Homeblend #1: Laphroaig+

by Matti

My aim with this blog is to provide ideas. I’ll try to keep things simple: basic descriptions, nonexpensive whiskies and uncomplicated blends (for the most part >:) ). Of course, this is easier because a) I don’t have the money to buy dozens of bottles and b) I’m a relative noob when it comes to whisk(e)y in general. So when I buy a new bottle, expect some new blends. And when I find something out, have a revelation or even (science forbid) an epiphany you’ll be the first to know.

Anyway, without further ado, let’s get going shall we?

For this, the first of my homeblends, I’ve selected a relatively safe (and very affordable) one. It is a good example of the enhancement type of blending which means it ‘polishes’ the base whisky.

Laphroaig+: a blend of Laphroaig 10yo and Black Bottle

 

In this case the Black Bottle is meant to warm up and mellow the taste of the Laphroaig. The Black Bottle is a blend consisting of a large part Bunnahabhain with smaller contributions made by all other Islay distilleries. Laphroaig is arguably the most raw Islay whisky, which in the case of Islay is saying something. Because of this very in-your-face profile, laphroaig is very useful for this kind of blending. You can add small and even large amounts of another whisky without losing that awesome Laphroaig punch.

The result, in this case, is definitely pleasing. The Black Bottle adds warmth and a little bit of sweetness to the mouth feel and extends the finish while the nose gains a whiff of freshly sliced cake, but retains most of its character (this is a good thing, ‘phroig smells of smoky manna as far as I’m concerned). I’ll score this one conservatively since it is the first one, but it is definitely worth a generous 3 drams:

Please let me know in the comments what you think of this blend and of this blog and its content/design. Any feedback is much appreciated!