Review: Laphroaig 2005 10 Yr (The Exclusive Malts)


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Laphroaig is one of the classic Islay malts and for some it’s a¬†polarizing whisky. When it comes to their core entry level expression, Laphroaig 10 Yr, most people either love it or hate it. They’re known for producing very smoky and peaty malts. However if you delve deeper into their portfolio you will find that they can also produce very complex fruity, spicy and smoky whiskies. It’s very rare that you will come across a indie Laphroaig. The Exclusive Malts managed to get their hands on some liquid that was distilled in 2005. They bottled it 10 years later at cask strength 54.2% ABV. Without further comment, let’s jump into the tasting notes.

Tasting Notes

Laphroaig 2005 10Nose: slightly antiseptic, strong peat, smoke, campfire, raisins, burnt rubber, lemon rind

Mouth: fruit forward, black pepper, hot cinnamon, clove, charred wood, rich caramel

Finish: black pepper, lingering peat, salty, slight burnt rubber aftertaste

Score: 86/100

Verdict: The nose on this whisky is classic Laphroaig – there’s antiseptic scents, smoke, peat and lemon rinds. If you can get past the smell of campfire and burnt rubber, there’s also a hint of raisins. On the mouth the fruitiness of this whisky is very pronounced followed by black pepper, hot cinnamon and rich caramel. The flavor is very rich and delicious which is surprising for such a young whisky. The mouth-watering finish leaves you wanting more – it’s salty with lingering peat and a slight burnt rubber aftertaste. A single cask, cask strength Laphroaig is always a treat and this whisky did not disappoint.


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