Laphroaig 1999/2010 Nectar Of The Daily Dram

July 5, 2011

The sherry cask adds a slight fruitiness to this Laphroaig that is in perfect balance with the trademark medicinal peat. Very delicious! – Rating: 91/100

Laphroaig 16 yo 1994 Cadenhead’s

May 26, 2011

This fine peated dram has got the typical Laphroaig tang, but it is not quite as flavour-laden as the standard distillery bottlings, probably because it does not seem to have been matured in a first fill cask. – Rating: 85/100

Laphroaig 11 yo “Vom Fass”

January 11, 2011

A very nice Laphroaig with a rather typical flavour profile, just a little smoother and less aggressive than the original 10 yo. – Rating: 86/100

Laphroaig Triple Wood

December 15, 2010
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The sherry is well noticeable and is taming the rough distillery character a little. Quite smooth on the palate despite the 48% and not as medicinal as the 10 yo. – Rating: 87/100

Laphroaig 1996/2010 Malts of Scotland

December 8, 2010

This is a very unusual Laphroaig as it displays almost none of the medicinal notes that the distillery is so well known for. But it’s a very high quality malt with a lot going on in the nose and on the palate. – Rating: 89/100

Comparing Three Laphroaig 10 yo Cask Strength

August 27, 2010
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I was lucky enough to secure samples of batches 001 and 002 of the new bottlings. And I happen to have an open bottle of the now obsolete 55.7% red stripe CS on my shelf. Time to pour three wee drams and hunt down the differences.

Laphroaig Cairdeas Feis Ile 2010

August 11, 2010

Not as medicinal as the reular expressions in favour of a nice citrus fruitiness. The 2010 Cairdeas is a bit unusual but very enjoyable nonetheless. – Rating: 87/100

Laphroaig 1990/2010 Signatory

July 15, 2010
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Compared to the 10yo Cask Strength this is a rather mild Laphroaig, but the higher age does not really result in a more rounded character. – Rating: 83/100

Laphroaig 10 yo Cask Strength

July 14, 2010
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The true essence of Islay. This uncompromising malt does not take prisoners. Extremely complex and much better than the regular 10 yo for an unbeatable price. – Rating: 91/100

Laphroaig 10 yo

July 2, 2010
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One of the Islay classics, this competitively priced malt has an astonishing complexity. But the recent reduction of bottling strength from 43% to 40% didn’t do it a favour. – Rating: 84/100

Laphroaig 18 yo

August 19, 2009
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Much more wood and less rounded than the 15yo. In a way it’s closer to the 10yo. But I think I still prefer the 15yo. – Score: 86/100

Laphroaig 15 yo

August 19, 2009

Lacks the punch of the 10 yo in favour of more complexity. Fruitiness diminuishes from nose to finish, “medicinality” increases. – Score: 88/100

Laphroaig Quarter Cask

August 14, 2009
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This is a powerful dram. An uncompromising young Laphroaig enhanced with strong wood notes. A little water seems to make it even stronger. Nothing for the faint of heart, but a true delight for those who can take a punch. – Score: 90/100

Laphroaig Cairdeas – Feis Ile 2008

July 27, 2009

The typical Laphoaig kick is there, but more tamed in comparison to the 10 yo CS. Don’t use to much water! The sherry makes it an interesting variation from the standard, but it doesn’t quite live up to it. – Score: 86/100