Whisky Review: Laphroaig 10 Years Old Cask Strength Batch 008

Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Laphroaig Distillery

Bottling: Suntory

ABV: 59.2%

Cost: £79.99 from Laphroaig

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What they say:

Original Cask Strength Laphroaig is bottled at natural distillery strength with all the depth of genuine taste and texture normally associated with sampling whisky at source.

We mature Laphroaig in seasoned oak barrels, charred before filling to impart a slight sweet vanilla nuttiness. Original Cask Strength Laphroaig is barrier-filtered only just, to remove the small char particles present. This means you will enjoy Laphroaig exactly as we made it.

In extremes of temperature and when you add water it may appear a little cloudy – this is the natural condition of a malt of such a peaty pungence and uncompromising purity. Adding a little water releases a rich aroma of peat smoke with some sweetness and strong hints of the sea.

Emphatic, full bodied and utterly unforgettable – we like to think it’s the purists choice.

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR : Rich deep gold

NOSE: Very powerful, “medicine”, smoke, seaweed and ozone characters overlaying a sweetness

BODY: Full and strong

PALATE: A massive peated burst of flavour with hints of sweetness at the end

FINISH: Long and savoury

What I say:

Long considered as one of the ultimate Laphroaig expressions, the 10 year old Cask Strength batches are released and sold directly from the distillery and usually sell out as soon as they are available. I have long been a fan of the standard Laphroaig 10 year old and usually have a bottle open (though surprisingly I haven’t reviewed it yet here on The Whiskyphiles!). With batch 009 announced in February 2017 and delayed until May, I dug out last years bottle and realised to my horror that there was only a few drams left in it and most had been enjoyed and not reviewed!

Colour:

Dark amber bronze (14/20) long medium legs and a few finer tears

Nose:

Powerful, almost sulphuric and lactic farmyard initially give way rapidly to a mass of freshly crushed vanilla pods, and cloyingly thick sweetness, fresh green oak wood, slightly butyric, peat, smoke, ash, pear drops and polish esters, green banana and maraschino cherries, vanilla custard, a hint of shellfish and fresh oysters in brine, overripe or slightly fermented orchard fruits, leather, iodine, germolene and TCP remind me of sitting in a dentists chair or surgery

Taste:

Surprisingly a whack of malty cereal barley and brewers crystal malt arrive first, sweet heather honey, fruity banana and pear, peat smoke, leather and tannic tea, maple syrup, smokey bacon, smoked mussels, bbq smoked meats, freshly sawn oak wood, carpenters workshop, teak oil, beeswax.

Finish:

Long, sweet, green oak wood, tannic tea, sea spray and peat smoke

Overall:

A great combination of fierce spirit and equally sturdy oak wood cask influences – borders on bourbon in places makes for a superb balance and brings out some oddly fruity suggestions on the palate – I love this stuff and it’s preceeding reputation is very well deserved.

Score: 89/100

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