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Laphroaig Cask Strength 10 Year Old

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@hunggarReview by @hunggar

10th Aug 2015

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Batch 007. Seems we’ve got the James Bond edition of Laphroaig Cask Strength 10 year old here. If the regular 10 year old doesn’t have enough kick for you, how does 56.3% abv sound?

Nose: Typical Laphroaig, with some added meatiness maybe. Peat, ash, tar, diesel, brine, smoked ham, honey, faint vanilla, faint malt.

Palate: Great intensity and kick, with a thicker mouthfeel than the standard 10. Peat, ash, anise, caramel, tarmac, diesel, oysters.

Finish: Gets pretty dry and ashy here, with a gentle sweetness just behind it. Salted caramel, brine, ham, tarmac, oysters, sweet barbecue sauce, very faint oak, and some lingering ash.

Thoughts: Yup, it’s unmistakably Laphroaig. It’s basically exactly what it promises. I’ve been known to whine about whiskies being too predictable, and that could be applied here. But in this case it would be intended as a compliment. There’s perhaps a bit more diesel and salted caramel here, and less wood than anticipated, but it’s still largely what you’d hope for and expect from a 10 year old CS Laphroaig. It’s big, ballsy, meaty, ashy, briny, and rugged. Although pricey, I think this is loads of fun. Not for fans of subtlety.

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10 comments

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

Heck yeah. This might be my favorite whisky. I love the power. I gotta get a batch 007, clearly.

Too bad it's expensive by you. Around me, I consider it a solid value at $65-70.

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

Yeah, keep those batches of Laprhroaig 10 CS comin'. I never had a bad taste of any batch of Laphroaig 10 CS...around here on sale it costs about $ 57.

4 years ago 0

@Nock
Nock commented

Thanks for the review. I am excited about your description of "diesel" and less "wood." I am anxiously awaiting a bottle of this batch to arrive near me. I have been slightly disappointed by the last two batches (005 & 006). I can't tell if it is just my poor memory, my expanding experience with peaty whisky, or an actual dip in quality.

4 years ago 0

@Pierre_W
Pierre_W commented

Great review as always, @hunggar. Considering all the expressions that I tried over the years the 10yo CS remains my favourite... it is just so unabashedly Laphroaig! I think I liked batch 002 best but they are really all very good. Big and ballsy for sure!

4 years ago 0

@MaltActivist
MaltActivist commented

@hunggar thanks for the review! I had this as my first drink when I landed on Islay and headed straight to Laphroaig. This was part of the 2015 Tasting : there was the 2015 Cairdeas, the as yet unreleased 21 year old and this. Of the three I think I liked this one the most. It has the same intensity as the 006 but it's a touch sweeter if I remember correctly. Still a powerhouse.

4 years ago 0

@Cunundrum
Cunundrum commented

@hunggar have you tasted the Laphroaig 15 200 anniversary yet?

4 years ago 0

@hunggar
hunggar commented

Thanks for all the comments, guys. This was my first CS Laph 10, and yes, this one is definitely big and fun. Seems most of you have easy access to it. Really hard to find in my neck of the woods and it's a whopping US $100+! For $65-$70 it's a steal!

4 years ago 0

@Cunundrum
Cunundrum commented

So there is a Cairdeas 200 too? I think I saw one online the other day....

4 years ago 0

@MaltActivist
MaltActivist commented

@Cunundrum I've tried the 15 - 200th Anniversary Edition. An underwhelming whisky if there ever was one. To be honest I don't even like the original 15.

4 years ago 0

@hunggar
hunggar commented

@Conundrum, it seems @MaltActivist is the man to talk to. I've never tried the 15 in any form, nor the Cairdeas. This and the Triple Wood have been my only helpings of Laphroaig lately; two whiskies I've been enjoying thoroughly.

4 years ago 0

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