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.
Member Reviews and Ratings of Laphroaig 10 Year Old
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
God, men lidt for røget
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