A classic, smoky Islay Single malt served with strawberry jam… and it works.
The Laphroaig distillery was founded in 1815 by Donald and Alexander Johnston and is located in Port Ellen, on the Isle of Islay. Although Laphroaig isn't allowed to put the prefix ‘Royal’ in its name (yet), rumour has it even his royal Prince-ness Charles of Wales is a fan. The 15-year-old is reportedly the Prince's favourite Scotch. For a while now there’s been a frenzy for Laphroaig’s Scotch, especially for the less available expressions.
Laphroaig is the Islay single malt by which all others are judged. They are the standard bearers for the hearty, smoky style that Islay is famous for. Their core line up has no fewer than a dozen single malt drams, plus a host of special releases and travel retail specialty editions.
“Brodir” translates from the Old Norse language as “Brother” and we think that is a pretty good name for a “finished” Whisky. And the name hints at the dual nature of this single malt's aging process.
Laphroaig Brodir is first aged for ten years in ex-Bourbon casks. Now, a lot of Whiskies claim “Port Wood Finish,” but there are two types of Port. “Tawny Port” is a warm blonde color and is made from white wine—this is the most commonly used type to finish Whisky and imparts a raisiny, caramel-like character. Laphroaig Brodir is finished in Ruby Port casks, so it gets a hint of ripe berries. The combination of the peaty Larphoaig smoke, with the tart strawberry influence of the Ruby Port cask is spot on.