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Laphroaig Cask Strength 10 Year Old

Batch 003

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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

31st Mar 2014


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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This one is awesome!

No preamble, no build up. Straight up this Batch 3 of the Laphroaig Cask Strength series is a gem!

For those who know me know that I'm a little OCD so when I first bought the Batch 004 I instantly knew I had to collect the entire series. Good thing we were only up to Batch 005 up until that point. Of the lot the one I'm most glad to have acquired is this one.

Nose: That same elegant and poised peat that I've come to love from this series. But this time with a nutty almond surprise that blends in beautifully with a drop of cherries and red apple licorice. Give it time and it turns beautifully green. First some olives in brine, then green peas and edemame all against the backdrop of fresh oaky grass. Brilliant.

Palate: What a robust and creamy delivery! A lovely discourse of minty maple syrup and chocolate sprinkled artfully with black peppers and a touch of dusty red berries. I almost feel there is a cheeky sherry cask in here some where. I could be wrong but I would love to be right!

Finish: Lingers long and true with just the right amount of oak.

This is truly a masterclass in balance and elegance.

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Pierre_W commented

Great review, @tabarakRazvi, well done! The only batch that I ever tried was 002 and I loved it! This just shows how good a 10-year old bottling can be, and I find it to be so much more interesting and powerful than Laphroaig's regular 10-year old expression. I shall look forward to your reviews of the other batches! Btw, I liked the edamame that you detected on the nose and will look for them next time.

5 years ago 0

Victor commented

I am a big fan of Batch 3 myself. I am happy to drink any of those batches of Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength, though.

5 years ago 0

MaltActivist commented

Thanks for the kind words @Pierre_W - This is such a brilliantly crafted spirit. I wonder if there's anything else going on here other than just serving the 10yr old at cask strength. If I didn't know any better I would think there was a touch of sherried spirit in here some where. Not on the nose but for some reason on the palate.

@Victor couldn't agree more...

5 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

Ah, yes. I have fond memories of the 003. Very nice batch. I own a 005 (unopened). Waiting another year or so to open that one. Thanks for your review, Tabarak!

5 years ago 0

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