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Laphroaig Cask Strength 10 Year Old

Beautiful Batch 005

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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

13th Sep 2013


  • Nose
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  • Finish
  • Balance
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Laphroaig has been releasing a 10 year old Cask Strength version every year for the last five and I've managed to get my hands on all except the second. So if you have access to Batch 002 somehow please let me know.

Right, now on to the 5.

Strong Laphroaig-ian nose. Unlike the recent Cairdeas releases where the nose has been very subtle this one makes no excuses about it's birth-right. The strong peat, seaweed and iodine burst through beautifully riding on a wave of golden, dark oranges coated in a lovely brown sugar brittle. Finally there's a touch of butterscotch with a crinkling of almond husk and an unusual hint of fresh soap.

The palate is a strong white pepper delivery on a wave of oaky sweet honey, raisins and lemon tart. This one has to stay on the palate for a while to be truly appreciated.

The long long finish is a touch spicy and coats your entire mouth with a slightly chalky (but in a good way), salivating minty finish.

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WhiskyBee commented

Thanks for this one. How does 005 compare to the other batches? I've only tried two: 004, which I thought very good, but not quite up to the exceptional standards of 003.

Passing thought of no importance: I've noticed product placements for Talisker and Macallan in recent James Bond films. Perhaps Laphroaig could do the same with batch 007, which will be released the same year (2015) as the next Bond film.

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Rigmorole commented

Brilliant review!

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tjb commented

Great review. I rate the 003 as well. Yours thoughts on 3, 4 & 5 would be interesting .

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MaltActivist commented

@WiskyBee The 007 is a great idea! I think they could do something cool with that. @rigmorole Thanks, my friend. As always you're far too generous with your praise @tjb I'm planning a Batch 3,4 & 5 comparison soon. Will keep you posted. @wtrstrnghlt You're a star! Now to figure out how to get them to deliver to my neck of the woods. But thanks again!

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