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      17.02.2014 18:51
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      great whisky

      I was recently given a bottle of this for my 24th birthday from my mum and dad as they know that enjoy a nice single malt whisky. I had seen bottles of it before in shops and wondered about buying a bottle for a while but my finances don't usually allow for me to treat myself to a bottle of whisky. I had heard my dad mention it before and he has spoken highly of it so my expectations were quite high with this whisky. And my expectations were not even in the slightest let down.

      This a great tasting single malt whisky. It has a wonderful smoky peat taste to it which just goes down so smoothly particularly as the nights have a nice chill in the air now. The only way that I can imagine drinking this to improve it would be to sat around a wood burning fire, as snow was falling outside. This is a lovely warming whisky.

      I enjoy my whisky neat or with a small ice chip in it. This is a whisky which is suited to being drunk neat or with ice in. My partner usually has a couple of ice cubes in to water down the taste of her whisky but even she didn't have too much ice in. She loved the strong smoky peat taste to this fine single malt.

      The packaging is quite simple. It comes in a tube with an easy to remove tine lid. As I say the packing was quite plain. The tube was white with a little touch of green around the base and top. In the middle was a black and white picture of the distillery. Simple? yes. Plain? yes. Attractive? yes. The bottle is made of green glass with a cork which is easily removed and placed back in.

      This is a drink that I would highly recommend to all whisky fans out there.

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        08.02.2013 09:29
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        Peaty whiskey that is nto overpowering

        I bought my husband a bottle of Laproaig for Christmas and have helped him drink it. The bottle is presented in a metal tube tin with a pull off metal lid that is easy to use and put back on. The bottle itself has a pull off plastic and cork stopper that is also easy to use. I purchased the bottle from Asda while they had a promotion on the lead up to Christmas, for £25.99, it can currently be bought for around £32 on Amazon (February 2013). It is 40% alcohol.

        Laphroaig 10 Year Old is an all-malt Scotch Whisky from the remote island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland. To make the whiskey the distillers use malted barley that has been dried out over a peat fire, which adds to the overall flavour of the whiskey, giving it a peaty taste, what's more this type of peat is only found on this island, so the taste really is distinctive and locally sourced.

        I find the whiskey to be rich in colour, a very golden brown looking whiskey that is full of peaty smoky flavour, with a hint of the medicinal about it, like its doing you some good (in moderation of course). The flavours linger and the scent of the whiskey is not overpowering on the nose, I would say it has a slight antiseptic smell, that is also sweet and peaty. It has a smooth finish and no after burn like some whiskey can have and I find that its warming on a winters evening.

        Overall I would recommend this whiskey to people who enjoy peaty flavours, as although its not over powering, everyone has their own taste preferences, when it comes to whiskey, I like to drink it as it comes, not messing with water or ice, though I'm sure others will disagree. Its generally well priced for what its is and can often be found on special offer.

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        05.02.2013 12:09
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        A Decent Single Malt

        When it comes to whisky I am a big fan. Now when I say whisky I don't mean a bottle of Bells or Famous Grouse, I'm talking about real whisky. High quality single malt whisky, the kind you have to spend a little bit more money on. I have been drinking whisky for around ten year and over the time I have refined my taste and now I have a pretty good idea of what I do like and what I don't like. For those of you who know anything about whisky you will realise there is a lot of variety and a lot of very different tastes.

        For me personally then I enjoy the Islay whiskies. These are usually quite peaty and smokey and have an intense flavour. They are the opposite of say a Speyside whisky which is smooth and mellow with quite a soft finish. It's interesting that Islay is only a very small island off the West Coast of Scotland but it produces a massive amount of whisky. There are several small distilleries on the island that produce some wonderful whisky. One of the best known distilleries and one of the best is Laphroaig.

        So Laphroaig whisky is one that is notoriously peaty, has a heavy smoke taste and is string and full bodied. This particular review is for the standard ten year version, this is the one you are most likely to see in the Supermarket. Laphroaig do however make lots of other versions of their whisky including some older ones, a quarter cask version and a few special editions. Most of these are far more expensive and tend to be out of my price range.

        So what do I make of the ten year? Well although this does fit into my favourite category of whisky it does not rank in my top ten. I do like the standard Lephroaig but there are much better ones out there at a similar price. The ten year has quite a sharp taste for me, the finish is a little strong and leaves you pulling a face like you've just bitten into a lemon. The peaty is strong and there is a good smokey flavour but there is something a little bitter about the taste.

        Laphroaig is quite dark in colour and comes in at 40% which is not as strong as some other versions. When you have had a dram you can taste a saltiness which reminds you of the sea and you also get quite a rich flavour, certainly not unpleasant. If you are looking to buy a bottle of this it will usually set you back around £30, often this one is in the supermarkets and so you can sometimes get it on offer. A few months back I picked up a bottle for £24, so not bad value at all.

        Overall then this is a very decent whisky but not one that I am a huge fan of. For new whisky drinkers who like peaty whisky then this is one that you should definitely try. The flavour packs a decent punch and is very full. Plus the price is pretty good and if you get it on offer it can be a real bargain.

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        28.01.2013 03:43
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        to my untrained palate, it's a good whiskey

        Despite having spend considerable time in Scotland I never got into whiskey's, I cast my mind back to the time I was dragged around the Edinburgh scotch whiskey experience and I remember finding the Islay whiskey the best of a bad lot.

        Someone quite recently gave me a glass of this stuff at their house, and I slowly but surely got my way through the glass, wincing and trying to look like I was enjoying the stuff which I was repeatedly told cost over £30 a bottle.

        One day I felt like I needed to know more about scottish whiskey, especially as I was destined to go back up there, so I got a bottle of this stuff (which I found out was indeed over £30 a bottle, and was an Islay whiskey which I do remember liking).

        With a head full of newly aquired whiskey knowledge, and a beaker full of Laphroaig (which I still can't say properly, but apprantly it's pronounced "la-froyg" and not "la-frayg").

        Determined to like it, or at least to appreciate it, I set about my challenge of forcing me to aquire an aquired taste, and to then write a nice little review of my experiences.

        It is a light colour, more like straw colour rather than the 'strong tea' you usually associate with whiskey. It smells incredibly smokey, as strong as a bonfire. In terms of taste it takes a while to start to like it but once my throat becomes slightly numb from the alcohol I can taste the subtle flavours in the whiskey- I found out the trick is to ignore the alcohol burn and concentrate hard on the first taste you get in your mouth- so to not drink it like a wine really. I'm no whiskey buff but it is certainly a complex flavoursome whiskey, and it is pretty well regarded so it makes a good present for any whiskey fan (although if they're a fan they probably have some already).

        On the palate there is a smokey taste, but with a very sweet taste too, it's sharp and almost medicinal- I actually like it and I can make one small glass last all night as the after taste is so strong.

        If you're a whiskey nut you're probably laughing at this review, but if you want to try something quite special, or get a gift for someone, then this is a good bet, and even if it doesn't get drunk by the recipiant then it looks great on the shelf and whiskey buffs will see if and give you a knowing smile.

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        03.11.2011 13:47
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        If this wasn't so expensive I would drink it all the time.

        Laphroaig's aroma is like being in rural Ireland in the winter. There's a strong peaty aroma with several more subtle earthy tones underneath it. On the tongue there is still a distinct peaty taste, which will increase if you breathe air over the top of your tongue. The middle is a warm and slightly malty tone and the finish is again very warm with a deep and very smooth fire (that feeling you get in your stomach when you swallow whiskey).

        Laphroaig will still retain its robust taste even if you like water with your whisky, but in my experience adding ice will ruin the firey middle and end of this whisky. If you have to use water I recommend room-temperature, or even a little warmer.

        It's increased hugely in price in the last year or so. I used to treat myself to a bottle every month or so but I can't afford. It's gone from about £24 to £34 (Asda price) and I just can't justify that. Don't even think about ordering a double in pubs either unless you're prepared to chop off and hand over an arm and a leg.

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          27.10.2011 11:57
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          An utterly unique drinking experience

          Hailing from the beautiful Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland, Laphroaig or, phonetically "La-froyg", is an extremely flavoursome, peaty, kelpy whisky that offers superb value for money, but, rather like Marmite can illicit wildly differing opinion. In my own, single-malt loving opinion, Laphroaig is best thought of almost as a distinct drink from your every-day single malts as I am certain that even if you love it, there will be days where you reach for a Tallisker or a Jura or whatever else you have stashed in your liquor cabinet.

          Now, onto the whisky itself; on the nose it has an extraordinary scent that combines the seaweeds typical to the Western Isles, with a dash of not overly sweet honeydew melon that offsets the saltiness of the kelp scent perfectly. There is a medicinal undertone that almost reminds me of iodine - which might go some way to authenticate rumours that Laphroaig managed to overcome abolition laws by masquerading as a disinfectant - as another reviewer has noted!

          On the palate, Laphroaig's peaty goodness really comes into its own, filling the mouth on initial contact with wave after wave of delicious, earthen charm that transports the drinker immediately to the place of origin, assuming you have visited the isles. The aftertaste is strong and peaty with a musky oak of a counterbalance that provides a satisfying, lingering sensation of refined drinking.

          Easily up there in terms of the best of the Islay whiskies - all of which have some charm unique to the area, Laphroaig is certainly not the whisky I would recommend to novice drinkers, but after becoming accustomed to the whiles of whisky it is not to be missed.

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            23.01.2011 01:07
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            A great drink, but if you can't handle it straight, it's not the whisky for you.

            Laphroaig (lah - frayg) is not a whisky for the faint-hearted. It is not a whisky for the novice. It is certainly not a whisky for those that need their drinks cut with soft drinks. There is absolutely no point in wasting this whisky on someone who won't appreciate it!

            As you might be able to tell, I'm a massive fan of this whisky! If you're into the whisky community at all, you'll know this is one over which a lot of people are incredibly divided. It truly is a drink where if you love it, you adore it and won't hear a bad word said about it, and if you hate it, you really loathe it.

            I mention this only because if you're planning on purchasing this whisky as a gift, then you will really need to be sure that this is the right sort of thing to be buying. If your recipient mixes their whisky with soft drinks, this is not a good whisky to buy. Not only is it sacrilege to dilute this beautiful drink, but it really doesn't taste like other whiskies when it's mixed with coke or lemonade. Likewise, if they haven't mentioned this specific whisky as one that they drink, then you'd do best to avoid it as a gift. It isn't a run-of-the-mill "nice whisky". If you want one of those, a slightly more generic good bottle of whisky, then I heartily recommend a Glenfiddich or Glen Moray.

            Now onto the taste! Laphroaig is peaty. Peaty is the first word that everyone goes to when describing this drink, and they're not wrong! It is so ridiculously peaty that there usually aren't many other words that spring to mind - peaty peaty peaty is pretty much the defining taste. That's pretty much why, if you like that strong distinctive taste, you'll absolutely love it, but if you don't, then it really isn't for you. And though there can be much to say about the good dark colour, musky seaweed scent and warming woody taste, it pretty much comes down to how much of the peaty flavour you can handle.

            I have recommended this whisky to everyone. It is by far my favourite alcoholic drink, and settling down with a glass of Laphroaig of an evening is pure bliss, especially if you can find someone to share in the enjoyment of it.

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              25.12.2010 16:49

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              I get this whisky as a gift sometimes and when I do my heart sinks.I cannot drink the stuff and nor can my friends, that I try to foist it on!!I tastes like a strong disinfectant, something akin to Jeyes Fluid. Whatever, it belongs down the toilet.Why?Other malts do not have this characteristic, this chemical taste. The distillers should go to Islay to pick up a few pointers.

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              20.06.2010 04:59

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              The Emperor has no clothes. This is dreadful. Both my partner and I had to pour it down the sink. We both love and drink a wide range of whiskies but this tasted as if it had been contaminated with dry cleaning fluid and I actually wondered whether it had been, but my partner said he had just had some in a bar and it tasted the same. Not recommended!

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              13.03.2010 23:01

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              Awful stuff

              Scottish Island malts have a great reputation abroad, a reputation that usually is merited. So, when a friend offered me a dram of Laphroaig 10 Year Old today, I accepted with alacrity.

              I started with a wee sip, only to find that it was awful stuff. It tasted like diesel filtered through peat-moss. I simply could not finish the dram.

              Feeling like an awful idiot, I apologised to my host and dumped the rest of the glass down the sink. My host simply laughed and told me that I was the fifth taster in the past few days to dump it. It was undrinkable, simply awful stuff.

              As my host keeps horses, I suggested that he mix the remaining whisky with olive oil and vinegar (1:1:1) to make a good rub for equine muscle pain.

              By comparison with Laphroaig, Bushmills (Black Bush) 10- or 15- year old Irish malt is like mother's milk!

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              28.12.2009 08:27

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              Bad experience with this "premium and rare" single malt. In a year of keeping, the color's gone to something like dark rum and the taste to something like a strong cough syrup. Very disappointing ! Sadly the Laphroaig website doesn't have a place to write to them and give feedback.

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              27.05.2009 11:44
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              If your into your Islay whisky, you simply must try Laphroaig!

              Laphroaig 10 Year Old is an all-malt Scotch Whisky from the island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland. Laphroaig, pronounced "La-froyg", is a Gaelic word meaning "the beautiful hollow by the broad bay". Sounds great don't you think!

              This Whisky has a beautiful golden amber colour to it, darker than some of the Islay whisky's. It shimmers round the glass in a intoxicating manner.

              As for the flavor, there is a sweet woody smell to it, with the usual Islay strong peatiness, a faint leather smell as well as sea salt, and even maybe a hint of cumin.

              The body is soft and dry, it takes you by surprise as it explodes into your mouth! Has some really powerful flavors that grasp your attention from the first sip.

              This is a whisky that really does improve if you add a tiny dash of water, just enough to turn the whisky cloudy.

              One of the more accesable whiskys when it comes to price. Usually you can pick up a bottle for around £25 but I recently got one on offer from a supermarket at just £19, so if you shop around this can be a very cheap whisky. And as for value it has to be one of the best around.

              Many would call it a love it or hate it malt, which perhaps makes it a poor choice as a first single malt, but i really enjoy this one. Maybe its for the more experienced drinker in that respect.

              Have not tryed the other versions of Laphroaig but if you want to splash out you can get your hands on 15 year, 30 year or even 40 year old bottles. They also do a quarter cask version which is taken from the very small casks and is generally stronger than the standard whisky. And they do a cask strenth which comes in at 55.7% abv, this is quite a strong one as you can imagine!

              Overall the ten year bottle has to be the best on value. Whilst this is not my favorite whisky, it is right up there, and if your into your smokey petey whiskys, this is probably the one for you!

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                11.12.2008 19:50
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                Brilliant aroma and taste, sophistication that isn't as overbearing as some single malts.

                When I was first passed a modest dram of Laphroaig (pronounce it "La-froyg") at a party, I must admit to being a little intimidated. But then it was probably my first encounter with a single malt Scotch wisky, and that not being my tipple at the time after a little taste I politely turned it down.

                Maybe five years later, and with a bit of exploring in the wolrd of single malts under my belt, I ordered a miniature in the lounge car of the overnight sleeper train from Glasgow to London. And in the cold witching hour, watching the southern lowlands of Scotland pass us by in the night I had a second attempt. And I was deeply impressed.

                Islay is one of Scotland's most prodigious whisky producing islands. Although I've yet to sample all the ages and all the distilleries, I'm beginning to understanding the characteristic peaty and smokey quality of Islay's produce. As another reviewer here explains, Laphroaig goes down with quite a hot taste, but it doesn't burn. It's rich but supremely smooth, and in fact not at all intimidating for a relative newcomer to whisky. If you enjoy this, you should explore some of Islay's other whiskys, especially Caol Isla if you want something really complex and powerful. For me, Laphroaig is most certainly the most enjoyable Islay single malt.

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                  19.08.2008 21:01
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                  A tremendous malt whisky of very high quality!

                  Since I recently wrote about one of my favourite malt whiskies I thought I would carry on, on that theme and write about another that is a huge favourite of mine. Laphroaig (pronounced La-froyg) is available in ten year old, 30 year old and 40 year old, each one is lovely but I am for now reviewing the ten year old version.

                  From first glance at the plain looking green bottle that this comes in you could be forgiven for thinking what was inside would not be up to much but actually it is a very special malt whisky that has a super smooth and quite strong taste, somewhat woody and yet very vibrant and fruity at the same time.

                  It has a smoky, woody aroma that instantly catches your attention when you lift the glass to your lips and the taste matches the aroma perfectly. It gives a warm maybe even hot glow as it slips down your throat but never burns like a blended whisky would.

                  This whisky comes from a company that has been producing fine malts for over 150 years and as it tells you on the label have provided malts for the Prince of Wales and it literally oozes quality. I would drink this as I would any other malt, just a splash of malt at a time poured over a few ice cubes, but some people might prefer to add a drop of water to it.

                  A 70cl bottle of this fine malt in ten year old form will set you back a few pence short of £20 which is just about on par with other malts of that age but about twice the price of a blended whisky. Whilst it might be twice the price of a blended whisky it is ten times better tasted so a bargain really!

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                    10.01.2008 11:57
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                    Will knock your head off... in a good way

                    Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a country called America that decided to slap a prohibition on alcohol. (Shocking I know, but terrible things happen in fairy tales. There's a happy ending I promise). This was a very sad time for the country, and many people wailed and beat their breasts in protest. However, one brand of whisky managed to sneak past the ban and make it into the country, rejoicing the hearts of people. That whisky was Laphroaig.

                    Legend has it that a wily importer told customs inspectors that Laphroaig was actually a disinfectant... and one whiff of this convinced them that no-one would actually want to drink this stuff. In a way, I can see where the inspectors were coming from. Laphroaig has to be the peatiest, most phenolic whisky I have ever tasted. It's a massive, pungent Islay single malt that will blow your socks off. Some people find this a bit overpowering - there is something austere and almost medicinal about the taste - but personally I love it. One thing that I have noticed when drinking it with friends is that everyone tastes something slightly different. Maybe that's testament to the complexity of this dram! Personally, I find it slightly spicy (gingery?), with a definite tang of the sea about it! I greatly prefer this taste to that of popular malts like Famous Grouse or Teachers, and it's not really that much pricier.

                    A bottle of 10 year old Laphroag costs £25, but shop around nad it can often be found on offer for around £20. Oh, and it's great in hot toddy too!

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                    Laphroaig 10 Year Old is an all-malt Scotch Whisky from the remote island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland. Laphroaig, pronounced La-froyg, is a Gaelic word meaning the beautiful hollow by the broad bay.