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Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength - Batch 012

(70cl, 60.1%)

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength - Batch 012

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Laphroaig 10yo #012 Bottling Note

That's right, it's another brilliant batch of Laphroaig's cask strength 10 Year Old! This here is batch 12, which spent its decade of ageing in bourbon barrels before being bottled up at a generous 60.1% ABV. A wonderfully creamy expression from the much-loved Islay distillery!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Cigar box and waxy vanilla, with honeyed cereal, toasty oak and buttery shortbread.

Palate: Oak char and burnt sugar, with salted caramel, coffee icing and peppery woody spice alongside hints of nutmeg.

Finish: Milky coffee and green oak, with a maritime savoury note lingering.

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Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength - Batch 012 Reviews

Balanced peaty/smoky

The aroma is very peaty, but the taste is quite balanced. The smokiness isn't overwhelming.

12th January 2021

Very smoky

Tried a bottle it is very smoky with a very medicinal Taste like tcp. Not a good experience for myself I would give it the benefit of the doubt and try again probably just a bad batch

26th December 2020

2020cs is best of best.

Of the 10 years I've drank Laph 10y cs, this 2020year 10y cs seems to be the best. It tastes really strange

21st December 2020

Amazing

What can I say best peat/smoke of any whiskey I have tried.

16th December 2020

Campfire on the beach personified

Like having your first Laphroaig experience all over again. Absolutely in love this stuff. It beautifully overpowers your mouth with classic Laphroaig smoke and brine.

16th December 2020

Making Love To A Mermaid

If you like the standard 10, you need to try it in this natural form. Smoke, salt, coffee but also beautiful salted caramel, pepper and the sea.

14th November 2020

it is the best value for money

it is the best value for money

12th November 2020

Marmite whisky but I love it.

Nose - Lots of peat, some smoke, a hint of toast
Palette - Caramel, more peat and smoke, just a hint of coffee.
Finish - Very long - Dark treacle, peat, iodine, smoke

Can be drunk neat but a little water takes the edge of the alcohol burn an doesn't affect taste/nose

10th October 2020

Beautifully Marmite...

This dram is just wonderful. It’s complex, exciting, surprising, in-fact I’m sure it will conjure up every positive superlative in your vocabulary. I won’t go in to tasting notes, there are far more qualified than I already doing that online. I will leave it at this: The year is 2020, I’ve probably consumed more malt this year than any other in my history (for obvious reasons), this is now (by some margin) my favourite dram. #NuffSaid

11th September 2020

Unforgettable fire

Well, life is strange, and full of illusions. This great whisky relieved me from one of my illusions, namely Ardbeg 10.

My son bought a bottle of Batch 012 to me, and when we were tasting it, I mentioned that it would be interesting to compare this to Ardbeg 10. Strangely, son found a bottle of Ardbeg from his room and we did a tasting test. It was unbelievable how watery and one-dimensional Ardbeg appeared in comparison to Batch 012. In fact, 10 is not exactly one-dimensional, it has some clearly similar elements than in 012, sweetness, rotten seaweed, peat etc. – but still in a very one-dimensional way, because I realized that 10 lacks the BOTTOM. Every element in it are somehow disconnected. That makes the difference.

Batch 012 burns and stings, it´s at the same time sharp and smooth, full of honey and tar, fruity, medicinal, it lives and changes appearance and character. But everything in it is very pleasant and balanced. Because it has BOTTOM, ground where to stand. I would say that it´s very lively and powerful whisky, opposite to Arbeg 1o, that feels dull and watery beside Batch 012. What comes to Ardbeg, I could imagine that those who prefer Corrywreckan over 10, would love Batch 012.

To me this is very confusing, because I was a great fan of Ardbeg 10. I want to add to this that if you like Laphroaig 10 or QC, be warned. Batch 012 differs surprisingly much from both of them. There are a lot of same elements, but the final result is something totally different.

Even with 60% ABM, you don´ have to add water to it, my experience was that water made it a bit disconnected.

All in all, I would say that this whisky is not for everyone. Batch 012 is full of power, and it`s young in a good way – but at the same time it´s complex and demanding. If you want to find that medicinal, peaty, ash and tar from Islay whisky – start your search, for example, from Laphroaigh Quarter Cask, which is really good starting point.

2nd September 2020

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