Laphroaig is a rather curious whisky, you either love it or loathe it. Founded in 1815, in Port Ellen, Argyll, Isle of Islay, Laphroaig are famed for their peated Scotch whisky, just like most of their fellow Island Scotch distillers. Laphroaig is known for being sweet, spicy and peaty, and this is the epitome of Islay Scotch whisky. Laphroaig’s Brodir single malt Scotch whisky was originally released to the Travel Retail market. ‘Brodir’ is ancient Norse for ‘Brother’. For this expression, the Islay distillers first matured the whisky in ex-bourbon barrels before transferring it over to casks which previous held Ruby Port.
On the nose: you’ll get a lovely warm aroma of freshly made marmalade, cherries, rose hip, poached pears and coal. These initial notes are closely followed by spicy notes of cinnamon, ginger and mixed spices, alongside maple syrup, brown sugar and vanilla. Completing the nose are notes of lavender, rosemary, cigar smoke, caramel and a hint of mint. On the palate: notes of charred oak, oranges and poached pears are ever-present, followed by notes of pineapple, toffee, brown sugar and maple syrup. Notes of mixed spices, cinnamon and cracked black pepper start to emerge, alongside tobacco leaf. Rounding-off the palate are notes of marzipan, hazelnuts and smoked trout. The finish: long, sweet and spicy, with lingering peat, toffee and green herbs.
The verdict: The Laphroiag Brodir was, much to my surprise, a drop that I didn’t expect to tickle my nose and palate but I was completely wrong. The nose to palate is full of so much depth with notes I didn’t expect at all, with subtle hints of peat that are never overbearing, alongside sweet notes of orchard fruits. This is a dram that is as effortlessly brilliant and well balanced. With an ABV of 46%, in my opinion, you don’t really need to add any water. However, if you require water then only add a small amount but to experience the plethora of notes on offer, I’d suggest leaving the dram to breathe for approximately 3 – 5 minutes before indulging.
Laphroaig Brodir Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a Travel Retail Exclusive but can also be found at Online Whisky Auctions for approximately £80 – £90. For more information on this Non-age statement Brodir Single Malt Islay Scotch, visit laphroaig.com.