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Laphroaig Distillery

In my last post I promised to talk about my favorite distillery on Islay

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Which of course is Laphroaig; the most peatiest of all whiskies on Islay.

The day started in our guest house in Port Ellen. We were feeling a little rough after a whisky soaked night in Ardview inn in Port Ellen, but thankfully a good hearty Scottish breakfast is one of the best cures for that.

We contemplated hiring bikes to get to the three distilleries nearby, but since they weren’t that far (just a few miles) and the weather was quite nice, we decided to walk. Which was all fine and good, but we as we headed off from the village, we realized we would get thirsty soon, so we quickly decided to hitch a ride from one of the locals (haven’t done that for a while). After squeezing into the car that was already full of all sorts of building materials, we found out that the guy was actually an employee of Lagavulin, so naturally the talk turned into whisky. After a few tips of what to drink we got into the Lagavulin village, from where we made our way into Ardbeg distillery just in time for lunch.

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Now there are three distilleries near Port Ellen, Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig. Ardbeg is the furthest, so the plan was to start from there and make our way back towards Port Ellen. After a good lunch at Ardbeg we headed backwards and stopped at the distillery of Lagavulin  on our way to Laphroaig.

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After Lagavulin we finally made it to our main target, Laphroaig distillery, we had booked a premium tasting session, which I do have to say was really good. Would highly recommend that to anybody finding themselves on that island. The price is fairly decent considering some of the whiskies you get to taste.

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Highlight of the tasting was the the 30 year old Laphroaig Cairdeas from 2008, bottle number 1196 of 1536, if you must know. Which after cherry caskets was very different to your standard Laphroaig, much softer, very pleasant, but still peaty. Truly an excellent whisky.

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The lounge where we did the tasting was really comfortable, just the right kind of place to enjoy whisky. I wouldn’t mind having that as my living room. Nobody to bother us, as our guide  talked us thru the whiskies. Halfway thru we took our glasses and had a quick look inside the distillery to see where all that peaty taste was coming from.

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The history of Laphroaig on barrels at the end of the room.

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All in all, a great distillery with just the right atmosphere.

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