The crown prince of peat.
Known for its peat/smokiness.
This bold Scotch is one of my favorite tools for cocktails. It’s ability / flexibility to help via a rinse, spray, dash, or ounce is impressive to me.
From adding Laphroaig to my blossom water for a more earthy, aged and balanced aroma. To its dance with tropical citrus in complete harmony, Laphroaig to me is not only a staple for your scotch shelf, but also your cocktail well/menu.
With heavy smoke aroma and long layers of seaweed, salt, and what most describe as “bandaids” its a whisky that’s hardly mistaken.
Serious notes of seaweed are upfront and center on the pallet with layers of oak, mixed pepper and touches of salt ocean water as the tide of whisky goes down your throat.
This is a whisky that as the saying in Islay goes, “we don’t make friends easily, but the ones we do are for life”
-once you get to know this bold whisky, you begin to see its layers and layers beyond the peat.
Alexander and Donald Johnston originally had a cattle farm, they made whisky due to/using the excess barley on hand and by 1815, their whisky had reached such a level it had become more profitable for them to make and sell whisky, than to raise and sell cattle.
Laphroaig (broad hollow by the bay) was born, 1815 by brothers Alexander and Donald. Donald tragically died in 1847 after falling into a vat of boiling pot ale and fortunately Alexander pressed on.
The name Laphroaig is for the area of land at the head of Loch Laphroaig on the south coast of the Isle of Islay.
Currently owned by Jim Beam (2005 to present - Suntory took Beam over in 2014 equaling Beam Suntory in the America’s)
Laphroaig is the only whisky with a Royal Warrant, Prince Charles, the present Lord of the Isles, awarded it his favorite single malt in 1994. This warrant enables Laphroaig to advertise the fact they supply the royal family with their product. This can be seen on every bottle of Laphroaig, often along the top of the label. Prince Charles favorite expression by Laphroaig is their 15 year by the way. I’m personally a huge fan of the 10 year for cocktailing and the Lore for sipping.