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Distilled Spirits: Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 18 YO

Laphroaig-18-YearIncredible nose with amazing rich floral notes followed by smoke, rich barley, liquorice, treacle and then a wave of sea spray. Full powered entry into the mouth with immediate distribution of flavours to every taste bud. Big rich sensation as multi layers of flavour descend and smother the palate. Wonderful and sensational. A comment: “a conquest of fresh cut flowers ready to drink with delight!”

 

Tasting Notes

Nose: Very big. This is a beast of a whisky, with a breakfast character (granary toast, salty butter, a touch of orange juice and coffee). After a while of nosing it you’ll start to get banana loaf, developing alongside the applewood smoke, perhaps even cocoa too.

Palate: Very rounded and thick. Golden Syrup? Salt spray, fiery wood spices, dark and brooding peat, star anise, dark chocolate and stewed prunes.

Finish: Very long, with liquorice, Seville orange marmalade, salty butter and kippers.

Cost: $127.91 Purchase Here

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THE HISTORY OF LAPHROAIG

No one knows the full history of Laphroaig as much of it has been lost in the midst of time unfortunately. It’s clear that the Irish had been distilling here for many years and that the locals picked up the skills when they left, but because it was illegal the small stills on the farms were rarely discussed – just a nod and a wink in the right direction!

What we do know though, is that the Johnston’s started farming here around 1800, and that soon after messers Charles and Willie Doig were asked to do some ‘work on a distillery’ at Laphroaig. By 1815 Laphroaig’s reputation had spread and the tax man was getting suspicious so they officially established Johnston & Johnston and the legend of Laphroaig begun.

Find out more about the history of Laphroaig.

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