Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Classic aromas of dry cereal, baker’s yeast, malt and light spice; tastes include cooking spices (thyme), dry sherry, toasted malt and almonds; one of a kind.
94 points Whisky Advocate
This is the first time I’ve been up for reviews here so I had a game plan: play it cool, mark tightly, let everyone know I’m hard to please. Then they gave me this, the whisky equivalent to front row tickets to Neil Young on his current Twisted Road tour: not just a chance to get up close and personal with an old favorite, but to do so with an old favorite who’s on fire. Laphroaig’s owners are intent on ensuring a big peaty engine for any new release, but this is a monster by anyone’s standards. It’s essentially Quarter Cask finished in oloroso sherry casks, so in addition to the intense charcoal smoke attack there are rich fruity notes; blackcurrant and berries. It’s an evening barbecue whisky. Grill that fish until it’s blackened and crispy, drizzle on lemon, and as the smoke rears up in protest, sip this. Big, moody, broody, fruity, and rich: what’s not to love? (Vol 19, #3)
Islay Single Malt Scotch
Laphroaig, pronounced “La-froyg”, is a Gaelic word meaning “the beautiful hollow by the broad bay.” The three main ingredients for Laproaig are barley, water and yeast. For the Laphroaig 10 year, the malted barley is dried over a peat fire. Laphroaig only uses peat found on the island of Islay. The Laphroaig 10 year has a strong smoky scent with a malt nose and the color is a full gold. The flavor is very smoky, almost mesquite with a complex finish and long aftertaste. The 10 year is a sweet and subtle full bodied peat monster! This is an excellent and classic 10 year single malt.
Islay Single Malt Scotch
A vibrant young Laphroaig whose maturation has been speeded up by ageing in Quarter Casks. This shows soft sweetness and a velvety feel when first tasted, then the intense peatiness so unique to Laphroaig comes bursting through. A really terrific whisky and great value.
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Matured in Bourbon & Sherry Oak Casks. This range has been around for a few years now and seems to have weathered the storm it caused amongst the faithful when it was initially released. “The Fine Oak range is…more approachable, and has the potential to be embraced by a greater percentage of whisky drinkers….cutting back on the sherry reveals more of the Macallan spirit, which is first-class.” John Hansell, Malt Advocate Magazine
96-100 points Wine Enthusiast
*Best Buy* An initial bouquet of the dried yellow fruit found in muesli; later on, added scents of unsweetened coconut, honey, and light toffee beautifully complement the dried fruit aroma. The palate entry is chewy and honeyed; at midpalate the dried fruit, clover, and honey flavors meld delightfully with the oily, creamy texture. Concludes sensuously and regally. (12/ 2004)
Highland Single Malt Scotch