This month The Wild Boar’s Master of Malt, George Hutton, is back closer to home exploring an all-malt whisky from Scotland for his ‘Malt of the Month’ in July 2014.
Laphroaig 10 Year Old is an all-malt Scotch Whisky from the remote island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland. Laphroaig, pronounced ‘La-froyg’, is a Gaelic word meaning “the beautiful hollow by the broad bay”. 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.
Laphroaig is best savoured neat, or with a little cool water. Roll it around on your tongue. Release the pungent, earthy aroma of blue peat smoke, the sweet nuttiness of the barley, the delicate heathery perfume of Islay’s streams. It is as unique as the island itself.
Legend has it that Ian Hunter (the last family owner of Laphroaig) introduced the whisky to America during prohibition, by convincing the authorities of its medicinal properties, and was therefore sold legally but only on prescription and from a chemist.
Laphroaig is also a favourite tipple of HRH Prince Charles. He gave the distillery, and in particular 10 year old, the Royal Seal of approval by issuing a Royal Warrant in 1994, which is still proudly displayed on every label of 10 Year Old Laphroaig.
NOSE: Huge smoke, seaweedy, “medicinal”, with a hint of sweetness
PALATE: Surprising sweetness with hints of salt and layers of peatiness