Dec. 29, 2022

Laphroaig select!

Laphroaig select!
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On today's episode we have a glass of Laphroaig Select  This is our first bottle of Laphroaig on the podcast, and it's chris’s favorite scotch brand!  This was all of our first time on this bottle, and we were impressed, definitely a different type of laphroaig!  We talk about Scotch feuds, types of scotch drinkers, and how much smoke is to much in scotch?All that and more on today's episode of Whiskey Chasers! 

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  • Started in 1815 after there was a surplus in Barley from the crop grown for the cattle 
  • Donald offered his brother Alexander £350 for his share of Laphroaig. Alexander agreed, and later emigrated to Australia where he lived to a ripe old age, dying in 1881.
  • Unfortunately, Donald only lived until 1847. It is believed that he died after falling into a vat of partially-made whisky.
  • Donald’s only heir was his son, Dugald. At just 11 years old, he was too young to take over, so the distillery was looked after by his uncle, John Johnston, and a local farmer, Peter McIntyre.
  • War raged between Mackie and Co, the blenders for Laphroaig, and the owners of Laphroaig from 1857-1921 
    • Laphroaig firing Mackie and Co because they thought they were too big 
    • Several court cases
    • Mackie and Co blocking the water supply for Laphroaig
    • Mackie attempts to learn how to make Laphroaig to recreate it and sabotage it. 
    • Steals their head distiller 
    • Mackie figures out he sucks at making Laphroaig and tries to buy out the distiller, then the land, then the supply (but realizes it will cost too much to do any of that)
  • By 1994 the distillery had the approval and love of Prince Charles. 
    • He visited the distillery and stamped his seal of approval 
    • Prince Charles revisited his beloved Laphroaig in 2008 as a part of his 60th birthday celebration
  • Now owned by Beam Suntory

This Bottle (the Select)

  • Our master distiller carefully draws whisky matured the historic way in Oloroso sherry butts, Pedro Ximinez seasoned hogsheads, and first-fill bourbon quarter casks to create this distinctive blend. The heart is drawn from a final maturation in new, American oak — a rarity in Scotch whisky production — which adds bold flavor.
    • The final addition is our quintessential single malt scotch, Laphroaig 10, which is aged for a decade. With flavors of smoky peat,  spicy oak and a surprising sweetness, Laphroaig Select is a fantastic introduction to peated whisky.   
      • A hand selected blend of single malt casks create a unique character
      • Mix of American and European oak sherry and bourbon casks
      • Heart of spirit drawn from American oak casks, rarely used in scotch
      • Complex, deep whisky with notes of oak, peat and sweetness
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