Nose: Typical Laphroaig, with some added meatiness maybe. Peat, ash, tar, diesel, brine, smoked ham, honey, faint vanilla, faint malt.
Palate: Great intensity and kick, with a thicker mouthfeel than the standard 10. Peat, ash, anise, caramel, tarmac, diesel, oysters.
Finish: Gets pretty dry and ashy here, with a gentle sweetness just behind it. Salted caramel, brine, ham, tarmac, oysters, sweet barbecue sauce, very faint oak, and some lingering ash.
Thoughts: Yup, it’s unmistakably Laphroaig. It’s basically exactly what it promises. I’ve been known to whine about whiskies being too predictable, and that could be applied here. But in this case it would be intended as a compliment. There’s perhaps a bit more diesel and salted caramel here, and less wood than anticipated, but it’s still largely what you’d hope for and expect from a 10 year old CS Laphroaig. It’s big, ballsy, meaty, ashy, briny, and rugged. Although pricey, I think this is loads of fun. Not for fans of subtlety.