Laphroaig is a type of Scotch whisky that has been loved for many years. It has a strong aroma and taste, and is known as the “individualistic Scotch whisky” because whisky lovers are divided on whether they like it or not.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the history of Laphroaig, how it’s made, how it’s recommended to drink it, and the different types of whiskeys. Find a Laphroaig to suit your taste and enjoy its flavor.
What is Laphroaig?
Scotch whisky is the name for whisky produced in Scotland. Scotch whisky is a sweet-tasting drink, but Laphroaig in particular is characterized by its unique and strong aroma. Laphroaig is often compared to medicinal herbs and rocky seashore, and some people say it smells like a disinfectant in Japan.
Laphroaig is recommended to those who are not satisfied with the smooth whiskeys in their mouths.
History of Laphroaig
Laphroaig began as a whiskey-making operation started by the Johnston brothers, the founders of the company, while working in the cattle business.
Their barley-based whiskey quickly gained a reputation, and in 1815 they established a full-scale Laphroaig distillery. Over 100 years later, a woman, Bessie Williamson, who took control of the business in 1954, succeeded in increasing productivity while maintaining the quality of the whiskey and established the current recipe for making Laphroaig.
How and where Laphroaig is made
Scotch whisky is smoked with peat to flavor the barley malt and then aged to finish. The peat used in Laphroaig production has a strong aroma and high water content, such as moss and seaweed. Laphroaig is different from other Scotch whiskeys in the production process, and the ingredients of peat are slowly transferred to the barley from the germination stage of the raw material, barley, to create a unique flavor.
Laphroaig Distillery is located on the island of Islay, in the west of Scotland. It is said that the strong aroma of seaweed and sea water is more strongly present in the original spirit because it is produced and matured in a location facing the sea.
How to drink Laphroaig
If you want to enjoy Laphroaig’s rich, thick body and chemical-like aroma, drinking it straight or on the rocks is the best choice.
On the other hand, if you want to enjoy Laphroaig in a more casual way, you can also drink it with soda or ginger ale. Laphroaig is produced and matured near the sea, which gives it a hint of shore and tide, so it goes well with fish and shellfish dishes as well as Japanese food.
Types of Laphroaig
Laphroaig 10 years
This single malt is aged for over 10 years in bourbon barrels. It has an alcohol content of 43 degrees. Laphroaig’s unique taste of seaweed and its deep richness make it a great choice for beginners.
A fragrant smoked nutty taste spreads across the palate, followed by an iodine aroma that pokes up the nostrils, followed by a sweet, full vanilla aroma derived from the malt. It is a thick liquid with a rich mouthfeel, which makes it ideal for drinking after a meal. It is also popular to drink it as a highball.
Laphroaig 18 years old
A bottle of original malt that has been aged in bourbon barrels for over 18 years. The beautiful gold color is a testament to the long aging process.
The aroma of seaweed that is unique to Laphroaig, while at the same time offering a soft sweetness that is reminiscent of chocolate and a hint of fruit. After swallowing, a luxurious aroma fills your nostrils.
Laphroaig 25 years old
Laphroaig releases a 25-year old bottle almost every year. It is popular among Laphroaig enthusiasts because of its slightly different taste and aroma from year to year.
The smoky, peaty aroma of Laphroaig with its typical Laphroaig peatiness and sea breeze aroma has matured over the past 25 years. It has a rich body and complex citrus flavors like grapefruit and honey lemon.
Laphroaig 30 years
Laphroaig’s top-of-the-line bottle of whisky, matured for over 30 years, which has removed the strong, fresh taste and aroma typical of Laphroaig, and added a deep sweetness and elegant aroma over 30 years. It has a full-bodied taste and soft mouthfeel with a long finish.
Laphroaig 30 years old tends to be hard to find, so if you find one, give it a try.
Laphroaig Select is a whisky that is aged in several different casks. It has an alcohol content of 40 degrees.
The three barrels used are European sherry, Pedro Jimenez sherry and American bourbon. The use of a variety of casks gives this whiskey a sweetness and freshness not found in traditional Laphroaig despite its non-age nature.
In one sip, a sweet aroma reminiscent of dried grapes wafts through the Laphroaig’s distinctive peaty aroma. It also has a refreshing taste with a combination of fruity acidity and bitterness.
Laphroaig Quarter Cask
This is one of the strongest Laphroaig wines, with an alcohol content of 48 degrees. Its alcohol content is 48%, and it is also characterized by the use of quarter-sized small barrels, which allows for a greater surface area of contact between the original wine and the barrel and faster aging.
The peaty aroma of Laphroaig is more pronounced than in other Laphroaigs, as it is produced in a more smoky environment. It’s smoky, with flavors like fresh citrus and fresh green apples. A sweet vanilla note, similar to salted caramel, comes through at the end. The mouthfeel is dry and refreshing.
Laphroaig PX Cask
A less smoky version of the strong Laphroaig, it has a more herbal, cooler, eucalyptus and mint flavor. Peaty notes, dried fruits, vanilla and citrus are also present in this Laphroaig.
This is a rare Laphroaig with a three-stage aging process. The original wine is aged for 5-7 years in bourbon barrels, 7-9 months in quarter cask (small casks) and 1 year in sweet sherry casks to achieve an attractive taste and aroma.
Laphroaig, a British royal warrant is one of the most authentic Scotch whiskies. The taste and aroma are intense, but many people are captivated by it once they’ve had it. It can be enjoyed straight, on the rocks, in a highball or cocktail, even for beginners. If you’re interested in a good Scotch whisky, this article will help you try Laphroaig.