So, this was a gift. A Christmas gift. It's a bit of a tough situation to buy scotch as a gift for a guy like me. Especially if your goal is to buy me something I haven't tried before. Due diligence was performed and this blog was researched to see if Laphroaig was something I had previously reviewed. It wasn't, so the purchase was made. But there's a reason I've never reviewed it. It's an Islay malt. And I have mentioned on several occasions that I am not a fan of malts from this region. But, again, it was a gift. I was gracious and thankful and now it's time to see if there was any reason for me to have had any doubts in this well-known representative of the Islay region.
The aroma is typical Islay. Salty and peaty. But Laphroaig brings some extra meat. Seriously, there are hints of teriyaki steak in this malt. Kind of odd but it definitely sets it apart.
And, yah, the taste is all Islay as well. Salty and peaty. Laphroaig is the quintessential Islay malt. There's no real change from taste to after-taste. It's all salty peat from start to finish and the finish takes a while to come. It definitely hangs around.
So, the gift was appreciated but this is not the exception to the rule. I'm still not a fan of the Islays.
Thank Jeebus for chocolate covered almonds. 2 shots.