A thick coating of peat isn't enough to cover a soft, oaky background on the nose. Continuous gentle waves of dry peat lap upon the taste buds but are balanced by a sweet malt middle and the most hesitant of vanillas. With a long and peaty finish , the shy vanilla now begins to show as the oak adds a certain dryness. A gentle giant.
The original Laphroaig, distilled the same way today as when Ian Hunter invented it over 75 years ago.
In making Laphroaig, malted barley is dried over a peat fire. The smoke from this peat, found only on Islay, gives Laphroaig its particularly rich flavour.
Those enjoying the 10 Year Old will first notice the bold, smoky taste, followed by a hint of seaweed and a surprising sweetness. This full-bodied variant is the foundation of all Laphroaig expressions and comes with a long finish.
COLOUR: Full sparkling gold
NOSE: Huge smoke, seaweedy, "medicinal", with a hint of sweetness
BODY: Full bodied
PALATE: Surprising sweetness with hints of salt and layers of peatiness
2011 SF World Spirits Competition - Double Gold medal
2010 International Wine & Spirit Competition – Silver Medal
2010 SF World Spirits Competition - Double Gold medal
2009 SF World Spirits Competition - Gold medal
2008 IWSC - Silver Medal and 'Best in Class'
2008 SF World Spirits Competition - Gold medal
2007 International Wine and spirits Competition - Gold (Best in Class)
2007 ISC (International Spirits Challenge) - Gold medal
2007 International Review of Spirits (BTI) - Silver medal
2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition - Gold medal
2006 International Wine and spirits Competition, Gold, Best in Class
2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition - Double-Gold award
2005 Malt Maniacs Awards - Silver Medal "A peat monster that takes no prisoners"
2005 IWSC - Silver Medal and 'Best in Class'
2004 International Spirits Challenge - Silver Medal
2003 International Spirits Challenge - Silver Medal
2003 International Spirits Challenge- Gold Medal
2001 International Spirits Challenge - Gold Medal
2000 International Spirits Challenge - Gold Medal
2000 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Gold Medal
1999 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Gold Medal
1998 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky under 12 Years Old
1998 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Gold Medal
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