The Laphroaig single malt is perhaps the most
well-known of all the Islay whiskies. It has been said that
one either loves or hates this most distinctive spirit with
the first taste. The distillery is located on the coast of
Islay, about a mile from Port Ellen. It has always been, and
probably always will remain, a most controversial single malt.
Laphroaig Distillery was built in 1815 (or in the 1820s, depending
on your source) and still owns its own peat moors and produces
its own maltings. Its whisky maturation warehouses directly
face the sea, which contributes to the very characterful whisky
it produces. One's education on the single malts will remain
incomplete until he has experienced Laphroaig. The 15 year-old
can easily be disassociated from its younger brother. It is
greatly refined. It is everything that the 10 year-old is,
but without the rough edges, spirity nature and brashness.
10 year old
||Very peaty, medicinal,
some sherry and seaweed.
||Medium to full.
||Full. With peat,
seaweed, salt and some sweetness.
||Round and dry.
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