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A half bottle of the iconic, medicinal 10 year Islay's bestselling distillery, Laphroaig. This is a massive, punchy dram, it is said the medicinal character is from the high moss content in the peat.
Tasted by us with Laphroaig's Distillery Manager, John Campbell
Nose: This opens on big, smoky muscular peat notes. There are spices, and liquorice, as well as a big dose of salt. This whisky has become slightly sweeter in recent years, and it beautifully on the nose, amidst the classic iodine/sticking plasters and cool wood smoke we love.
Palate: Seaweed-led, with a hint of vanilla ice cream and more than a whiff of notes from the First Aid box (TCP, plasters etc). The oak is big, and muscles its way into the fore as you hold this whisky over your tongue. An upsurge of spices develop – cardamom/black pepper/chilli.
Finish: Big and drying, as the savoury, tarry notes build up with an iodine complexity.
Overall: The only malt from Laphroaig’s range that John Campbell recommends with water; try it, it opens up the palate massively, providing a dazzling array of additional flavours…
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It is absolutely amazing. The strong finish and the smoky palate leaves you wanting more. The only downside is having tasted its lovely peaty taste and them trying other lighter and smoothier scotchs, for those who love its intensity of course.
17th January 2017
Great smoke and a lot of flavours!
18th November 2016
The smoke and peat is an acquired taste. But when you acquire it, boy is this good.
11th June 2016
The smoke and peat are an acquired taste. But when you acquire it, boy is this good.
This one is not for the weak of heart! I got it as a bachelor gift for my fiancé, as it seemed like the perfect gift for the occasion. I will admit that when I tried a sample, I probably grew some chest hair as a result: it is strong (I had it neat). Once you sniff it, the aroma will never leave your memory. If you're getting acquainted with smoky whiskys, I recommend opening it up with a bit of water. Worth the purchase! -RV
18th September 2015
Flowery descriptions aside, this dram is a "go to" favorite. If words do not do justice, at least try it yourself. Pound for pound, I think your trial will find a flavor-able verdict.
23rd July 2015
I dunno. But pound for pound nothing disappoints at Laphroaig and their 10yo was the first time I really understand the ponderous appeal of a great Scotch. Many, many, many years wanting to love scotch and wasting time with blends and peatless Speysides led me to this. I can still remember the first time I drank it. Do you like the comfort of campfires? Would you like to have it in a glass? This is where you start. Top 5 distillery of Scotland easily.
20th July 2014
So you like talking to plants eh? You must drink a lot of Laphroaig indeed. Signed your boy-plant Alex
20th April 2014
when my father went to England for my 21 birthday I asked him to bring home a bottle of scotch. little did I know that he would bring me home a bottle of Laphroaig 10 year and as soon as I opened the bottle I fell in love. the aroma is intoxicating and I loved it, but nothing was better than the first sip and holding it in my mouth to enjoy the peaty flavor. I personally call this my favorite and it has become hard to drink the low level cheap stuff because of it. but all in all I love this scotch.
30th July 2013
My dog Camilla, talking to plants and a dram of Laphroaig. These are some of life's great pleasures one feels.Charles.
17th April 2012
being a late admirer of my ain lands drink (due in no part to the boyhood bravado of braveheart lol) I have now started to acquire not only the taste of whisky but also the smells and unique processes involved in the making of each individual brand, if I can be so bold as to label a true whisky in such a manner.My father, whom , was a Grouse man, tried to introduce me to these differences but being an all knowing youth I decieded I knew best. Oh to be proven wrong in Laphroaig 10 year old I have fully come to appreciate what my father maent a whisky to be savoured & not soured by the addition of water & to be inhaled as the smoky & peat aroma serves to salivate the palate of the unknowing.As a true convert to the wonders of whisky this is a true pleasure to the palate of the unsuspecting
7th August 2011