Laphroaig 10 Years Old Islay Scotch Whisky
Laphroaig 10 Years Old is a full-bodied, smoky gem, with a residual sweetness and a hint of salt amid the seaweedy, peaty characters before a long warming finish. A classic dram.
Really smoky and iodine-rich. This has to be one of Scotland’s most characterful drams. Laphroaig 10 Years Old is known for its medicinal malts, and the classic 10-year-old is no exception.
A powerful and lifted nose of burnt bread and flint. The intense smokiness is balanced with a mushroom earthiness and orange peel. The opulent and pronounced style of Islay scotch is especially obvious in this classic example.”
“Behind the obvious peatiness on the nose lurks a beautiful array of scents: smoke, decay, iodine, leather, seawater, charcoal, and wet stone. After opening up, taffy, peanut butter fudge, and sweetly viscous gumminess are present, herbal ocean tones underlying still.
This opens on big, smoky muscular peat notes. There are spices, and licorice, 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.
Seaweed-led, with a hint of vanilla ice cream and more than a whiff of notes from the first aid box. The oak is big and muscles its way into the fore as you hold this whisky over your tongue. An upsurge of spices develops – cardamom/black pepper/chili.
Big and drying, as the savory, tarry notes build up with an iodine complexity.
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 flavor.