orange cordial, some beeswax, faint bitterness, big flavours, proper balance, really rounded.
    • Finish
      grassy, ozone, chlorophyll, bandages, plasters, iodine, licorice, quite long.

  19. Deloti scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  20. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Best cask strength version in years! Just everything you need as an Laphroaigoist. Intensity, smoke, power, but also subtle fruitiness beyond the usual harsh peat attack. Medicinal, savoury, and long-lasting (at least in the mouth), kudos to John Campbell & Co.!

  21. andrii_nahornyi scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  22. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Barbecue smoke, smoked trout, lemon thyme. Behind it some vanilla and freshly roasted coffee beans. pine resin. A touch of forest honey.
    • Taste
      Creamy and spicy. smoked bacon, leather, pepper, honey. Candied Orange. Black tea, cigar smoke, some ash.

  23. robain scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
      Peaty tar, citrus, salt and some oak
    • Taste
      89 89
      Powerful peatyness with wonderful oaky flavour and campfire with saltyness
    • Finish
      90 90
      Lovely saltiness with looong soft smoke.

  24. Malthead19 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    COLOR: Gold (without dye)

    - also an absolute top bottling in cask strength,
    - fully complies with its entitlement as a special edition
    and lives up to expectations
    - another qualitatively significant leap to the standard
    10 years => a completely different league!
    - insanely complex and delicious
    - compared to Batch 8 from 2016 I find it a bit
    better
    - for the actual price of about 60€ - 70€ unconditional
    Price recommendation, now at around €150 a significant increase
    but well worth the money
    • Nose
      pleasant sweet slightly smoky first impression, typical Laphroaig smoke note, seaweed, salty, maritime
    • Taste
      without water: aromatic, intense, extremely smoky onset, still very pleasant to drink pure even at approx. 60%, whereby it opens up again nicely with water, lots of smoke in combination with iodine and tar, malt, vanilla, mouth-filling, very complex, sweetish note
    • Finish
      long, soft, very smoky finish;
      very long smoky aftertaste

  25. stalker1971 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  26. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Creamy and balanced, quite drinkable - pretty good
    • Nose
      88 88
      Cold smoke, ashes, soot, peat, vanilla, little honey, cigar tobacco
    • Taste
      89 89
      Punchy, oily, creamy, little sirupy, good sweetness, sweet peat, tobacco, vanilla, little herbs - really not bad
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, warm, peaty, smoky, honey, vanilla, little herbs

  27. yarikovsky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  28. yarikovsky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  29. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  30. DannyDram scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Good complexity, multi-layered, harmoniously interwoven aromas, very good intensity.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Peaty, medicinal, grapefruit, orange peel, limes, turpentine, vanilla biscuits, maritime. Harmonious, good depth, pronounced intensity.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Peat, grapefruit, orange peel, vanilla, pepper, ginger, iodine, honey. Strong body, well balanced, very nice texture, delicate, creamy, vanilla sweetness, pronounced aroma pressure.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Grapefruit, pepper, vanilla, smoked bacon. Long finish, very nice finish.

  31. -sAxo- scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  32. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  33. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  34. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Now this is what I want from my Laphroaig. This is the kind of stuff I fell in love with all those years ago.

    Soot, tar, bonfire, hemp ropes, peat, sea-spray, seaweed - this immediately takes me back to a fishing port.

    In the taste we get the modern Laphroaig sweetness, malt, sugar, honey and vanilla; but it quickly gives way to hospital gauze, smoked fish, iodine, spices and soot.

    The finish is long, with some sweet apples, but mostly again smoke, seabreeze, bonfire on the beach and some wood.

    Amazing stuff.

  35. fnk scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I compare with Lafroyge on barrel turns (53.1 alc, 7 years) aged in bourbon barrels. The color is darker, sherry. The fragrance is typical Lafroygivsky, for whom the base 10 is too watery, this release should be suitable. Although at high speeds, but this release is softer, easy to drink, smooth smooth aftertaste.

  36. Dris scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  37. Comet67 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  38. PeatSnatch scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    One of the top Laphroaig 10 CS in recent years and one of my favorite malt period.
    Again , the sweetness and powerful smoke balance is almost unmatched.
    (Im a huge fan of Laphroaig 10 cask strenght OB).

  39. W_W scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    One of the best Scotch I've had in my life. Laphroaig is my favorite distillery and this one is a very powerful Laphroaig with the typical sugar and medicinal notes.

  40. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    a really great malt. Nice smoke notes. Nice profile. Delicious. Alcohol is well integrated.
    • Nose
      Surprisingly cautious at the beginning, then it does too and it becomes very smoky, campfire, fruits come in the background, then nuts come easily
    • Taste
      lots of smoke, ash and campfire, sweet with vanilla and caramel, slightly fruity, pepper, slightly nutty and malty.
    • Finish
      nice, slightly smoky finish, very full-bodied and long. Somewhat sweet, nutty. Warming

  41. craide scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Absolutely perfect malt. There's nothing more to say! Probably also because for me it fits perfectly into the current season. After the class 18 and the standard QC the next great Laphroaig. I think I'll become a fan of this distillery.
    • Nose
      91 91
      First something takes time in the glass. Then off we go ... Relatively soft start with a lot of greasy peat smoke. At first this is very dominant. Over time, the smoke settles a little and other flavors come through well. Caramel, vanilla, barbecue sauce, plus nice, slightly sour limes, grapefruit. Everything surrounded by a great maritime touch. Seaweed, salt, hospital style, some ash and a campfire. The smoke is changing to more and more styles. In the background some nuts and a cooling menthol / mint note.
      Very good.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Round, harmonious transition from the nose to the palate. Oily, almost creamy. Chilli heat tingles in the mouth. Smoke, ashes, are also here first. Then slightly fruity like apples, bananas and the subtle tart touch is also there. In addition, nice vanilla sweetness, honey sweetness with a slightly greasy, meaty note. The fruit and the sweetness slow down the sharp start. There is also some oak spice. Really great!
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long finish, smoky with ash, salt and liquorice, tart, again slightly sweet.

  42. DGV scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Color is gold.

    Aroma: Open, powerful. First aid kit - iodine, bandages, ointment. Smoke, smoke, smoke ... Clothes smelling like a fire, extinguished coals, ash, singed rubber. And this smoky extravaganza is in perfect harmony with the smell of green apples, lime and spicy spices, which for objective reasons only got the background.
    Taste: Intense, not too sweet. Relays all the delights of the scent. There is smoke, and charcoal-baked potatoes, and a slightly charred steak. There is also something flour, something with bran, maybe a piece of "Borodinsky" ... ••••••••••••••••••• Finish: Long, with a malt bitterness. All the same smoky medical tones.

    Conclusion: Young Ailovsky dragon. Power, assertiveness, audacity. Class!

  43. Foudos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  44. grinface scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I can't put it another way. This is a really fantastic Laphroaig. That's how I want my Laphy. Today's bottlings are said to have too much “beam suntory” influence. These casks are from the time before the takeover. Maybe there is really something to it. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/11/03/laphroaig-der-juengere/

  45. DerDennis! scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

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

  46. Ed Radour scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

  47. Gous scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  48. besar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  49. Joint86 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Excellent, balanced whisky with pronounced Lafroig features
    • Nose
      87 87
      Smoked bacon, seaweed, iodine, minerals, raw wood, moss
    • Taste
      86 86
      Oily, dense. Iodine, Prunes, Coffee Bitterness
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, peat, ashy

  50. radmaltdoc did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Purchased at Whisky Krüger 04/2020 for € 105.50

  51. DoctorRockter scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Boooom.. What a bomb! Have you ever drunk excellent kerosene? Have you ever tasted the splendid taste of petrol? A huge laphroaig, in no uncertain terms, extreme and representative of the character of the distillery. Peat, smoke, grass, plastic, hydrocarbons, with a bitter dark chocolate aftertaste ... More herbaceous and vegetables by adding water.. maybe those who do not love Islay will find it extreme but laphroaig is like that, either you love it or you hate it, and I undoubtedly choose the first one

  52. Thermidor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Another good Laphroaig CS, but perhaps not the best in the series? I remember batch #003 (88 pts.) being more fulfilling and bourbon-y, and batch #011 (88) I have open right now is more complex, if also more challenging due to its bitter, ashy tail.

    [edit] Some months later I'm nearly at the end of the bottle, and I still can't quite find the magic here. It's nice, but I don't think I'll need another bottle.
    • Nose
      Compared to Batch #011, this is much more like you'd expect Laphroaig CS to smell, with young oak, some vanilla, woodsmoke, iodine, general medical cabinet ambience, and tar. Water opens it up a bit, but doesn't change it much.
    • Taste
      This is pure liquid tar liquorice. Tervaleijona candy all the way, supported by a strong ashy peat. It's nice, but certainly a bit monotone. Water makes it a bit bigger, but it tends to lose focus completely at more than one teaspoon. One teaspoon of water is also enough to produce a lot of Highland mist (or is that Islay mist?-).

      [edit] At the end of the bottle I feel like the distillate is getting a bit lost in the bourbon, almost like in a finish. There are all the medical cabinet and sweet sal-ammoniac bits you'd expect, but there is also a dominating, suffocating layer of sweetness on top, so that only the powerful soot of the distillate punches clear through it.
    • Finish
      A long, sweet wave of tar. No nuances or complexity, but does its job.

  53. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  54. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    2017 - the flight is normal, the same high level of quality, excellent, velvetiness returned to the aroma, the composition of the derivatives is about the same, but the mixes are different, which pleases, the reference line can be included as an illustration to the encyclopedic article "Cask Strenght Release "
    • Nose
      Open, dry, velvety, peat, burnt branches, salty-mineral notes, smoked fish, ash, light medical shades - bandages, dressing; sweet creamy and pastry motifs - butterscotch, boiled condensed milk, burnt baklava; lemon peel
    • Taste
      Powerful, saturated, lemon-peat, oak, strong peppermint, ash, charcoal, coffee, dark chocolate, creamy notes, toffee, fudge, leather goods, tobacco.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, smoothly turning into warming, peat, burnt branches, burnt nuts, coffee, sticky ash and mineral notes, toffee, tobacco.

  55. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  56. Skywalka scored this whisky 99 points Member Junior

    This is incredible. The epitome of Islay whisky. Deep, intense smoky flavours with a surprising subtlety, sophistication and nuance. I've tried many scotch whiskies from all over Scotland, all different styles and ages up to 35yrs, and this could arguably be the best of them all. The limited edition laphroaig 30 was a very memorable one with its delicate fruity aromas and flavours, but this here is quintessential Islay. It embodies all of the descriptors that Islay whiskies can conjure and more. Upon opening an amazing minty freshness can be smelt, which is also evident straight away on the palate. Beautiful tobacco note, iodine, antiseptic, bandages, then wonderful industrial and maritime mineral notes followed by more vegetal and oily/fishy maritime notes, all the while a delicate young fresh fruitiness peeks through led by grapefruit. What a wonderful creation this is. This is what I've been waiting to taste, a bold unapologetic natural expression of young Laphroaig, after seeing the immense unfulfilled potential in the regular 10 year old Laphroaig.

  57. dramark scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  58. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I do not say smoke anymore
    • Nose
      Ashtray, red fruit, carrot, smoke, medicinal
    • Taste
      full and strong on the palate
      smoke
    • Finish
      long
      Smoke, spicy

  59. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  60. Simo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  61. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Enthusiasm: Nose and Mouth 3/5 Final 4/5 Whisky n ° 1775
    • Nose
      Pepper and tire! Which fade slowly to the benefit of a nice malt, a little roasted. Vanilla asserts itself largely, almost too much.
    • Taste
      In strength. Strong smoke, tar. Aromatic herbs. Malt and sweetness behind.
    • Finish
      Ultra intense, "sharp". Beautiful alternation in length between sweetness and chilli, which stands out among other spices.

  62. Andytka3 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N- Closed. Dark chocolate malt with charred wood, toffee and soot. Some weeds and shells notes arrives with sugar cane and turf smokes.

    P- Roasted malt, creamy stout, solid cane sweet and prune custard.

    F- Medium-long, sweet oriented, antiseptic, balanced with gentle chewiness. Quality but stiff throughout.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  63. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  64. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, iodine, salty, grassy, mineral, coastal notes, sweet, sherry, berries, seaweed, ginger, vanilla
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, salty, chocolate, charcoal, honey, liquorice, tarry, burned toast, brown sugar, nutty
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, salty, spicy, dry

  65. bikenerd scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  66. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  67. HW74 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    From batch 006 all cost and in my collection. My ranking 1st batch 009 2nd batch 006 3. Batch 008 4th batch 007
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  68. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    My first 10yo cask strength. Fabulous!

    Nose; Sweetie Peaty, light iodine, sweet maltyness. 

    Palate; Thick viscous, full body peat, malty-sweetness, with sweet smoke, and salty with sherry sweatiness and spice.

    Finish; Medium-long sherry and vanilla with no bitterness. Yummy!

    This is lovely stuff! Me want more.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  69. Palindrome scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I was expecting more. The 003 was better, in my estimation. Granted, my bottle of the 009 is freshly opened. Fun things might still happen to the spirit. I'm too tired to write tasting notes tonight. I wrote more than 100 published reviews over the past 365 days. 
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      86 86

  70. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  71. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    just crazy :)
    • Nose
      earthy, musty, salty, phenolic, sweet - sugar, caramel with cinnamon and clove, creamy vamille cold campfire,
    • Taste
      concentrated, explosive, sweet, intense salty, mint, oak, astringent

  72. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    What a delicious winter whisky. This makes my insides warm.
    • Nose
      Sturdy nose on ashes, tar, medicinal and farmy notes and loads of peat. It takes a bit of patience to discover any sweetness here, as the classic Laffie traits demand all your attention. But once you get past those, you’ll find baked apples, banana and a little bit of Italian espresso as well as a fat slice of smoked ham. Wonderful!
    • Taste
      It is almost creamy and very sweet on the palate. Surprinsly so, in fact. Roasted ham, honey, caramel, banana, apples and vanille come first before the peat – that really offers a salty edge and a lot of smoke – has a chance to rear its head. Mildly drying. Quite spicy too. Think pepper, salt and cloves. Absolutely wonderful and does not need water. 
    • Finish
      The finish is very long, smoky and salty with a sweet undertone. At the death I get another surge of iodine and charcoal.

  73. HW74 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I like it very much. In my opinion, batches 6,8 and 9 are pretty much alike, albeit not the same! Batch 7 is also good, I did not like it that much because of the kind of sweetness.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  74. Briebump scored this whisky 99 points Member Junior

    WHAMMM!
    What a great hammer! But not only strong and extratorfig, but overall a genius quality. Quite different and ten times better than the normal original Laphroaig. Complex, delicate, multilayered, delicious, simply wonderful. For that I have to give 100 full points. Yes I know, which whisky is worth 100 points? But this one blew me away literally. Let's make an exception ... ;-)
    • Nose
      100 100
    • Taste
      100 100
    • Finish
      100 100

  75. jjbings did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    What kind of stuff! The best Laphroaig 10y CS for years. A pretty complete malt who has everything one would expect from a dram and love about Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      Phew, very, really VERY phenolic, hospital, gauze bandage freshly unpacked. Intense seasoning, cinnamon, cloves, lavender. Charcoal, coniferous forest. Then maritime, sea salt, kelp, old ship plank. Fresh engine oil, 10W-60
    • Taste
      Salty spicy start, followed by the hospital; very thick, oily. Heavy smoke is above the hospital on the coast. Vanilla, coconut, some pineapple, honey, tar
    • Finish
      Long, Now comes the sweet something more, still oily. Thick clouds of smoke hover over the sandy beach on Islay.

  76. Pulliworm scored this whisky 99 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      99 99
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      100 100

  77. whiskeylover7 scored this whisky 98 points Member Junior

    Awesome stuff. Together with batch 004 the very best cask strength batches. Neat extremely quaffable despite the high ABV.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      99 99

  78. RandoLutz scored this whisky 97 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      97 97

  79. RuudAgro scored this whisky 97 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      98 98

  80. Rolfpilz did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    A brilliant drop! By far the best that Laphroaig still sells today. Ten times better than the many "softeners" (Select, Four Oak, Lore, 10y / 40%) of today's Laphroaig range.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      99 99

  81. pepperwash scored this whisky 96 points Member Junior

    What a great awesome Laphroaig! The best of all Cask Strength batches so far (regarding 9,8,7,6,5, I have tasted only five).
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      96 96

  82. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    What the hell is this last 14 rate close to 0 point? Dear moderators, please don't take it calculating average score!

  83. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    (Blind PWC of 21/10/17) One of the worst Laphroaig I had the opportunity to taste. Very far from the old Batchs. I am very disappointed with this whisky.
    • Nose
      A big peat very mineral, very far from the usual medicinal at Laphroaig.
    • Taste
      Bright, floral and mineral attack. Alcohol very poorly integrated.
    • Finish
      Average finish on very mineral peat, bitterness and leather. All wrapped in spices.

  84. Nikilema scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  85. malthead-sven scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    a powerful malt that is easy to tame with some water and opens great.
    A rock in the surf (in front of Islay).
    • Nose
      cold, white ash, maritime and uncomfortable, an old tin box with fishing tackle, mussels, building rubble, of course, smoke, barely alcoholic. I add drops of water and get some chocolate with talcum powder or chalk, later even a little vanilla
    • Taste
      very mediocre and iodine-like, angular in appearance, as if you were eating smoked chalk
    • Finish
      The finish is fresh but typical of Laphroaig not a piece of alcoholic, mint (Fishermans), warming and long

  86. Hlektrion scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The Laphroaig 10 CS versions are just amazing and in the write price. Take your time to discover it.

    I really love this stuff! Highly recommended for Laphroaig fans.
    • Nose
      Rich peat smoke, iodine, vanilla, citrus fruits, burning peat and hints of berries.
    • Taste
      Pleasant medium sweet taste, stronger and sharper than the 10. Fresh Lemons, sweet, salt, smoke and mustard.
    • Finish
      Long, lingering smoky sweetness with some pepper notes.

  87. greg_0277 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Unbalanced by alcohol, it's a shame.
    • Nose
      a lot of smoke but an unpleasant alcoholic sensation that takes on the nose and stifles any other scent
    • Taste
      Powerful smoky peat, in the tradition of previous editions but alcohol is always too much present and spoils the general impression.
    • Finish
      Long on the smoke.

  88. magic_slim scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Superb Laphroaig - recommended ... for Peatheads only.
    • Nose
      A little bit closed ... therefore requires to spend a lot of time in the glass.

      Typical Laphroaig aromas: Smoke-lemon-licorice with a little bit of oak and slightly mineral. After some time it becomes sweeter and fruitier.
    • Taste
      Powerful and bold, smoke from a peat-fire. Very spicy with lots of pepper, chili and ginger before a solid background made of licorice and oak with a little bit of salt.
    • Finish
      Extremely long and intensive, dry, spicy, dusty and ashy, warming from deep inside.  Slightly zesty in the aftertaste.

  89. ASWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    009 is good, 007 was better
    • Finish
      long At the end you have cigar smoke in your mouth

  90. ASWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      yes I like it

  91. Holder did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    since when is the term fake news? since Trump?

  92. fradin11 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  93. fradin11 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  94. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very nice and tasty. A worthy representative of the 10CS series.
    • Nose
      The CS takes time in the glass. Nice smoke, between medical and dry (campfire). Spices and maritime notes.
    • Taste
      Strong start, but surprisingly silky for 56%. Aromatic smoke (rather dry and greasy, hardly medicated). Caramel, vanilla, honey sweetness.
    • Finish
      Long and warm, smoke and sweetness share the mouth with espresso and dark chocolate.

  95. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Saulecker. 10CS = THE Laphroaig. Even at times, when that was still a standard bottling. So if you are so happy to get one, to use his birthday discount, enough to order, so that the shipping is worth ... Cheers!
    • Nose
      Pure I find it very restrained - no phenol bomb, but gentle smoke with caramel and candy, but a few drops of water then open properly, will be nice fresh, salt, sea breeze, fresh cucumber / melon peel, peppermint, this sugary sweetness, candy, milk chocolate ... phenol, oil flaps & tar napping rather inconspicuously in the background (they come out with the next sip of water, but I would rather let that be boring standard-laphroaigig)
    • Taste
      strong, full-bodied, lots of sweetness, caramel and brown sugar, malt sweets, some ricola, white pepper ... suck, suck ... Liquorice, then ash, tar, oil flaps (if it's too hot, helps water, but otherwise does in the taste not much)
    • Finish
      long, warm, burnt, pepper, salt ... and there is still some dark chocolate

  96. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  97. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  98. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Compared this one to batch 7. This one is sweeter and not as malty.
    • Nose
      Peat, red berries, vanilla, apple, tumtum candy, clove and a little banana. With water there's aniseed and orange candy.
    • Taste
      Peat, chili pepper, cranberry and curry.
    • Finish
      Peat, curry, vanilla, strawberry and aniseed.

  99. Caoldronach scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

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

  100. Laga93 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  101. steinrich scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  102. Patrick93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

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