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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

Estimated despatch 1 October

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

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

Looking for 09

I miss the charred wood of earlier editions.

10th August 2020

If you like Laphroaig, you won’t be disappointed

Really nice whisky, and, remarkably, quite drinkable neat.

I’m not normally able to get listed tasting notes, but I absolutely got marshmellows and waffles on this one. That makes it sound really sweet, but it’s not. It’s just great.

27th July 2020

Perfect

Perfect

24th July 2020

To the confused Costco shopper

> Can buy it àt Costco when it's on offer for £25

Not the cask strength release, smart arse.

21st July 2020

Higher level

This stuff is the dogs. I have drunk many high end whiskies and you cannot get a better scotch for the money. Mr Costco, not sure what you are buying, but it ain't this. This is five star (not the group) all the way. The one thing that doesn't appear to get mentioned is that there is quite clearly a fair few shery casks in the mix. I love peat and sherry. Lovely touches of leather on the finish and oddly i get a taste of cabbage on the lingering finish. happily drink at full strength. I don't think this would be any better at twice the age. I have no idea how many bottles are produced, but this is the type of release that should be gone as quick as the cask strength Springbanks. Maybe there are 100,000 bottles? Who knows. I have two bottles and I will get another two to keep for a collection of the batches.

Colin G

15th July 2020

Top Class

Very good and typical Laphroaig. Different from Batch 11 but great side by side.

Cannot be bought from Costco for £25 unless you prefer the watered down version... Still the best deal from Islay!

10th July 2020

This is tremendous!

I forked out for this and didn't regret it. Honey, salt, caramel, strong peat but not too much, and it packs a punch, as you'd expect at 60.1%. This stuff is really, really gorgeous. I'll be buying this again, (when I can)!

27th June 2020

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