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Laphroaig 10 year old Cask Strength 2019

How Laphroaig should be bottled

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WReview by @Wierdo

17th Oct 2020

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This review is of a sample kindly donated by @RianC

I tried it neat initially but found it needs a little water to tame the heat.

Nose

Bonfires, TCP, wet straw, toffee

Palate

Quite a thin mouthfeel, but the warmth and smokiness fills the mouth. The arrival is short with a lot of ash, iodine and buttered pancakes and a hint of dried fruits. Development is like a cloud of smoke billowing through your mouth filling every millimetre with a sweet smokiness. Like burnt sweet peppers from a Barbecue. Finish is long and lingering with more smoke, carbolic soap, a hint of green apples and then a salty seaweed note that goes on forever.

Not the most subtle of drams but it has it own simple charm. Just a classic Islay brute of a dram. Shows you how good Laphroaig can be. A thousand miles from the disappointing lacklustre standard 10 of recent years. If this was more readily available I'd never be without a bottle in the house.

I was going to do a comparison to the Lagavulin 12 but haven't actually got around to it. But I can tell you now this is in the same ballpark as the Laga 12 in terms of quality. From memory the Laga is a little more citrussy. This has a touch more iodine and dried fruits. I think there are sherry casks in it.

Anyway thanks @RianC I may well seek out a bottle of this when I'm a bit less strapped!

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6 comments

Wierdo commented

NB - I used the last of this dram to do a comparison to my bottle of Lagavulin 12 CS 2018.

The colour between the two is very different with the Laphroaig being much darker. Definite presence of some sherry casks with the Laphroaig.

The Lagavulin is more peaty and farmy than the Laphroaig and tastes a little crisper. The Laphroaig is a little richer and fruitier with a longer finish.

They're both great. At a push I'd say I like the Lagavulin a smidge more. But considering that the Laphroaig retails for around £80 in the UK compared to around £120 for the Lagavulin I'd say the Laphroaig represents better 'bang for your buck'.

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@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

I've had 2 bottles of the 10CS and have loved both. Batch 011 (which I believe is the one you have here) is very good but batch 009 was heavenly! I think I titled the review of batch 009 as "the king of Islay." A bold statement to be sure but I really thought it was that good.

5 days ago 3Who liked this?

Wierdo commented

@casualtorture you are right this is batch 11. I'm so impressed I've asked my wife for a bottle of batch 12 for my birthday next month!

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@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@Wierdo I could be wrong but I don’t think the 10 (standard or CS) uses any sherry casks. They do use E150a though, whereas I’m fairly certain Laga 12 CS is bottled at natural colour.

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Wierdo commented

@OdysseusUnbound maybe I'm wrong about the sherry casks then. There is definitely e150 in the Laphroaig. The difference in colour between it and the Lagavulin was huge and couldn't just be down to sherry casks alone. But I did also got some dried fruits and a slight 'dirtiness' in the Laphroaig which made me think they'd thrown a few refill Sherry casks into the vat!

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@RianC
RianC commented

@Wierdo -Glad you liked it! I think I ended up doing a h2h with the Laga sample you sent and pretty much concur with what you said above, in that the Lag a is a bit more crisp and refined when compared to the more brutal and tarry Laffy.

I'd possibly prefer the Laga over it but the price is way off ...

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