This is another post of some notes I made awhile back (31/01/15). This iconic malt doesn’t need much introduction. It’s one of the classic Islay peat monsters. This is their classic expression, at a solid 10 years of age (because peat is always better younger IMO).
I was first introduced to this stuff (and to peaty whisky in general) by my friend’s dad. We were at his house and he asked if I liked whisky, my eyes lit up and I said very much so. He poured me this and said “Think of it as drinking a fine leather lounge suite”. And I was hooked.
Since then I’ve tried many Laphroaig, and loved almost all of them. But it’s always good to start with the basics.
Aged 10 years, 40% ABV
Nose: Peat, heavy earthy peat. Iodine. Sea salt. Leather. Mud. Wet, dirty socks (in a good way). That glue I liked the smell of in woodwork class at primary school.
Palate: Earthy peat, like licking a peat brick. Rubber and leather, a new pair of rubber soled boots. Brine. Iodine.
Finish: The earthy note sits for quite a while but the other smoky and medicinal tastes fade faster than I’d like.
Rating: Try this
Global VFM: 4/5
Local VFM: 3/5 (although prices vary quite dramatically from shop to shop)
A true classic, and recommended for anyone who has never tried it. I must say however I have noticed over the last year or so that the profile has become less aggressive. I’m not sure if the whisky has changed or if I have.