Laphroaig 10 year old


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.


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