Next year, in 2015, the Laphroaig distillery will celebrate its 200th anniversary. The name comes not from the surname of the original founders, but rather the nearby loch which lies on the southern coast of the Isle of Islay. Surprisingly, Laphroaig is the only Scottish whisky granted a royal appointment by Prince Charles. Unfortunately, the 15-year-old whisky which was his highness’s favourite is no longer produced. (On a personal note, the very first Scotch whisky I ever tasted was Laphroaig’s 10-year-old Cask Strength).
Laphroaig 10 Year Old (80 proof)
Visual: Medium sunshine gold.
Nose: Tons of Islay peat smoke right out of the gate. There’s no mistaking this for any other style of Scotch. Think of the lovely scent your clothing carries after sitting near a summer evening’s bonfire.
Taste: Yes, it’s smoky, but it’s also got a light and sweet character. In fact, I’m reminded of sweet open fire BBQ ribs. Both of the inherent qualities are well matched against each other where neither one really dominates the palate.
Finish: Medium long, with the smoke holding on to the very end.
Overall: Fantastic on the rocks with a splash of ginger beer. A well done and not overly briny Islay whisky.
GSN Rating: B+
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