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14 Nov 2009

Laphroaig 10 yo Cask Strength (batch 001)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Laphroaig

Laphroaig 10 year old cask strength has been a favourite of many peat heads. As of February 2009, Laphroaig started mentioning a batch number on the bottles. The first batch has been around for a while now, but still it’s not widely available so I guess batch #002 will not be released soon.


Laphroaig 10yo CS Batch 001 Laphroaig 10 yo Cask Strength (57,8%, OB 2009, Batch #001)

Nose: immediately smokey and medicinal. Dry ashes and tar. Lots of phenols. There’s certainly less fruit than the former 10 Year Old CS. I do get some sweet peach but the whole is too smokey to make it stand out. Charcoal. Quite a lot of rubber / tires as well and hints of pencil shavings. Mouth: peppery peat smoke, starting sweet but getting quite dry after a few moments with a remarkable wood influence. Hints of salty liquorice and seaweed. Still no obvious fruit, although there is some apple skin to be found. Finish: again smokey, quite dry and salty. Long aftertaste.

Laphroaig 10 years old CS confirms itself as a very powerful dram although a bit more mono-dimensional than previous batches. Only recommended if you’re into heavy smoke. Around € 50.

Score: 86/100


Laphroaig 10yo CS
(bottling code LG010R2K)

- relatively fruity with vanilla
– sweet peat smoke
– medicinal
– balanced smoke

Laphroaig 10yo CS
(Batch #001)

- less fruit, faint hints of vanilla
– tar, charcoal and burnt notes
– rubbery
– big emphasis on smoke


I’ll repeat the remark I’ve made for Ardbeg Corryvreckan and the recent Lagavulin 12 years old: there seems to be a general tendency towards heavier smoke and ‘burnt’ peat. Now that’s not necessarily a bad thing, just an observation.

Laphroaig 10 yo Cask Strength (batch 001) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2009-11-14
  • http://scotchhobbyist.com Jeff H.

    Wow, Ruben. Once again, you’ve nailed it! You’re describing pretty much exactly what I’m experiencing with this expression (minus the rubber). I also feel like the wood makes itself known on the nose, and that seems to be winning points for me right now (a la QC).

    Did you try with some water? It brings out more sweetness and calms down the tar. When in the mood for Laph CS, though, I’m generally looking for the “neat” experience.

    Cheers,
    Jeff (into heavily smoked whisky at the moment)

  • Charlie

    Yeah, like Jeff said. Water will free the fruity taste and sweetness, with the tar taste reduced.

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  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    I added some water but it didn’t change much. Maybe not enough then. I’ll remember to add more water the next time I taste it (although I tend to evaluate whisky on what is in the bottle, not what you can make of it when you’re lucky to add the right amount of water, Coca-Cola or whatever).
    @Jeff: I’m glad we share the same experience on this Laphroaig. Thanks.

  • http://www.foodnwine.co.il Gal Granov

    i have not tasted batch 01.
    but i do prefer the QC.
    i need to try that one too.
    as i LOVE smoke (and Jeff can attest to that) i think it would be right my alley.

    have u tasted the Triplewood?

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Sure: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2009/laphroaig/laphroaig-triple-wood/
    I think I like Triple Wood more than most other reviewers.

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  • Jorgen

    “you can make of it when you’re lucky to add the right amount of water, Coca-Cola or whatever”

    :)

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  • Charlie

    Batch 002 58.3% 2010 is out. Any chance to try it Ruben?

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    I won’t buy this bottling myself, but if I can find a sample, I’ll certainly try it.

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  • MARS

    Tryed a sample of this one this afternoon and your notes make me wonder if the man who made my sample didn’t made a mistake.
    My sample was incredibly fruity(mouth and especially finale), really incredibly fruity.

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