Laphroaig ™ is my 2nd favorite single malt scotch!!! I came to this much sought-after single malt through allot of years of drinking blended scotch whiskeys like Johnnie Walker Black. However, one has to work their way up to this very bold smoky taste. Among many single malt scotch aficionados (including Prince Charles whose royal warrant is on every label), Laphroaig ™ is the “gold standard” of single malts with its massive peat-smoke flavor that's typical of southern Islay - but also offering a dryness that turns it into a truly interesting drink. By the way, I have had the 10, 15, and 30 year old bottlings and I must say they do get better with age!!! Laphroaig ™ became one of my favorites because I usually smoke cigars when I am drinking scotch. I have found that very few single malts can be tasted through cigar smoke on the palate; certainly none of the “Highland” scotches can stand up to a cigar! Laphroaig ™ “is a full-bodied, smoky gem, with a residual sweetness and a hint of salt amidst the seaweedy, peaty characters before a long warming finish.”
Laphroaig™ - Gaelic for "the beautiful hollow by the broad bay" - boasts, as its name demands, an idyllic setting for a Distillery, with its own sea loch and peninsula. How does Laphroaig™ come by its unique flavor? According to their web site: “Laphroaig™ uses water from Kilbride Dam which has a soft and very peaty character. The reason that the water is so soft is that it flows over granite and therefore does not pick up any unwanted minerals. The kilns at Laphroaig™ are from 1840. The Barley used is called Optic. Laphroaig™ malts 30 percent of the barley themselves; the rest is bought from Port Ellen Maltings. The peat comes from Laphroaig’s™ own bogs which lie east of Loch Indaal. Kelp and seaweed are often washed ashore when the sea is high and the wind blows inland. This gives Laphroaig’s™ peat a different character and is one reason for the unique taste of Laphroaig™ whisky.
A hint of sherry quickly gives way to the Islay intensity and distinctively oily body with a big peaty-smoky flavour. A round, dry and warming finish renders Laphroaig™ the perfect night-cap, but not one for the weak-kneed!!!
I suggest that if you are serious about trying single malt scotches, you do it by tasting “THE SIX CLASSIC MALTS OF SCOTLAND” of United Distillers. They are particularly selected to best represent each of the malt whiskey producing regions of Scotland. They embrace the full diversity of regional tastes and styles.
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