Few whiskies are as synonymous with peat as Laphroaig - mention peaty whisky to someone with just a passing interest in single malt and chances are they’ll talk about Laphroaig. The house style produces big, rugged whiskies full of character and flavour.
Officially licensed in 1815, by owners Donald and Alexander Johnston, Laphroaig Distillery had almost certainly already been producing whisky for a number of years before the excise man came knocking. To this day it remains one of the few distilleries to continue running its own malting floor. The use of the local peat, with its high moss content, contributes enormously to the flavour profile for which Laphroaig is so famous.
With four distillery own bottlings below the £50 mark - Laphroaig 10 year old, Quarter Cask, Triple Wood and Cask Strength - there is plenty of choice before you turn your attention to the more expensive 18 and 25 year old expressions.