Review: Laphroaig 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

10 yrs; Ex-bourbon barrels
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Laphroaig (Port Ellen, Scotland)

Laphroaig is known for their big, peaty drams which are on the most intense and extreme side of Scotch whisky. If you like big, peaty, and medicinal drams, almost everything they release is both terrific and relatively affordable. This is the "original" Laphroaig, as it has been produced the same way for over 75 years.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L133957C 10:36

  • Bottling Date: 2013

What peat this is! Rock pools, celery, menthol, apples, prunes (roasted), pear, smoke, and maybe a touch of lime peel - the menthol makes things interesting in that mix! The smoke is simply awesome: what sharpness and intensity of peat, yet held back - the character and quality of the peat in this, and the balance - incredible. I wish they would bottle this one at 48%. The cask strength version perhaps meets this need…but an in between wouldn’t be bad.

Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High, based on $86.