Laphroaig-love the aroma of the peat smoke, It's poetry!

This is an Islay single malt Scotch whisky distillery with its whisky similarly named. It is named from the area of land at the head of Loch Laphroaig on the south coast of the Isle of Islay. Laphroaig, pronounced "La-froyg", is a Gaelic word meaning "the beautiful hollow by the broad bay".

The Beginning of Laphroaig
The distillery was established in 1815 by Donald and Alexander Johnston. Their descendants ran the distillery until 1887, when it passed to the Hunter family. They in turn ran the distillery until 1954, when Ian Hunter (who had no children) died and left the distillery to one of his managers, Bessie Williamson.
The distillery was sold to Long John International in the 1960s, and subsequently became part of Allied Domecq. The brand was in turn acquired by Fortune Brands in 2005, as one of the brands divested by Pernod Ricard in order to obtain regulatory approval for its takeover of Allied Domecq.

Laphroaig has been the only whisky to carry the Royal Warrant of the Prince of Wales, which was awarded in person during a visit to the distillery in 1994. The 15-year-old is reportedly the prince's favourite Scotch whisky.

Laphroaig Today
Take it neat or with a splash of soft water. Roll it around on your tongue. Release the pungent, earthy aroma of the blue peat smoke, the sweet nuttiness of the barley and the delicate, heathery perfume of Islay's streams. Like the islanders it may seem a little aloof at first, but make the effort, broach acquaintance and we can guarantee you'll have a warm and genuine friend for life.
The award winning family of Laphroaig Whiskies ranges from the rich, pungent 10 Year Old to the smooth and exceptionally rare 40 Year Old. But whatever Laphroaig you choose, you can sense 200 years of loving care distilled into every bottle.
Often considered the best single malt in the World. In 2005 they were proud to be voted 'the best of the best' in the Champions of Whisky Competition - so now it's official!

In an attempt to re-create the taste of historic whiskies, Laphroaig carried out experiments, for example the Laphroaig Quarter Cask has been introduced. By using smaller casks and by avoiding chill filtering, the Quarter Cask Single Malt is supposed to taste like the type of whisky that was distilled 200 years ago. Due to the smaller barrel used, the oak surface contact is 30% greater than with standard barrels. Quarter casks were preferred in the 18th century, when smuggling was rife. These smaller barrels were easier for mules to carry (a favoured means of cross-land transportation).
The Quarter Cask is also bottled at 96 proof (48% ABV), or 20% stronger than standard.

Tasting Notes
Laphroaig is one of the most strongly flavoured of all Scotch whiskies, and is most frequently aged to 10 years, although the 15-(now discontinued) and 18-year-old varieties are common (the 27-, 30- and 40-year-olds are rare and expensive).
The company describes their whisky as the most distinctive of Scotch whisky.

The harsh climate of Islay, the abundance of soft water, rain soaked peat, quality barley and the skilled craftsmen all contribute to the unique taste of Laphroaig...
Below are the 4 easy steps to unleashing and enjoying Laphroaig's full potential.
Step 1 Pour yourself a full measure of Scotland's most richly flavoured malts. Admire the full golden amber colour with its slightly greenish tone.
Step 2 Nose the glass (adding just a drop of water to release the full potential) and savour the pungent earthy aroma. Admire the heavy peaty smokiness and detect the delicate heathery perfume.
Step 3 Really taste the whisky - roll it around on your tongue and allow it to impress your palate. Take time to experience its full rich character and peaty flavour.
Step 4 Contemplate it, savour it, but never rush it - appreciate the lingering and unique mellow finish of the true single malt Scotch whisky for the connoisseur.

Region: Islay
Location: Port Ellen
Owner: Fortune Brands
Founded: 1815
Status: Operational
Water Source: The Kilbride Dam
No. of Stills: 3 wash 4 spirit
Capacity: 2,600,000 litres
10-year-old (cask strength)
Quarter Cask
15-year-old (now discontinued)

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