This is a really fun match up between two single malt island Scotch whiskies. Laphroaig (La-froyg) 10 is the standard island single malt Scotch. If you want to know what people mean when they talk about "peat" or "smoke" in a whisky, ask for a dram next time you're out at the pub. It won't be cheap, and it's an acquired taste that many find initially unappealing. But like a dark cigar, if you put the time in to work your way up to it, you'll be richly rewarded.
It's one of those rare rainy fall days in Los Angeles, which can only mean one thing: It's time to break out the Islay Scotch. For those unfamiliar with the nuances of Scotch Whisky (not Whiskey... that's Irish), it comes from 5 basic regions: Highland, Speyside, Lowland, Campbeltown and Islay (although some will drop Campbeltown and only refer to 4 regions, others will also include the Islands). Scotch Whisky regulations are strict about labeling—you can only label a whisky as being from a locale if it was actually distilled there, although distilleries are allowed more specific about location if they should so choose. For example, a whisky distilled in Orkney can be labeled as Orkney Scotch Whisky, rather than by a more generic geographic term.
Laphroaig is one of my favorite island whiskies. It's dense peaty nose and complex flavors transport me to the isle of Islay every time I pour myself a dram. Right now, Laphroaig is attempting to set a world record by having a global toast, so tune in!
From the Laphroaig website:
LAPHROAIG LIVE 2015 RETURNS HOME TO THE ISLAND OF ISLAY TO CELEBRATE 200 YEARS On Thursday 24th September at 8pm local time the ninth annual Laphroaig Live will broadcast live on the web from the island of IslayLaphroaig is this year celebrating 200 years and to mark this very special anniversary we are returning to the home of Laphroaig, the island of Islay to showcase four phenomenal whiskies as well as going behind the scenes at the distillery with Laphroaig’s very own distillery manager on this auspicious year John Campbell who will be joined by no less than five of the previous distillery managers! The first time they have all been together.
This year we will be tasting 4 very special expressions. The one off’ Laphroaig 15 YO – The official 200th Expression, Laphroaig Cairdeas 2015 (distilled using only the original small stills), Laphroaig 21 YO –Created for the Friends of Laphroaigs 21st Birthday and a unique Laphroaig 32 YO 100% sherry matured-A very rare, special expression.
Coming live from Laphroaig’s famous floor malting’s (one of only a handful left in the whisky industry), John Campbell and our five previous distillery managers will be joined by 2 experts Bernhard Schafer - Whisky journalist and Master of the Quiach, and Emma Andersson -Editor of Allt Om Whisky. Also joining Jon will be famous Scottish actor Sam Heughan - best known for his role in the series Outlander and Marcel van Gils – Author of the official 200th book about Laphroaig as well as many of our ‘Friends of Laphroaig’ from many countries around the World.
But our main audience, who will as always be posting in their questions to the panel live on the night – is our worldwide audience of Laphroaig lovers, including a live link to Laphroaig US whisky ambassador Simon Brooking who will be joined by 75 friends of Laphroaig via a live link from the New York.
To celebrate this special occasion, Laphroaig will be attempting to set a world record by encouraging the whole global audience to raise a toast to Laphroaig on their 200th anniversary!
It's June, and cold and flu season should theoretically be over. But the sky is gloomy in Southern California, so to match the winterish weather outside, my body decided (without consulting me, of course) to come down with a cold. What kind of cold? Not the kind with light sniffles and the occasional cough, but a real, honest-to-goodness cold, complete with blocked sinuses, achy muscles and a searingly painful throat.
In dire circumstances like this, there's nothing to do but make the best of it. And that means hot toddies all around. For the uninitiated, a hot toddy is a homeopathic cold remedy that harkens back to auld Ireland itself, where it is also known as hot whiskey.