What separates Laphroaig 18 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the rest of the distiller's options is that it's the only one aged for 18 years in American white oak barrels. Purchased from Maker's Mark Distillery in Kentucky, these give Laphroaig 18 Year a flavor unlike any other.
Laphroaig 18 Year gets its unique aroma and flavors from Islay, and this becomes apparent as soon as you open the bottle. You may think that inhaling a bunch of peat would smell like the compost heap you've put together over the years, but it's actually an intoxicating, earthy aroma that's highlighted by a hint of the sea. The American white oak then brightens the taste of the Scotch, offering flavors such as vanilla, spice, tobacco, sweet oak and leather. Bottled at 48 percent ABV, it's not too overwhelming to sip neat or with a single ice cube. Laphroaig 18 Year's quantities are limited, so make sure to grab one before it's too late.
Distilled since 1815, Laphroaig is the most famous Scotch whisky distillery from Islay Island, home to some of the best Scotch in the world. The key to the distinct smoky flavor and rich color comes straight from locally sourced elements, including the peat fields of the island, some of which are estimated at thousands of years old. Laphroaig uses this peat to dry the barley after it soaks in the local Kilbride Stream. This 17-hour process allows the Scotch to gather added smokiness and a taste that's unlike any other Scotch on the market.