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Laphroaig 10 Year Old

(70cl, 40%)

Laphroaig 10 Year Old

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Laphroaig 10 Bottling Note

Really smoky and iodine rich. This has to be one of Scotland's most characterful drams. Laphroaig are known for their medicinal malts, and the classic 10 year old is no exception.

Tasting Note by us with John Campbell at Laphroaig Distillery

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 appears 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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Laphroaig 10 Year Old Reviews

More punch needed

It is a nicely flavoured, smokey, briney, peaty Islay scotch. However is lacking the punch you get with Quarter Cask or Ardbeg 10. My guess is because it is only bottled at 40% vs QC which is 48% and Ardbeg 10 which is 46%. The lower ABV makes a huge difference imo and whilst this is still good, it is not as good as others from the Island.

24th November 2020

Not for me

The marmite of the whisky world. Hate it or love it My dad loved it, l like a good malt, but when the peaty taste comes back on you for two days after it, it becomes less than enjoyable. This one is not for me.

15th November 2020

it offered more than my expectation

I bought my bottle when it was on offer and really enjoyed it. It has unavoidable smoky nose and taste in it with a quite well balanced flavor and sweetness. I won't hesitate to try it again.

10th November 2020

Classic Islay and great value.

This is a classic Islay scotch. Great smoky peat moss and a great value. This is not an inexperienced scotch drinker or a fan of sweet whiskeys though.

3rd November 2020

It tastes like a burning hospital, but in a good way.

If you are looking for an absolute iodine packed peat bomb Laphroaig 10 is your dram. Not for the faint of heart or someone that is new to Islay Scotch.

30th October 2020

This whisky needs to be baptized

I would say that above John Campbells tasting notes are in line with mine. A bit of water is a MUST with Laphroaig 10. Without water this is earns many of those negative comments below, but for example teaspoon of water in a 4-5 cl changes this completely. And give it a small rest in a glass, that´s something I would recommend with every decent Islay whisky. Try it and I`m sure you will notice the difference. With the correct amount of water Laphroaig 10 will beat easily, for example Ardbeg 10. Water brings out the complexity and richness of this Islay legend.

25th October 2020

Flashbacks to cuts and that awful stingy bottle.

Guessing this is a marmite type deal, or maybe I'm just a newbie.....
Pure TCP in terms of smell and taste to me, I couldn't stomach it at all.
Had to wash my beard to remove the lingering aroma.

17th October 2020

Buy an Ardbeg instead

I drank this before 2 yrs ago, and had a very good opinion on it. Just bought a bottle and it is disappointing to say the least. What smoke? There isn't any. What taste? A little sweet, more like water. I'd stick to Ardbeg, thank you

6th October 2020

Still not my thing

I’m working on trying to appreciate Islay scotches. Nose is big iodine campfire smoke peat. Woody cinnamon. Palate is sweet on the tongue, with a massive chemical blast of blackened plastic and burnt weeds. More iodine. Pepper and chili somewhat, I could sorta see cardamom trying to be found beneath the burnt biomatter. Finish is dry, which is cool, and leans more towards pepper and tar.

25th September 2020

Good, even for a noob drinker.

This was my second bottle of whisky I ever bought and tasted. After reading reviews I expected something 'too heavy', something I would have to learn to drink. After opening the bottle and smelling and tasting it I can say I'm a instant fan. I don't find it harsh at all, just intens in a good way. Campfire and iodine rich taste.

3rd September 2020

Not for humans only for bigheads

Never more. Take the cheapest whisky from Tesco bottom shelf , lick the road surface, bite the old tyre, chew and flush it down with that whisky. This is the same flavour and note

1st September 2020

How the mighty has fallen

Laphroaig used to be a very solid tasty experience, some 10 years ago. But recently, give or take 5 years I'd guess as some of the older bottles I got my hands on were still pretty good, they started producing subpar artificially colored filtered drink (I refuse to call this a scotch) which has nothing in common with what it used to be.
Taste is sweet with a strong alcoholic body, only slightly peaty, almost no smokiness. Smell is mostly alcohol with a hint of peat and very light smoke. It is utterly bland and boring, mostly reminiscent of cheaper low quality drams.

29th August 2020

A classic Campfire taste neat, or smoothed out to perfection on the rocks!

Smoky and Smooth, a superb Islay production.

23rd August 2020

Rewarding, Satisfying and Iconic

Laphraoig is certainly not for the weak kneed. Boasting a complexity of smoke, citrus, sweetness and brine it caters to those who prefer Islay offerings . 6 Stars out of 5

13th August 2020

Disappointing in the extreme.

I can't believe how much this whiskey has changed recently. I have been drinking it frequently for more than 20 years. My friends and I agree that the change has NOT been for the better. It used to be so smoky it was almost challenging to drink. Now it is pale, lifeless and sweet beyond belief. We shall be looking elsewhere for a drop of party, smoky whiskey.

6th August 2020

Legendary Classic

A bastion of smoky sweet intensity on the nose and palate. No wonder Laphraoig has been around since 1815. Good whisky for a good long time.

31st July 2020

Smoke and warming

Delicious, in a subtle way, and not overly peaty or spicy. Yet, still warming.

28th July 2020

The real deal

The first sip of Laphroaig 10, and I felt like someone that thought metal was all about Poison and Motley Crue all of his puny little sissy life. Listen now, folks... this is the Dillinger Escape Plan of the whisky musical realm. Requires concentration, definitely not an easy listening, but brutal, complex and utterly rewarding material. Buy, crack it open and behold.

28th July 2020

Spokey heaven.

Like being by a campfire. Delicious.

26th July 2020

Wierd in a good way

This is wierd but in a good way. The nose and the taste is powerful. I get a huge smoke smell and taste at the same time. Beside smokiness I taste massive burnt tire and medicine flavours and they last forever on my tongue. But it is not hard to drink at the same time. Really strange but beautiful whisky.

20th July 2020

Liquid charcoal (acquired taste)

This is like drinking liquid charcoal, in a good way, if you're into that.

Nose: heavy smoke, log cabins, woods
Taste: slightly one dimensional (it's all smoke), but with a finish that is incredibly clean

19th July 2020

The best there is

If you ever wondered what a freshly disinfected hospital floor would taste like after a major fire in the building then this is your dram. Nothing else comes close.

16th July 2020

Elixer of the Gods

After making my way through the Islay distilleries I acquired a taste for iodine peat and smoke that such whiskys as Talisker only suggested, and finally made my way over to a Laphroaig 10 after many recommendations. This is what Islay scotch is all about!
Seaweed on a beach bonfire on a stormy winter night, well balanced by fruit (lemon, peach) a hint of honey and loads of spice (cardamon, cloves, star anise and a bit of cassia) all washed down with a delicious medicine.
Certainly an acquired taste (all nuanced taste is acquired anyway) so you shouldn't start your whisky journey with it, but you may well end it with it!

16th July 2020

I truly must say that i was skeptical on trying it at first but after braving myself to it, i bought a bottle and tried it. I loved it. The smoke and smootheness is just right. I also find it to have an oceanic taste to it.

Great price, good dram to have neat. Give it a try!!!

7th July 2020

Not for the weak

The first whisky I ever tried and it put me off whisky for nearly ten years!

Which is probably a good thing as now I have a far more experienced palate and can enjoy life's greatest gift: WHISKY. Revisiting it at a more mature 29 instead of a head strong 19 year old one certainly appreciates L10 and its intensity. A few drops of water in the dram make this a far more enjoyable experience than drinking beat, the flavours become a lot clearer and fun. It compliments cheese and Guinness very well, in fact going from sips of Guinness to sips of Laphroaig 10 brings a whole new level of taste to both drinks.

It's not for sissies and the weak... This will put hairs on your chest and grow you a beard of steel. Those who can't handle it will probably be best suited to a bottle of WKD or Hooch

30th June 2020

Good for the price

A nice all round dram but a touch too sweet for my taste and not enough peat.

29th June 2020

First love

This the whiskey that made me a single malt drinker. Before this I tried different mellow malts that everyone recommends for the newbies and couldn’t understand why should I pay as much as twice for a bottle of whiskey that is only marginally better than the blends I used to drink. Now I can recognize the quality of good speyside or highland but it was laphroig 10 that opened the door for me. It was magical - rough and biting but also complex, full with flavours and well balanced dram. Over the years I believe it mellowed down it’s peetinness but it kept same qualities that I fell in love with.

27th June 2020

LP 10 is mellow but great

The 10 is far mellower than the Quarter cask or Three wood (which are both awesome), that's why its the Flagship expression. The Select is also great, just less intense than the 10

25th June 2020

Fantastic, top 10 all time!

So smooth, everything is perfect on this whisky, its smoky, fruity, medicinal, salty. and long and smooth.
Sublime balance. Just needs to be 43 - 48%.
Laphroaig is so good
The LP 10 is a top 10 whisky

25th June 2020

Nothing to rave about here, not much to hate.

I have been drinking single malt for a while now and never liked Laphroaig. Having recently started to appreciate and enjoy Bruichladdich et al, I decided to buy a bottle today. It is... OK. Nothing more.
It feels like the heart has been ripped out of it. There is no middle, the aftertaste is muted and the peat is... tasteful.
I far prefer Scottish Barley to this and I am 95% certain a thirty year old bottle in pristine condition would not taste so bland.

15th June 2020


Excellent whisky, great finish and flavours.

11th June 2020

A classic.

Deep down beneath the powerful smokey, iodine nose lies a layer of strawberry bonbons and a touch of vanilla. Rich and fiery on the palate with more liquorice, vanilla and treacle below the surface. A fine and persistent spicy finish with sea blown smoke. A super dram With great structure.

20th May 2020

Smooth and Smokey

I love this 10 and also the Select. Great way to seal the day!

17th May 2020

Smooth and smokie

My first Laphroaig 10 and the nose blew me away and the taste was even better.

13th May 2020

Best of all peaty single malts

My favourite islay whisky, beyond the smokiness, this beauty has rich and endless flavours.

11th May 2020

A divisive drink

Love it or hate it - this Islay Single Malt is divisive. Strong medicinal on the nose and will surely repulse a newbie. I thought it was outrageous the first time I drank it but it has grown on me over the years. This is better than the quarter cask which I think is a bit too young and confronting. The 1o YO is the mellower of the 2 in my opinion. I have an unopened triple cask PX which I look forward to opening. Sipping a Laphroaig makes drinking whisky a bit less boring.

9th May 2020

Best ever, no doubts

After meals, chatting, boom

8th May 2020

Since i went to the Brewery in Islay i have not drank anything else .

I have tried a lot of malts but 10 year is by far the best of any other malts.

6th May 2020

Delicious... TCP smell and all!

I bought this for my dad, for Christmas. I wasn't even aware of peated whiskey, and was put off when we opened it for a smell on Christmas Day morning. Later on that night, I had a glass with a splash of ginger ale... now I owe my dad a new bottle. Over the space of a few weeks, I polished off the lot and my dad didn't even have a single glass! Sorry, not sorry! I actively look for this when I'm out in a bar, now.

1st May 2020


The Laphroaig 10 year old made me fall in love with peated whisky. It took some getting used to a first, but after a few sips it quickly became an absolute favorite.

29th April 2020

If the Dollar Store made scotch

I'm far from a Whiskey expert, but yikes. Bought this stuff yesterday, my wife & I could barely get it down. The aroma is that of an expired bathroom cleanser, and the taste is just a hard 'no'. Y

16th April 2020

Delicious Classic

This whisky is not for the light and fruity type lover. The tasting notes here are dead on and adding a little water or a rock opens this delicious dram right up. Not as good as the 10 cask strength but a classic staple of Islay nonetheless. If you like peat smoke, salty licorice, iodine flavors and a long richly sweet & dry oaky finish, this one’s for you.

19th March 2020

Tastes like TCP

Very disappointed. Was really looking forward to this but I couldn’t drink it. I’d expected an iodine influence, possibly because of the Islay peat but this smells like a first aid box and tastes of TCP. Strange!

2nd March 2020

Good for a sore throat?

Probably, because it tastes like TCP.

15th February 2020

Bonkers but brilliant!!

I'm still a whisky newbie and quickly strayed down the peaty route thanks to Talisker. After researching the main peaty numbers it quickly became apparent this is one of those I needed to try. I never forget my first nose and sip of it. It absolutely knocked my socks off and wasn't for the fainted hearted. The whisky version of Marmite but as a Marmite lover I totally love this stuff. Smells like a farm yard and tastes like a farm mixed with seaweed. Earthly, salty and just wonderful. Of all the malts I have so far, this is the one that challenges my developing whisky palate the most and I'm grateful for it. When I'm in the mood and want to be smacked in the face with big whisky flavour this is what I reach for. Not an everyday dram but for me but a staple none the less. Still working on understanding this one out but I will get there.

6th February 2020


In my mid-twenties I first tried this and, chokingly, thought it tasted like a wet ashtray. Of course, back then I drank Corona with a lime, and thought it was good.

Fast forward twenty years and the peat smoke, brine and kelp, and the roasted caramel and peppery notes- and the long lasting savoriness- hits the mark every time. It's all I want it a Scotch single malt.

27th January 2020

A Masterpiece of Epic Proportions

For the price this bottling is the ticket . Deliciously balanced with smoke, salt and sweetness. Epic, brilliant and a main staple at my bar. For nay sayers, I want to say thanks---more for me.

23rd January 2020

Islay Anthem

Sure this is not for everyone. But for those who like the smoke and peat this is a delightful dram.
Savory, sweet and smoky with a touch of brine. Memories of distant sea shore fires with friends and whisky. Truly an iconic offering from south Islay.

23rd January 2020

Loving it

Not my first Laphroaig product but the second I have ever had. I first had the Quarter Cask which I adored. After trying to 10 still getting the smoky, meaty, sweetness and briny salty flavors. My first Islay scotches and I love it.

14th January 2020


If you love peat whiskey then you should get a bottle, light an open fire and get cosy. Heaven.

9th January 2020

One of the best

You should think about preventing certain users of your site from leaving comments when they know nothing about it ...

8th January 2020

Worst single malt I've tasted.

Awful smell of TCP.

26th December 2019

A good entry level peated whisky that is hard not to enjoy.

I wasn't a massive fan of peated whisky until I tasted this.
I would recommend as a good starter if you are just finding your way into peated whisky.

24th December 2019

Not for everyone

I like my smokey peated whiskies. I'm a fan of Lagavulin, Arbeg (in small doses) and other whiskies that aren't as intense such as Talisker.

This whiskey is a different creature than the others listed. The smell was good but as soon as I tasted it I knew I made a mistake. I got rubber bands and band aids and kind of a weird flat taste that I couldn't shake.

I don't know how they created the taste they did, it certainly didn't taste like any grains were used in the mash to me, but my body told me its probably something I shouldn't be ingesting.

23rd December 2019


Like sitting a little too close to a campfire followed by thick and delicious honey sweet whiskey. A good value under $40. In Virginia this bottle is close to $50.

20th December 2019

Bad medicine.

Before you spend your hard earned money on Laphroaig go to your local pharmacy and buy a small bottle of Anbesol for 5 bucks. You know, the stuff your mother used to rub on your gums for a toothache. Take a good sip of that stuff and if you like it then you'll love Laphroaig whiskey.

14th December 2019

One glass is never enough.

I've tried quite a few whiskys over the past 50 years and the 10 year old Laphroaig is the one I always return to. Nothing else is anywhere near as interesting.

10th December 2019

A disaster of epic proportions

Laphroaig have really produced some rubbish over the last decade. The entry level 10 is one of the worst in their line up and gets worse year on year. It’s unrefined, uninteresting, watered down so much that a McDonald’s milkshake has more of a kick than this garbage. What makes this so frustrating is that laphroaig can actually produce some outstanding whisky. The quarter cask towers over the 10, the 18 is sublime and the recent release of the 16 bottled at 48% is arguably the best new scotch of 2019. So I urge everyone to avoid this basic uncultured offering and buy the quarter cask for less or buy the amazing 16.

30th November 2019

An Atrocity

I'm not entirely convinced that they don't just squeeze the juices out of bog mummies and bottle it. It smells and tastes like it was aged 10 years in a corpse embalmed in rubbing alcohol.

15th November 2019

As wonderful as I remember.

I haven't had a Laphroaig 10 for years but I always called it my favourite whisky. I bought a bottle recently and the first glass had me scratching my head. The medicinal flavour was overwhelming and the smoke was muted, but I came back to it a few days later and the balance was back. Wonderful smoke and spices came to the fore and my love was rekindled. If you gave up after the 1st glass, give it another shot.

The 1/4 Cask is slightly more to my taste at the moment, but I could well change my mind in another glass or two.

18th October 2019

Wonderful creosote

It tastes like sheep dip. I love it.

8th October 2019

Smoke on the water

You should give it a try. The only thing I can say about this magnificent whiskey is to maximize the flavor you can add it with a few drops of water. Then you reach the song of the smoke on the water from Deep Purple. Comparing the price, it is definitely worth it.

29th September 2019

Getting weak

I always called this "my favourite" because I enjoyed the strong tar scent and the same taste on my tongue Where has it gone? I don't like the watery taste I now get. Might as well move across to Bowmore for a hint of the taste Iwas used to.

16th September 2019

Give it time

Somewhere way back I commented - but I can't find my own comment - that the iodine (some say TCP) taste was a falt. How stupid I was. This is a great whisky for the price, and at any price. I really love it's smokey, peaty, iodiny flavours, powerful nose, rich creamy mouth feel. Is it getting to sweet with time I wonder?

14th September 2019

Not for the weak kneed.

This is an amazing and iconic dram. Laphraoig 10 brings out the best of Islay malts with its intense and bold flavours. Spice, brine, ash, phenols, seaside flora and sweet citrus notes are preset in the nose and palette. A complex and savory beast. Not recommended for those who are unfamiliar with Islay single malt Scotch. Not recommended for the weak kneed. Cheers.

8th September 2019

If you enjoy drinking mouthwash....

Utterly horrid. Recieved a bottle as a gift. Had it in my liquor cabinet for over 5 years. Opened it and the cork fell apart in pieces. Thankfully didn't get in the bottle. After I poured it in a glass, it smelled like melted plastic. What an incredible let down. Let it sit for over an hour and it still tasted awful. I guess if you enjoy medicated mouthwash, this is for you. Either that, or your taste buds were obliterated prior. Thankfully, this bottle was a gift and I didn't waste my own money on it.

27th August 2019

Not for the timid

I took baby steps with Scotch trying the Chivas Regal as my first venture.
This Laphroig 10 year is something else entirely, in a very good way.
All Band-Aids and menthol cigarettes, from the nose to the back of the throat to many moments later still lingering on the tongue.
Massively complex if you can stomach the initial taste and aroma.
Bonfire on the beach is a good visual with this.
They've been making this for a very long time and it shows.
Wicked stuff.

20th August 2019

All laphroaig is evil.

It is thin tasting, smelling, and much like JWR is like drinking denatured alcohol blended with e15. I cant believed I paid 50 bucks for a fifth. Oh and heavy hangover quotient.

18th August 2019

If you are looking for an expensive bottle of TCP

Imagine leaving a load of Dettol in a barrel for a few years and this is what you end up with. Smells and tastes like antiseptic spray. Have been a lover of whiskey for many years and treat myself to the odd dram once in a while, wish I hadn't this time, straight down the drain!

24th July 2019

An Iconic Dram

The Islay sea and sky come together in this refined complex gem. Peat, smoke and sweetness meld together in this delicious and balanced whisky. My bar never goes without.

21st July 2019


Hilarious to see the hugely negative reviews, mainly from those who spell whisky as “whiskey”. Firstly, this whisky needs time to fully appreciate it. Secondly, it remains one of the cornerstones of scotch whisky. I love a sherried Speyside or a dry, spicy Highland as much as anyone, but when you need that peaty, iodine hit, Laphroaig will always be there for you. If it’s not for you that’s fine, but that doesn’t diminish its ongoing impact and influence for those of us that appreciate it.

14th June 2019

Please do more of your own malting

Hadn't tried this for a number of years and barely recognised it. The "oak and smoke" thing is new and has almost erased the TCP seaweed-ness that used to be the core of Laphroaig. I reckon all the malt's coming from Port Ellen and not from the original beds and that's true of most of the Islay malts now and the individual distillery flavours are converging or getting smothered - even Uigie is now immune- grr. Kilchoman doesn't use Port Ellen maltings- and it shows. Rant over

13th June 2019

Love reading the negative reviews almost as much as the dram

I first tried it a decade ago in a pub at a friend's recommendation: it was way too much for me then, couldn't finish it. I tried it again a few years ago and a sniff suddenly evoked old memories. A holiday in the Outer Hebrides, a steam railway museum, playing in forests, bonfires and, er… TCP for a sore throat? Fast forward to now and I think it's wonderful. I'd very gladly have a glass of the stuff.

But my wife can't stand it :D

10th June 2019

What on earth is that thing?!

The taste is awful. It's like it was made in a burnt plastic barrel.
This is to whisky what charcoal is to doughnut.
I bet that even the cheapest whisky in the shop would taste better.
Never again.

5th June 2019

The finish is a mile long.

A big, briny, peaty punch in the nose. Seems to be sweeter lately, but still wonderful. The more you drink, the more complex it gets.

29th April 2019

Benchmark intro to Islay

A somewhat unique taste even for an Islay. Balanced between the cymbal crashes of peat, smoke and iodine. For some of us these odd flavors are treasures, others not so much. Once past the smoke etc, one finds nice sweet notes. A very nice cleansing change from the often cloying sweetness of bourbons or some Speysides. A classic Islay IMO. Also a good starting point to go exploring some of the more unique island Scotches. They still malt and age their own barley and that speaks volumes. If you are on a whiskey journey, this is a must.

2nd April 2019

Unique and wonderful.

Telephone poles and railroad ties. The wet ashes of last nights campfire with a lasting finish of embalming fluid.
But I love it.

28th March 2019

Smells weird. Tastes weirder. Hurrah!

I find that the enjoyment I derive from a Scotch is inversely proportionate to my wife’s opinion of its aroma.

She thinks the Laphroaig 10 smells like someone’s set fire to an old leather shoe by the seaside.

Clearly, I think it’s fabulous. Good value too.

Don’t buy the NAS Select - spend a few more pounds on this. It really does smell like a burning shoe

11th March 2019

Islay in a Bottle

I sat in a bar in Inverness last year and ordered a Laphroaig 10. The nice Scottish lady said “are you sure you want it? This is the worst whiskey in the world, I wouldnt drink it.” I ordered it, drank the dram but in a busy bar, I didnt get the taste. I bought it back home and ultimately, during my first tasting, understood where the lady was coming from. The iodine is strong and the peat heavy but you can smell the sea, the Scottish weather...there is emotion in the smell! Then, big surprise, the taste: smooth, almost sweet, subtle. The contrast between smell and taste is incredible and overall Laphroaig embodies what a peated whiskey should be: smoke you actually enjoy. You need to get used to the iodine first, though...

5th March 2019


Es mi primer whisky Islay, realmente diferente a todos los demás,pero muy agradable!!

11th February 2019

Takes a little faith, and patience.

The first time I tried Laphroaig (or any Islay) was as a sampler in a Vintages shop. I bought a bottle and took it home, but when I tasted a full dram I was so sure I had wasted my money.
As I was a young student at the time (40 yrs ago) I couldn't afford to waste it, and was faced with finishing it, a glass every few days or so, before I could buy my next bottle of Speyside or Highland. The first glass or two were tough, but after a while I gained an appreciation for it.
By the time I had finished the bottle, I knew I'd found my favourite, and now I only drink Islay malts.
Have patience, and you'll be rewarded.

5th February 2019

It takes time

The trick to laphroaig is to give it a chance. The first time is definitely an attack on the senses... TCP etc. BUT... keep trying. It is now my go to tipple, It has a great complexity of tastes, and none of them that original TCP theme, The smell you first experience also completely changes. Just give it a chance.

27th January 2019

Great...for sterilising

Smells and tastes like TCP. I’d read it had an aroma of hospital but Good God!!

19th January 2019

Different to my pallet but appreciating.

It came highly recommended from a friend in Northern Ireland
First whiff fits with many comments, hospital. But after some more teasing sniffs, I found some Smokey peat aroma. First taste was confusing, first mediciney with the after taste of earth. Taking it slow I can start to sense the caskes, smokey and peat flavor as it slips easily down.
I am enjoying.

1st January 2019

Tastes like band aids

Smooth finish, and not completely unpleasant but it tastes like band aids with a bit of the sea. Wanted to like it, and I like most single malts really, but the band aid flavor is too overwhelming

29th December 2018

Something is wrong with Laphroig 10

I have bought so many bottles of this over the years, but these days it is not the same drink. The smoke has been toned down. Maybe the bottles are varied for some reason. I once got a bottle that was obviously a cheap blended whisky and not Laphroig, but that was years ago. Now most bottles are a weaker tasting drink however. The whole room used to smell of peat if you poured a Laphroig. Laphroig! What have you done?!

25th December 2018

My favorite reasonably priced Scotch

I really love this whisky. I would call it a black coffee drinker's whisky, not because you must be a psychopath to like it (as a recent psychology study seemed to indicate), but because you need to truly enjoy bitterness in order to enjoy Laphroaig. I'm not an expert in tasting elements or chemicals, but I can tell that the bitterness is really well balanced by sweetness, and the smokiness complements both well. It has a nice, oily quality on the mouth that helps the flavor and odor linger and develop. Drink it with a splash of filtered water to help it open up - don't add ice, unless you want the flavors muted.

There are some really nice expressions of ultra smooth, wonderful Speyside whiskies that may be more pleasant to drink, but I really dig the experience of this Scotch. It makes you feel something. It's delicious, but it's also thrilling, if that makes sense.

19th December 2018

Where is the smoke

Few years ago I had my first ever bottle and right after I opened it I thought I couldn’t drink it, was so smoky,but then I was amazed and really appreciate this awesome scotch.
Recently I bought 10 again, opened it and been kind of disappointed, all this strong smell and the feeling of hospital wasn’t there. I bought another bottle and again it wasn’t smelly like I remember it.
The taste was same but where is the pit fire smell.
Just wandering did they change the technology.
I don’t want to think that the retailer sells fake whiskey,because they are in the business for 20 years.
After I finish and the second bottle I will buy it from another place and if it’s same I guess it’ll be my last Laphroaig 10.
I’ll give 3 stars despite the amazing taste.

17th December 2018

'Take it away!' she screamed.

My wife almost collapsed when I pushed a dram of this under her nose and, sure, anyone who hates hospitals should avoid.
But once the surprise of the first sniff and taste recedes, then the 'medicine' does you nothing but good. A shame you can't get it on the NHS. I'm not experienced enough to be able to compare it with too many other malts but all I know is Laphroig is special.

14th December 2018

Very medicinal.

This tastes like a dentist office dumpster caught fire. If you like that awesome... definitely not for me though.

2nd December 2018


You can smell the smokiness of it from across the room. It has a massive kick to it – enough to knock you over if you don't know what's coming. But it's very nice once you work your way into it.

1st December 2018


This Whisky is like Marmite. You either love the stuff with passion or you can't stand it.
For me.......I love it, it's Smokey, smooth and warming. If you hate it, it smells like TCP. it's weird. I took a bottle to a party and the whisky drinkers there loved it.
Everyone else literally turned thier noses up. No one converts to liking this stuff. This is the o my bottle of whisky I've sat and drank. The rest I really don't like.

I just can't put my finger on why. I LOVE this bottle.

20th November 2018

Love in a glass

There is nothing like Laphroaig, and their 10 is the core (though mine have all been 43% bottlings). For those who love Laphroaig no other whisky will elicit as much comfort. To me Laphroaig is the warm embrace of campfire smoke, kelp-air taste, and toffee sweetness. The 10 yo has it all there in spades.

10th November 2018

Is 10 year changing?

This was my first tasting of 2018 and concerned that the quintessential attack and distinction may have been toned down a little. Still amazing, just hope my fears are not founded, will require further tastings and possibly another bottle to rule out bottle variation!

29th October 2018

Very good

My first laphroaig and i like it. I find it actually quiet easy to drink. It has this "Special" peaty laph taste i guess, but also Smooth and creamy, a bit like the ardbeg 10 Yo. Really good islay whisky.

16th October 2018

Peat is the word. Love it or hate it ;)

This and Ardbeg 10 are the best. My kinda whisky coz I love the peaties.

7th October 2018

Medicinal taste

TCP but classy TCP!

3rd October 2018

Gorgeous stand out and proud whisky

Unique bold complex yet an easy
and comforting sipper.
Love it now or come back later on ;)
This on is so special Peat,ocean,
Seaweeds,fist aid bandage,iodine
Never boring.
This and Ardbeg 10 are my favorite malt duo A+.

16th August 2018

If you like cough medicine....

It has got to be the worst tasting scotch in the world. Talk about notes of medicine.
This thing is more like diesel fuel than anything. I would totally recommend it to a friend, just to see their reaction. -10 stars

11th August 2018

Peaty Wonderland

I’ve had this a few times but this is the first bottle I bought.
On the nose was smoke and iodine. The palate proved peaty goodness, oak cask, brine, and grilled beef. After adding a few drops of water I got caramel, and cream. Iodine was still strong.
The finish was just peeeeeeeeeeat! Very Islay!

23rd June 2018

Not for the faint of heart

Put yourself on the rugged coast of Islay, roasting old bagpipe bladders over a fire of Loch Fyne kipper boxes. There's no soft shoeing it. This is one of the best of Scottish single malt whiskies... if you can take it. It's not for the faint of heart. It grabs you by the throat in the nicest possible way, looks you in the eye and says, "Cairdeas". Once you have sipped a dram you'll never forget it.

16th May 2018

Every collection shouldn’t be without.

Like it says on the bottle, they devide opinion! This is either a love or hate dram.

Imagine being hit in the face by a cloud of smoke wielding a medicine box full of brine and seaweed.

It’s amazing.

6th April 2018


Quite simply superb. Lovely taste, lovely lingering after taste, the best,

29th March 2018


Was really disappointed on the nose if compared to lagavulin 12-16 / Ardbeg 10/Uguidal /Leidag 10.
Bad bottle maybe ? The nose was really shy, I had trouble to to really find the big peat/medicinal aromas. On the palate quite smokey, at the end too. Had the impression that I was eating straight Pepper at the end. Not a good experience with that bottle.

28th March 2018

Complex Masterpiece

This dram has divided opinions in forever. Either you love it or you hate it . It's complexity and delicious combination of peat and smoke with citrus notes makes this one of my favorites. I would not present this to a novice scotch drinker but rather give them a less complex, less medicinal , less savory Islay gem and pour them a sweet cherry bomb. I'll have this!

13th March 2018

A classic malt - beyond criticism. However, I prefer Ardbeg 10-year-old, which is similar but subtly different.

A classic malt - beyond criticism. However, I prefer Ardbeg 10-year-old, which is similar but subtly different.

25th February 2018

Taste artificial

Being a lover of Scotch I'm happy to have tried it but the chemical taste is something I would expect from a cheap whiskey made last week. Not a 10 yr Scotch. Water did offer a little reprieve but not enough to drink again.

23rd February 2018

Re review

So I guess I forgot to leave my signature on my review of this when I first tried it a few years ago so better do a re review for good measure ( I am drunk and bored anyways). This is seriously one of the most classic and easily available and affordable Islay's out there and it rarely dissapoints. One thing I really LOVE about Laphroaig is that funky, iodine, band aid, medicine flavor its so unique and it really has this nostalgia effect that makes me think of my grandparents and in a weird way makes me feel like an old man. On the nose peat for sure with some vanilla and seaweed, flavor is burning band aids in a bowl of home made vanilla ice cream with a little too much salt while cool wood smoke weaves it's way throughout. Sounds weird to some maybe but for those of us who enjoy Laphroaig it is mouth watering.When I first tried this I gave it a 9, I have bought many bottles of this over the last few years and I would say 85% of the time it is wonderful but I have had a handful of bad or off bottles that have made me rethink that score, also there is clearly quite a bit of caramel color in this. So a little inconsistent and fake color but other than that totally awesome you'll have a hard time finding something better for $40. The Sugarbear

22nd February 2018

Get ready for a punch in the face!

Possibly the signature Islay taste. Major Peat, Smoke and Seaspray hit you right of the bat. The iodine and medicinal taste won't suit everyone's taste; you will either love it or despise it. If i close my eyes I'm transported to a cold Scottish beach at night with the ashes of a bonfire lingering in the night air.

21st February 2018


The summary says it all. Absolutely amazing for someone who enjoys heavy peated whisky. Seasalt, seaweed, even sort of chemical notes. Just wonderful, but definitely not for everyone's taste!

10th February 2018

Interesting and Different..Not your normal Scotch

The most unusual taste I've ever encounter in a distilled spirit. I have extensive experience with spirits, including Scotch's and Irish Whiskeys. This one, Laphroaig 10, is the hardest to warm up I have 'ever' consumed.
Purchased it as a result of seeing a documentary on the Isle of Islay. Wow, I can't help but think that 'perhaps' I received a bad batch. Yet, if not, and I'm sure the taste is treasured by many world wide it is just not for me. I don't want to disparage the product, just say it has a most unusual taste.

24th January 2018

Interesting combination of tastes best sipped and enjoyed in front of a log fire.

A unique taste!

Smells like the smoke from a bonfire, recently cut and rolled turf after the rain. With a whiff of the natural bark of a liquorice stick when first broken in two.

Tastes of a mixture of aniseed balls and black pepper and the saltiness of samphire.

16th January 2018

Buy one.

This is the peaty malt, of peaty malts. You may hate this on first taste. But you will love it on your second taste. After that , nothing compares.

14th January 2018

Smokey and liquorice

Definitely smokey but mild totally different to many single malts think you will love it or loathe it

22nd December 2017

An acquired taste that you will come to crave.

My first experience with Scotch. Totally funky band-aid box and peat aromas and tastes that are even harder to describe but wait... the magic begins and you realize the well is much deeper than you previously thought! Full of complexities and surprises this one but beware, Laphroaig is not for the clandestine drinker because the aromas that emanate when you let the genie out of this bottle, everyone in the room will know you have!

22nd December 2017

Give it time.

Ordered this at a local bar. Thought to myself, I like a bit of peaated smoke. It was served to me and the nose was complex and rich. Smoky, yes, but promising. And then I took my sip. I hated it. Many people associate with medicine, and I could see that. The smoke was overpowering and downright cruel. After a few minutes I took a sip. A few minutes later I took another. As I got used to the whisky, the whisky got used to me. My lesson would be, you can't just jump on this whisky. You have to let it creep up on you. treat it with respect, give it time to open up, don't expect it to be anything it's not. I kept coming back to it over and over, and by the time I was done it was like an old friend. I could taste it walking down the road home 20 minutes later. Even the finish seems to change, becoming richer, that lingering smoke almost chewy.

This is a fantastic whisky for it's price. It should be tried by everyone, loved by few, hated by some, but never leaving anyone undecided. Just give it a second, third and fourth chance and, who knows, it may change your mind. A poor man's Lagavulin 16, this makes a fine addition to any collection. You may find yourself coming back to it, even when you're not sure why.

13th December 2017

Awesomeness in a bottle.

In a world where the bland, the mundane and the dreary everyday is celebrated, where Ed Sheeran is a musical giant, Laphroaig stands like Rage Against The Machine...F**k You I Won’t Do What You Tell Me. It’s cussed, it’s challenging, it tastes like nothing else you’ve ever tasted, and if you get it you’ll stick with it for life. I fully understand why some people hate it because it does evoke strong reactions. But for me it’s the best standard edition single malt in the World.

12th December 2017

Underbart rökig

Mycket rök o lite lädersmak,upplevs ändå ganska mild i munnen.Jag älskar den!

28th November 2017

A challenging and totally fulfilling dram.

Once one acquires the taste and appreciate the slam in the face experience this little gem joins the list of one’s top 10. A great malt on a cold, windy winter’s night in front of a roaring fire.

19th November 2017


If I was a bigger islay man I would rate it a 5. The smokiness is delightful, almost carries a burnt rubber aroma.

17th November 2017

The absolute best.

So f****ing rich and delicious, I get shivers thinking about sipping a dram paired with a chunk of strong cheese. Juicy fruits and smoky peat. Like a dream come true, my favorite!

17th October 2017

I finally get Laphroaig (now I'm in my dotage!)

I did not get on with this when I tried it as a much younger man. I wanted to like smokey / peaty whisky so recently gave it another go, NOW I get it!
It has become my number 1 tipple.

10th October 2017

Islay's Endowment to the World

My go to Scotch at home, bars and restaurants. Yes it is very different from your varieties of sherried Scotch brands and it certainly is a matter of apprciation and taste. It has a delicious sea salt note melded with honey and dried fruits with characteristic "ashy wood thrown in the fire pit" note in the back. Give me a nice Cubano and a glass of Laphraoig and my heaven awaits.

20th September 2017

E Tu Brute ?

Surprise attack of the peat monster. Oily richness of smokey and spicy notes with citrus and sweet finish. All I can say is I ordered this for the first time at a local pub and thought the bartender was trying to kill me. Iodine poisoning I thought? I survived and went to heaven. A delicious introduction to peaty Scotch. Hard to go back to lighter offereings now.

12th September 2017

A new friend was made that night.

Shared with a group of friends. That night was by far the most memorable experience out of my entire trip in San Francisco. The flavors in this bottle had a rich leathery smell to it with a warm and gentle burn as it went down our throats. The warmth persisted as it entered our stomachs and eventually our whole bodies. We had an incredible time that night all thanks to our new and genuine Scottish friend; Laphroaig.

7th September 2017


The Islay dram that is not for the weak kneed. Full slam peat blast with smokey and phenolic overtones that clears the nostrils. Brine and fruity notes gives this malt a sweet and savory acclimation. Truly a favorite of many and despised by those who do not stray far from the Speyside offerings. For the discerning and adventurous Scotch drinker. I drink with the Vikings !

6th September 2017

Smoky sweet and bold.

First time I tasted it I thought they'd dragged a wino out of a house fire and filtered kerosene through his socks. My opinion has obviously changed. If I have only one Scotch, it's Laphroaig 10.

6th September 2017

Be patient, be pleasantly surprised

Not for first time whisky drinkers, it's definitely an acquired taste.
Having said that, spend some time with it and I believe you will begin to appreciate it.
Although bottled at 40%, I think it's the best 'bang for buck' whisky available.

4th September 2017

love it

tried it and went out the next day and bought 6 bottles. Nuff said?

24th August 2017

A great dram

Big, brash flavour that hits you and lingers. This is marmite you either hate it or love it and I absolutely love it! Heavy smoke, iodine, a balanced brine and spices that get sweeter as you drink. It is awesome!

1st August 2017

Not for me

Far too chemically for me. People mentioning iodine as if its a good thing?! Nope nope nope.

21st July 2017

A great Islay if you love Iodine/TCP/BBQ

Some people say water to open out the palate but it is as smooth as on the finish & I think it can be enjoyed either way, maybe water in the 1st 1 or 2 of a session to get your taste buds accustomed then no need after that.

A great Islay, if you love Iodine/TCP/BBQ notes this is for u. If not stay away...
Try Glenmorangie or something :)

P.S. Tesco do this for £35 as of 7/7/17 & regularly have offers on that make the price even lower.

7th July 2017


Wow! It's like being in a cloud of a big fire camp smoke and suddenly breathe some antiseptic liquid vapors!! The sea salt… seaweed… awesome medicinal flavors… I'm loving it!! I will always have a Laphroaig 10 on my shelf!

5th July 2017

Lovely, if you like peat.

Big bold flavours. A must try if you like big peat. Opens up nicely with a splash of water.

2nd July 2017

Sapore del mare.

Qui si tocca l'apice del gusto marino, iodato, fumoso, al massimo dello splendore di un sapore forte, ma allo stesso tempo lievemente morbido. Un Whisky tra i primi in assoluto come altri di liquirizia arriva al palato abbastanza pungente, come le spezie.....Whisky giusto per una serata giusta.

24th June 2017

Just awful

I'm not really sure why somebody would want to drink this. I've read some reviews saying it has a "hint of smoke" lol. It tastes like medical disinfectant that lasted through a house fire. If you want to know what it tastes like, save some money by pouring some iodine on a burnt log and licking it.

19th June 2017

Overpowering smoke ruins a good whiskey

Take a good whiskey then find a coal power station and sit in the chimney while sipping it. That's Laphroaig to me.

9th June 2017

My go-to Scotch

On my 48th birthday, I decided it was time to give Scotch a try. I found I did not like much the two Highlands I bought - the 10-year Glengoyne and the 12-year Aberfeldy. I found the basic 12-year Glenlivet Speyside to be serviceable, but my eyes didn't light up with surprise and pleasure until I sampled a flight of Islays. My easy favorite was the 10-year Laphroaig. I bought a bottle and tried it out the next day with a fresh palate and a few drops of distilled water. It was much more robust on its own. The fire lingers on the lips, the char on the tongue. As I write this now, I'm on my second (and final) dram of the night. Laphroiag is now my go-to Scotch and what I hope to drink on many more birthdays to come.

24th May 2017

Sets a solid bar for Islay malts

The peat-bomber's standard-bearer. I find myself wishing this was bottled at 43-46% ABV, but I've probably gotten too spoiled on the Quarter Cask. This whisky (and indeed most offerings from Laphroaig) will polarize whisky drinkers, but if you like peat and you like smoky whiskies, this is a bottle that deserves to be in your collection.

16th May 2017

Default Choice of Islay

Great starting point for anyone wanting to get into peaty whisky. If you like this, you can branch out to other distilleries.

29th April 2017

The most distinctive Scotch out there!

My two favorites are the Macallan 25 (I was gifted a bottle--it's running about $1900 a bottle now) and the Laphroaig 10. That's how much I think of Laphroaig! Drink it outside on a cold night and you will swear that you have been transported to Islay, with a salty breeze wafting in from the ocean and the smell of a cottage fire nearby. It does generate mixed reactions from those who believe that Scotch should only be a floral speyside. I could just sit with a dram and sample the nose for an hour. Watch John Campbell's video on the Laphroaig distillation process.

27th April 2017

Like being hit by a big iodiney truck!

At first your hit with a sensory overload, the peaty, medicinal nose, oaky seaweedy flavours hit the tongue, then the iodine hits...also works well with water or an ice cube, which I normally avoid - but the flavours are so big on this one, some nights it needs tamed!

14th April 2017

A scotch virgin no more.

A scotch virgin no more. I was given a bottle of this scotch by a friend whom I helped with a home project. I took it home and put it in the liquor cabinet. When my hometown team won their first championship. I brought it out, uncorked the bottle and drank a toast honoring my late fathers wish to live to see a trophy. He did, in an urn I sat next to the tele. The first glass was a shock to my entire being. The aroma, the taste on my tongue, the warm glow flowing through my body. I wasn't sure if I liked it or not. Tonight, I toasted the purchase of my retirement house. I basked in the smokey medicinal warmth that enveloped my soul. laphroaig

18th March 2017

Not convinced, I'm ready for this

1st dram. A bit of shock on the nose and palate after some beautifuly smooth single malts. I'll need to keep working on it, but I'm not optimistic. At this minute I'm thinking if giving it away. Its more like medicine than malt.

11th March 2017

Not for me.

Too peaty for my blood.

11th March 2017

Give me Laphroaig 10 over Ardbeg 10 anytime.

One of my favorites!

9th March 2017

Smells like TCP, tastes like TLC. Made that up on the spot…

My Grandmother's favourite. I love this stuff, so full of flavour. If you like peaty, there's nothing more peaty than this. Oddly, it pairs well with cheese and onion crisps.

8th March 2017


LOVE it of HATE it - there is no inbetween. I love it but you do need to give it a chance if it's your first time sipping it. Give it half a bottle and you'll see what the fuss is about ;). The quintessential Islay single malt - no other whisky showcases the classic Islay style like this one! Stunningly good!

7th March 2017

Drinking for thinking

This is something you drink when you're sitting on the porch reading the Odyssey in the middle of winter. If you can see boats from your porch, that's even better. Definitely not a Tuesday night reality TV show sort of drink.

3rd March 2017


Latrine cake nose, recenty extinguished house fire taste, Germoline finish.

I don't want acquire that taste.

2nd March 2017

The very, very best of Islay

The softest, smokiest, peaty smooth drink in Scotland. Once tasted, never forgotten, nothing else comes close. Deep and rounded, just wonderful.

1st March 2017

Huge Smoke

Love this scotch....This is a great dram for a cold winters night! Smokey and Peaty right from the pour to your mouth. It has nice depth and great flavor. My favorite Islay is Lagavulin 16, but this is up there (and half the price). You can appreciate the distinct wood smoke taste it brings with every sip...this is a "Scotch".

4th February 2017

The King of All Scotches

Savory and rich with smoky, umami aroma that makes your mouth water. Nicely rounded out by notes of dried peaches and pears. The sweetness is perfectly balanced with the smoke and salt. Absolutely delicious and one of my all-time favorites. I always keep this on hand.

19th January 2017

Top top drink

An acquired taste, it took me a while to get used to it but now I love it.

I agree at first opening for the first time it did smell of petrol but once I got over that I realised I had found a great whisky.

14th January 2017

Top Islay

Almost perfectly balanced single malt from Islay. Laphroaig have nailed it with their signature 10 year old.

All these bimbos on here that are saying it tastes like a medicine cabinet, tastes like petrol, tastes like band aids soaked in peroxide... you morons should not post reviews... for the simple reason.. you're all inexperienced and have under developed palates and you don't know anything about the varying styles of whisky, all in all you just come across as uneducated idiots. do some homework, develop your palates and then post reviews. Us experienced drinkers who know the magic Islay holds, we simply sit here and laugh at your negative reviews because we can tell straight away you's are just uneducated and have childrens palates

6th January 2017


Really not nice and taste like TCP, even with a mixer which I never normally do, there is no hiding the taste.
Definitely an acquired taste

5th January 2017

Dissapointed a bit... but interessting

Not used to islay malts. Smell of burned rubber. Smokey. Seaweed.. strong smell of band aid.

Hard to drink but leaves you statisfied.

26th December 2016

Smoked greasy tires

From the first whiff I was taken aback by the strong sents. Anyway others have very detailed descriptions & I don't need to elaborate, but one weird thing is even though I didn't like it & had trouble finishing the first dram after waiting 15 or 20 minutes I want to go in for another.

11th December 2016

Medicinal, love it!

I love the medicinal quality of Laphroaig! For the money this is a 5 star whisky.

2nd December 2016

A boring dram

Even a Jack Daniel's has a more vibrant character than this. I am sure there are people who appreciate this but for me this is like just pure liquid smoke. It's as if they added the burnt peat ash into the copper stills.

1st December 2016

My go to

It's incredible for the price!
A lot of flavours and a good hint of smoke!

18th November 2016

A Marmite single malt

You either love it, or you hate it. In my case, I LOVE Laphroaig. It's my go-to.

I remember the first time I had it well - it was a cold autumn night on Baker Street, and I was wanting the warmth of a nice quiet pub. Decided to take a walk down a side street, and found a little place called The Barley Mow. Stepped in, got settled, and ordered a small one of this. I admit it, it was overwhelming. But it warms you up like you wouldn't believe. Hard to believe that this was my first foray into single malts! Was so impressed I went to a nearby grocery store and bought a bottle to share with my flatmates. The jury was out in that regard, but hey, more great whisky for me.

I love the heaviness of this whisky, and I love the smoke - the smoke sticks with you for what seems like an age. Perfect for wintry nights, stormy days, or intense introspection.

16th November 2016


I like the smokey islay aspect but i'm not too fond of the medicinal kinda flavor. Even on the nose, it makes me feel like i'm standing inside a pharmacy. Not bad, wouldn't buy again because of that medicinal taste and smell. Port askaig > laphroaig...

7th November 2016


It's an acquired taste and after getting acquainted with the taste one will find it hard to leave it

5th November 2016

You cannot go wrong with Laphroiag 10 Year Old

Presentation: Laphroaig has an understated elegance to their packaging and labelling and the flagship 10 Year Old bottling is no exception. Black text and iconography on a plain white background with green edging and the trademark Laphroaig green glass bottle. Classy.

Appearance: Bright golden colour, with consistency maintained through the addition of E150 caramel colouring and chill filtration; a common practice with larger distillery’s flagship bottlings.

Aroma: Smoke and something akin to a medicine cabinet. The addition of a little water cuts through the smoke and brings out faint fruit; I am reminded of sniffing a rockmelon (cantaloupe) in the supermarket to see if it's ripe, but I have no idea how a ripe rockmelon should smell compared to an unripe one.

Flavour: Smoky bitterness. A combination of flavours that are hard to differentiate but go together very well. Water brings out sweet vanilla and some oak spiciness.

Finish: Long and dry but not as I remember it. My mouth does not fill with swirling smoke, but rather the smoke lingers on the tongue and builds slightly with a gentle warming at the back of the throat.

Would I buy it again?

I would and I have. You cannot go wrong with Laphroiag 10 Year Old and I often recommend it for the more adventurous of the whisky curious. Peat smoke is the star of this whisky and it is unashamedly up front and quite literally in your face.


27th October 2016

A Great Scotch

Fantastic blend of smoke, iodine and slightly sweet notes. The flavors blend together so well, I can honestly say I never get tired of the taste. You have to work your way up to this one to fully enjoy it's potential. Wow

22nd October 2016

Sent me into a medical crisis

I went to an expensive restaurant, and because they had such an extensive whiskey menu, I asked them to help me broaden my whiskey horizons. They sent over two fingers of this, and I'm sorry I felt compelled to drink it. I felt like if I didn't sit with it and drink the whole thing, I wouldn't really remember the taste, and for better or worse, I wanted to remember it. I'm one of those newbies that love whiskey that tastes like oak, or lives on the sherry end of the spectrum, like Macallan, but I wanted to learn more and branch out.

As far as the taste went, it was way too industrial tasting. I could see how some people might get really attached to the taste, but in my opinion, it had a tinny metallic taste and something else -- I totally get the review that thought it tasted of petrol. There was a moment when I thought someone had actually played a sociopathic joke on me and put kerosine in my glass. The last sip I took, I held in my mouth for a bit and within seconds, the skin on the inside of my lips was swollen and inflamed.

It's been a month since and I can't drink. The two times I have tried, I found my liver wan't producing the needed enzymes to metabolise alcohol. I woke up feeling as if I pounded a six pack instead of half a beer with dinner. And now, a month later, I think I'm getting shingles. I have always practiced moderation, had good health, and regular health care, but my immune system is completely crippled.

I'm visiting this site trying to figure out if Laphroaig is really so industrial tasting as all that. Maybe a mean psychotic bartender really did poison me. If not, I admire those of you who can palate this.

14th October 2016

A mix of flavours, and a whisky to explore

Bought this after finishing a bottle of Ardmore legacy (a birthday gift from my brother). I read some good reviews about it so delved into my curiosity. As a beginner whisky drinker, diving into a heavy smokey/peated malt was perhaps a risky move, but it isn't as smoky as the Ardmore legacy. I enjoy drinking this as it has a homely air of saltiness although a little too much of an unnatural/artificial (like many others have said); 'hospital/dusty taste'. However this is fairly easy to overcome after a few drams and would recommend to others to take a gamble and explore their taste buds with this fine (and slightly unusual) specimen of a scotch...

13th October 2016

Very solid and well priced

Was at a lounge that didn't have my go to, Lagavulin 16, so I asked for what they had that was the smokiest. He was a child and babled for a bit and another patron said "Try the Laphroaig. If you don't mind peat. Won't hurt the wallet either." I tried and was pleasantly surprised. $12 for a few ounces and it was smokey, still not my Lag 16, but a good scotch. This my be a permanent placement in my cabinet.

4th October 2016

Lovely. So True.

Just read the review below. Definition of "On Point". Open your mind, open your palate and enjoy the elixir.

2nd October 2016


Not much to add beyond what has been said in your tasting notes. A strong iodine tang at first, followed by oaky, smokey sweetness reminiscent of Ardbeg 10, though I think I like the Ardbeg just a tiny bit more.

Reviews like "Ugh..." make me chuckle. These people really think they're making a valid criticism of the whisky, rather than just making a fool of themselves, don't they?
There is so, so much more to Islay whiskies than the "hospital" iodine taste. It's like listening to the first few seconds of a Led Zeppelin song and then going out telling everyone it just sounds like two dustbin lids crashing together. I would advise training your palate a bit more before sharing your opinions; if you stick with single malts long enough to see what we see in it, I promise that you will be embarrassed that you ever wrote something so dismissive. I speak from personal experience.

27th September 2016

You either Love it or hate it. I love it

Sweet, smoky and medicinal with a pleasant long finish. Just a little water required, no more than a teaspoon or so.

17th September 2016

Acquired Taste

I hope to one day to have developed my palate so I can drink (let alone enjoy) these iodine Islay malts. Unfortunately I'm some way off.

11th September 2016

Gives and gives

My go to dram. Huge smoke that just keeps on coming but doesn't mask the other flavours. The whiskey that gives and gives.

8th September 2016


Reminds me of a hospital... smooth enough considering, but. Hospital taste. Bottom line

5th September 2016


very dry taste this time around ok but not the same as the last bottle i had :(

28th August 2016


I do like a single malt but o boy
This 1 it's like drinking TCP
unless I've got the cleaning fluid
Sorry but not for me
Alan from
stoke on trent

28th August 2016

Best of Scotch single malt

This is without question the King of Single malts!
Smoke, Peat and Iodine with sweetness... Just beautiful!
Well priced bloody good Gaelic water!

7th August 2016

Drink this and drink it a lot!

After trying many scotches, this is without a doubt the best scotch you can buy, at a decent price. If you want to drink something that will knock your head side to side, drink this! If you want something that tastes like Scotland and masculinity, drink this! There is nothing better! I love this scotch, it is vibrant, peaty, salty and as dynamic as a Scottish seaside with a gale coming in. It looks very unobtrusive, a light gold color, it smells like smoke, wood tar and the sea. The taste will test you, if you like smoke and lots of it here you are. The finish is oily complex and awesome. I'd love to move to Islay from New Jersey, but most likely won't, instead I'll dream about it with a glass of Laphroaig.

12th July 2016


Best thing I ever tasted. After removing carbs from my diet, I was looking for Scotches that could replace beer. I started with Talisker. It wasn't bad. And I tried various others like Bowmore. But what REALLY got me into Scotch was THIS -- Laphroaig 10 years. It was love at first taste! It is fucking delicious, how else can I describe it? I kinda wish it wasn't alcoholic so I could neck it all the time. It's amazing on the rocks and refreshing, but neat it's something else. Really, for this availability and price, it's a winner.

25th June 2016


I wish they hadnt cleaned the cask with petrol.
I have been enjoying whiskeys, whiskys, single malts, scotches and bourbons for 40+ years. This is by far the least palatable for me.

14th June 2016

Difficult to drink

Far from an expert, this was about my 15th bottle of Scotch (fourth brand and my first foray into Islay scotches). Honestly the first taste of it reminded me of the smell of diaper rash ointment. 2nd sip, closed bottle. I will try to get used to it but will probably give it away. It has a lot of flavor but so does 3 day old road kill. I've tasted liquid smoke straight from the bottle, this is not as good. With three other varieties to fall back on, I can't see forcing myself to like this one.

14th June 2016


The smoke and peat is an acquired taste. But when you acquire it, boy is this good.

11th June 2016


Great value for money fantastic classic islay whisky that you'll love or hate.

26th May 2016


It is like drinkin' a smoky bonfire.

26th May 2016

Best value for a peat monster

I can get this at Costco for under $30 US. While not my all time favorite it is absolutely for sure the best value available for a solid kick-you-in-the-face Islay. Keep up the good work!

29th April 2016

Laphroaig 10 Yera old

Better than Best !


23rd April 2016

Far From a Poor man's Lagavulin 16

I've said Lagavulin 16 is my favorite scotch thus far. So consider that a King's finest, but Laphroaig 10 is definitely a nobleman.
It's doesn't quite measure up in terms of that intoxicatingly brilliant nasal umbrage that LGV16 delivers but it's there and it isn't humble. I think the reduction of the iodine/seaweed (similar things) aroma actually works well here because it lets you actually recognize the peppery pop that Laphroaig has.
There is a bit of spicy lingering in the mouth, but it's not bad, and does not affect the throat.

12th April 2016

A Smoky Stunner

My first purchase of a bottle of Scotch, Laphroaig 10 yr. The first whiff knocked me back, so smoky it was (an earlier post mentioned a "sharpie marker"--yes, very similar in smell at first). The first sip--slow heat moved through my chest and abdomen, one radiating inch at a time. (Who needs heat in the winter? Just sip this.) A bit overwhelmed by the smokiness, I added 3-4 drops of water (really, that little) into 1-2 ounces of Scotch. I'd read enough about opening up the esters and changing the chemistry so I was eager to taste the difference. Well, that little bit of water made all the difference. I love it. It's an easy, smooth sip, but very gratifying. A deep whiff makes you feel like you're standing in a peat bog. I gave the before/after water tastes to my wife, and she said it almost tasted like an entirely different brand.

I'm a total novice, so everyone's comments about other flavors--vanilla, licorice, citrus--I'm not there yet. I'm just basking in the deep smoke and peat...and the warmth spreading through my body.

28th March 2016

Laphroaig knocked it out of the ballpark!

Going, going,'s a "Home Run, baby!"

This is my second foray into Islay's (eye-luhs) single salts. Bunnahabhain 12 yr S.M. was my first; Laphroaig 10 (pronounced La-froyg) being my second is definitely an outstanding Libation! I give it 5 out of 5 stars, and it's truly indescribably delicious, but I will do my best to convey my appreciation of the Scotch Whisky.

Nose: Laphroaig smells medicinal at first blush, but blossoms into a bouquet of peat laced floral scents.

Palate: Liquid Smoke (which is a substance used in cooking to induce a hickory-based smoke flavor); some notes of Sherry, flavorings of charred wood from a smoky campfire sites, and a heaping muscular helping of peat (pow and boom). At the end of the day it's Smoke and Peat baby! It's definitely not for the uninitiated, or the "haters" , closed minded, or those unwilling to broaden their horizon's of libation exploration. If that's you, just say no or stay home and drink milk....ha ha ha.

Finish: A drink that's been barbequed on the grill, marinated in Liquid Smoke, and Smoked (on the grill) over smoldering wood chips saturated in Peat water. It's a "Forget Me Not" for sure friend. Enjoy!

History about me: I'm a Novice, went to a Scotch tasting for the first time last summer (2015) in Wash. D.C.; the varieties offered were Aberlour, Oban, Balvenie and Yamazki 12 yr. Single Malt (SM). The pours were in plastic containers (cups)...the overhead ceiling fans were on blowing down onto the crowd and the drinks, which in my opinion oxidized the scotches just setting out at the different tasting stations...but hands down for me was the Yamazki 12 yr. S.M.

My Recent M of M Purchases - Nikka W. from the Barrell (Japanese), Paul John W (Peated-Indian), Yamazaki Reserve (Japanese) and Nikka All Malt (Japanese). But since then, I've experienced Bunnahabhain 12 yr. S.M., Dalmore 12 yr. S.M., Laphroaig 10 yr. S.M., and Iwai (Japanese) all locally purchased from a place called "Kings Liquor Store" right here in Rosedale, Maryland, of the good ole' USA....all reasonably priced. If ever in the area, you've got to stop by there and check them out. I'm waiting to get my hands on some Ardbeg "Uigeadail" and some Lagavulin 16 yr. S.M. I may have to order that from MoM.

Rating - Of the four scotches I rec'd from MoM, Nikka fr. the Barrell was number one for me. However, my number two, was Paul John (Select Cask). It's simply to die for (but don't do it, live on and enjoy the scotch). The "nose" by far for me as a Novice, stood alone. When you first whiff the aroma, your olfactory glands and brain reverberate saying "Whoah, what is that"...oak, chemical, what? The aroma captivates and assaults your nose like a Muhammed Ali right hook coming at you from out of nowhere, prompting you to say, "Where'd the hell did that come from". But I do agree with the Chaps at M of M (MoM)...the nose is very earthy, not sure about the salt though. As for the palate, MoM is "spot on" BBQ Smoke" all the way. Relative to the Finish, there is something about the flavor, quite can't put my finger on it, that lingers on your tongue long after you've finished the dram, shot, snifter or whatever your choice of drinking glass is. Just do me a favor, "no plastic cups" please. Use an acceptable drinking glass and always drink responsibly.

Closing: After a few more trials of world famous scotches I'm going to have to stop referring to myself as a "Novice". Maybe I'll upgrade to "Journeyman". Bon appetite!

26th March 2016


I am new to Scotch Whisky. I've had many bourbons and american whiskeys. My introduction to single malt scotch was Highland Park 12 which I found really underwhelming after all the rave reviews. I did like the finish which I came to find out was PEAT! So I decided to jump right into Islay from there and bought a bottle of Laphroaig 10.

Wow!! The smokiness, the saltiness, and that sweetness are like nothing I've ever tasted in my life. A lot of people say not to try this if you're a beginner and we were a little intimidated and afraid we might be wasting $50 but man!! well worth it! It really does invoke the feelings of a campfire beside the ocean. It's warming, it's comforting, it's rich and delicious, the finish is long and lingering and makes you want to dive in for another sip. The medicinal smells and flavors are very pleasant as well. I know it sounds disgusting but it's oddly inviting. I like this over Ardbeg 10 as well as I feel Ardbeg lacks in the salt and sweet compared to Laphroaig.

My overall scotch experience, in order is this: HP 12, Laphroaig 10, Glenfiddich 12, Caol Ila 12, Ardbeg 10. I know that's not a lot but Laphroaig REALLY stands out as the favorite.

25th March 2016

First impressions

Sharpie marker. Band-aid. Rank ass. A bit of water opens it up, and we get more familiar citrus, vanilla, and wood notes. I feel like I could enjoy this a lot, given time, and it's different from what I was expecting (a lot of smoke in blends like JW makes it somewhat familiar). Perhaps I should have tried Highland Park, Talisker, or even JW Double Black first, before going off the deep end? It seems like too much, too soon. Either way, glad to know what's out there, as someone who is more experienced with Speyside malts and blends!

24th March 2016

Oh yes.

Big Palate, big nose, big finish, bigger bottle?
It's Scotland for you.

23rd March 2016

Very Good

Laphroig "Laff royg" My first Islay after sampling a dram I bought a bottle, love the smokiness although this bottle I bought is 43% with a bit more bite then the dram I sampled. I'm usually on the opposite end of the spectrum, ahh yes the LOWLEND, My favorite is Auchentoshan 3 Wood (because of the 3 wood and dark color). I love the taste of the dark, sweet, fruity and woody, smooth, subtle and sweet yet complex and full-flavored scotch finished in Oloroso then Pedro Ximenez Sherry Casks. But it does not match the "feel" of this "La Froyg" Islay scotch; the warmth, the smoke, and the buzz is a bit better with this Islay. Auchentoshan still my favorite as I drink scotch first for the flavor, just wish the 3 wood gave a bit more warmth and buzz, not sure why it doesn't since it's about the same proof, perhaps it's the triple distillation?

Anyways, this Islay is definitely nice and smoky bandaidy and sweet, yet just smooth enough for being a 10 year. Gave meh a bit of peaty heartburn but I loved every second of it. This is an amazing scotch, and well priced. I found mine for $45 a bottle. Though as luck would have it I got mine even a bit cheaper. Oh, btw they fit in Tomatin Boxes.

12th March 2016

Love it or hate it...

I am a single malt fan generally, Glenmorange type.. A friend of mine told me about strange whiskey he ever tried.. called Laphroaig. He warned me of unexplainable taste and suggested to keep glass of water nearby in case tasting goes wrong!
I told my husband about it and he got it for me to try.. It wasn't love at first taste.. But I kept craving it ever since I tried and now officially in love.. Also did extensive search into peety islays and found another love of mine.. Adberg. Its just darn good, just try..

12th March 2016

A fine standard

My first taste of Laphroaig was the PX cask, and it was kind of like that scene in Harold and Kumar where they ride the cheetah. It was intense, unfathomably awesome, and full of smoke. After the PX cask, i found the 10 year to be still quite nice, and fantastic for the price, but without the rich complexity of the PX.

The 10 year still has anything you want in a Laphroaig and it would be my standard go-to in a pub, but for a special occasion I would recommend trying out the PX or at least the Triple Wood if you want to go that extra mile.

10th March 2016


The review by Angus Carmichael says it all. I have been appreciating Scotch for almost a decade, but I've been too set on stopping when I find something I like. Not ambitious enough, until recently. My first single malt was Aberlour 12. I simply picked one after sampling Dewar's and Walker. I fell in love. Then came The Balvenie and many others. Some recognizable, some obscure.

But only about a year ago did I venture to Islay. Ardbeg was my first dram, and I didn't immediately fall in love with it. However, it left me with a taste that I didn't get from Speyside or The Highlands. I went back. Bowmore 15 year darkest pushed me further. Then I tried Lagavulin 12 cask strength, followed by the Bowmore 12. In between were tastes of Bunnahabhain and the ones I knew. I tried Laphroaig at a bar about four months ago, and finally bought a bottle.

I have been converted to Islay, and don't know if I can go back! Even amazing Speyside and Highland offerings are missing something. Laphroaig 10 year is so simple, so smooth, so amazingly tasty. I shudder to imagine what I still haven't found, but I'm excited to get there. I gave only four stars because I haven't tried them all. But I had to leave a review, because I love it.

I appreciate all whiskies, but they now leave me wanting something they don't have. Only Islay can quench my thirst. Cheers!

29th February 2016

Consistently Excellent

My go-to whiskey, for such a reasonable price too. Never fails to bring a smile to my face when I get the waft of peaty goodness from the glass. Beautiful long finish.

16th February 2016

Mr Carmichael

As lover of laphroaig I was recently surprised and disappointed in a recent 10 year bottle. I understand about bottle variation but this one was below even that. As ive probably consumed over 200 bottles through the years i'll put this down to bad luck, but ill be reviewing my bext bottle with slight caution, dont let us down laphroaig! bottle was bought from asda

16th February 2016

One of my favorites

I have been into the more peaty and wood smoke balanced scotch whiskeys and Laphroaig 10 is exceptional. For only being aged 10 years it brings a lot of character and maturity in both its flavor and scent. If you prefer smokey peat whiskey over rye and citrus blends, this will be the very best bang for your buck.

16th February 2016

Mr Charlotte

Probably the best a whisky can get

12th February 2016


Enjoying my Third Dram of Laphroaig. 10. I am a novice to Whisky in general, BUT I LOVE THE PEATINESS of this whisky. I am still developing my nose and with Laphroaig 10 it is a rich,sweet caramel candy. To my palate, it is all PEAT which reminds me of the experience of drinking Lapsong Sojong Tea, hearth in a glass. Great on a Winter's night after clearing snow, warm and comforting. The Finish is Silky oil with Smoke remaining. I have recalled The Silky oil feel the next day, bringing me back to the Hearth.

7th February 2016

A Laphroaig tasting with Dear Husband (DH)

Normally I like The Glenlivet (Nadurra 16 yr) and The Balvenie Double Wood 12 yr. DH said we must try the Laphroaig 10 yr and I loved it! Smoky, autumnal, black walnuts, wet earth. Sweet taste with a rugged leathery finish and an astringent medicinal aftertaste. If a single malt was a person, this would be a lumberjack.

1st February 2016

Very good, not great

This is a very straight oriented smoked whiskey.. You get smokenes and smoothness but not much more, it lucks complexity in my opinion.. the first 3-5 sips are good but after that it gets a bit boring, and I don't want a second glass of it, not like Talisker Or Lagavulin that I love them both..

31st January 2016

Much better than my other son, Jonnie

I named my son Pete because I like this whisky so much.

31st January 2016

Very good but not perfect

This is a very good peated - smoked whiskey, my criticism is that it is to straight. Lots of peat and smoke that I love but no much more complexity in the taste.. Not like Lagavulin or my favorite Talisker. A mast for the smokey whiskey lovers..

30th January 2016

Iodine bandages!

I'm an RN so the first thing I taste/ smell is iodine but you need to get past that to actually get the smokey, peaty, spicy taste. It's not for the single malt newbies but it is amazing! I love Laphroaig and its my go to single malt every time.

21st January 2016

love it or hate it

if you like compost, old fireplace and iodine its brilliant....I love it and have done so for many years. a real hardcore, face punching whiskey and not for the lightweight barleywater lovers.... if you like it fruity and subtle with a hint of whiskey then its to be avoided. I give it 20 out of 10.

17th January 2016

Immensely smooth and strong taste of burnt clutch

This whisky is very potent with a lot of the taste of burnt clutch, rubber, sweltering sewage and industrial cleaner. Add a nip of water and those flavour ease up but remain more subtly. The whisky's character is then a melody of something that I think is far more floral than I had expected, maybe even sweet(-ish). Great whisky, of course.

16th January 2016

I recently purchased a bottle of your Laphroaig 10 Year old whiskey. I noted that drinkers found the following traits---spices,liquorice,vanilla,sweetness, honey, lemon, tobacco,butter,pears, the list goes on. It seems to me that your brewmaster forgot to put these flavours into my bottle and merely infused it with a disgusting taste of burnt peat!After three tastings I passed it on to my son.His verdict? Pour it down the sink!! An expensive waste.

9th January 2016

What does Laphroaig taste like?

Laphroaig tastes like the gun deck of a Ship-of-the-Line. And bravery.

5th January 2016

Bad taste, very like medicine. Would it be a batch or just one bottle?

I live very near to a large supermarket, and they have offers on single malts all year round. This bottle was a present however and, when opened it had a very bad taste. I have purchased and drank Laphroaig 10 year old whiskey in the past and it has been very nice. So I am sorry to add this review . But there are at least 2 other reviews in the last couple of months with the same experience.

2nd January 2016

First impressions and all that . . .

I'm only recently 'getting into' single malts so have tried to sample ones from the different regions to get an overall feel of what's out there. My first island whisky was Ardbeg 10 so perhaps my experience of this whisky was not as neutral as others have been.

That said, I really, really like it. Not as much of a punch in the face as the Ardbeg imo but seems to have more of a balance of flavours and a lovely lingering finish that was evocative of rotting seaweed. It's (like Ardbeg) an odd one: You should not enjoy these flavours! Yet, they seem to work for me. Takes me away to holidays in west Scotland as a nipper or to any cold, wet and windy beach on these Isles. Wonderful stuff but a bit like Marmite I guess, which I also like :)

31st December 2015

Went from ??? To WOW! In 3 tastes

I've been trying to think of a smell/flavor to compare it to. Finally came up with the waterproofing my grandfather used on his canvas tent. Fond memories.
That being said, the key word is STRONG! My wife is not a fan. Says I stink up a whole room when I have a bit. And her point is...?

30th December 2015

Smokey and sweet

This scotch is fantastic. It has a bug smokey flavor and finish almost sweet. My first thought when I took a sip was of honey and a camp fire.

28th December 2015


By far, the best tasting scotch I've ever had. Smooth, smoky.. beautiful.

26th December 2015

This beautiful is not for everyone!

Strong smokiness with tarry finish. Medium body with hints of lemon, tobacco and earth. Amazing to match with a cigar and would taste awesome for cigar lovers. Mesmerizing on the nose.

23rd December 2015

The Finish...

That smoky, tarry finish is amazing. Probably not for everyone, but the finish only made me give this an extra star than I would have. It almost tastes like delicious trash.

Must try. You might love it!

22nd December 2015

Ardbeg is better

A little disappointing. It's a nice whisky but a little tame compared to the Ardbeg 10. Other reviewers seem to think it's better so I guess it's all down to individual taste. The Ardbeg tasted like TCP filtered through last night's bonfire. This just tastes like a really good whisky.

20th December 2015

Juan Carlos

I recently over the last three years have beeen getting into Scotch. I've tried Glenmorangie, Glengranth, and Chivas 12, although these are good, i wanted to find a very good in single malt scotch that was not going to be over $40, it took two times to try it. I almost didn't want it anymore, but i appreciated the deep flavors, added just a little bit of water. It does open up more flavors with a dab of water, I'm no scotch expert but Laphroaig grew on me after the second time and I will buy it again, Cheers!

20th December 2015

Jury still out

I was given a bottle for Christmas. Let's just say that this Scotch is further proof you can get used to anything. When i drink Scotch i want it to be a pleasure, a memorable experience that i would like to repeat. With this Scotch that is not possible it speaks to second sentence. If you want to test your ability to adapt to something that tastes horrible try this Scotch

19th December 2015

Classic malt


8th December 2015


Pairs perfectly with a heavy cigar and Tom Waits records.

1st December 2015

I couldn't get past the smell!

Hello nail polish remover smell or dentist office scent. Tasted even worse.

29th November 2015

I think there something is wrong with me.

It appears that a lot of people have to develop a taste for this liquor. I was in love with this from my first slip. I never experienced a nose from a liquor like the nose from Laphroaig. I think it might be my age, I think if I had tried this 20 earlier in my life I might not have liked it. I love how the nose wraps the mask of your face, it's almost as relaxing as it is drinking it.

27th November 2015

Angus Carmichael

Burning hospital supplies inc, gauze, tcp plasters and old tyres. Mix in drying seeweed, jugs of sea water, lumps of peat and we're halfway there! Add to the mix butter, vanilla cream, some mouldy iced fruit cake, pears and a little bacon and stir. Finally simmer slowly with iron railings, lead filings and sulpherous gases. Remarkable effort and unsurpassed in this original thought prevoking style!

26th November 2015

Medical nose

Peat and wood smoke. A lot of smoke, some spices too, and salty greetings from the coast.

Iodine taste, hints of seaweed and some smooth vanilla. Yes, it's smooth.

The finish is big and interesting, and drying hints of salt. The finish reminds me of the medical nose.

Big, complex whisky.

15th November 2015

The nastiest thing I've ever loved

After my first taste I was sure I'd wasted my money. By the time the bottle was half gone a week later I knew I'd buy another. Smells like smoked antiseptic. At first it tastes like burning garbage and old cow manure mixed with plastic. After a while I realized I liked it anyway. Antiseptic barnyard peat bog fire and I really do like it.

15th November 2015

Extremely medicinal smelling

For my palette this smells absolutely awful. I will concede though that it does taste much better than I though it would, based on the aroma. One that I just about enjoyed a tumbler of, but wouldn't part with my own money for a whole bottle.

8th November 2015

X Chef love at first dram.

on my nose peat smoke and smoke and peat. Palette more smoke and peat but developed into a sweet salty ocean breeze pleasure that begs for more. I can also note orange or lemon zest that tingles the lips. There is a peppered burn as you swallow but soon replaced with a oils maybe butter sweet richness. Count me in.
Mike from By God Iowa

28th October 2015

Than Which There is No Than Whicher

I've tried numerous single-malts over the years, but I keep coming back to the Laphroaig 10 year old as my all-time favorite. Others, particularly from Islay, may equal it in peatiness and smokiness, but nothing else (including other, more expensive offerings from the Laphroaig distillery) can equal this whiskey for its overall balance, flavor, and most especially, its glorious finish which persists on the tongue and palate long after the last sip has been downed like an old friend lingering by your fire engaging in deep and meaningful conversation. What I've noticed in other people's reactions is that very few people are neutral about Laphroaig - either they love it or they hate it - but if you have not yet tried it, you definitely owe it to yourself. Maybe you, like me, will discover the Scotch than which there is no than whicher.

26th October 2015

Like a drink of smokey turf

I'm relatively new to the world of whiskey and experiencing the different flavours. When I read this whiskey was 'medicinal' and had 'peat' notes I didn't know what that was, but wanted to experience it. I bought a bottle. It was like drinking the juice from a lump of smoking turf....very strong smokey, combined with a mixture of old school anti-septic. Not for me, but not to say many won't like it. I've experienced it and I am glad I have, but not for me.

14th October 2015

Pain in the saliva glands

Usually I get this saliva gland pain from wine, I think it's due to the sulfates. I was surprised that I had this issue with the Laphroaig 10yo as I had no such issues with the limited 15yo. Other than that its pretty solid tasting. It's not nearly as good as the 15yo which has more easily discernible complexities, however, it is basically the same thing, just brighter and more straightforward.

9th October 2015

Literally read this while you take each drink, and you will get it


Tasting Note by us with John Campbell at Laphroaig Distillery
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.

17th September 2015

Fantastic & Different

Fantastic whisky. Heavily-peated Scotches seem to be a love/hate thing. Good thing I love it. I've had a full range of American bourbons & ryes so I was used to decently strong flavor and high alcoholic content (over 40/45). So I knew I could handle big flavor.

Tried the usual blended Scotches and a few Highland single malts. Was ready for something totally different. This was it...amazing. Flavor notes include:

olive brine
petroleum/oil-soaked wood
salty seaweed
sweetness - vanilla cake

This is the only whisky that truly transported me with its flavor. Close your eyes and imagine a rocky Islay shore, with a cool humid sea breeze blowing over soaked seaweed and into your face at dusk, with a peat-fire burning and the smoke is mixing with the sea wind. Beautiful.

This is a whisky meant to be truly savored. Don't rush it. Pour it into a Glencairn glass, let it sit, take it nice and slow. Think about the past decade of your life this stuff spent aging. This is a very well-made drink, lovely.

28th July 2015


Mmmmmm mm mm m...........

27th July 2015

Bad surprise

Aroma was that of chloroseptic throat medicine with an after taste as if I had just smoked an entire bowl from a bong. Not for everyone.

26th July 2015


Not unpleasant, but it certainly is different. An antiseptic, iodine nose with bold smoky flavor. Just enough burn going down, with very nice afterglow and an aftertatse that does not linger long. Not my first choice, but I can imagine it going well with a fine steak.

17th July 2015

first drink of Laphroaig....

Like Drinking Earth and Smoke....

15th July 2015

Excellent Single Scotch

I was tasting this exellent single malt at "The Bell" in Edinburgh this evening. I bring a bottle or two with me back to Narvik (in Norway).

11th July 2015

yes or no!

so i tried this whisky very recently, didnt expect this dram to be so different from my every day whisky like glenfiddichs and the glenlivets and glenmorangies, it has this taste that isnt my cup of tea. my opinion is this whisky is either the whisky that suits your palate or does not suit your palate.

28th June 2015

Go-to whisky

Between occasionally shelling out for a Lagavulin or an Oban 14, Laphroig 10 would be my go-to off-the-shelf dram. Definitely an acquired taste, but once you do it becomes a first choice time and time again.

24th June 2015

Rubbing Alchol

I tried the 10 year for the first time last evening and it had a strong medicinal smell that reminded me of rubbing alcohol. I added a bit of ice and I toned it down; however, I will be sticking with Highland Park 10 year in the future. Much smoother and easier on the nose.

24th June 2015

Big nose - Little taste

I always wanted to try this one and was kind of afraid. I had worked myself into peated whiskies with Bowmore 12 amd Talisker.

On the nose, Laphroaig really delivers what is expected, smoke all over the place but especially those medicinal phenolic qualities are really demanding to non peat heads. I am not exactly in love whith it but I find it very interesting. It is the mouth that left me cold. It is sweet but too weak to compensate for the smoke (compared it straight with Talisker). There really isn't much going on apart from sweet smoke. I think Laphroaig should bottle this at 43 or 46% like Ardbeg.

All in all an interesting experience, but not a fan.

23rd June 2015


The nose is inviting, fragrant, soothing. The texture is full, slightly oily but still transparent, dark.. On the palate I get a slight tingle, just enough to remind me that I'm still drinking whisky, not water, this is good. Peat smoke and medicinal herbs. The afterglow hits me with a warming, earthy taste that somehow reminds me of a stinging nettle.

Good stuff

17th June 2015

Like being slapped by peat!

This whisky is my favorite one, the moment I open a brand new box I am excited by the smell of smoke (even if the bottle hasn't been opened yet)! One must realized that this isn't a standard dram: it smells of wooden fire, tastes like it too. But if you are a peat lover you will enjoy it until the last drop!

7th June 2015

Love It or Hate It?

I had read quite a bit about this malt whisky before I tried it, and everything I read had told me that Laphroaig is something one either loves or hates. After finally getting the opportunity to taste Laphroaig 10, I guess I am in minority in that I neither love it nor hate it. It is quite decent, but not great, and it certainly isn't dreaful.

7th June 2015


This malt tastes of being punched in the mouth with a charred, brine-soaked oak branch, and then instead of using band aids to patch the wounds, you just ate them instead.

27th May 2015

One of the greats

Of course a drink like this isn't going to be for everyone, but if you like this style, Laphroaig 10 really never disappoints. The other Laphroaig offerings are also excellent, but even if they were all the same price, I'd still oftentimes choose the 10. Its just got its own special zing.

21st May 2015

Excellent Scotch

When I first started drinking scotch, I thought Laphoaig was disgusting and could not believe it was made for human consumption. A few years later and with a more refined palate, it has become my favorite scotch. Fantastic flavor profile like no other. Wonderful

16th May 2015

sam lapsley

In my view,and many other whisky lovers,this whisky is as good as whisky can get.Nobodies taste buds are identical,which is why people have preferences,my preference being 10yr old.For those who wish to put irn bru,coke or whatever mix they prefer into a whisky,I would recommend they buy another cheaper whisky which wont spoil the taste of their soft drink!!!

11th May 2015

A womens drink.

The smell is wonderful, but the tase is Dior?! I don´t like it. It should taste like it smells.

29th April 2015

Sweet and peat, Period!

Look here!!! This is the classic Islay peated single malt. There will be peat smoke, and lots of it! There will be that medicinal iodine taste and that is what makes it famous. If you drink single malts for any time you will grow fond of this dram. The finish is quite long and that is also one of the great things about it. If you are a rookie to single malts, probably not the one to start with if you are feint of heart! Laphroaig 10 is a great value and the iconic islay malt.

22nd April 2015

This whisky takes me back

I'm a fairly new Scotch drinker, dabbled in Highlands (Glenmorangie and Macallan) and a bit of Speyside (Balvenie) before getting curious enough to make the jump to Islay.

Drinking this sends me back to Barnegat Bay in New Jersey. Spending the afternoon on my grandpa's sailboat and coming home to my uncle grilling dinner on the back patio. Saltwater, smoke, just overall a wonderful experience.

17th April 2015

Not for my taste range

I tasted it on local pub resent day. It it not for my taste range at all. I like a less peatier whisky. There is something in the burnt flavour that I dont like. But the finish is more sweet from barley.

7th April 2015

Why does it smell so bad?

I have tried many different scotch over the years but have never smelled anything so much like bad medicine. Wow -- it's really bad. I can't drink this scotch based on the pungent strange medicinal smell and will try to return the 95% I have not drank, to the store where I purchased.

7th April 2015

Not for my taste range

Tasted this one on local pub. I knew it was very peated. For me it tastes artifical and very characeristic smoky flavour. Like someone has bite it and chewed it first.. but I find it has some barley sweetness in the finish. I will go for the little less smokier drams instead.

6th April 2015

Mother or daughter?

I desided to try this at the local pub as I have heard and read much about it. Knew it was very peated. I get medicine, Sulphur, roasted charcoal... some barley sweetness in the finish. Almost sickening for me. I got it down anyway. Well malty mates... some like the mother some like the daughter. I prefer the daughter and stick to my Talisker 10.! :-)

5th April 2015

My New Favorite

Why haven't I tried this whisky by now? I love Islays; love Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Bunnahabain. Just recently bought this and . . . wow!
I am in love with this. The nose, the taste, the burn . . . everything about this is wonderful. I love sherried whisky as well, but the perfect peat and smoke in Lap 10 is enchanting. Can't seem to bring myself to drink any others with this one around. Great, great whisky!

30th March 2015

Packs a punch

I am new to Islay whiskys bunnahabhain 12 year and lagavulin 16 being the only 2 examples I had tried up until now but picked up a bottle of this at trader joes today for $40 today and I think I've found a new favorite. so much smoke and seaweed starts out quite peppery and yes tastes a little like band aids but not as much as some reviews would suggest also a hint of vanilla ice cream . I can totally imagine drinking this till I am an old man. can't wait to try more from laphroaig they really know what they are doing this is some serious scotch

28th March 2015

Good Stuff

Good dram tho I prefer JW Green Label in that price range.

Wow you must be really cool and such a man since you like this. Good for you! VVVV

27th March 2015


Laphroaig is some amazing stuff. If you don't like this then I am assuming you haven't hit puberty yet and need your man card taken away. The powerful flavor will sock you in the mouth over and over again. A few drops of water really opens this dram! For all those giving this legend bad reviews, then go back to your $20 Dewars and a fridge full of PBRs.

19th March 2015

Used to be nice

Liked it in the past but bottle I got for Christmas and which I've just opened tastes like a horrible mix of manufactured chemicals. Have they changed the formulation?

18th March 2015


Laphroaig and Ardbeg for president!

3rd March 2015

Old slippers

Its like a pair of old slippers,i always come back to it.Nothing i have tried can take me away from this one.I always have a bottle spare for when the other green bottle is empty.

2nd March 2015

The 'Marmite' malt...

Loving the reviews on this one. Nothing meadiocre - you either love the punchy "burning hopital" taste or don't. But don't give up on first taste... Add a splash of water to spread the flavours out a bit. Delicious.

18th February 2015

A lot of exciting flavors

If you're bored with heavy sherry whisky then maybe you should spice it up with Laphroaig 10. I haven't tried their other products but if the quality permits, Laphroaig will always be in my home. Every glass is just a new experience of flavor. It might not be everybody's top 5 but if you haven't experienced the strong flavors of Laphroaig then you're missing out.

8th February 2015

One of my favorites

I might be biased because Laphroaig 10 was my first single malt, but I love it and every one of their expressions. I put the QA Cask (Travel Retail exclusive), the 10 Year Cask Strength (a monster), and the Triple Wood above the standard 10 year, but for the price, this is my go-to.

3rd February 2015

got minitures


28th January 2015

Liquid Smokiness

At risk of being lambasted by all those who thoroughly enjoy this from the other reviews, I personally couldn't get past the nose on this one. I don't mind smoke and saltiness, but this unfortunately lost all of its appeal when all I could smell was what I feel is best described as simply artificial liquid smoke. Obviously this is a unique malt with its overly abundance of peat smoke and salty qualities. So I assume those that love it, love it, while others may find it very difficult to see any appeal.

28th January 2015

Mr C.P.Rixon

My first taste was a fantastic sensation the second best whisky I have ever tasted. Thank you very much.

17th January 2015


If this was cheaper here in Ireland, I'd buy an unlimited supply of this :D

10th January 2015

Great, one of my favorites

The quarter Cask is not as good as it used to be but I find great comfort in this one. Heavily peated but When you add a drop of water it opens up a whole range of flavors and a medium long finish. I think they might have used first Fill Ex bourbon casks, The quantity seems to be quite good. I really like the balance between Heavy peat and all the other flavors, I highly recommend this one, but stay away from the non-H statement versions

2nd January 2015

My go-to whisky.

The default malt for the lover of smoke and peat. I love the rugged harshness of it. Certainly not everyone's cup of tea and perhaps not one for a new whisky lover, but it's absolutely everything you hope for from ancIslay.

2nd January 2015

All-time favorite

The first time i tasted a Laphroaig 10, i almost spat it out. Only politeness and the eagerness on my brother-in-law's face prompted me to hold on to it and force a sound of appreciation. A week later, the taste was still on my mind but I wanted to taste it without supervision and make up my own mind. On the way home, I bought a bottle of Quarter Cask. From the very first taste I loved it. Quarter cask reconciled me to the muscle of Laphroaig but now i have gone back to the 10 for its boldness... it's also easier to find here. If you don't like Laphroaig the first time you taste it, do yourself a favor and don't write it off until you've gone through a bottle. Also a shout-out to all other malt-loving ladies... simply too few of us.

23rd December 2014

Second go at a Peaty Islay

I tried Talisker a few weeks ago, and had to choke it down as I imagine anyone who's not accustomed to a strong peaty/smoky scotch does. So now I'm into the Laphroig and the first dram was a bit on the ugh side, but now that I've had a couple sips, it's getting tastier and tastier.

I typically enjoy the lighter Speyside drams, but thought I'd grow my tastes and enjoy some of the Islay varieties. I'd definitely say this has a ton of flavour, and lingers pleasantly on the tongue. The nose is reminiscent to me of coal smoke, but that only reminds me of being back in Ireland.

I definitely wouldn't recommend this to an uninitiated Scotch consumer, but for those of us that have tried the lighter Scotches and liked them, it's not a bad change.

22nd December 2014

It's the Scotch all others are measured against

Laphroiag 10 is 'My Scotch' - if I drink any other it's only because my green bottle is empty !! Strong, peaty, loaded with sea spray -it's not just a taste of scotch, it's a taste of Scotland ! If I'm not drinking Scotch I'm drinking Rye ! Primarily Whistlepig - Rye is to whiskey what Laphroiag is to Scotch - strong, powerful, complex favors.

4th December 2014


This is a very powerful, full flavoured Scotch which represents the smoky Islay style of malt from what I have read. I tried Aberlour and Bowmore before but apart from that am new to single malts. I like this - it is smoky and has a kind of medicinal flavour that I like but others may not. It is like the Bowmore but even further in the same direction.

Subtle it isnt but it is a whisky with a strong character and its gained a new follower in me. Its nay for the lassies!


1st December 2014

Love It

I never really could get into Scotch that much. I usually prefer Rye's and Bourbon's, like Michters and Booker, respectively. That changed with this. I pretty much can't stomach any other Scotches except the peated varieties like Laphroaig and Lagavullin. I can drink blends like Johnnie Walker, but anything other than that and the Islay Scotches and "no thanks I'm not interested." This is the best of them in my opinion. Way better than Lagavullin and much cheaper. If you like smoke, this is your bottle.

24th November 2014

Busting my Scotch Cherry -- From a Bourbon Drinker's Perspective

Okay, so I'm a bourbon drinker who prefers big bold bourbons like Bookers, Noah's Mill, and Knob Creek barrel strength. I recently had the good fortune of acquiring a bottle of George T. Stagg 2014. Once that happened, I strangely went thru a period of remorse: unless I stumbled upon a bottle of Pappy's, I might have reached my zenith in the bourbon I bravely saddled up and decided to try some single malts.

I purchased a bottle of Macallan 12 and it was a wonderful drink. Smooth, mellow, and so much different than bourbon. I thoroughly enjoyed it. But, I wondered, how much different could Scotch be? So the next night I purchased a bottle of Laphroig 10 bottled at 43 ABV in the States. I poured a dram and damn, did it smell like a campfire. I added a few drops of water and let is breath for 15 minutes or so and took my first drink: at first is was big and bold, not entirely unlike a bourbon. I could taste the sweetness and the oak, but then the smoke and the peat took over in the finish and I wasn't at all sure I liked it. I finished the dram with mixed feelings and the next morning I could still taste the smoke. It tasted like I'd smoked cigars all night.

But here's where it gets interesting. The next night I went back to the Macallan's and damn if it didn't taste thin and, and...I don't know, just missing something. It felt very uninspired. So I poured myself a bit more of the Laphroaig and it was wonderful! The second night all my misgivings simply evaporated, and I thoroughly enjoyed my dram. It simply rendered the Macallan 12 bland in comparison. Now I'm not sure where to go in the Scotch world. Suggestions are gladly accepted.

21st November 2014

The only single malt I don't' like

Way to peaty for my pallet. I felt like I was drinking a pine tree. I know it's good stuff, just not for me

14th November 2014

Good entry Islay.

Having previously tried the Quarter Cask, i found this more reserved. Definately pretty easy to drink and in no way a 'peat monster'. I would call this a good entry Islay, to get the basics upon which to base further enquiries. Good, but i deffo prefer the QC!

9th November 2014

One of my favourites!

Along with Lagavulin which i adore and Cardhu,this is a sensibly priced easy drinking malt and remains one of my favourites. An easy drinking smooth whisky not as peaty as the others,but a lovely regular tipple. Recommended.

4th November 2014


I have received a bottle of Laphroaig 10 yo as a gift and it's absolutely perfect! Beware though, it's definitely not for everyone's taste - I gave some friends to try and most of them simply hated it or even were repelled by the smell alone. "Burning hospital", as one of the comments have stated here, is the most suitable description for this scotch ;] However, for those who enjoy smoky scotch, this one is a must to try.

3rd November 2014

Rubbing alcohol, anyone?

I have been drinking Scotch for about 14 years, and I drink it neat. I have tried as much variety as I could afford and was excited to try this one in a whisky bar last year. I didnt want it after the first sip. I really cannot fathom why anyone would. It is almost painful, it is so bad. I migt use it to cauterize a wound, but that's it. This is the only Scotch I have ever had that I didnt like in some way.

29th October 2014


I'm a rookie with single malts but have tried many and liked them all thus far. This really opened my eyes to the many flavors a single malt can show and the array of those flavors. Taste buds dancing disco

28th October 2014

Entry level Islay

Not bad but try the 12 year and the quarter cask-- excellent!

23rd October 2014

one of the best

One of the best scotches I have had the pleasure of imbibing. It is my favorite. This and Lagavulin 16.
I think the 10 is actually better than the 18 which seems too mellow in comparison. Absolutely lovely and a very well priced too. Smoky, peaty with an underlying sweetness but not too sweet like the 18.

20th October 2014

My favorite, full of flavor

As my quest progressed, I was getting a little disappointed in some of the selections I had tried. I wanted a full flavor with peat, smoke, a hint of leather, and who knows what else. Nothing else had met what I expected till a friend told me about Laphraoig. The nose is great, there is a great grape peal on first sip, followed by a leathery peat and smoke. The flavors expand and maintain for a good length of time, making it a great sipping scotch. This is my favourite.

20th October 2014


remember when you were 8 years old that big scab on your knee cap you pulled off admit it you ate it? ; an old horse blanket; Listerine mouth wash; a Travis Club Senator cigar; shoe polish; insecticide;
a soiled bandaid; paint; burning asphalt; is absolutely DELICIOUS !!
(oh and just a bit a hint of homemade vanilla ice cream)

12th October 2014

Why do you allow this?

I see that you review these before they are posted. The reviews from people that just don't like it are fine, but to allow reviews from people that use in for a mixer really have on relevance
Ron in Texas

11th October 2014

I love it...and my wife hates it!

Laphroaig evokes one opinion or the other. It seems nobody is neutral on it. My wife, a true Scot, prefers what she calls the "subtle" whiskies like Macallan or Balvenie, but my taste favors the Islay malts, and as other reviewers point out there's nothing subtle about this malt. What I like about it is that there are so many strong aromas and tastes to it. While I try and buy many other malts, this is the one I always come back to.

10th October 2014

Fit for a King!

Can there be anything better in life than to sit at ones fireside with my old dog Camilla a glass of Laphroaig in hand and talk to my plants. The nearest I will get to feeling like a King. Charles W.

9th October 2014

If there is something better than this, I don't know of it.

There are a few single malts that come close to this sort of smoky quality (e.g. Ardbeg 10, Lagavulin 16), and even a blend (Johnnie Walker Double Black), but nothing that I have experienced yet quite hits the mark like this Master of Peat.

5th October 2014

Doesn't get much better...

I love a good single malt and Laphroaig is one of my absolute faves! THe smokey, medicinal qualities took a little to get used to one the first sip, but they are what define the character of this malt. So beautiful and yet so discernible to the other malts. The peat is beautiful in this bottle and honestly, for the price, you really cant beat the experience.

3rd October 2014

I don't rank many things a 10...

...but this is one. The first nose nearly put me off this whiskey, then I tasted it. Burning bandages, salt, and iodine give way to complexity of flavors that I still find hard to describe. The gentleman who desicribed them as "burning hospital" would not be wrong, but burning in a good way. The finish is a little oily, like fine diesel fuel mixed with wool rags and sweaters.

I completely agree with the warning below that for some, after experiencing Laphroaig, everything else seems....lesser. This whiskey is as subtle as a fist in the face, has flavors that explode like a 1-ton bomb, and a finish that stays for precisely long enough.

Not everyone's dram of whiskey, for sure, but this is now my go-to for cold, rainy Pacific Northwest nights.

Do sample this before buying a bottle.

29th September 2014

Must have for all peat beginners is not for everybody - you won't drink with coke or orange and soda ;)
Try before you buy!

26th September 2014

I must be a complete noob

Undoubtedly smokey. Beyond that, I can't comprehend how this could be enjoyable to anyone whose sense of taste is still intact. After one drink I was met with a case of shaky-chest and left with a disgusting taste that was tough to erase.

21st September 2014

Experienced only need apply

40 years ago my first Scotch was Johnny Red. We all start somewhere, and I liked it. As I have evolved, I began to learn about whiskey. Laphroaig 10 is my drink of choice. I keep other singles and blends around, but when I want to ride the flavor train this is the one I reach for. For those who don't like it, as your taste matures, this is where you will end up.

15th September 2014

Head this *WARNING*

It's hard to enjoy any other Scotch the same after this. It's like going from Moscato to a good Cab, or from Coors Light to Guinness. You'll drink them, but they won't ever taste the same. Laphroig 10 Yr is special and deserves a class of it's own.

13th September 2014

I usually like Islay malts......

....but this was the first dram I could not finish; it was vile! The nose was medicinal with shoe polish, and the taste, for me, was very unpleasant. I was surprised, I really like Lagavulin, Caol Ila and Talisker but this was so different. Not for me!

12th September 2014


I've gone through a few bottles of this and generally been happy, but my most recent bottle had a very strong plaster-y aroma. I understand that this is within the normal range of flavors but this time it was very oddly pronounced, though it weakens after letting it settle for a bit.

10th September 2014

Not quite sure

i have just had my first taste of this whiskey and my first respinse was "iv bern poisoned with TCP antiseptic" sorry and so checked out other peoples reviews. Im glad to say im still alive and after relaxing, got quite used to the flavour and aromas.

8th September 2014

perfect scotch

drank it neat, no water or ice and it is perfect, full body smell and taste. Let it few seconds in mouth it will change your game, it's something special, you'll remember your first Laphroaig 10 y.o.

5th September 2014

A whiskey to be savored

This is by far a whiskey that would be sipped, tasted, and enjoyed. I can truly say this is not a whiskey for beginners. This has an advanced taste and a nose that is rich in peat and smoke. I have just found my benchmark for scotches from Islay. Well done.

5th September 2014

Darn good for the price

I've had a couple bottles of the 18 and it's among my favorites. Just for the sake of it, I decided to get one of these. To me, other than ABV, I find it virtually indistinguishable from the 18. I don't know whether that says more about me or Laphroaig. They're both terrific if you like smoky malts. I'll probably keep buying the 18 just because I can afford it and it looks cooler, but for non-millionaires looking for an intro to Islay/Laphroaig, save your money and try this first.

2nd September 2014


Horrible! The worst oral disinfectant you could ever taste! I washed my mouth with gasoline to get the taste out.

2nd September 2014

Hate it or love it

At first, this Laphroaig is the hooligan amongst the Scotch. A complete nutjob, screaming in your mouth and splashing weird tastes like first aids kits and seaweed all over your tastebuds. But then you realize this dram is just a big, friendly bloke who wants to have a good time. The big salty and smoky flavours remind of a cosy pub, cloaked in a thick wall of sigarette smoke. This surely is a masterpiece, simply because it's so confusing and so unedged. A vicious drink for vicious people. (RB)

29th August 2014

Fine example of Islay, not for beginners

I'll always keep a bottle of Laphroaig 10yr in the den. It's certainly not as smooth on the finish as other Islays of the same age, but what it lacks in finish it more than makes up for in classic peaty goodness. A fine example of Islay Whiskys, this dram comes on strong with sweet oak and peat smoke, quickly dries out and leaves you wanting more.
As an aside, I have yet to encounter a more drool-enticing bouquet in all my years as an Islay man. Simply phenomenal on the nose. Brings me back to slow fires on cold winter days...
I would still recommend a smoother finishing dram for those looking to introduce friends to the world of Islay singles, maybe something like the Caol Ila Moch - something that comes full circle to finish.

15th August 2014

Waste of money

This is the first whisky I have not liked. I can't believe anyone can like this drink. When my wife asked what it tasted like the first thought that came to mind was disinfectant.

14th August 2014

A very nice Sctoch indeed!

Opens with iodine on the nose. Very much oaky on the palate, at first it has a nice sweetness to it. The finish is a dry, very smokey peat finish. Something about this leaves you wanting more. Definately my favourite peated scotch thus far.

14th August 2014

A ladies choise!

Good whiskey for all ladies with character.

4th August 2014

A taste of and tribute to where my parents called "Home."

This is the most distinctive and flavorful single malt that has ever been my pleasure to drink. I know of no other with such a complex, yet singularly distinctive flavor. The smokiness of the peat!!!! Oh what a pleasure to look forward to my reward at the end of each days tasks. Carry on Laphroaig! Carry on!

18th July 2014

Shamelessly evokes memories

Prior to trying Laphroaig 10, I was not aware of just how literal a single malt could taste. The nose was a cool, breezy Autumn night on the beach. The palate took me back to Connemara, sharing tender moments with my wife by a peat fire. It mostly reminded my wife of the frequent disappointment of burning her toast. For those sea-loving folks who prefer their beef rare, their toast charred and their coffee black, this is your dram.

15th July 2014

petrol,gas and everything sweet

Absolutely awful. The water of death. It s good to clean the rust and the toilet tastes of gas. No elegance in the taste, only strength. Kind of an industrial chemical liquid.Waste of money

13th July 2014


Now, Laphroaig 10 is something else. It's like the well behaved semi monstruous son of it's fully monstruous father, Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength...all the characteristics of iodine, salt, smoke, sea etc are there, only slightly muted. That being said, I find it to be a wonderful whisky, being so instantly recognizable once you've had it for the first time. Women also either love or hate this whisky. I love the women who love it:)Some expressions I've had over the years have been overly sweet; for such a robust whisky it has to have a delicate balancing act between the peat, the salt and the sweet/savoury/bitter notes.

23rd June 2014


Laphroaig is the Best islay scotch and for all the non believer's that claim its so horrible, then you just aren't an islay type of drinker. No need for bashing here this is not a drink for everyone only certain seasoned scotch drinkers need apply and nowhere does ardbeg or lagavulin come close to laphroaig in quality or craftsmanship. Stay Blessed

15th June 2014


I have been a Scotch drinker for 30 years and had, until recently, never tried Laphroaig. It was recommended recently in a discussion with a new friend when he found out that I am a Scotch drinker as well. He said it is a "must try" so the next day I bought a bottle. This is the most *interesting* Scotch that I have ever tried. After the first glass the jury was still out in my mind but I have had the bottle now for two weeks and have consumed about one third of it. My tastebuds quickly acclimated to the taste (which is different than any other Scotch that I have tasted) and I now have a new friend. In fact, I enjoy each drink more than the last. The negative reviews don't surprise me because this is to other Scotch what a double espresso is to a cup of decaf. This is Scotch for the Scotch drinker and only the serious need apply. If you really love Scotch you will love Laphroaig. It is high quality stuff so don't think that it is inferior to any other Scotch in its class. It just has more taste. My next purchase will be more Laphroaig.

4th June 2014

Simply the best

Just a fantastic whisky always my favourite and I have tried a lot of single malts keep a blended for guests. You don't want to be giving this away. Be selfish keep it all to yourself

31st May 2014


this is just a wonderful spirit. peaty, smoky goodness. it's bottled at 43% abv here in the united states. i'll always love laphroaig 10.

29th May 2014

My treat to myself!

Spot on!

26th May 2014


I do not drink a lot of Scotch whisky. I generally drink straight rye neat - no ice. However, I feel that Laphroaig 10 Year Old is a truly superior whisky. I very much enjoy it neat and without any water or ice. A world class product - thanks to all who help produce it!

25th May 2014

sometimes just the thing

I like to keep a collection of various whiskies and Laphroaig Quarter Cask has been a repeated tenant on my cabinet since it was released a few years ago.
Before then, I always had a place for the Laph 10, but here in British Columbia the release of the QC took L10 of the shelves. Couldn't but it anywhere.

The QC came in at about $30 more than the L10 (if memory serves), but it was so good that I didn't mind.

Today I'm in my fav shop and see that the QC (at $80) is not available, but I can get the L10 for $100. So I went for it - for old time's sake.

The 10 is not as friendly as the QC - which is thick, rich, and warm like a blessed -- well almost like a peaty Scottish bourbon with a summer sundown finish. It doesn't taste a bit like bourbon, but it has that finish that a good bourbon has (eg Knob Creek), the warm slow sundown in the belly.

The 10 is mean, cruel, calling to mind a wild sea against rocky beaches - while we consider death. However as many here have suggested, a splish of water makes it more friendly and expressive.

I do not regret this purchase of the 10 but I will continue to prefer the QC.

15th May 2014


too sweet in fact, even with two drops of water

11th May 2014

Not for everyone

It's not for everyone, I didn't like it at all. Don't buy it only because it comes from nearby to other whiskies you like, has nothing to do with Caol Ila etc. I hated industrial smell and the fact it is died with caramel (what for?). Nevertheless, it didn't take long to find a fan of it and sell the bottle.

10th May 2014


"No strong drinks, only weak men" exemplified.

28th April 2014

Peter Whicker

Diff not sure, will try again.

27th April 2014


I was given a very old looking bottle as a gift. The cork fell apart when I opened the bottle, and the contents had a very sharp taste - it almost felt "fizzy". But with a little ice cold water it isn't bad.

19th April 2014

Can't help myself

I love it. I have tried the other single malts. Speyside malts are okay, mild and nice. Islay malts are where there's real taste. The best I've had is this Laphroaig 10. Ardbeg comes in second followed by Lagavulin. Talisker is too sweet.

19th April 2014

unashamedly peaty

If you don't like Peat, you definitely won't like Laphroaig; I'd fully agree with the advice to take with water, the result is a revelation. Ive never been a huge fan of peat but with water this is wonderful stuff.

18th April 2014

dont bring your skirt

For a beginner it's a wild ride. but if you can hang on til the long finish you'll begin to appreciate it.

18th April 2014


Gouache is a paint we used to finger paint with in primary school. This whisky has a nose that is exactly gouache. It also tastes like it smells. I love the Jura brand (Superstition) among other single malts, but when I ordered this for the first time at the restaurant tonight, I was extremely disappointed! I guess it is just not for me..

11th April 2014


Frist islay malt i have bought and boy am i happy love the smoke and the taste just go,s on and on was a bit scared to buy reading some of the reviews but what i say go for it u wont be disappointed

29th March 2014


What an enormous disappointment. Been wanting to try this for the longest time. I've had 20 dollar Scotch that taste better than this. Chemical smell that haunts you as u drink it. Almost like a burnt plastic. For 2/3 the price I'll buy a Glenlivet 12. So much better.

29th March 2014

Doesn't work for me

Bought this bottle on recommendation of a dear friend. The medicinal flavor of the 'froig 10, for me, is a ship stopper. I'm putting the bottle away in the box -will trot it out only upon request! Different strokes for different folks, but for me this is a disgusting dram. Yuck, Much prefer the Lagavulin 16 or Auchentoshan Triple Wood.

16th March 2014

One of the classics

A classic peaty malt which set the standard for Island malts as opposed to Highland. It's main rival Talisker is perhaps not quite so strong tasting, but then Laphroaig has mellowed in tone over the years since I first enjoyed a glass of "TCP" as it was then described. It does take some getting used to if your grounding is in the sweet and sometimes bland Speyside malts. Maybe work up from the likes of Bowmore, peaty but not so astringent. Of course when I fist started drinking Laphroaig there were not many choices of malt whiskey so it was straight in at the deep end. Get used to it and some of the others are tastless by comparison. I read that the quarter cask varieties have restored some of the old intensity of many years ago so I will have to try some. If you love a malt with character then you should have a bottle in the cabinet but keep it away from any sweet martini friends as that would be a waste.

16th March 2014

cask variance? addendum

After giving the bottle a rigorous shake it seemed to get much smokier but still not as intense as I remember weird

12th March 2014

cask variance?

Just bought a bottle of this in upstate ny. Where did the smoke go. Have laph 10 before as well as ardbeg,caol ila. Opened the bottle: no smoke on the nose, palate: sweet vanilla and some medicinal but no smoke. Very disappointing. Someone please tell me this s result of cask variance.

11th March 2014

Great with a good IPA

Somehow the peatiness enhances the bitterness of the IPA and vice a versa.

3rd March 2014

Not for the beginner

I am just starting to dabble into the single malts and I can understand that to some who have been drinking single malts, that this may be the bees knees (though from reading some of the reviews, grammar may not be their forte) - I would have to agree with the worst reviews though - as one who has been brewing for ten years now, this scotch has almost a chemical smell.
Unless you know what you are buying, go with a Macallan 12 year - same price range as Laphroaig 10 at my local retailer in Oregon but the Macallan is 12 is just wonderful, at least to this scotch beginner.
PS - a big ice sphere in the glass helps the Laphroaig go down ....

28th February 2014

Greetings from M.R. in Finland

I must agree with John Campbell in that the taste of this whisky is greatly enhanced by the use of water (I myself prefer ice, since I like the first sip to be "stingy"). I would also add that the taste had a bit of salty liquorice - which is, by the way, very popular in Finland! - and quite peaty. I really enjoyed this one, but it is something you have to learn to taste, it is like you become good old friends and, in the end, you will be looking for your meeting in the blue darkness of the January nights of the North.

8th February 2014


Not a bad one per se, but with a really medicinal taste, did not regret the purchase, will not buy again.

6th February 2014


Trust me, I know better than you. This is terrible and offensive.

2nd February 2014

The Best

I've tried a lot of whiskies and this is my all time favourite. Even compared to the more expensive Laphroaigs. Powerful peat and iodine. Beautiful soft bitter sweet oak. Delicious flavoursome malt. No room for improvement at all.

29th January 2014

Liquid Fireplace

Pleasantly surprised by this 10 year old. Loved the smell.

19th January 2014

If you can't take the heat….

This is my all-time favorite scotch whisky. It comes on like a freight train, and leaves like a summer breeze. It definitely is not for the faint of heart. Best enjoyed with a little water - preferably bottled water, since the chemicals in tap water can destroy some of the flavors. The water opens up the whisky, and lets all the subtlety and nuance out. Note that drinking scotch neat can somewhat dull the tongue, and actually detract from the experience. Enjoy this on a cold blustery night in front of a nice fire. Should be on anyone's list.

15th January 2014

A peaty delight

Though Lag and Ard are damn fine in their own right, Laphroiag is the gold standard by which to compare others in my opinion. Slainte mhor!

13th January 2014


...a little water opens it up quite well. A little too dense if you drink it neat. The water spreads the peatiness and the other flavours come out of the woodwork to sing. A nice long finish that doesn't taste smokey. Interesting.

13th January 2014

whiskey mixer

The one and only mixer one should grace any whiskey with is surely another whiskey!

9th January 2014


One finger and I was defeated. I respect those who made it to the bottom of the glass.

29th December 2013

It's very marmite

Just so happens I love marmite, got into malts about 2 years ago and I have returned to this malt on quite a few occasions. I just can't help it she sucks me in with her peaty Smokey iodine claws every time. I've tried quite a few islay malts and ardbeg 10 is my next purchase so when she arrives let the battle commence. Or in the famous words of Harry Hill which is the best peaty smokey islay out there? There's only one way to find out? FIGHT!

27th December 2013


I'm relatively new to the scotch game and this was my first real taste of an Islay single malt. It is markedly different than anything I've tasted before. I'm guessing the smokiness is something that requires a little getting used to. I will give this one another go in a few months. it's been an hour since I enjoyed this scotch and I still taste nothing but smoke. It's like someone had a bonfire in my mouth on a rainy day. Once the smoke dissipates, I will enjoy a dram of Macallan 12yr for "dessert".

19th December 2013

Love this stuff

I'm a bar tender so while I have become quite familiar with my whiskies, I'm fairly new to the single malt game personally (I'm only 27 yrs old). That being said, I am absolutely in love with Laphraoig 10 year. The smoky nose, round body and notes of vanilla and spice are just wonderful. HIGHLY recommend.

14th December 2013


The only scotch I crave.

14th December 2013


I love its taste
I don't think any single malt in it class is taste like this

13th December 2013

is this different now?

I love Laphroaig 10 Yr, probably my top 2 or 3 favorite scotches. I got one recently that, was so different, I actually called the store and told them that something was up, either a switch or a 1 off or something. Tasted like a blend. I went to another store, miles away and got another bottle just to verify. Same thing. Much less smoke much more mellow? Is this just me? 4 stars, only because of the decades of fantastic whisky that Laphroaig has produced.

7th December 2013


Overrated, would maybe use it in an Irish coffee. A waste of money.

6th December 2013

What a Great Surprise

I was a Chivas, Glenlivet drinker and I thought this was what a good Scotch was all about. I am here to tell that the Laphroaig 10 and quarter cask, although a bit pricey for the second, has shown me what true Scotch should taste like. I agree with the above post that you will find everything that is good in life in a dram. Also, I would drink many glasses of Scotch at a sitting and find there is more drinking and appreciation in one or two glasses sipped slowly. Deffinitely the best .

25th November 2013

The Whisky Punch

This 10 year old brings alot of flavors when added just a small teaspoon of water to open it up. My first glass of this whisky tasted like a punch in the face from a burned fist..! I manned up and accepted this first punch, the second glass.. the rest of the bottle.. Oooh what a damn fine whisky this is. Certainly not for the beginner, but i think for someone experienced, this whisky brings the meaning of life to you.

25th November 2013

give it to me

I am not a whiskey drinker but somebody offered this to me the other day and it blew my mind. This must be the best thing in a bottle,wonderful nose and impeccable flavors.I am now a Laphroag addict!

22nd November 2013

water of life

This whiskey tastes like every good thing you've ever experienced in life

16th November 2013

Downright Disgusting

I couldn't taste the peat or smoke over the iodine taste. As Charles Barkley would say "It's Turrible".

12th November 2013

keep me in laphriaig

just recently discovered this 10 year old. didn't know anything could taste so good. my taste buds may not be the best, but I get the lovely peat smoke to start, then it settles into oak and lastly I rub my tongue on the roof of my mouth and get sweet and varying fruit tastes.

10th November 2013

It was shit

Tastes like burnt wood with a burning after taste absolutely NOT recommended

3rd November 2013

Wow drink to bring to a BBQ!

judge it on the 2nd glass.
didn't quite like it in the 1st glass. it's got a different taste than most whiskys, but this is light yet flavorful. goes well after BBQ meat, marshmallows and chocolate.
if you have to mix it with coke, then you are better off buying an everyday type JW black label... or glenlivet- as that's the sugary type and a little more intense.
I enjoy this with ice and a little soda water.. less than I would have when i open a glenlivet.
I can't take most whiskeys on the rocks S I finding too intense, but this one would be possible (on the 3rd round though)

2nd November 2013

Excellent Islay whisky, as usual from Laphroaig

The Laphroaig 10 year old is a must for any single malt fans and always a high standard + very reasonable for the price.

11th October 2013

It grows on you, until you love it.

Laphroaig 10 is a no-holds barred, unapologetic, Islay single malt. It is by no means, a good beginner's first single malt. The best way to warm up to an Islay, is to drink cheap blended scotch known to be antiseptic (J&B, Passport), cask strength bourbon, or blended scotch known to be peaty (Johnnie Walker Red, Ballentine's). You will start to taste less bandaid, TCP, phenol, iodine and more towards salty breeze, seawater, shamrock dew, walnut oil, smoked scottish salmon, brined roe, deli pickles, earthy peat, cardamom, oil-cured olives, old vanilla, extinguished hickory campfire, ash, something malty, limestone filtered water,

2nd October 2013

Calling all whisky lovin women....

Just sat and read all these reviews. Very amusing and interesting! I was introduced to Laphroaig 10 by my lovely dad, a serious single maltster, and so it reminds me of him - a real character - and sitting on a headland in Cornwall looking up at the stars, and sipping... For me there is no better drink for stirring the soul. Tastes divine too. How many other women out there love it??

1st October 2013

TCP too hucking much~

I drink it, i vomit... how poetic?

14th September 2013

Novice Scotch Guy

Can't say I loved this stuff or hated it... Pretty mellowed out already when the barkeep slipped me this one. Took me camping, fishing and on a long sea cruise in one glass. Woke up next morning ran down and bought a bottle of this brew. Terrific stuff.

7th September 2013

@ This kind of nonsense is ok??

Woooow there! You seem to have left quite a few of these Mike!!! Sorry your reviews weren't approved sooner (they do have to be approved by the way) but you're beginning to make us feel a bit like Kevin! It's scary... - The Chaps at Master of Malt

29th August 2013

a signature classic

a light clean whisky, not oily at all, with a huge tarry resinous burnt-rope THC overtone - so, intense flavor, but yet not bitter or burning or rough; quite smooth in fact - taste is a matter of opinion, but take an opportunity to try this one, if you like smoky whiskies at all, or even if not - well worth it

23rd August 2013

This kind of nonsense is ok??

"I spent a lot of money on this and was very dissapointed! I usually take my dram with Iron-Bru but this whisky absolutely killed the Iron-Bru. Not recommended!"

But sincere reviews are not??
Very sad state of affairs...

22nd August 2013

A Safe Bet for the Lover of Islay Whisky.

With this one you cant go wrong, that is if you are a fan of Islay whisky.
Very good indeed, a safe bet.

Note to the person who rated this bottle with 1/2 a star,
-You ought to stay away from Laphroaig and all Islay whisky,
Tescos own brand whisky is probably more your style?!


22nd August 2013


I just got the first bottle of Laphroig and was quite disappointed after the first glass... Two days later I came back for another - it went down way better than I thought. Now, with the bottle almost finished I can say that I am in love with this malt. It looks like I will be heading to the shop tomorrow for another one.
What a complex, peaty and smoky body; what a looooong finish, you can taste it in your mouth long after you finished your glass... The scent is just amazing. A lovely dram for an affordable price.

28th July 2013

Weird but amazing...

As a beginner I bought a bottle without expecting anything in particular... well, I heard it is peaty. So far I've explored different brands mainly from Speyside so this came as a bit of a shock!
Did I enjoy this, though!!! Can't score it less than 10!

27th July 2013

My favourite whisky

Bonfire with a hint of witch craft trail and a body of condensed exhaust gasses from the engine of a fishing vessel. The best and most distinguished whisky I have ever tasted.

27th July 2013

This is Scotch Whisky?

I have been an avid scotch and whisky consumer for a very long time. I grew up in a household that only drank dark liquor. Laphroaig by far has been the worst tasting scotch whisky for me. It stunk of a scent I can never love. I know everyone's taste is bias but now I know what gasoline tastes like.

26th July 2013

Good, but not their best

Good islay malt, but definitely not the best Laphroaig has to offer.

16th July 2013


It's no different than drinking "liquid smoke". Only buy if your trying to impress your bros.

4th July 2013

Chuck Glisson

I am a big fan of SMOOTH Whisky[Whiskey?] Because of that, I am not a big fan of Bourbon. I have a preference toward Irish Whisky, and to a lesser extent Canadian Whiskey. I also can enjoy a good Scotch Whiskey, and there are some great Scotch out there, but this is not one of them. Laphroaig is NOT smooth by ANY stretch of the imagination. It has an overpowering "dirty" smoke flavor. Tastes like it was "aged in someones "well used and unclean" Bar-B-Que grill.
I tried to "Kill" the harshness by mixing it with "Coke", no luck, the smoke cut through the mix like a bad guitarist.
The fumes from this concoction actually irritated my eyes!
The aroma is actually pleasant to the nose, but not to the tongue.[or the stomach]
There are some "cheep" offerings from Canada that actually are smooth, why pay this premium price for paint thinner

4th July 2013


Grew up in Texas, drinking "bourbon & branch" (Jack Daniels and water) & had little experience with Scotch until after I entered the service. Went into a liquor store in Dallas late one New Year's Eve, where I learned that they were sold out of almost everything popular. The clerk recommended the Laphroaig, and even offered it to me at the cost of Johnny Walker, saying that if I liked Jack Daniels Black, I'd like Laphroaig. Truer words were ne'er spoke. It was hard to find in the States for many years, but always worth the search. Laphroaig and scrappy terriers are Scotland's greatest exports.

27th June 2013

Max Speed

Tasted this at my brother in laws he won it in a raffle.This was a revelation for me absolutley the best drink in the world a real winner!After first glass you only want more !Great with water let the flavours flow in your mouth superb!

21st June 2013

Burnt Plastic

Been sampling all the good single malts around this price range and Laphroaig is the worst of them all. The nose is very strong phenolic-iodine-disinfectant, and the first sip is not much better. The robust peaty secondary taste is not my favorite, but if that was the finisher I would have been happy. Instead, the final taste notes reminded me of burnt styrene plastic. I'll finish the bottle, but I've had many better scotch whiskeys than this.

1st June 2013


İf you know what whisky is, you have to drink this... İt's magnificent and amazing.
İf you dont know what whisky is, what are you doing here? You must go to beer house...

26th May 2013

mrs Allen

just vile have never tasted anything like it ,,oh but wait yes i remember now ,,reminds me of when i used to have a sore throat ,,,tcp...just cant believe my daughter paid 33 pound for this trash ,,,its an insult to good whiskey

20th May 2013

Real good taste and value

Laphroaig 10 is good to the nose, decent body, and decent finish. I would rather buy Talisker 10, however, I would have to put down an extra $10 for the Talisker. All in all, this is a good buy if you like your peat and it's a worth while buy.

18th May 2013

Wonderful Flavor

I love it straight or on the rocks! it's texture is smooth and the flavor infuses with such smokey taste. More women should try this instead of sugary high carb drinks. Only 40 calories per serving . Wine 120, Coolers 253 (Numbers are approximations). Dont Drink and Drive. Peace.

18th May 2013

you collosal idiot

If you drink this with iron-bru you are a philistine

15th May 2013

Second helping

I love this Whisky, but would never drink it as a first round. To begin a mellow Whisky, you have your favourite, so no point me suggesting, then a second of Laphroaig. Beautiful contrast, the difference of the Laphroaig bursts, but the memory of the other remains.

11th May 2013

very medicinal, almost like some chemical product...

I've heard very good of this malt, that's why I bought it... Though I will not do it again..

6th May 2013

Heavy iodine finish

Smells like lagavulin 16, tastes like same, then the finish hits you...beware! However, as recomended above, i will try with water and hope it smooths. The finish

5th May 2013

Extremely medicinal, not for everyone.

I'm a huge fan of smoke and peat, but the medicinal quality of this scotch just killed it for me. The iodine notes were overwhelming, and I found myself grateful that it was being shared with me and not something I had bought. If it's a flavor you dig, more power to you, but you better like that medicinal quality in your scotch.

1st May 2013

Salty Angel Tears

Laphroaig is like drinking salty angel tears, falling down onto the waves as the crash upon the jagged rocks below.

18th April 2013

The first scotch I have ever hated

I just cannot get over the hospital/band-aide smell/taste. Cask strength 10 year old. Very disappointed. Wish I had Googled it before buying. I had an entire row of single malts to pick from. Maybe if I blend it half and half with Dalwhinnie I can make a good blend out of it.

11th April 2013

why Iron Bru?

Please, stop.

30th March 2013

Una Meraviglia...

Una Meraviglia...

26th March 2013

Love love love Laphroiag

This is my go to Scotch. I do put 1 peice of ice to open it up a bit. Absolutely delicious, makes me want to move to Islay

12th March 2013

Most maximum whisky ever

This whisky's peat level will tattoo its taste on your tongue and you will be perfectly happy to leave it there. Super strong, smoky and unforgiving, but not difficult to drink- quite the opposite.

26th February 2013

OK if you like big flavours.

Brought a bottle of this for my dad on birth day. He's a big fan of Ardbeg and he loved it. As for myself I like a more subtle whisky. I just found that this whisky hits your nose and pallet with a very big bang. Over all in my opinion Laphoaig is very bold in flavour and leaves nothing to imagination. But that's just my opinion.

13th February 2013

Top notch

I'm a Friend of Laphroaig!

8th February 2013

Peaty deliciousness

I've only started to enjoy single malts and scotch blends within the past year and I really like smoke and peat in my drinks so Laphroaig 10yo is right up my alley. My girlfriend said its a bit too medicinal for her but enjoyed it with a little water. I Enjoy it straight or with a splash of water. So far of the 10 or so single malts I've been able to try, this has the most character of them all. Although a lot of people say this is very smoky, I get a lot more peat and wouldnt mind a little more smoke. I get the iodine/medicinal flavor, but definitely get hints of vanilla and wood in there. While I still prefer Lagavulin to this, this is probably my second favorite single malt that I've tried so far with The Macallan in the high middle, and Glenlivet towards the bottom with Tomatin at the very bottom. I started with blends like Johnnie Walker black and still enjoy that as my every day drink, but singles like Laphroaig and Lagavulin are my special treats.

4th February 2013

Pure distilled Islay gold!

Sometimes I prefer it straight, sometimes with a kiss of water - but the big, bold peaty flavors, the smoke, salt and iodine, the spices and lingering finish are warmly satisfying. The ONLY mix with a decent whisky is a few drops of pure water, and a few drops is catalytic to this one. Probably not best for anyone new to single malts, and certainly NOT for anyone who would mix whisky with Irn-Bru, Dr. Pepper, Lucozade, etc.

29th January 2013

Mind Bogglingly Bad

Purchased a bottle. Tried it, threw it out. Tried it the next day, threw it out. Tried it a third day. . . I just simply can not handle this whiskey. I would go so far as to say that it does not taste like any other whiskey I have had.

I went back to some of my standbys, and well. . . back to normal. I just do not get this stuff, maybe I got a bad bottle?

24th January 2013

First whisky I ever drank.

I have such fond memories of this Scotch; every drop brings back memories. It is fantastic, especially when the weather is cold, a strong wind is bringing the salt air in and you've got a roaring wood fire going. It is hardly possible to imagine anything better.

15th January 2013

Iron Bru?

Ignore anyone who says they drink a single malt with Iron Bru! If anything it goes alongside or with a little water and nothing else! Laphroaig make amazing whisky and although an acquired taste once tasted its never forgotten! I personally love those medicinal notes over the peaty smoke that makes Laphroig unique :-)

13th January 2013

Like drinking a campfire

My stepfather received a bottle for Christmas, and made sure everybody got to try it. Simply glorious - starts peaty and ends smoky. I'm reminded of camping trips and cookouts. I tend to prefer bourbons, but this is easily the best whisky/whiskey I've tasted. I have an open invitation to come back for more whenever I like. He may end up regretting that.

5th January 2013


A top malt, damp grass and hay on the nose alongside peat and a slight sweetness attributed to the malt barely but reminds one of biscuit or unrefined sugar, alongside unsweetened vanilla pod ice cream. The taste is peaty, deliciously marked with iodine and quite juicy - like drinking rain or seaweed from the Islands. Slight notes of white pepper and a hint of salt which vanishes rather abruptly. A great malt and a perfect predecessor to moving onto the stormy smokiness and peat of a Talisker. Highly recommended.

3rd January 2013

Quintessential Islay malt.

Ignore 'reviews' by people who can't even spell Irn-Bru let alone know that you don't put it in single malt whisky (blends yes, but not single malt!).

This is the quintessential Islay whisky and FULL of peaty, smoky goodness. It is not for the faint hearted and I seriously doubt you can call yourself a 'lover' of single malt if you don't enjoy this once in a while (think amateur vs Pro!).

25th December 2012

Burnt Plastic

Not at all to my taste... yes, there was the smoke it is so famous for, but more present were the smell of burnt plastic and the taste of aspirin and peat. There is nothing pleasant about this whisky. I know plenty of whisky drinkers who love it, but it is just so foul to taste that I doubt I will ever order a dram again. I can certainly appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into it, so I can't give it anything under a 1 1/2 star rating, but I wouldn't recommend this to somebody I actually liked.

25th December 2012

Irish Whiskey Drinker

Absolutely superb, like the Speyside malts and Talisker but this is the best scotch. Tried the cask strength before and hated it but was given a bottle of 10 year old a few Christmas's ago and have been buying it ever since. For a Bushmills Green (10 yo malt) man that's as good a complement as I can give

22nd December 2012

Irish Whiskey Drinker

Absolutely superb, like the Speyside malts and Talisker but this is the best scotch. Tried the cask strength before and hated it but was given a bottle of 10 year old a few Christmas's ago and have been buying it ever since. For a Bushmills Green (10 yo malt) man that's as good a complement as I can give

22nd December 2012

Simply the Best

I for one love this malt. True it is not for everyone, it has a smoked, iodine tang, but without a shadow of a doubt, it has to have one of the greatest characters of any malt available. For me it is an absolute pleasure to drink, and a dram I keep returning to time and time again. I live on the Firth of Forth, I pour myself a Laphroaig, and with the seagulls calling and the ships passing by, I’m in heaven. Only wish I could afford the 15 year old or even 25 year old.

20th December 2012

Stands Alone

This Scotch will knock your socks off....At first I hated it then have a few more sips and by the time the bottle's gone you'll be wanting more

17th December 2012

An Islay Must Have

The Laphroaig 10, in my opinion, is possibly one of the finest and most flavorful single malts out there. And at a price which begs for multiple bottles to be stowed away for a rainy day. Which is precisely what I’ve done.

The nose is like standing atop a hill overlooking the churning sea as a light drizzle of honey and lemon spatter against your anorak. As you look up the strong peat and iodine coupled with the salty spray of the gorgeous waves remind you what it is like to be in Islay country. And carried on the back of the robust smoke comes just the tiniest hint of black pepper spices.

The honeyed palate covered in oak shavings and cardamon pods is truly a work of art. The beautifully balanced greens give way to the most delightful peppery profile I have ever encountered.

The medium finish is just so ever slightly nutty with a dab of, dare I say it, dark chocolate and spice.


6th December 2012


absolute beast of a whisky. you just never get tired of that peat blast to start that long lasting finish. along with lagavulin, the best drinks i've ever had.

3rd December 2012

A "mood" whisky

There are times when I really like this, and there are times I don't care for it. Don't be put off if your first try seems bad. Laphroaig is specific for its medicinal/tangy/grassy taste, but is in fact quite light-bodied. While the nose has quite a bit of charcoal/campfire kind of smoke, on the palate it's the peat that dominates.

25th November 2012

Excellent stuff!

I absolutely love this fine dram, it has such a fantastic flavour & it is perfect for relaxing indoors on a cold night. I've bought it several times before & I'm definitely buying a bottle of this for Christmas! This and Talisker are my two favourite whiskies.

8th November 2012

Not everyones taste

This whisky as mentioned before is either a love or hate relationship,but rest assured if you like a whisky with tons of character then look no further.Smoke,TCP, and phenol rich and more peat than most peaty whiskies this is a tough whisky to love.Buy a sample if in dought.

3rd November 2012

Love or Hate it

Laphroaigs 10 yo is one of my most favorite whisky. Very strong, sharp taste, dominated by peat and smoke. There are only two opinions to this malt: Either you love it, or you hate it.

31st October 2012

Good change from Gledfiddich

I am getting hooked after few sips...tasted very different in the beginning,but the smoky touch is amazing....

28th October 2012

If you like drinking linimint, this is for you

Yeauch, the taste of TCP / medical liniment / medical disinfectant is to ovepowering, looking for a tramp to take this off my hands, but they said no

6th October 2012

Bowled Over

The first time I tried this, it knocked me right out of my art deco armchair.
Blimey, I thought, that's an odd taste: it tastes like medicine!
I have no idea what the smoke of burning peat tastes like, but those above who liken Laphroaig to TCP have it about spot on.
For 12 hours following my initial tasting, I doubted I'd spent my money wisely. However, after 24 hours, I was really hankering for another glass of the stuff. Its taste is very distinctive, and now I am 100% hooked on it.
To my palate it tastes of damp soil suspended in TCP, and it's by far my favourite whisky.
When I do want a change, I opt for the Glenlivet, which has a nice malty taste, which contrasts well with the Laphroaig.
I give a toast to the smell of wet tweed and the taste of Laphroaig!

27th September 2012

For Adults only

This is a Fantastic Drink for those who have seen hell and have returned... or have seen heaven and miss it... the complexity and tenacity of this drink are not to be muddled with any other flavor... the only thing I can suggest is to take an icicle and stir it a few times to help cool the peat fires that rage forever in this drink... Enjoy the drink don't be a wuss!

27th September 2012

For Adults Only!

This is a Fantastic Drink for those who have seen hell and have returned... or have seen heaven and miss it... the complexity and tenacity of this drink are not to be muddled with any other flavor... the only thing I can suggest is to take an icicle and stir it a few times to help cool the peat fires that rage forever in this drink... Enjoy the drink don't be a wuss!

27th September 2012

Won't forget it...

I'm new to whiskey and alcohol in general, looking to expand my tastes but this was just too much, far too much, if you are an islay man then it may be for you but to a newbie it will just put you off the wonderful world of scotch, but i'm still young and can drink a scotch older than me with a huge bank balance so maybe i'll come back to it again.. maybe

19th September 2012

An ashtray in a glass.

Which is great if that's your thing. A must try for anyone interested in learning to taste Scotch. It deserves a lot of credit for becoming the synonym for extreme Islay flavors. It's at worst a memorable experience, and at best your new favorite whisky.

13th August 2012

Good whisky but a bit overrated

I'm a real fan of islay and Laphroaig is one of the best in my opinion, but for this one specifically, price is a bit higher for what it is in itself.
Recommended whisky anyway.

6th August 2012

Only for mature palates -an acquired taste.

Any Islay single malt is an acquired taste; you either love or hate its unique taste. My recommendation is to try before you buy but if, like me, you love the stuff, you'll rarely drink the Highland whisky in preference.

25th July 2012

Only for Peat smoke lovers

The 10 year old is only for people who like the smokey peat flavor - like me. Recently the peatiness has been toned down, I noticed, which is a shame. Many people would also like the quarter cask, more expensive, much less smokey (just a hint) and MUCH smoother. One of the finest single malts you'll find.
And about adding water, soda, irn-bru or whatever,its simple... Do whatever testes best to you. Remember the best tasting whiskey is the one that tastes the best (to you)Simple isnt it?
George Menon, Goa

20th July 2012

Best Whisky ever

Do not spoil this with ice, just drink as it is. Sit back, close your eyes and dream of the salt sea, waves, seagulls and wooden boats.

17th July 2012

My first scotch

I sampled several scotches at my local bar one drunken night, and I woke up dreaming about Laphroaig. I no more found this whiskey than it found me. This is the exact taste I have been looking for from whiskey. I have tried many other whiskeys since, and none have surpassed the bar set by Laphroaig.

14th July 2012

Excellent for anglers

Add one tablespoon to every 1/2 pint of maggot, you'll bag up, Danny Fairbrass whispered this into my ear one night and I've never looked back, and I've healed up nicely too.

12th July 2012

Laphroaig ate my hamster

I loved that hamster, he made a blinding cup of tea.

12th July 2012

Very good

Very good, and great value for money, but the Laphroaig Quarter Cask is even better.

3rd July 2012

Politically Incorrect

This is a man's scotch. There is nothing delicate about it. It is so flavorful and smokey, each sip is like getting hit in the mouth with a half burnt campfire log. I love it. This 10 year old topps my list for unwinding in the evening. A little goes a long way. If you plan on drinking half a bottle during a sitting, buy something else. I find this to be their best offering, and will always keep a spare bottle in my inventory.

22nd June 2012

A bit disappointed

When the guy told me it was a very smoky flavor, I wish he had said, "It tastes just like smoke." Big difference. Also, the chloroseptic taste and quality numbed my tongue to the point I could finish it - so that's a plus. Not a big fan at this point, but I will definitely try it as recommended - with a teaspoon of water.

25th May 2012

Rusty Nail Ingredient

I use this with Drambuie and a slight bit of water goes great.
Scotch with Lucozade/Iron Bru isnt that illegal!?

25th March 2012

very good

Excellent taste, smok and persistent.

12th March 2012

great great

what a flavour. .if hvent tasted thee whiskey u hvent tasted has a smooth nd refleshing flavour.its goes well with well barbequed porks ribs.l am enjoing it.zimbabwe woye

28th February 2012

As subtle as sticking your finger in an electric pencil sharpener

So smokey you surely have to be a child to enjoy this gimmick?!

I can only taste smoke and, as someone mentioned, TCP. I can't take this kind of pain on my tastebuds: I'm just not strong enough to stick it out and detect any subtleties after the horrid taste. :) Sorry, I'm sure people like it...somewhere...somehow... all the best to you, I won't keep any from you, you lucky things ;)

19th February 2012

alice cottrell

I am surprised and very disappointed at the strong taste and smell of TCP that this whiskey has on offer, I put some that I had in a glass and put it in the fridge for my husband to taste, and it stank the whole fridge out. I have never had whiskey tasting like that in my life till now.
Its terrible.

3rd February 2012

Best Whisky for cleaning with IMO

Or, its just a peaty, iodiney, alcoholic mess of a whisky which is absolutely delightful and thankfully an affordable standard.

6th January 2012

Not great with a mixer

I usually mix my whisky with banana Yop, however this malt totally dominated the milkshake's subtle creamy taste and the resulting mix curdled somewhat and therefore I cannot recommend it.

16th November 2011


Has anyone heard that decanting this malt enhances the flavour and removes the TCP taste?

15th November 2011

Irn Bru?!?

Stick to the soft drinks wee man. Whisky ain't for you

6th October 2011

Dear Laphroaig Newbie

Thank you for your kind comments re our beloved malt. However, please note: when attempting sarcasm and in particular when slating others intellect please utilise a decent dictionary to spell words as you have spelt most words incorrectly incl Whisky (whiskie?!), Laphroaig (Laphroaigh?!), Amoeba (Ameboa?!) and even intelligence (intelliegence?!). Spell check is also free. Regards

3rd October 2011

The Dogs Bol**cks

Tis true

3rd October 2011


Laphroaig spoiled my tap water totaly and non of the water's subtelities were present anymore...Anyone looking for something special I recommend any sugar rich cordial carefully mixed in to tapwater and kept in dark and cool place overnight before consumption

26th May 2011

At least spell it right.


10th May 2011

Does this come in a presentation tube???

This sounds like just what i'm looking for for my work mates retirement present, but does anyone knoe if it comes in that tube thingy next to the bottle in the picture?

12th April 2011

One of the best (again)

Sorry, that should've been a 10...

1st April 2011

One of the best

This one is actually one of the best I've ever tasted

1st April 2011

A Good Islay malt

This is a smoky, salty, sweety and seaweedy Islay malt. A bit too sweet for my taste, though.

To commentator below: you should stay away with single malts and drink only Iron-bru.

4th March 2011


Instead of Irn Bru or Lucozade, do what the distillery recommend -- add no more than a teaspoon of plain water to your dram, and taste the flavour explosion!

16th February 2011

Very Good

Great Islay Whiskey but surely not for the average people who is used to blended whiskeys.

1st February 2011

not quiet.............

Prefer to mix mine with Lucozade however I found this dram spoilt my lucozade somewhat and therefore cannot recommend it.

31st December 2010

Uno de los Mejores

Tiene un sabor muy característico (todos los de Islay, tienen un sabor humo...) muy recomendable. Mezclar con un poco de agua.

30th November 2010

My 1st Islay Malt

The jury is still out on this one (for me)- I am very new to whisky and have enjoyed (eventually) a bottle of Aberlour 10 yr old and a Glen Farclas 12 yr old. This is very different - Smoke, smoke and smoke!!!! Medicinal is a good description - I'll stick with it though and will report on my findings - what a chore!! I just love the amazing variety that whisky has to offer - makes beer look bland!!

9th November 2010


how funny that someone ruined a divine peaty whisky with iron bru. This should be taken with an ice cube or a splash of water

17th October 2010

Pre Fleur de lis Laphroaig 10

Picked up a couple of these the other day on a whim. The have a US government tax stamp on them. Truly amazing dram! You can find green apple tartness in this that I do not find as much in the current release. Wonderful bottle for the money.

17th October 2010

Is an Aquired taste.....

For those who like the flavor of iodine as well as a thick sweetness with ravenous smoke this one is for you, I like mine a tad more subtle. If Highland Park is a Tap on the shoulder this one is a Open handed slap on a cold day. Not my thing but glad they make it, variety the spice of life

23rd September 2010

Long live Laphroaig

Laphroaigh is absolutely Beautiful, just Beautiful!!!

7th September 2010

From Talisker to This!

Must say its much cheaper then Talisker but taste very good! I would like to recomend this one for those who like it smokey:-)

10th August 2010

Laphroaigh Newbie

i tried Laphroaigh for the first time at a wedding and considering i don't drink whiskie and was told it has an aquired taste. Well what can i say Laphroaigh was absolutely Beautiful, i savoured every drop and i can't wait to get a bottle or two. i instantly loved this whiskie, and anyone who slates this has the I,Q of an ameboa ( For those too simple to understand a Ameboa is a single cell creature with little or no intelliegence. Laphroaigh is on my shopping list

8th August 2010


Laphroaig and Ardbeg this is the Heaven!

8th August 2010


not recommended? Laphroaigh is the one of the best whiskies of the WORLD!!! If anyone have a problem with a taste, just don't drink it! In my opinion it is one of the best whiskies I've ever taste! Especially I like the aftertaste, which I discoverded is a elderflower! Anybody have a same experience?

27th June 2010

For Islay fans

A truly delicious Islay scotch,love the peaty smoke and the medicinal aspect.A very close second to Lagavulin 16,a dram that can be enjoyed with a fine cigar and good company to warm a cold winter night in Australia.

26th June 2010

Best ever

I think its a really unique single malt with a taste of its own. i love it and would recommend it any day.

8th June 2010

Excellence in a bottle

Woefully underpriced (don't tell Laphroaig that) - this is bar-none one of my favorite all time whisky's. Beats the Ardbeg 10 hands down in my estimation as it is much thicker on the tongue and has much more depth. If you want an easier dram but still love peat go with the Ardbeg (but it'll cost you a fair amount more). As for mixing - only add about 4 drops of water. If you want to mix something else with your scotch - go with Johnny Walker red or a lesser scotch. Mixing something other than water with Laphroaig is a travesty!

20th May 2010

too peaty

im just not a peaty fan. respect to the different flavour though

15th May 2010


Smells like a hospital ward, and tastes like one too. But once you get into peat, Laphroaig has no rivals. A very special dram.

15th May 2010

1/2 star are you dence ?

Only share your thaughts about things you know, leave the rest to ppl who knows.

17th April 2010


An absolutely delicious whiskey. Enjoyed a ribeye steak and Laphroaig straight.

18th March 2010

God save Laphroaig

"I spent a lot of money on this and was very dissapointed! I usually take my dram with Iron-Bru but this whisky absolutely killed the Iron-Bru. Not recommended!"

This guy is clearly a beer drinker..... This Whisky is the best one in terms of quality price if you smoky flavored ;)

15th March 2010


I assume the first review is meant to be a joke?

Lagavulin 16 probably has a more complex flavour than this, and it's much better at cask strength (what isn't?) but there's no topping the medicinal "peat reek" of Laphroaig. This is a lovely drop.

24th February 2010

Lack of respect

Anyone who puts any mixer into a single malt needs to be shipped off to an island somewhere far away, Insulting this peice of peatylicous perfection is a crime! My favourite Islay, It's a beautiful dram, bonfire, peaty, smoky, sweet, medicinal, delicious and distinguished!!

23rd February 2010

the best

i love laphroaig it has such a different flavour to other malts

23rd February 2010


anyone who puts iorn bru into single malt whisky is a 100% fool full stop,maybe the auther should stick to a few cans of tennents or a nice bottle of buckfast,pay no mind to the above comments as laphroaig is a very fine whisky and worth every penny!

26th January 2010


The review above is an insult to this whisky. Lovely peaty stuff !

25th January 2010


The review above is an insult to this whisky. Lovely peaty stuff !

25th January 2010

Poor Offering!

I spent a lot of money on this and was very dissapointed! I usually take my dram with Iron-Bru but this whisky absolutely killed the Iron-Bru. Not recommended!

15th December 2009

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