Laphroaig 10 year old Cask Strength Batch 007
Non Chill Filtered
Rich, earthy, smoky on the first sniff. Bonfire smoke, and loads of it. Medicinal TCP in the background. Tar. Sea air. Fishing villages. Shellfish. Scallops. Sandy shores. Sea salt encrusted rocks in the sun. Dried dark fruits. Sherried raisins. Cigarettes dipped in sherry. Citrus juices and lemon rind coming forward now. There is absolutely bucket loads going on in this glass. This is awesome. Special. Islay. Laphroaig. Time in the glass and more maritime notes, smoke is more peat like and smouldering. Monster.
Monster. Sweet, maple syrup coated bacon arrival, big, thick, huge mouthfeel. Mmmmmm. Mmmmmmm mmmmmmm. Develops into more sweet, BBQ glory. Lots of dried fruits, raisin mainly, with some stewed Apple. There’s some liquorice and dark chocolate. Over stewed black tea. The sweetness is thick and treacle like, bittersweet, delicious. Extremely easy to sip at full strength.
Herbal cough sweets, iodine, treacle toffee, some tannins, a lot of flavour over a medium-long duration. Remaining sweet, syrupy and slightly herbal at the very end. Fantastic.
Adding a good slosh. The nose is a little less in smoky intensity but fresher now. More maritime, sea air intensive, a great sea breeze on a fresh day. The palate at the diluted strength and you have more access to the depth of sweetness, with the herbal elements more integrated alongside added fruit juiciness, it’s so flavourful it’s emotional. There is a rich treacle intensity going into the finish which is just long, full of smoke, herbal peat, earthiness, toffee and all round yumminess. It’s difficult to explain the balance and level of flavours. You’ll just have to trust me when I say this is frakking delicious.
This is my favourite of the Laphroaig’s. The 10yo cask strength continues to be so flavoursome, massive, and an absolute joy to experience. I only wish there was more of it rather than the yearly release, but at least this way I get to try other things and not just stick with it year long. Love love love it. Want more more more.
From my own stash. The last of my bottle.