Laphroaig is one of 8 whiskies produced on the island of Islay, one of those with the most marine and peaty flavor, a solid and herbaceous whiskey, very smooth and refined, carved with great elegance, but that certainly does not hide behind a vanilla curtain.
The nose is lovely. After a first peaty assault, it opens up with a thousand shades of alpine grasses, moss, seaweed, dates, peaches in syrup, and brackish recalls.
Everything is deliciously mixed in an aromatic symphony, natural and very clean, with only minor and not overpowering, spicy scents. There is no trace of cinnamon or vanilla, and we could say this whisky can convey all its territoriality without giving up to a seducing peaty touch.
The palate is savory, peppery, and with a smooth and bright alcoholic rhythm. You can almost touch a myriad of layers composed of flavor, ripe fruit, and roundness in the proper sequence—an outstanding balance between saltiness and smoky flavors. The finish is clean and fades away into a sweet taste of pears. Remarkable persistence.
Quite simply: it’s a great whiskey forged by the wild call of the sea of Scotland.
This whisky has received Gold and Gold Outstanding in the International Spirits Challenge and International Wine and Spirit Challenge. It also won Double Gold in New York International Spirits Challenge.