“ Brand: Laphroaig Distillery / Type: Whisky „
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Having been introduced to the world of Whiskies by a friend of mine several years ago I quickly settled on Islay Malts as my preferred Dram of choice. Islay is an island off the West coast of Scotland that pretty much solely produces Whisky. With around just 4,000 people living there Islay has 8 large distilleries. One of these is the Laphroaig distillery.
The Laphroaig distillery is known for producing some of the most intensely flavoured Whiskies available and Laphroaig Original Cask Strength is a great example of this. Cask Strength means that is not chill filtered or diluted at all, what you get is what comes straight from the cask. This means that not only is it notably stronger in terms of alcohol by volume than normal store bought Whisky (circa 58% compared to 40%) but also that it has a much stronger flavour. It is recommended that you add a drop or two of water to enhance the flavours and I would support this.
The taste itself is exceptionally peaty and very smoky, very full bodied and incredibly smooth. There is no harsh acidic aftertaste. A non-Whisky drinking friend of mine likened it to breathing in cigar smoke and I can see where he was coming from with that. It is certainly one to be sampled slowly and makes an excellent end of evening or after dinner drink.
To conclude if you haven't really tried good Whisky before and would like a good and not stupidly priced introduction or if you are looking for a good gift, then I would recommend this. If you aren't sure that you would enjoy it then I would suggest finding a bar or pub that serves it and trying out a Dram or two there before forking out on a bottle. The taste isn't for everyone.
PS: Don't pay more than £40-£45 for a bottle. It is priced higher than this in some places.
Original Cask Strength Laphroaig is barrier-filtered only, to remove the small char particles present. This filtering does not change or lessen the flavour in any way. In extremes of temperature it may appear a little cloudy - this is the natural condition of a malt of such a peaty pungence and uncompromising purity. Adding a little water releases a rich aroma of peat smoke with some sweetness and strong hints of the sea.