I love scotch. So even if its not my favorite that does not mean I do not like it. Laphroaig from the Islay region of Scotland is not one of my favorites, but it is still one that I will gladly accept if offfered to me. Its one of the peaty scotches. My partner Mark loves peat. The smokier the better for him. He says if it smells like band aid its a great scotch. And you can smell the peat and the iodine band aid scent in Laphroaig. Its has beautiful color in the glass when held up to light and it you swirl it around the glass it leaves a wonderful aroma for your nose. I am not a super peaty fanatic. But I would never turn down Laphroaig. My daughter is also a scotch fanatic. She also is not a big fan of the super peaty scotches, unlike Mark. But she too would not turn down a shot of Laphroaig. Larry will give this a 3. Mark would rate it a 5. Katie would probably give it a 3 also.
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The whiskies of the distilleries along the southeastern coast of the island, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg, have the strong peaty character which is considered to be characteristic of the Islay malts, and is ascribed both to the water from which the whisky is made and to the peating levels of the barley. Many describe this as a “medicinal” flavour. They also possess notes of iodine, seaweed and salt. Caol Ila, on the northern side of the island, across from Jura, produces a strongly peated whisky as well.
The other distilleries on the island make whisky in a variety of styles. Bunnahabhain and Bruichladdich make much lighter whiskies which are generally lightly peated, though Bruichladdich also produces several heavily peated products. Bowmore produces a whisky which is well balanced, using a medium-strong peating level (25ppm) but also using sherry-cask maturation. The newest distillery, Kilchoman, started ...