Proudly described by the company as ‘the richest single malt Scotch’, Laphroaig is a brand that comes from the Islay region of Scotland, a region renowned for their peaty whiskies.
The Laphroaig 10 is a single malt scotch whisky, and is described as the original Laphroaig by the company. To this day, the Laphroaig distillery manufactures this whisky under closely guarded methods delivering a fine product.
The Laphroaig distillery is one of the eight active and prominent distilleries in the Islay region of Scotland.
Laphroaig’s history dates back to 1815 when it was first established by Donald and Alexander Johnston. Alexander left the company in 1836, and Donald met a tragic end as he died by falling into a vat of partially made whisky in 1847.
Donald’s son Dugald took over the reins of the distillery when he came of age in 1857 as he ran it with Alexander Johnston, his cousin until Donald too passed away in 1877.
Coupled with a tumultuous relationship with their neighboring distillery of Lagavulin, Laphroaig was slowly grinding forward by withstanding difficult times as Alexander Johnston too passed away in 1887, leaving the distillery behind to his sisters, Mrs. William Hunter and Katherine Johnston, and nephew, J. Johnston-Hunter.
Fortunes turned favorable for Laphroaig when Ian Hunter, son of William Hunter took charge of the distillery in 1923, as he fought off and survived financial troubles and even managed to expand the Laphroaig distilleries capacity.
The Laphroaig single malt was being exported far and wide by 1929 as the world acquired a taste for the full-bodied, peaty single malt that came in a Laphroaig bottle. Ian Hunter passed the ownership of Laphroaig into the hands of Bessie Williamson, a woman who worked for him.
Under Bessie’s leadership, Laphroaig grew exponentially, passing on through a number of responsible and loyal caretakers who nurtured the brand as its popularity grew towards the end of the 20th century.
The youngest, and one of the most common expressions from the company, it’s most often described as smoky by whisky lovers, and being iodine rich, it retains a distinct characteristic only shared by Islay whiskies.
The color of the Laphroaig is a full sparkling gold, and the use of Islay peat used in the fire that is used to dry their malted barley lends the heavier smoky notes to all the Laphroaig expressions.
The Laphroaig 10-year-old has an alcohol percentage of 40%.
The alcohol content of the Laphroaig 10 year is 40%.
This full-bodied Islay single malt whisky carries the following tasting notes;
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Heavily smoky, with strong hints of seaweed, iodine and just a hint of sweetness.
Sweet, with traces of saltiness and a peaty flavor.
A lingering finish that is equally dry.