Ah, what was it — five years ago? — that we found ourselves at the LAPHROAIG distillery in Islay, peering over the water at Ireland in the misty distance. Ian Henderson, then the distillery manager, poured samples freely for a few of us, and entertained us with good chat. It was quite an experience.
We are where we are now, a very different place; yet, LAPHROAIG 10 (86 proof) remains delicious as ever. It is an iconic malt whisky; it can’t be confused with any other. It is not, for sure, a whisky for novices. It explodes with flavor— great layers of iodine beneath which lurk feint, sweet berry and honey flavors that can be glimpsed upon the swallow. Terrific– do add just a couple of drops of water to a neat dram to enjoy it. (Rating *****)