Islay (EYE-lah) Whisky – characterized by their malt-drying methods; they don’t use coal they use peat. Giving all these Islay whiskies a nice smoky flavor. You’ll also pick up on ocean aromas and flavors as all but one of the Islay distilleries are located right on the shore.
Other Islay Whisky distilleries include:
- Caol Ila
- Port Ellen
- Port Charlotte
The History of Laphroaig
Founded in 1815 the Laphroaig distillery is located in Port Ellen on the southern coast of the island of Islay; quite near to the Lagavulin distillery. The name Laphroaig is given after the head of Loch Laphroaig upon which the distillery sits.
Laphroaig itself is has a flavor profile that is briney, heavily peated, very smoky and even possessed of a tarred rope flavor and aroma.
Laphroaig is best for seasoned whisky enthusiasts who like it strong and peaty. You’re either going to love it, or you’re going to hate it. Laphroaig is not for beginners.
Laphroaig’s 10 Year Single Malt Whisky – arguably their most popular offering – costs between $50 and $60 depending on where you get it. We picked our bottle up at the Crown Liquor store on Federal and Woolbright in the Sunshine Square Marketplace in Boynton Beach, FL. They’ve got a great selection, a friendly and knowledgeable staff, and we get nearly all of our whiskies from them.
Other offerings include:
- 10 Year Cask Strength
- The Select
- Quarter Cask
- Triple Wood
- PX Cask
- QA Cask
- 15 Year (re-released in 2015)
- 18, 25, 27, 30, and 40 year old
ABV ranges from 40% to 55%. The 10 year we sampled today is 43%.