By: Andrew Whiteley
K&L Staff Member
Every bottle of Laphroaig reads "The most richly flavoured of all Scotch whiskies" right on the front. While it's broadly true for Laphroaig, if we had to rank their individual bottlings, it is the 10 year cask strength that ranks as the richest of them all. Everything you've ever loved about Laphroaig is in this bottle. The salt, the iodine, the dank peat smoke, the charcoal, the fruit, the flowers, the cereal, the kelp, the candy, the wood. It all dances and sings in perfect time and harmony. More than for most distilleries the jump to cask strength for Laphroaig is so important for capturing the full intensity of the spirit and depth of flavor. The lack of chill filtration brings you miles closer to Islay than the regular 10 year expression. Burnished amber in color, batch 11 is redolent of ripe stone fruit and cold ocean spray. It's thick with caramel and sweet tangy BBQ. The perfumed floral notes ride high from nose to finish. The intensity of maple syrup and dried desert fruits abound but zesty citrus peel keeps it fresh. The complex malt profile offers everything from toasted and roasted nuts to fresh cut grass and baked granola. Smoke doesn't sit heavily, but jumps around lithely in the glass. It's Islay perfection at an attractive price from one of the world's most famous distilleries. The 10 year cask strength Laphroaig is simply one of the most underrated whiskies, not just at K&L, but in all of Scotland.