Colour: Young Sauternes
Laphroaig has been releasing a 10 year old Cask Strength version every year for the last five and I’ve managed to get my hands on all except the second. So if you have access to Batch 002 somehow please let me know.
Right, now on to the 5.
Strong Laphroaig-ian nose. Unlike the recent Cairdeas releases where the nose has been very subtle this one makes no excuses about it’s birth-right. The strong peat, seaweed and iodine burst through beautifully riding on a wave of golden, dark oranges coated in a lovely brown sugar brittle. Finally there’s a touch of butterscotch with a crinkling of almond husk and an unusual hint of fresh soap.
The palate is a strong white pepper delivery on a wave of oaky sweet honey, raisins and lemon tart. This one has to stay on the palate for a while to be truly appreciated.
The long long finish is a touch spicy and coats your entire mouth with a slightly chalky (but in a good way), salivating minty finish.
3 thoughts on “Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength Batch 005”
So, since you have nearly the whole set, how does this compare to Batches 003 and 004? Which do you prefer and why? How is Batch 005 different? Thanks!
The 003, in my opinion, is probably the best of the lot. Packs a bigger punch in terms of flavor. Not as oily as the 004 & 005. More closer to the classic Laphroaig profile. The Batch 005 is quite easy to drink and quite tasty as well. More oily with a stronger lemon tart twist to it.
Laphroaig 10 CS will save the world.