THE NUMBER ONE INGREDIENT? TIME
Our next bottle is the most historic in our core range in terms of age and proves patience pays off. Laphroaig® 25 Cask Strength is aged for a quarter of a century in a combination of Oloroso sherry butts and ex-Bourbon barrels. This gives the whisky all our signature flavour of peat smoke and ‘medicinal’ notes, but with a more mellow character. Creamy vanilla and spiced apples flood your palate, followed by a long, warm finish that leaves a lasting impression.
However, a softer character doesn’t make this whisky any less powerful. It’s bottled at cask strength for higher alcohol volume and straight-from-the-barrel flavour that you only usually get to sample at the distillery. A new batch is released every year, which is distinguished by ABV and the year it was released – as is Laphroaig®10 Cask Strength. No release is the same, so if you try them side by side you can actually taste each one’s unique character. It does spend a long time in the barrel, but flavour isn’t something you can rush.