Laphroaig 10 Year Old
According to the Laphroaig web site, no one knows the full history of Laphroaig, as it is lost in the mist of time. It’s clear that the Irish had been distilling on the island for quite some time its believed that the locals picked up the skills when the Irish packed their bags and moved on to pastures new.
However, the Art of distillation was still illegal, the small stills on the farms were rarely discussed – just a nod and a wink in the right direction!
What we do know though, is that a family called the Johnston’s started farming here around 1800, and that soon after messes Charles and Willie Doig were asked to do some ‘work on a distillery’ at Laphroaig. By 1815, Laphroaig’s reputation had spread and the tax man was getting suspicious so they ‘officially’ established ‘Johnston & Johnston’ – the legend of Laphroaig had begun.
Laphroaig 10 Year Old is an all-malt Scotch whisky from the remote island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland.
I was lucky enough to visit the distillery back in 2011, where I was given the opportunity to try every expression of Laphroaig, pronounced “La-froyg”, it’s a Gaelic word meaning “the beautiful hollow by the broad bay”.
The distillery is situated right by the waters edge and is very picturesque in deed. In making Laphroaig, malted barley is dried over a peat fire. I got to throw some peat on the fire while I was there and The smoke from this peat just fills the room with heavenly aromas that just seamed to make me hungry for some reason ,Laphroaig use only peat that is dug up from the bogs on Islay, which gives Laphroaig its particularly rich flavour.
Laphroaig is best savoured neat, or with a little cool water, which helps to open it up slightly. Roll it around on your tongue. Release the pungent, earthy aroma of blue peat smoke, the sweet nuttiness of the barley, the delicate heathery perfume of Islay’s streams. It is as unique as the island itself.
Color: Full sparkling gold
Nose: Huge smoke, seaweedy, “medicinal”, with a hint of sweetness
Body: Full bodied
Palate: Surprising sweetness with hints of salt and layers of peatiness
Alcohol: 40% abv.