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Laphroaig Distillery

Port Ellen, Isle of Islay , PA42 7DU, Scotland
Tel: +44 1496 302 418


Articles (9)

A new flame (Kilchorman)
Gavin Smith takes a stroll by Kilchorman, the first new distillery of the millennium-and the first on Islay since 1883

February 2002, Issue 21, page 22

A Quiet Confidence
Seáneen Sullivan explores the myths and magic of this iconic Islay distillery

December 2012, Issue 108, page 32

Contemporary whisky art
Ian Buxton explores the whisky industy's shift from patron to sponsor of visual art.

November 2000, Issue 12, page 20

Laphroaig Bessie's legacy
Laphroaig Distillery has released the oldest whisky it has ever bottled, the very limited edition 1960 Vintage Reserve laid down by the legendary Bessie Williamson. Bessie, one of the foremost lady ...

November 2001, Issue 19, page 10

Protective Shields (Robin Shields)
Robin Shields isn't from Islay. He's not Scottish. And he doesn't have a distillery background. But as Martine Nouet finds out, he's up for the challenge of protecting the reputation of Laphroaig

October 2003, Issue 34, page 40

Q and A
Your questions answered

December 2013, Issue 116, page 82

Reaching Madrid
Joe Bates braves volcano-related travel chaos to visit Madrid Barajas Airport.

June 2010, Issue 88, page 36

The Miller's Tale
Another fascinating 12 months in the world of whisky, then. The trend for small independents buying distilleries from large multinationals goes on. Announcements of new smaller-scale distilling projec...

March 2003, Issue 29, page 5

Whisky pioneer
In the male-dominated world of whisky, the contributuin of women is oftern overlooked. Helen Arthur puts the record straight

February 2001, Issue 14, page 20

Whiskies (33)

Berry's Own Selection Laphroaig 1998
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.50%
7 The smoke saves it - a more active cask would have elevated it.

Boisdale Islay (Laphroaig)
- Scotland - 46.00%
8 Ordered and enjoyable.

Chieftain's Choice Laphroaig 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A good, clean Laphroaig. Not exceptional, but true to character.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Douglas Laing Laphroaig 15 Years Old, 1987
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 A lean and lively Laphroaig, more smoky than seaweedy. The flavours are long and persistent. Enjoyable, more-ish and appetising.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Douglas Laing Laphroaig 16 Years Old, Limburg Whisky Fair Bottling
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.10%
8 At first, I did not recognise this as a Laphroaig. Then I thought that age must have muted its attack, but 16 is scarcely venerable. Can a whisky be an old fogey?

Douglas Laing Laphroaig 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
3 An unusual Laphroaig. No trace of the medicinal character. Water brings out sweet malty notes and more smoke. Why such a difference? Cask influence? Different peating level in the malt? Puzzling.

Elements of Islay BR4
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70%
7 Easy and refreshing. Probably young. It needs a small dash of water to cut the edges. An invigorating dram on a wintery day.

Elements of Islay BW1
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.90%
8 An intense, enticing and rather condensed whisky.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Elements of Islay Laphroaig Lp1
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80%
8 This has an extra dimension and added energy. Beautiful balance.

Feis Isle 2006 Laphroaig 94
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
8 The reserved nose is compensated by a lively, palate. Laphroaig is bang on form.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Laphroaig 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 The most medicinal of Islay malts. I love it.

Laphroaig 10 Years Old
- Scotland - 40.00%
A peaty classic. Uncompromising yes, but great balance.

Laphroaig 10 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.30%
8 A fine robust dram with lots happening. Laphroaig at its best.

Laphroaig 10 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.70%
4 The tough guy. Medicine man? Muscular, solidly built. Dominated by camphor.

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Laphroaig 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Lively. Full of flavours. Multi-faceted.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Laphroaig 17 Years Old, Feis Ile 2004, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.20%
8 A touch sophisticated for the likes of me. Where are those stinging iodine notes? They are in there somewhere, but beautifully balanced and rounded.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Laphroaig 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00%
8 Not the big phenolic guy but a very refreshing islander. Smoke is well integrated and the aromatic display is elegant.

Laphroaig 1960 Vintage Reserve
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.40%
8 There is something getting in the way. Woodiness?

Laphroaig 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
6 All the aromas are working against each other and it's incredibly muted. Why bottle this at 40%?

Laphroaig 25 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 56.30%
7 The key here is balance.

Laphroaig 27 Years Old Vintage 1980
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.00%
7 An acquired taste. Some will like it, but it's too woody and nothing on the 1974 bottling by la Maison du Whisky.

Laphroaig 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
3 Age acts as a melting pot. All the distinctive Laphroaig features are there but combined into oak. Interesting.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00%
8 Seems to hesitate between sweetness and dryness. Give it time to open, you will not regret it.

Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 48.00%
3 Smokiness takes time to rise up. No medicinal contribution from the peat. Keeps on smoke.

Laphroaig Vintage, 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.30%
8 An excellent mix of the rich, the sweet and the smoky. Mouthfilling and complex.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Master of Malt Laphroaig 10 Years Old 1998
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.50%
8 The perfect image of the countryside in autumn on a wet chilly morning, with a mixture of fog and smoke hovering over the fields and the woods. Very suggestive.

Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 Good all-round Laphroaig. Sound stuff.

Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 17 Years Old, Rum Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 Confident. Slightly austere.

Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 This has balance. Like it.

Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 1985 17 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
8 This seems far less lively and rounded than the 1987 whisky bottled in 1992.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Queen of the Moorlands Laphroaig, Rare Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 54.70%
8 A deft, attractive, dram.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Signatory Laphroaig 1988 Unchillfiltered
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 I enjoyed this very much, but it does not add a great deal to the canon.

Signatory Straight from the Cask Laphroaig 11 Years Old, Port Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00%
7 Intriguing, but a little too much imposed sweetness for my taste.

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