Scotland's Whisky Distilleries: Laphroaig
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Scotland's Whisky Distilleries: Laphroaig

Here we will take a look at one of the most famous whisky distilleries in Scotland, that of Laphroaig.

When it comes to whisky drinking, one has much to chose from. Four different types of whisky are produced in Scotland and there are many different brands that make different types of whisky. There really is a huge choice of flavours and types for the whisky drinker. Here we will take a look at one of the most famous whisky distilleries in Scotland, that of Laphroaig.


( A kiln chimney at the Laphroaig distillery - Image via Wikipedia)

Core Range

  • Laphroaig 10 year old
  • Laphroaig 10 year old Cask Strength
  • Laphroaig 15 year old
  • Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Signature Malt

The Laphroaig 10 year old whisky has a really full flavour that is not best suited to the novice whisky drinker. For that reason alone, the signature malt of the Laphroaig distillery has to be the Laphroaig Quarter Cask. It has all the unique peat characteristics of the 10 year old but without the full blast of flavour that can be overwhelming to the novice whisky drinker.

The Distillery

The Laphroaig distillery is situated in the Port Ellen area of the Isle of Islay. It is literally a stones throw away from both the Lagavulin and Ardberg distilleries but it is Laphroaig that can lay claim to being the most 'iconic' name in the area. Somebody once described the Laphoraig as being the Marmite of the whisky world; you either love it or hate it. Although there is some merit to that idea, the truth is that it is different for different people. As an entry level malt for the novice whisky drinker, the Quarter Cask comes highly recommended. The 10 year old Cask Strength, on the other hand, is more suited to the experienced palate. All in all, the Laphroaig distillery offers a good range of differing whiskies.

(The Laphroaig Quarter Cask - Image via Wikipedia)

The Laphroaig distillery itself is situated right beside the sea, the waves lap right up to the distillery walls. It is a stunning setting and the Laphroaig distiller is small, informal and very traditional in their methods. The distillery offer tours throughout the week from Monday to Friday, twice a day but be warned, the distillery usually closed between July and August so best to avoid those months if visiting. The distillery sometimes produces special bottlings. One example was a bottle they produced to mark the annual Islay Malt and Music Festival. Another special whisky the Laphroaig distillery produced was the 27 year old whisky they released in 2007. It is quite a rare whisky now and has an awesome taste of plummy sherry and bonfire smoke; what else would you want from a whisky!

For those of you who have been struggling with how exactly to pronounce Laphroaig, allow me to put you out your misery by telling you that it is pronounced 'Laff-roy-g'.

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Comments (2)

I don't have a problem pronouncing it, must be the Celt in me, what I have a problem with is why Laphroaig is so expensive compared to other whisky?

Great work, Laphroaig is one of my favourites.