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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength Reviews

    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength 74
    Based on 31 reviews.
    Rated on a scale of 50 to 99
    Distillery
    Laphroaig
    Style
    Single Malt
    Release
    Unspecified
    Age
    10 Years
    Alcohol
    55.7% abv.
    Region
    Scotland: Islay
    Bottled For
    Distillery

    Awarded Best Single Malt in the World in 2005 by Whisky Magazine, 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.

    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Whiplash

    9650/99
    Color
    yella
    Nose
    pretty hot
    Body
    liquid scotch, thin, aromatic
    Palate
    peat, smoke and a little iodine. after a few bottles the iodine disappears !
    Finish
    Happy

    Almost embarrassed to say my first taste of Laphroig seemed disgusting, the iodine was overwhelming. But after a couple years of enjoying scotch I no longer taste the iodine, let alone, abhor it. Seems like it is no longer there. Quarter Cask is better but this stuff is available everywhere and the price is right. Damn good scotch.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Rouge Medic

    9250/99
    Color
    Light golden
    Nose
    Smoke and peat. Brine, iodine and medicine.
    Body
    Mixed properly it is a full body with a slightly oily texture.
    Palate
    Starts sweet but quickly moves to smoke and peat. Complex, mysterious even a little controversial.
    Finish
    You will be tasting the smoke and peat until tomorrow afternoon. As long as it is smooth in the finish.

    Amazing full strength Scotch. Not for the faint of pallet. Best mixed 3 parts Scotch to 1 part water.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Anonymous

    9250/99
    Color
    Medium amber
    Nose
    smoke, iodine, medicinal, seaside, peat
    Body
    medium to full. Adding a splash of water will give it a very velvety texture.
    Palate
    Like a glass of brackish sea water with an iodine soaked band-aid in it. And you can not wait for the next sip.
    Finish
    Long, heavy, very warm and almost hot.

    Like a glass of brackish seawater with a iodine soaked band-aid in it. But in a good way. I was blown away by the complexity of this Scotch, it has deep mysterious depths even to the point of being controversial. This is the Scotch you share with the friends you would storm the gates of hell with. A Scotch with as much of a story as the scars you earned in the war. Keep the Oban for your 'buddies' but share the Laphroaig with the friends who are closer than family.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Max

    9450/99
    Color
    amber minus 1
    Nose
    PEAT... SMOKE... BRINE... seaweedy. a lovely deep tanic salty oak note. jalenpeno pepper. White pepper/black pepper. Cajun steak. tar/resin. Some "tary roapes" if you will. Smoked fish. A lemon candy thing lurking. Burnt leaves in autom. Trees burning down. Hand fulls of peat! a resiny rubber note I can't quite distinguish. Perhaps fresh pavement for a road? Road tar? Hard to place... Slight grassy note. sun baked seafood.
    Body
    heavy whisky
    Palate
    sweet arrival, plenty of salt and smoke all around it. Very vegital. That road tar taste comes right through. Stewed peppers with spice. Smoked salty fish. Seafood of all kings between, not so fresh and freshly cooked. That tar note covered in smoke dominates the end of the developtment into the finish. This bottle varies a bit from my last of the same batch in that respect.
    Finish
    Long long loooooong and sea-briny-peaty-smokey

    WONDERFUL! A favorite of mine. This whisky is HUGE, was buyable during prohibition in the USA, in drug stores because it was considered too fowl tasting to get buzzed on. Amazing whisky here, you MUST try it if you have not. Quarter cask is great too.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Bellehaven

    9550/99
    Color
    Hazel
    Nose
    Mineral and ash. Like a stack of magazines that have been in the proximity of a an old wood stove in the corner of an Alexandria bothy.
    Body
    Full bodied, heavy. The saliva doesn't stand a chance.
    Palate
    Intense peat and smoke. A wonderful bonfire at North Beach with the ashes and embers on the corner of the branch that you just roasted a marshmallow on.
    Finish
    Long. Hot. Killer Bee. Steadfast and strong. Best ever, for me. Embrace your whisky!

    An absolute blast of peat and smoke and intense flavor, if that's what you like. And, I definitely like! Wait a minute... I'm in love!

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Red Hot Talisker Peppers

    9750/99
    Color
    yellow
    Nose
    huge peat, ginger, barley sugar
    Body
    light-medium
    Palate
    huge peat, salted toffee, ginger, pepper
    Finish
    long and wonderful
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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Bill01

    8450/99
    Color
    Medium amber
    Nose
    A little peaty smoke.
    Body
    Full
    Palate
    Harsh, too much like charcoal.
    Finish
    A very long finish. Wonderful smokey taste AFTER the initial "charcoal" shock. Very harsh. Mix it 50/50 (or to your taste) with Macallan and it seems to pick up the BEST of both without ANY of the downsides...

    Ouch! I like strong whiskey, no water or ice, room temp. This one was a LOT more than I expected. I LOVE Ardbeg Uigeadail but this one has so much char it almost tastes like biting into a charcoal. HOWEVER, I did manage to make a FABULOUS blend by mixing this 50/50 with 12 year-old Macallan... The two of them are FAR greater than the sume of their parts. It turned out so well I am considering that a regular. Maybe even over my Uigeadail (I scored that 97, I would score my blend a 97 also).

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Anonymous

    5050/99
    Color
    pale
    Nose
    Smells like petroleum.
    Body
    Full bodied
    Palate
    Iodine
    Finish
    A meths taste that lasts a long time in the mouth.

    I'm a whiskey lover but this tasted like meths.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Maximus

    9050/99
    Color
    golden rich
    Nose
    SMOKE, like where's the fire at smoke, very woody, peaty
    Body
    wow this one is full of flavour and has a burn to boot, very nice to chew on
    Palate
    In from the cold hug of warmth, real peat, smoke and almost medicinal palate. Sea salt and sweetness
    Finish
    This is one of my favourites, as if you couldnt tell, Laphroaig 10 year is defo a desert island one, it has huge flavour warmth and character and tastes like no other malt that i have tasted, HRH Prince Charles put his arms on the bottle and it deserves it, you will love it or hate it, im in luuurrrv ;)
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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Anonymous

    9650/99
    Color
    burnt orange
    Nose
    Iodine, band-aids. Smoke, earth. Stormy weather.
    Body
    Medium to thick. Long sexy legs.
    Palate
    Violent and uncaring earth. Like a storm meets a volcano. Saltwater seaweed and a whole lot of smoke
    Finish
    Long sweet and even a little nutty.

    Stevenmr82

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Anonymous

    9250/99
    Color
    Gold +1 Amber
    Nose
    Medicinal, floral, vanilla, massive alcohol that will burn your nose.
    Body
    Thick, syrupy, oily, and luscious.
    Palate
    Blast of peat, blast of smoke, flowers? Why not. Meaty peat.
    Finish
    The finish has no end. It stays with you, literally. Beware.

    Monstrous peat reek. Distant cousin of Supernova and Octomore. Taken neat, you're taken aback with the medicinal, smokey, phenolic glory it holds. This whisky is not for the faint of heart or those who dislike peated malts. This is truly a monster. Graduate from Lap 10 40% or 43% ABV first. If the ABV was even higher, this would be on par with the George T. Stagg.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Anonymous

    9250/99
    Color
    honey or dark golden
    Nose
    Peat, Black pepper, band-aids, tar oil, fresh laid tar, fresh laid asphalt.
    Body
    This numbs whatever it touches. Thick!
    Palate
    Wasabi, Tabasco, menthol, Call 911!
    Finish
    North Atlantic storm of salt. Then one is sweetly romanced back to ones home.

    Only a fool would not add water to this. How much water? We never did find the sweet spot.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by AdmTom

    8550/99
    Color
    Deep gold
    Nose
    Medicinal, huge pungent wave of peat, saltwater
    Body
    Nothing noteworthy about the body. Just a standard, medium-bodied Scotch -- not too viscous, not too runny.
    Palate
    Taken neat it's almost overpowering. Huge peat with the alcohol burn you'd expect for a cask strength. Add a good dash of water though, and it becomes magnificent... all the flavor of the classic 10yo, but smoother.
    Finish
    Two things define the finish: It's a Laphroaig, and it's almost 60% ABV. The peat lingers for quite a while... don't drink it fast, or the high alcohol content will dull your taste buds and lessen the peat hit you take each sip.

    I personally prefer the classic Laphroaig 10yo. To me, the classic has more flavor with less harshness. Add water to the cask strength though and it becomes very comparable, perhaps even a bit better. With a solid dash of water, you get all the flavor of the classic 10yo in a smoother body. Definitely worth the experience, but as I said, I personally prefer the classic 10yo.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Anonymous

    9350/99
    Color
    pale gold
    Nose
    heavy smoke, sweet tangy smell. trademark laphroaig but so much more dense and in your face.
    Body
    oily, stays on the palate.
    Palate
    salt, iodine, sweetness, peat. as i said, trademark laphroaig, but on steroids.
    Finish
    lingers for a while. basically if you have a sip of it, then a sip of water, it is essentially like taking two sips of laphroaig, if that makes sense.

    I was so happy to have found this bottle. It's a very affordable 10 yo cask strength. The flavor is super intense but you can drink it without water. It's not a harsh alcoholic flavor, it's just the regular laphroaig but so much more concentrated and intense. It's going from a regular IPA to a triple IPA. This and the quarter cask are my favorite whiskys. WOO!

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Trevor Lynch

    9350/99
    Color
    light amber, desert sun.
    Nose
    Huge smoke, sea air, seaweed, vanilla, charred wood.
    Body
    Full and gritty
    Palate
    Slap-your-grandma-in-the-mouth peat. Cinnamon, sea shores, salt water,
    Finish
    Very long and amazing.

    Whoa! This is huge. The most intense whisky I've tried

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Anonymous

    9550/99
    Color
    Sunset over wheat fields
    Nose
    Measured kick of peat, subtle smoke, a small peel of apple and the body shop you took your car to after that one accident you weren't expecting.
    Body
    Fills the tongue well and stays a few after swallow.
    Palate
    Tastes like the memory of your grandmothers soup cooking in an iron pot and your grandpa smoking his pipe in front of the hearth.
    Finish
    Finish is announced with trumpets, not violins.

    For those that enjoy good things.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Anonymous

    7050/99
    Color
    Golden
    Nose
    Heavy smoke, peat
    Palate
    Lots of peat, smoke, oily
    Finish
    Fairly dry

    Not for the malt novice. You must like a heavy smoke flavour.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Anonymous

    9350/99
    Color
    Medium amber.
    Nose
    Awesome! Blast of smoke, peat, bacon, black forest ham, smoked salmon, ocean breeze, leather and surprisingly sweet trail mix nuts.
    Body
    High viscosity for a Scotch dram, full body and them some.
    Palate
    100% Laphroaig character, just what you would expect from this brand, the real thing, the one and only, the opposite side of Kentucky. A stout vs. a lager.
    Finish
    Finish is 8 out of 10, not bad, just wish it was longer. With the addition of water (recommended)

    Outstanding Islay malt! Expensive, be aware that 2 bottles of cask strength equal 3 bottles of 4o% abv regular 12 yo Laphroaig based on alcohol content figures. Flavor wise I find this cask strength better. Top on my list. Overall: Second to none!!!! AMAZING SCOTCH WHISKEY!

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Anonymous

    9550/99
    Color
    Golden amber.
    Nose
    The smoke and peat charge up your nostrils with unrepentant glee.
    Body
    A deep, substantial, testosterone-laden experience.
    Palate
    Reminiscences of burning embers around the campfire, mixed with the rotting, briny fragrance of the seashore at low tide.
    Finish
    A long-lasting, satisfying warmth that will carry satisfyingly far longer than could be imagined.

    Warning! If you do not revere the whiskies of the western islands, don't even THINK of trying this magnificent creation.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Anonymous

    9250/99
    Color
    Amber -1
    Nose
    Lap 10 to the 10th power. Strong, powerful, smokey, peaty, blast of smoke.
    Body
    Thick, full, and luscious. Nice legs on this.
    Palate
    Medicinal, peat blast, smoke blast, slightly citrus, very sweet but the smoke over powers your tongue and senses. Wow, not for the beginner, you need some time to get to know the spirit.
    Finish
    Long lasting, finish. Smoke stays in the morning even after brushing my teeth. Now that's amazing.

    This review is for the "vatted" red stripe cask strength, pre-batch period.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Anonymous

    9150/99
    Color
    Amber + 2, suprisingly darker than Laphroaig 10 & Quarter Cask.
    Nose
    Smoke, peat, heather, burnt wood, ozone.
    Body
    The thickest, oiliest scotch I have ever seen. I thought the Lagavulin DE and the Ardbeg Uigeadail was thick, this thing is creamy!
    Palate
    This is truly the flagship of the Laphroaig expressions. Wonderfully smooth, yet exhibits a tremendous amount of peat, smoke, sea salt flavor, leather, dirty rocks, dirty boots, dirty socks, all in a good way. Not for the faint of heart...
    Finish
    Delightful, lang lasting, finish. Stays with you until your next sip. Outstanding.

    This is a review for Batch 002. Peat blast, smoke blast, completely in your face. Phenolic, seaside beach party, Smooth, lovely, long finish. Slight taste of alcohol. The only thing lacking is the complexity and the fruity flavors the Laphroaig 10 regular held. I gave the regular Lap 10 a "95," but I must point this as a 91 due to the expensive price (-2) and lack of complexity (-2) it holds. For extreme peat lovers, my goodness you cannot miss this dram.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Xcal297

    9450/99
    Color
    Amber
    Nose
    Heavy peat and smoke, iodine, hint of oranges.
    Body
    Oily and very thick.
    Palate
    Warm and spicy, salt, grass, oak, and slightly orangey. Sits quite high on the palate for how thick it is.
    Finish
    Very warm, long and intense. Initial salt and pepper gives way to a long slow fade of citrus.

    One of my favorites! In many ways it's less abrasive while also being more characteristic than its regular 10 year counterpart. I tried it with and without cutting it with water, and it's still fantastic either way.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Mishima

    9250/99
    Color
    Pale hay
    Nose
    Sweet, cocoa and vanilla with an intriguing richness underneath, like caramel, all that syrupy goodness mixed with a hefty amount of salt. There is something organic there, like threshed hay. Oh, the peaty smoke you ask? Its there of course, this is Laphroaig, but it is melded this rich sweet, salty, smoky composite.
    Body
    Oily and viscous. Satisfyingly heavy.
    Palate
    Sweetness with a touch of iodine - not offputting mind you. Tangy and peaty.
    Finish
    A burst of fire and then the sea rolls out, the salt disapates, leaving traces of iodine and seaweed, a rich tangy flavor that sticks quick insistently to your tongue.

    The more seasoned aficionado might tell you this is the quintessential Islay Whisky. I can only claim that this is great whisky - for the smoky-seaweed set.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Drunk&dangerous

    9550/99
    Color
    amber
    Nose
    Very heavy smoke. hints of fruits and iodine, but overall smoke is dominating all over.
    Body
    thick as tar
    Palate
    smoked horse sweat.
    Finish
    for several hours everything tastes smokey. after carefully washing the glass it still smells smokey. next day kitchen smelled like smoke because glass was washed there :) real experience. I like drinks with attitude and this is definately one.

    love/hate thing. if you like smoked stuff you really should check it out. otherwise avoid. rated it 95% because i belong to smoke lovers side:) + one square feet of land in scotland, yahoo!

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Canuck

    9250/99
    Color
    golden amber
    Nose
    Peat, Smokey
    Body
    Smooth. Rich.
    Finish
    Nice after taste, fairly mild and warming.

    A wonderful whisky which I found even more enjoyable with a pipe. Great flavours of peat and smoke.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Profitablechoy

    9550/99
    Color
    grassy caramel
    Nose
    smells like an ashtray from 15 feet away
    Body
    full bodied heavy duty
    Palate
    Huge smoke at first, iodine, peat everything you expect in a Islay whisky, but wait... after the initiial rush of this whisky, it becomes soft, and sweet
    Finish
    long savorful finish, sweet and complex.

    This is by far my favorite Islay whisky period. So many layers and flavors. The nose of this whisky does not begin the tale of it once you try it. For my taste... add water without water the whisky will not open up like it should revealing the many layers. Superb! But definately not a begginers whisky. This one's got cojones son.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Rowey

    9050/99
    Color
    Rich Amber
    Nose
    Smoke, band-aids, some honey, peat and sea-air.
    Body
    Very full bodied.
    Palate
    Smoky honey, wood and iodine, with a firm, peaty base.
    Finish
    Very long and warm to hot. Spicy pepper, clove and hot cinnamon with salty sea air.

    I think the other reviewers here have got this one absolutely right. I agree that water is really not necessary, but a few drops lifts the smoke in the nose a little and really brings out the briny finish. A powerful, but surprisingly well-mannered Laphroaig that every Islay fan must have on the shelf.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by ColoradoDram

    8950/99
    Color
    Amber, slightly darker than Laphroaig 15.
    Nose
    Fruity, smoky.
    Body
    Full-bodied, thick with quite a grip on the tongue.
    Palate
    Buttery, oily, peaty, smoky, hot and tingly, with just enough fruit.
    Finish
    Long, very hot and dry, but amazingly not harsh or acidy.

    Amazingly no need to cut with water (even at 55.7 abv!), this is another great Laphroaig, maybe the best value of them all. If you prefer the smoky Islay taste over a more balanced sweet one, choose this.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Eddie

    9050/99
    Color
    Dark Amber.
    Nose
    Emergency room,Smoke, Peat and a little Honey.
    Body
    Full
    Palate
    Smoke, Butter, Honey, Sweet Malt, Peat, Salt, Warm.
    Finish
    Medium, Sweet and a Little Smoky.

    I Thought this one was going to Burn being CS, But it didn't. The taste surprised me, Sweet, Smoke, Malt, Peat, all the tastes I LOVE in one bottle. This is a Very Very GOOD WHISKY.

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Lugarteniente

    9050/99
    Color
    Full gold. E-150?
    Nose
    Huge Smoke & Peat
    Body
    Full bodied.
    Palate
    Brutal: peat, smoke, salt, iodine, very medicinal.
    Finish
    Hot, Gasoline. Add a drop of water !

    A peat monster that works better with water. Cheaper and better than Uigeadail and Lagavulin 12

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    Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength
    Review by Dramiel McHinson

    9050/99
    Color
    Amber gold
    Nose
    Phenols, horehound and honey, wisp of smoke
    Body
    full bodied, rich with intense flavor profile
    Palate
    Intense peat, phenolic. The "Islaydine" ever present; lightly sweet which takes some of the edge off the phenols.
    Finish
    Long, stays bold on the palate; warm and spicey; light sea air.

    Surprisingly flavorful and smooth for such a high proof. Doesn't need water but if you must it brings out more of the smoke and maritime nose and flavors.

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