Review #157 | /r/Scotch Review #61 – Laphroaig Cask Strength Batch 6
The Schtick: This is a NAS expression from Laphroaig that is bottled at cask strength.
ABV: 57.8% ABV
Batch: Batch 6
Mashbill: Single Malt (Barley)
Source: Bottle, Purchased
Nose: Leather, vanilla and honey. There’s thick sweet cream, brine and mild iodine. Strawberries and some bbq smoke with a good helping of a little oak char.
Taste: Thick and smokey. Leathery brine and dusty, smokey BBQ. There’s iodine and dead things but the sweetness comes rolling in to balance perfectly. I’m blown away by just how good this is.
Finish: Long and smokey. Lemon and custard really pop here, with some ashy BBQ also making an appearance. For CS whiskey, the finish isn’t hot at all. Elegant and complex – not punishing.
Overall: This is the first laphroaig expression to me that has just made me go “whoah”. The dead things and burning rubber are also less apparent here with more sweet and savory and to me, that hits the nail on the head. Blown away.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect