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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Laphroaig 10 Year

Laphroaig 10 Year: Price varies by state, but it is considered to be of high value and low price: $35-70.

The whole crew got excited to review Laphroaig 10 Year, so as to not overwhelm, we all kept it brief.

Some Facts:
  • Laphroaig is a single-malt Scotch, meaning it is made from barley grain
, roasted over peat.
  • It is brewed on the south coast of the Isle of Islay, by the head of Loch Laphroaig.

  • The Laphroaig distillery was established in 1815, by Alexander and Donald Johnston. 

  • Laphroaig is the only whisky to carry the Royal Warrant of the Prince of Wales (the 15-year-old is reportedly his favorite), awarded in person in 1994.
  • When you purchase a bottle and register it, you have also purchased a lifetime lease on one square foot of Scotland! You are now a Scottish land-owner. They even pay you rent, one dram per foot, per year, payable when you visit your plot.

"Nose: The scent is mild and smoky with costal salt air notes, evidence of the ocean's influence on their peat fields; some nuttiness at the edges 

Taste: Rich, smokey, peaty, costal flavors sit on the tongue, with a slight burn and catch. At the first sip, you are overwhelmed, in a good way, and for just an instant, you and the Scotch are no more, having been replaced by the sum total, becoming something quite different. You have briefly achieved oneness with it, and perhaps, the universe. But this not true satori, or enlightenment; no, you must return to the world. But do not fret; you have a whole glass in front of you. Take it slow. Savor it. Ponder it's transformative effect. Reflect on your place in your world. The universe. Value the warmth and good-will of this moment in time. Decide to reciprocate. This is the path of joyful self awareness. This is the Tao of Laphroaig."

"I am not a Scotch drinker. That said, I do not hate Scotch. Two Scotches that occasionally brighten my day are Glenlivet and Chivas Regal, perhaps precisely because they're comparatively mild, and sans that characteristic peatiness that I've yet to appreciate. As a novice Scotch drinker, I found Laphroaig overpoweringly smokey and peaty. But if you're into that sort of thing, you may likely find it delicious."

"Short and sweet:
-smells like shoe leather,
-one super strong note (peat) at the expense of others,
-I love it."

Brew is on one of his many adventures, and will report back when he returns, but when asked if he wanted to contribute to this article he had this to share:
"Scotch is my fave booze as it is. I bought a bottle of Laphroig early in my Scotch appreciation years and thought someone had sabotaged my tasty cocktail with a chunk of sod. but I soldiered on lads, I made it through the bottle."


Unanimous praise? Close enough. Get some.

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