- Price: $50
- Proof: 86 (43% ABV)
- Type: Scotch – Islay Single Malt
- Age: 10 years
- Distillery: Laphroaig (pronounced ‘La-froyg’)
- Visit the distillery page at Laphroaig 10
Nose: Holy shit…you can smell this whiskey a few feet away! If you’ve never tried Laphroaig, it’s an absolute experience as the malted barley is dried over a peat fire (see our article on peated whiskey). This gives it a potent, smoky-like scent, which some say is reminiscent of iodine and has a medicinal quality. It’s wild, which is exactly my style! I appreciate the uniqueness of peated whisky and few if any do it better than Laphroaig.
Palate: The taste is extremely unique and impossible to compare to the 43% ABV of the bottle. I taste strong smokiness mixed with beautiful scotch notes and mild heat. The flavor is rich and powerful, making those with bolder palates savor and enjoy this amazing drink. Laphroaig is best enjoyed neat due to the strong flavors, but I understand someone placing it on a rock if their preference is a chilled drink (that won’t diminish the flavors if consumed quickly like a true Degenerate). Our wild cocktail drinking Degenerates may even mix a Penicillin if they so choose. I 100% recommend and endorse Laphroaig, but be prepared for a drink that’s nothing like you’ve ever experienced before. To all of our veteran whiskey drinkers, you’ve already tried Laphroaig and we trust you won’t dispute the amazing taste.
Finish: it’s no surprise the finish lingers with the bold, smoky flavors, but the real treat is the scotch notes subtly coming through in the close, proving this whisky has more to it than peat alone. Laphroaig will not be for everyone based on the complexity of flavors, but it’s a stunning display of how unique whisky can be and a household favorite of DWD.
Overall Score: 9.0 (score reflects taste and price)
Laphroaig 10 is more bold than assless chaps and has a much higher approval rating. This is a beautiful Islay Single Malt Scotch that leverages a unique processing technique of placing malted barley over a peat fire. The end product is sensational with incredible smokiness and rich flavors that far exceed the 86 proof distilling. This is a must have for any collection and a favorite party-whisky to surprise guests with the bold nose and palate. This receives a high recommendation, and the only debate is whether you choose Laphroaig or it’s accomplished peated-whisky competitor Ardbeg; the debate rages on like democrat and republican.
If you’re a male-feminist, this bottle is not for you. That limits consumption of 0.001% of the population and leaves the rest of to party harder than prime Lindsay Lohan or Robert Downey Jr., before he ate that terrible Burger King burger (that’s seriously what caused him to get clean). Laphroaig 10 only has one comparable experience – drinking whisky, smoking a cigar, and getting oral at the same time (shoutout to lady Degenerates as well, making their man know his role). This whisky makes it worth drinking all of your spirits neat, so you can build a palate to appreciate the special moment that is Laphroaig. I mean, do you really want to miss out on a drink that accomplishes all three of those things at once? I thought not, grab a bottle and cheers Degenerates.
You can find Laphroaig 10 on one Degenerate Top 10 list.
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