Laphroaig distillery was founded in 1815 by Donald and Alexander Johnston and is located in Port Ellen, Isle of Islay. Although Laphroaig isn't allowed to put the prefix ‘Royal’ in its name (yet), rumour has it his royal princeness Charles of Wales is a fan of the ‘L’ Whisky. The 15-year-old is reportedly the prince's favourite Scotch. For a long while there’s been frenzy for Laphroaig’s Scotch, especially those less-available expressions.
Laphroaig 10 Year Old is the original Laphroaig, distilled the same way today as it was when Ian Hunter invented over 75 years ago. It’s the quintessential Islay Scotch, heavily peated and very medicinal. Indeed, many-a-Scotch lover has lost its flavour virginity to it.
Quintessential whiskey which holds a very special place in my life. I’ll go out of my way to get a bottle.
This is how I learned I am a peat monster...
This will take you around the corner and kick your ass. You will hate yourself for loving this. How is it possible that licking a burned stick then drinking sucared seawater on top of it be one of the best things in the world.
Full bodied. Smoky. Not for the beginner. Seaweed. Peaty. Long lasting.
God, men lidt for røget
Who knew the smell of band aids could taste so wonderfully sweet and peaty. My absolute go-to. As someone said before, you either love it or you hate it.
The ultimate peat, dark and spicy for me and although the tasting notes say licorice I never actually taste this... Shame I love that licorice finish in a whisky.
Everyone should taste a Laphroaig once if you are a whisky drinker... You will want another.
Nice dram. Not the best peat I have tasted. This was the ash taste I assumed I would not like. Glad Son of a Peat was my first experience. This may have put me off peat.
I really dig it...you either love it or hate it
The double IPAs of scotch. Absolute quality product, however you drink this to let people know you're drinking it. Peat on the front. Peat in the middle. And guess what? Peat on the finish. The peat of this peat is what peats the peat in peat peat. Peat.
Peat isn't my thing but I see the appeal. Cant see myself spending my own money on it but if its free I definitely wouldn't say no.
Classic islay scotch for a fair price
Smokey, intense and very drinkable.
Very peaty. Plus one star for smoothness.
Classic Islay malt, strong flavors and always a great experience
My favorite, peaty and hot!
Not Lagavulin but still worth the money.
Smoky and peaty. Enjoyed this one.
Unrefined, but the Laphroaig 10 is meant to be that, they know what they’re giving you, it’s a little rough around the edges. It punches you in the nose and on the pallete. Not for beginners if you’re trying peat. Again do not start your peat journey with this.
This has become my go to Whisky, I find the palate very earthy and gentle with just the perfect amount of smoke and peat.
Like a refreshing evening with a warm, smoky campfire. The flavor spiral is spot on for this dram; the smoky peat is definitely at the front and a slight salty afterflavor is noticeable. It's not an every day kind of dram, but definitely something to break out once in a while.
Was my first entry into Islay Whiskies and one of my favorites.
Not like a go-to whiskey, but a nice addition when you're in the mood for something different. A little water will cut the strongest flavours and add some back end complexity.
I'm a beginner, and this is still too weird for me
My go to whisky
I love smokey/peated whiskey, but sometimes I don't want something that's over the top and completely dominated by the peat. For me that's the Laphroaig 10 year. For those who don't like peat, this would probably be way to much smoke, but for those who love it, this is somewhere between not enough to just enough. I find it to be easier drinking and more casual than it's smokier brethren.
This is a great example of a smoky, peaty, Islay single malt as I believe most people would expect from this region.
From my perspective, it has some similarities to Lagavulin 16 and Ardbeg Uigeadail.
I like peat but I strongly prefer the Ardbeg ways.
Hands down, one of the best entry level smoky scotch whiskies out there.
Smokey, peaty, and delicious. A classic Islay Scotch.
The first scotch that I was introduced to. Big peat, big smoke, and ocean taste. Perfect sipping whiskey and pairs nicely with a good cigar. I enjoy it with an ice cube and that iodine flavor mellows our and other flavors open up, especially the vanilla flavor, once’s a little water is introduce.
This is simply my favorite. The aroma is peat and more peat, with a sea salt and vanilla sweetness. The taste is ridiculously smooth, somewhat sweet with tons going on. I don’t know how to describe it other than complex, smoky, herby wonderful goodness.
One of my favorite whiskys. Well worth the price. Best bang for the buck whisky.
Smoky and classy laphroaig.
Very smokey, and smooth. An almost leathery peatiness. I've had several similar whiskeys, from other laphroaigs to lagavulin etc, and this one is still my go to for how easy it is to drink
I really enjoyed it, subtile smoke, very easy on the palate, doesnt burn, super smooth. Sitting next to the Lagavulin 16 so far
Liquid smoke, with different flavors in every sip.
One of my top 3
Great entry level smoky scotch whisky. Warm and soft.
Very smoky, light in flavor, sweet late in the finish
For me this is nice for a sip or two but hard to sit down to a whole glass. Wonderful campfire smell. There is an incredibly strong smoke taste and the salt/iodine/spice reminds me of a brine that you would use for a Thanksgiving Turkey.
Nose: Tar, creosote, seaweed, peaty earthiness, burning wood, smoke.
Taste, big smokey peaty arrival, seaweed, honey. Lasting finish with a medicinal and honey aftertaste, developing further with a saltiness after a few minutes.
With water and time, the components become more distinctive and vegetal notes begin to develop and a sweetness creeps in.
Holy smoke! And it just keeps smoking for minutes after on your tongue. Excellent
If I were stranded on a desert island, this is the drink I'd want with me. Smoky, peaty, and oh so smooth.
Delicious with a strong peaty taste. Not for everyone, but I find it to be a delightful drink!
Very smokey and peaty, I love it! My wife hates the smell😜
Very smoky and peaty scotch
Some nights it can’t get better than this
Love the peat!
Heavy smoky peat, maybe butterscotch?
Not my dram. Tastes like shoes as cigars
One of the smokiest islays which I love. Good peat and smooth creamy finish. Will remain a favorite.
Classic! I admit I love Lagavulin more personally, but this is definitely in the same league. While I've learned the Quarter Cask version is also a step above this one, I keep coming back to the original for serving to lovers of Scotch looking to experience true Islay goodness. It's a striking appearance and palette with enough smoothness to take the edge off for drinkers with less Islay experience, and I won't feel as bad if they don't finish it compared to if I had poured them Lagavulin. Now for experienced drinkers, this one is beautiful neat with only a few drops of cold water to break it.
Nose is deceiving. The taste is full of smoke and peat and a small bit of vanilla. Once you add a few drops, the nose and flavors really brighten up.
First smoky peaty scotch, first taste is something like what the hell but before you’re halfway through the bottle you can’t stop yourself from coming back.
I do believe people can love it. I don’t but I appreciate it so much that I’m going to have it again sometime.
... and it is a month later and... I like it. Peaty, not sweet, some vanilla, nice peaty finish.
My very first peaty scotch! Tastes like taking down a strong tea made from charred wood but I grew to like the aroma and the taste of smoke.
Super smokey, peaty, and BBQy, much more than most other scotches I've tried. Maybe a pinch too much in that direction for my taste, but still a solid scotch!
smoky, peaty, slightly fruity, decent aftertaste, good Islay scotch - very solid.
Not my favorite but definitely appreciate this expression of whisky for its uniqueness.
Aromas of thick black/forest green markers (phenols), barbecue smoke, charcoal
Tastes of examination gloves, rubber, tar
Warming sensation when it hits my tongue with an oily sensation. Reminds me of the bottom floor of a cruise ship where we would enter/exit
I love this scotch!!! I love that peat flavor!!!
Laphroaig , my favorite scotch overall so far, had a few, like 15, but 10 also very good
Like french kissing a goddess of smoke and flame. My favorite.
I love this Scotch! The flavor is off the chart. The peat is so heavy that I feel like I am sitting by a campfire in a swamp.
Love it - smoky and peaty
Taste too peaty for my taste
Heavier on the phenols than the Caol Ila 12 and the Bowmore 12. Less smoke than both too. Not enough smoke for me, but adequate peat. It's a Tuesday or Wednesday dram.
The cigar whiskey. Grows on you and has a bit of a kick.
Lots of flavor, love the smoke and peat. A bit spicy for me, but worth it.
Nice smoky nose and taste without being overpowering.
Beautifully Smokey yet smooth
Very nice flavour. Classic Islay taste!
Maybe best buy for 10yr old whiskey.
Love the smoke. Smooth, thoughtful.
Salty,smoky. Doesn't compare to the 18y old though
Salty vanilla, the best flavor that I taste.
smokey smell. moderate finish.
My first peated whisky. It has a more pronounciated nose and taste compared to my earlier single malts, but that makes it even easier to describe: smoke and peat, salt and pepper, with a hint of tart and vanilla. Somehow, this 10 year old makes me think of a late-night campfire on a stormy beach... :).
Great dram! (Mine's bottled at 40% abv)
One of my favorites, tastes of smoke and band aids... but in a good way
Smoky and sweet
One smokey islay but i still prefer the lasting salty seaweed taste of lagavulin 16
Жестковат. Хотя я люблю дымный виски... Не зачет.
Smoky with a long smooth finish. As perfect dram, don't fear the smoke!
My favorite of smoky peaty Scotches, I always come back to this ten year old, an absolute staple in my collection.
The best value for money.
Nice as starting
Butch, brash, smokey
Nose: Campfire on the beach, heavy peat, novocaine, earth and leather, vanilla and oak if you give it time. Arrival: Peat, salt, seaweed. Finish: Intense burst of cinnamon, lingering tobacco with hints of leather.
A little too smoky for my liking
Reminds me of Seldovia, Alaska. Cold northern sea air blowing through a small village.
Smoky Peaty Strong
It's just happiness in a bottle Sip it slowly and respect it
Endlessly complex and enticing; each sip brings a deep reverie as the variety of notes reverberate around the palette in an entirely uncivilized manner.
Питкий. интересная вкусовая композиция, вязкая по плотности. послевкусие на небе детской медовой акварели. Вкус соленый, йодированный
Heavily peated. Hot
Campfire, brine, and iodine... What an Islay should be.
My go-to single malt
Peat, Smoke, Deliciousness. Like a bonfire mixed with ocean water.
Nice for an inexpensive whiskey. More peat than I prefer but I keep a bottle around