Laphroaig distillery was established in 1825 by Donald and Alexander Johnston. Laphroaig calls itself "the most richly flavoured of all Scotch whiskies" and possesses one of only seven active malting floors in Scotland. Peated to a high and medicinal level, Laphroaig often has a distinctive TCP and maritime flavour. The most common bottling is a 10 year old. Over recent years, age statement whiskies such as the 15 and 18 year olds have been removed from the portfolio and a range of Non Age Statement (NAS) bottlings have replaced them.

Posted 04 May 2017

Originally a travel retail exclusive, Laphroaig Brodir is matured in ex-bourbon casks and then transferred over, for an unspecified finishing period, into European oak casks which previous held ruby port. The name Brodir translates into 'Brother' from ancient we're stepping on the brand toes of Highland Park with some viking-based etymology. 

Posted 05 December 2017

Inside door number four and it’s a 6 year old Williamson. If you’ve never heard of Williamson Distillery, fear not, it’s actually not a distillery in its own right, rather, it’s the name given to ‘tea spooned’ Laphroaig. Tea spooning is the process whereby a small amount of whisky from one distillery is added to a cask containing whisky from another. By doing so, the cask is, technically, no longer 100% one thing or another (and perhaps not even a technically a single malt anymore, but that’s a discussion for another time) and therefore has to be sold under a different, new name. Distilleries tea spoon to allow the sale of their whisky (often to independent bottlers), whilst protecting their currently traded brand names.

Posted 07 May 2017

Our final tasting at the Laphroaig Warehouse 7 tasting was a combination cask, where the initial ex-bourbon was re-racked in 2013 into a quarter cask for its final 4 years of maturation.

Posted 07 May 2017

Our first tasting was from a 2002 15 year old ex-bourbon cask which Tom informed us was originally from Makers Mark

Posted 07 May 2017

Interestingly this is the same makeup as #3797 - 2002,  15 year old ex-bourbon, Maker's Mark. The similarities stop there.

Posted 01 February 2018

Another month, another SMWS Laphroaig. This one was distilled in November 1998 and spent 18 years maturing in a refill ex-bourbon hogshead. Peated profile.


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