95 Points - Whisky Advocate
Gold Medal, Best in Class - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2010
In 1815, two brothers named Donald and Alexander Johnston leased 1,000 acres of land from the laird of Islay so they could raise cattle. In order to so, they had to grow barley in order to feed the cattle during the winter months. However, there was a large amount of surplus barley so the brothers decided to start producing whisky. Soon after, the word had spread throughout Islay that their whisky was particularly good - it became so popular that the brothers found it more profitable to produce whisky than raise cattle, and Laphroaig was born.
Matured in both Oloroso Sherry and American Bourbon Barrels, Laphroig 25 Year Old is a bold, complex, perfectly balanced whisky with aromas and flavors that are constantly evolving. The nose opens with a light sherry sweetness followed by notes of peat smoke and damp earth, which contrast beautifully with aromas of toffee apple, raspberry preserves and dried citrus. Rich, round and full on the palate, an initial burst of peat smoke is quickly restrained by the sherry sweetness which slowly develops into notes of spiced apple, orange peel and caramel. The long, smoky finish is enhanced by hints of spice and sea salt.
Product of Scotland
Alcohol by Volume: 45.1%