Whisky Review: Laphroaig Aged 10 Years Cask Strength Batch 11

Style: Crisp, Rich and Smoky

Nose:
Begins with a dose of caramel, brine and oysters. Strong hints of the sea as advertised, quite gritty, in a good way. Herbal spice coursing through the aroma and brings in lemon citrus and limoncello. Liquorice rods inserted in between, while boiled potatoes steaming in the heat. A fair bit of basil, Sichuan green chilli overtone. Salt and pepper seasoning the semi-dry aroma. Sweet glazed orange peels emerge towards the end.

Palate:
Massive burst of signature “Laphroaiggian” smoky citrus notes. Starts with a grapefruit crust, orange core and working downwards to lemon lollies and a liquorice base. The sweetness is thoroughly tinted with coal fire smoke. Strong herbal spice undercurrent. Then in comes the maritime influence again, sea salt lightly sprinkled on oysters Kilpatrick, which is buffered by a nice layer of lemon Aloe vera and creamy latte. Rich and oily. Another pinch of black pepper and shichimi at the back while the maritime notes linger on. Very nice.

Finish:
Waning lemon aloe vera with a distinct hint of bonfire smoke. Liquorice, coffee and cream to finish.

Thoughts:
Laphroaig 10 CS never disappoints me, this one, just like its predecessors, is as consistent as ever with an expression full of power, texture, smoke and flavour. Solid core distillate. It might sit slightly on the drier side (probably due to the lack of sherry or “sweet” cask), but in return it gives a certain crispness which injects an additional masculinity to the spirit. Very macho, very delightful. Love it.

☆ [Recommended]

[58.6% / Original Bottling / Aged 10 Years / Natural Cask Strength / Non Chill Filtered / 2019 Bottled / Batch 11 / Limited Edition / *+]

-Esmond

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