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Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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The Kilbride Dam
Allied Distillers Ltd
+44 (0)1496 302418
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The Laphroaig distillery was founded in 1815 by Donald and Alex Johnston. Donald bought out Alex in 1836. When Donald died in 1847 after falling into a vat of part processed whisky, his son Dugald inherited the distillery, but as he was only 11 years old at the time the distillery was leased to Walter Graham from the neighbouring Lagavulin distillery until Dugald was old enough to take over. Duglad died in 1877 leaving the distillery to his sisters and brother-in-law. Their son Ian Hunter took over the distillery in 1921, Ian increased production capacity in 1923 by adding two more stills.
There was was a few eyebrows raised in the whisky world in 1954, when the distillery was inherited by a woman, Miss Bessie Williamson, a university graduate who had come to work at Laphroaig many years earlier. Bettie managed the distillery until 1972.

In recent years ownership has change hands a few times, the distillery has belonged to Long John Distillers, Whitbread & Co and finally Allied Distillers.

About 10% of the production is marketed as single malt, the remaining part being sold to blenders to produce amongst others Long John, Black Bottle and Islay Mist.

Laphroaig is a malt whisky that you will either love or hate. Its distinctive character can even be too much for some hardened malt lovers. So if you you are new to malt whisky we wouldn't recommend it as your first bottle of Islay malt perhaps try a lighter character Islay first such as Bowmore. Saying that if you do like it you will probably never find another malt to match it.

Laphroaig Tasting Notes

Laphroaig Cask Strength10 Year Old.
Colour: Rich deep gold.
Nose: Very powerful, "medicine", smoke, seaweed and ozone characters overlaying a sweetness.
Body: Full and strong.
Taste: A massive peated burst of flavour with hints of sweetness at the end.
Finish: Long and savoury.

Laphroaig Quarter Cask.
Colour: Full sparkling gold.
Nose: Burning embers of peat in a crofters fireplace, hints of coconut and banana aromas.
Body: Full bodied.
Taste: Deep, complex and smoky yet offers and surprises the palate with a gentle sweetness.
Finish: Really long, and dries appropriately with smoke and spice.

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Single Malt.
Colour: Full sparkling gold.
Nose: Huge smoke, seaweedy, "medicinal", with a hint of sweetness.
Body: Full bodied.
Taste: Suprising sweetness with hints of salt and layers of peatiness.
Finish: Lingering.

Laphroaig 15 Year Old Single Malt.
Colour: Rich bright gold.
Nose: Mildly smoky, toasty and pleasantly sweet, like new hay.
Body: Full bodied, suave.
Taste: Zesty oak and warm peat smoke top notes, with sweet undertones, reminiscent of fresh nutmeg and toasted almonds. Faintly salty
Finish: Prolonged resonance, mellow and utterly distinctive.

Laphroaig 30 Year Old Single Malt.
Colour: Deep red gold.
Nose: An initial trace of sherry is followed by a sweet fruitiness that overlays the tantalising hint of Islay peat.
Body: A full profound depth and roundness.
Taste: The first quiet explosion of peat is tempered by a sweet gentleness that develops into a heavy roundness.
Finish: Succulent and long.

Laphroaig 40 Year Old Single Malt.
Colour: The colour is a warm, bright gold.
Nose: Gentle with full-bodied sweetness. Seville orange type aromas deep in the glass. Occasional honey type bouquet.
Body: Full and thick.
Taste: Reminiscent of sweet liquorice root, with peat and seaweed in the background. Smooth and gentle.
Finish: Warming, velvety smooth and goes on and on.

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Laphroaig Bottlings

Laphroaig offer you the following choice of single malts:
  • 10 Year Old Single Malt.
  • 15 Year Old Single Malt.
  • 30 Year Old Single Malt.
  • 40 Year Old Single Malt.
  • Quarter Cask.
  • Cask Strength 10 Year Old Single Malt.
  • You will find all the above bottlings of Laphroaig malt and more available from top whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange.

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