Monday, January 2, 2012

Quench the thirst - Laphroaig Cask Strength Batch 001

Laphroaig Cask Strength Batch 001
I sat down this Dramcember to enjoy the Laphroaig 10 yr old cask strength (57.8% - Batch 001 - Feb 09). Purchased this bottle last Dramcember and it has remained unopened in my cabinet. The family xmas trip to Bris-vegas gave me the perfect excuse to open it.

Laphroaig Cask Strength 10yo
Batch No.: 001 Feb.09
Alcohol: 57.8%
Location/Region: Islay Scotland

Initially I tried it neat, as I generally drink whisky neat, even though this is a cask strength bottling.

Colour : Very light yellow.  Colour of white wine.

Nose : Surprisingly floral.  Phenyol, Medicinal, typical Laphroaig.

Pallate : Mouth went dry instantly.  I lost all sense of taste.

Finish : Dry ash.  Unpleasant.

As per the bottle instructions, I then mixed it with water - 2 parts water to one part whisky. This seemed an awful lot of water to add, but I thought it best to stick to the bottle instructions for this review.

Colour : Even lighter yellow.

Nose : Floral notes disappeared and not as pleasant. Opened up a bit of car tyre.

Pallate : Plenty of earthy characteristics, which I enjoy in a whisky.  Hints of chocolate.  Very smooth and mellow.  Impressive.

Finish : Long and slow. The ash turns to peppery goodness.

Worth trying with varying amounts of water I think, to find your individual flavour profile. Water is a must though. In general I prefer a regular 10 yr old, which can be pulled from the cupboard, poured and instantly enjoyed. I guess the good thing with the Cask strength is that less is needed so the whisky goes that bit further.

Look forward to the Colonel’s review as he has this exact bottling as well.

5 out of 7 bolts for me.

El Capitan