Part of the triumvirate of heavily-peated southern Islay malts, alongside LVMH's Ardbeg and Diageo's Lagavulin, Laphroaig was founded in 1810 by brothers Alexander and Donald Johnston (although the official year of start-up is given as 1815 on the company's labels and literature). The histories of Lagavulin and Laphroaig have been closely tied ... Read More »
A 10 year old bottling of 'Leapfrog' from independent bottlers Murray McDavid. From a distillery on the south coast of Islay which claims to be "the world's most richly flavoured Scotch Whisky". This was distilled in 1988 and aged in an ex-bourbon cask.
Zesty oak and warm peat smoke top notes, with sweet undertones, reminiscent of fresh nutmeg and toasted almonds. Faintly salty. Laphroaig 15yo is a smoother and more elegant elder sibling to the robust 10 year-old.
Please note that this is restricted to 2 bottles per customer
A 1985 vintage Laphroaig released by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask range. This bottling was chosen for the 'Directors Laudable Selection'. Distilled in February, it was aged for 15 years until 303 bottles were yielded in June 2000.
A pre-royal warrant (probably late 1980s) bottle of Laphroaig 10 year old, displayed in a presentation tin. The tin itself is adorned with pictures of stills and men cutting peat, representing the traditional methods still used by Laphroaig to this day.
The 2013 bottling of Laphroaig's highly lauded 25 year old. Matured in a combination of Oloroso sherry casks and bourbon barrels, both of which were first-filled. After a quarter of a century of ageing, it as bottled at cask strength.
The cask strength bottling of Laphroaig 25yo is a very different beast to the old 25yo (and in our opinion, upping the strength is a big improvement). Rich and smouldering, with a big coal hit and a lingering seaweed character. We said at the time that this was tremendous stuff, and now it's only gone and won the IWSC Trophy for Best Cask Strength Single Malt.
An old litre bottle of Laphroaig's 10 year old at cask strength. Labelled 'The most richly flavoured of all Scotch whiskies', everything is just magnified at full strength, leading to a very complex, rich and powerful malt.
Released at its natural cask strength of 43.4% by independent bottler Scotia Royale, this handsomely-presented 35yo Laphroaig 1976 was distilled in the glory days and is one of the oldest 'Froygs we've encountered in quite some time.
Please note that the boxes of these whiskies are lightly marked in some cases.