In the next chapter of our exploration of that beautiful fermented grain drink we call Whisky, Jay takes the reigns to discuss his favourite highland tipple.
Jay Armstrong here, while I'm a long way from a whisky expert, I am no stranger to that heavenly nectar we lovingly refer to as scotch. I have even made the pilgrimage to Speyside to visit the Isle of Islay and tour the island's distilleries so that I might witness for myself the alchemy that is whisky distilling, and bask in the glory of those hallowed grounds.
Laphroaig Single Malt Whisky - Review
Varietal - Scotch Whisky
Price - €58.30
Proof - 60.1% ABV
Country - Scotland
Brand Name - Laphroaig
Whisky Style - Single Malt
"The only tastes worth having are acquired tastes."
- Gilbert Adair
Before we get to the review, a brief note to say I picked this scotch because it is my absolute favourite. But that is not to say drinking it is a pleasant experience, particularly upon the first sup of your wee dram. Much like a lot of the things I enjoy, it is an acquired taste, one that is not for the faint of heart, but one that respects you and in so doing, asks a little bit more of you. If you dare venture on this journey, you will find riches and wealth beyond your wildest imaginings.
So often in life we expect instant gratification, but when it comes to the finer things, the more important things, it's best we take our time. Be it the morning sunrise glistening through the dew drops on a softly spun spiders web nestled between two blades of grass gently blowing in the breeze, or the smile of a new born babe fresh to the world with its whole life eagerly stretched out before it, or the gentle quiver of a baby lambs tail as it bounces gently on its trampoline, or the fresh fluffy ears of a baby bunny as it tunes up its guitar and prepares to shred Enter Sandman to the baying arena crowd that can think only of the taste of blood and the ever encroaching darkness that haunts us all.
Laphroaig teaches us, that if you give your present moment the respect it deserves and savour every challenge, every twist of the path, you will truly know what gives life meaning.
Nose: It packs no punches, immediately you are assaulted with peat. Peat, peat and more peat. It's as if the earth itself has risen up and kissed you square on the lips, before slapping you across the cheek.
Palate: At this point you might as well move in to number 1 Peat lane on Peat street and call yourself Peat Peaterson. Because thats all you can see, hear, smell and taste. Enjoy your new life Dr Peaterson.
Finish: There is nothing but peat now. When you open your eyes you see peat, you try to speak but it is only peat, the peat is taking over your skin. You have become one with the Peat.
Overall: This whisky is a way of life.
Rating: 12/10 - Not bad.