Product Type: Laphroaig Distillery Vodka
Newest Review: ... 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 t... more
A Smack Of Peat
Laphroaig 10 Year Old Whisky
Member Name: CallMeRalph
Laphroaig 10 Year Old Whisky
Advantages: Good Taste, Decent Value
Disadvantages: A Little Sharp
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.
Summary: A Decent Single Malt
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