Laphroaig 10yo Cask Strength Batch 012...

Laphroaig 10yo Cask Strength Batch 012 (60.1%): I really didn't plan for this in advance but when I noticed that last two bottles I reviewed on the blog were from Lagavulin and Ardbeg I was like: "Let's add a Laphroaig in the mix to complete a virtual tour of all the Southern Coast distilleries of Islay...". So, here is Laphroaig Cask Strength Batch 012, one of my favorite regular releases... It is the latest one in the series and bottled in February 2020 at a whopping strength of 60.1% abv.

Color: Medium amber, red gold color with a ring of teardrops around the glass turning into quick but thick and oily legs.

Nose: Roasting chestnuts over fire, burning maple wood and cranberry juice. Lightly brewed black tea, soot and iodine tincture. After adding water: Dried mint leaves, Bresaola and dry salami. Lard, roasted cumin seeds and old Port wine.

Palate: Dry roasted grains, juniper berries and crushed red pepper. Impressive entry even at this abv... Rooibos tea, dried cranberries and Baltic porter beer. Intense dark chocolate, dark roast coffee beans and cacao nibs. With water it gets tad peatier (Yes, right when you thought it couldn't get more..) and less medicinal. Also a little sweeter... Dry soot, fireplace ash and tangy barbecue sauce. Burnt lemon halves and fried bananas.

Finish: Long... Very long... Soot, ash and black pepper.

Overall: I really don't have a batch that I hate. I like some batches more than others but that's it. It's just a fantastic whisky. Widely available and fair priced... Seriously, a yearly release from a major distillery distributed all over the world rarely gets better than this. If you like drinking Laphroaig it already means that you like peat. Actually you like it a lot.. Then it's really hard to imagine anything else that would make you happier than this release every spring. Highly recommended...

Price: $80