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Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Argyll, Scotland PA42 7DU
Tel. +44 (0)1496 302418
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Laphroaig (La-froyg) is the story of a community. An uncompromising, tough and determined group of people who work to ensure that this defining whisky has always remained true to its origins. The western isle of Islay is covered with deep and ancient peat bogs. At Laphroaig, "the beautiful hollow by the broad bay," the malt is kept on malting floors in time-honored tradition. The white oak casks full of aging whisky are stored in a warehouse on the sea, where the wood breathes in the briny sea-mist, air of salt and seaweed, as waves lap against the warehouse at high tide. The most challenging and individual of malt whiskies, the smokiest and peatiest of them all, Laphroaig is The Definitive Islay Malt.

No one knows the full history of Laphroaig, as it is lost in the mist of time. It's clear that the Irish had been distilling here for many years and that the locals picked up the skills when they left, but because it was illegal, the small stills on the farms were rarely discussed - just a nod and a wink in the right direction!

What we do know though, is that the Johnstons started farming here around 1800, and that soon after messers Charles and Willie Doig were asked to do some 'work on a distillery' at Laphroaig. By 1815 Laphroaig's reputation had spread and the tax man was getting suspicious so they 'officially' established 'Johnston & Johnston' - the legend of Laphroaig had begun.

Take it neat or with a splash of soft water. Roll it around on your tongue. Release the pungent, earthy aroma of the blue peat smoke, the sweet nuttiness of the barley and the delicate, heathery perfume of Islay's streams. Like the islanders it may seem a little aloof at first, but make the effort, broach acquaintance and we can guarantee you'll have a warm and genuine friend for life.

The award winning family of Laphroaig Whiskies ranges from the rich, pungent 10 Year Old to the smooth and exceptionally rare 40 Year Old. But whatever Laphroaig you choose, you can sense 200 years of loving care distilled into every bottle.
We have always considered Laphroaig the best single malt in the World. In 2005 we were proud to be voted 'the best of the best' in the Champions of Whisky Competition - so now it's official!

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Colour: Full, refractive, gold

Nose: Very peaty with the tangy sweetness of the sea

Body: Full and hardy

Palate: Richly smoky, fully peated, with still a hint of sweetness, salty

Finish: Lingering and unique


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This 18 year old expression of Laphroaig is made in limited quantities each year and savoured by a fortunate few.

A soft, sweet and spicy Islay peat smoke greets you when you first open the bottle. The immediate taste is an oak sweetness, from 18 years in the barrel. A faint hint of the sea can be detected, testimony to its time maturing on the remote island of Islay.


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Laphroaig Quarter Cask takes its inspiration from the small casks often used for Scotch Whisky in the 19th century and frequently transported across the Glens by packhorse.

As the industry grew, they fell into disuse – bigger and more cost effective barrels became the norm, for maturation and transportation. However as single malt lovers may know, the relationship between the barrels and the maturing spirit is critical. Laphraoig noted that the small cask size gives up to 60% greater contact with the wood compared to some of the larger sizes used today, thus greatly intensifying the maturation process.

Autumn Gold.

Slight peatyness, smooth, velvety, coconut creamy aroma with water.

Soft velvet moderates peatyness.

Creamy, zesty orange.



The colour is a warm, bright gold, as it comes from the cask.

After forty years in the cask, it is gentle on the nose with a full-bodied sweetness. Seville Orange type aromas can be detected deeper into the nosing glass with the occasional honey type bouquet.

With age comes maturity. This unique taste is reminiscent of a sweet liquorice root, with peat and seaweed in the background suggesting its origin from the beautiful hollow by the broad bay. It is surprisingly smooth and gentle on the palate.

The aftertaste is warming, velvety smooth and just seems to go on and on. Inquire Here

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Established: 1826

Many Friends of Laphroaig aspire to visit the distillery at least once in their lifetime. For fans of the 'liquid smoke' the visit to the distillery, and the warm hospitality they receive once they get there, is well worth the trip and will remain one of their fondest memories.

When you visit the distillery, you will be taken on a tour and enjoy a dram of the finest. Annual 'ground rent' (a miniature) is given before you take your leave, as well as the pacing out of your own square foot of land.

Laphroaig Distillery Tours
Some people consider this the best tour on the island! To arrange an 'in-the-flesh' tour of the distillery, please contact us at this number: +44 (0)1496 302418.

Tour Times
March - October
Monday - Friday: 10.00am, 11.30am, 2.00pm, 3.30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10.00am, 2.00pm

November - February
Monday to Friday: 10.00am, 2.00pm

Visitor Centre Opening Hours
All year: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm
March - December: Additional weekend opening Saturday – Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm

Special Visits available weekdays only – Please phone for availability: +44 (0)1496 302418.
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Planning Your Tour
When planning your visit to the distillery, please bear in mind that we normally shutdown for maintenance in the months of July and August every year.

Getting There: From Port Ellen take the Ardbeg road. Laphroaig Distillery is the first of three distilleries on a lovely coastal road. It is down a short drive on the Seaward side.

Parking / Reception: Bear right at the end of the avenue into the distillery and then sharp left into the car park. Climb the external stairs to sign in, and then across to the dram room with its exceptional views.

Maximum Group Size: 15

Cost: Free

Group Bookings: By appointment only.

Tel: +44 (0)1496 302418

Photography in Distillery: Yes

Disabled Access: Not an easy tour for the disabled but help is available.

Foreign Visitors: No special provisions for non English speaking visitors.

Contact Us
Port Ellen, Isle of Islay
Argyll, Scotland PA42 7DU
Tel. 01496 30248
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Sandy Elder
Posted 3593 days ago
Just bought my first bottle of Laphroaig Islay Single Malt-Triple Wood have not opened it yet but will soon.I have not seen any comments on the "Triple Wood" can anyone help.I bought this at Glasgow airport duty free after doing a tasting of 5 other "single malts" and settled for the Laphroaig,first time I have been given a tasting oportunity at a duty free,great idea Glasgow.
Keith de Noble
Posted 3847 days ago
Too peaty for my taste. However, after the initial jolt I found if to be satisfying.
Posted 4047 days ago
I just sampled the 10 year. I was a bit hesitant as the descriptions lead one to believe it hits like a hammer. It does! I am still mystified, though, at the silky delivery preceding the sudden rush of peat and smoke. Much like the sea can change character yet always be itself, this is significant scotch. I really like it! I am in the search for "my" scotch. I'm glad I picked up a bottle of this fine whisky.
Posted 4267 days ago
Laphroiag 10 is known for its strong peat - however, it's not just about maximum peat with this delicious and engaging whisky. Peat is definitely what you notice first no doubt about it. However, add a little water, let it sit for a couple minutes, and a whole new whisky is there. There is some malt sweetness, but you also notice the seaweed, and iodine. Some salt as well. It is an absolute treat, and while the peat is strong, there is much more than just peat to this whisky. I think this is one everyone should try at least once!
The cask strength is NOT for the faint of heart!! I bought a bottle to take camping, and was not disappointed. This is a "put hair on your chest" whisky! I loved it, but it may be a bit much for some. I would not recommend this as someone's first foray into Islay whiskys, but if you do like the peatier whiskys, by all means try it!
Both are among my favorite Islay whiskys, and among my favorite whiskies regardless of region.
Onan Delorbe
Posted 4333 days ago
Laphroaig is the reason I started drinking scotch.
Trout Hunter
Posted 4490 days ago
Received a bottle of the 15 year as a birthday present a couple of days ago. I can honestly say that this is the most exquisite tasting scotch I've ever had. Try it with just a tiny splash of water to really open it up.
Michael Seven
Posted 4641 days ago
Laphroaig has one of the strongest of peet tastes I have encountered. For me, it is a wonderful taste. To others, it makes them grimace. I love a whisky that you either love or love to hate.
Joanne Bergstrom, Editor
Posted 4688 days ago
Laphroaig Quarter Cask is excellent. Wonderfully balanced combination of smoke, peat, fruit, sweetness. I suggest trying this Scotch, even if peat and smoke characteristics are not your first choice. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
John Flynn
Posted 4756 days ago
A true pleasure to enjoy, my absolute favorite whisky.
Posted 4859 days ago
The first time I sampled Laphroaig was at the Twenty-Four 5th Avenue Restaurant bar in Manhattan in the early 1980's. I asked the bartender for his idea of a really smokey single malt. He poured me a 15 year old Laphroaig and I've been an avid fan ever since.