Laphroaig 10 Review

 

Laphroaig 10 Review

When the flagship product tastes this good, you know you’re dealing with a quality brand. The distillery got it’s start in 1815 by Donald and Alexander Johnston and was run by the family till 1954 (139 years) when the last member of the family died without an heir. This lead to it brand changing hands several times over the years and is Currently owned by Suntory, who now owns Beam. Beam has owned Laphroaig since 2005 when it was called Fortune Brands. Though through all of this one thing has remained the same and that is quality.

In addition to being almost 200 years old (I’m expecting big things from them next year) It’s also the only whisky to carry the Royal Warrant of the Prince of Wales. A Royal Warrant means that they supply a good or service to a royal court or a certain royal personage and has no significance beyond lending prestige and quality, via-association, to the brand. They received this honor after the prince visited his favorite distillery in 1994 and they’ve included it on their packaging ever since. Basically the royal stamp of approval because they make tasty whisky.

Laphroaig 10 Review

ABV: 43%
Age: 10 years
Price: $43
Distiller: D. Johnston & Co.

EYE
Light golden straw

NOSE
Warm peat comes out first followed by some nice salty briny notes and accompanied with some caramel, iodine, smoke and char. These big heavy oily notes get cut with hints of citrus, light fruit, malt, honey and a slightly vegetal underpinning. A wonderfully complex nose with layer after layer of enticing aromas.

TASTE
That campfire smokiness comes tearing across the palate like a bat out of hell with vanilla, butterscotch, malt, Novocain and graham in the sidecar. A mild peat and citrus bring up the rear along with some notes of cocoa, fruit and honey. It’s a fantastically deep and rich flavor that’s a bit like eating a s’more, campfire and all.

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Very well balanced with a medium body and a light smooth texture that makes it incredibly easy to sip.

FINISH
Smoke, malt, graham, an ambiguous sugary sweetness and a medicinal note play out with a hint of wood on a long and pleasant finish.

OVERALL
I love this whisky. I’m a big fan of Islay whisky in general and Laphroaig is no exception. They aren’t as heavy, oily and brooding as a Lagavulin nor are they as light and crisp as Ardbeg; they inhabit that pleasant middle ground where everything comes together in wonderful harmony. Definitely among my favorite sipping whiskies with a great depth to both the aroma and flavor.

SCORE: 91/100

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18 Responses to Laphroaig 10 Review

  1. Completely agree with your review but just one small adjustment needs to be made, It’s ‘Prince of Wales’ not Whales! Although there may indeed be a Prince of the Whales somewhere in the deep…

  2. Utterly agree, as usual. I read about this stuff as a teenager and it was the first scotch I tried. It blew me away and I wasn’t able to handle it, but I kept coming back for me and boy, did it grow on me through my mid-to-late twenties.

    Question: do you have any recommendations for decent (possibly blended) scotches in a mid-range price for use in cocktails? Or is that a heretical inquiry?

    • Hey Will,

      Not heretical at all, I love cocktails and good whiskey makes good cocktails. If you’re looking for a peated blend I’d look for the Isle of Skye. It’s cheap, it’s tasty and I use it in cocktails myself. It’s a great cocktail whisky. If you’re looking for an unpeated blend try Bank Note, it’s another scotch I rely on when making cocktails.

      Cheers!

  3. Thanks! I’ll see if I can find them. If I can’t, I’ll do some research of my own and let you know what I find out.

    Hey, when are you going to review Elijah Craig 12 Year? I’ve been waiting for that review with bated breath. 🙂

  4. This bottle has been on my “to drink” list and I never got around to trying it until tonight. I was at the store and noticed it was priced at $26/750 bottle so I had to jump on it. Now I think Ill be going back for a few more bottles at this price.

  5. I bought this bottle on sale and the first thing i noticed when I opened it was the strong smell for iodine or something similar. The palate was medicinal. It was too strong for me. of course I fnished it but I dont think I will buy it again for now. Im still a beginner and lately i have been drinking bourbon but I find that it is too sweet for me specifically Evan Williams/Buffallo trace. What do you recommend I try? I would like to try something smokey but on the lighter side. (I dont know if it helps but I like merlot)

    • Try a good rye like Rendezvous Rye or George Dickel rye, you might like those more than bourbon. For a lighter peating try Talisker or any of the peated AncNocs, they are 1/2 or less peaty than the Laphroaig and that might work. Hope that helps. Cheers!

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