Laphroaig 10 Years Old without Royal Warrant 43% NV

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Distillery Laphroaig
Bottler OB
Serie Without Royal Warrant
Bottled for
Distilled date NV
Bottling date Early 1990's
Country Scotland
Region Islay
Age 10
Cask Type
Cask Number
Alcohol percentage 43
Volume 1,0
Condition No Original Tube Included!
Label Slightly damaged, Slightly bin stained
Stock 0

Professional reviews

Serge Valentin (93)

Not the screwcap version. Most evidently, these 43% versions used to be much better than the ones at 40% vol. No, seriously. Colour: gold. Nose: these older tens! I'd call this one intermediate, between the flabbergasting earlier 'tropical' ones (mango galore and basta cosi) and the smokier, peatier ones that came later on. This nose remains exceptional in any case, stunningly secondary, on aromas that you could only qualify as 'old Laphroaig'. You won't find this in nature or anywhere else, and certainly not in Whiskydom. Mouth: oooh… Raisins, meat sauce, longans, goji, mango, dried pineapple, dried jujubes… O-M-G, as we used to say, indeed an ode to bottle aging (I'm sorry, Tom, Dick and Harry). This whisky was different when it was bottled, like it or not. Finish: pretty long, sublimely fruity. Comments: grandiose. Wasn't Laphroaig 10 the best 'entry-level' Scotch Malt Whisky ever made?

BOW (93)

A Remarkable Single Malt Whisky Defying the Need for a Royal Warrant

Since its establishment in 1815, Laphroaig, a renowned distillery located on the picturesque island of Islay in Scotland, has been synonymous with exceptional single malt whiskies. Among its revered offerings, the Laphroaig 10 Years Old stands out as a distinctive expression that captivates whisky connoisseurs with its smoky and peaty character. Despite not possessing the coveted Royal Warrant, a symbol of high quality, Laphroaig 10 Years Old is a testament to the distillery's unwavering dedication and craftsmanship.

A Tradition-Filled Island

The island of Islay, situated off Scotland's western coast, has a long-standing association with the production of robust and peaty whiskies. Laphroaig proudly calls this rugged island its home, with its distillery nestled on the southern coast. Surrounded by abundant natural resources and influenced by the unique Islay climate, Laphroaig has honed its production methods to create whiskies with a distinct character.

The Laphroaig 10 Years Old Profile

Whisky enthusiasts celebrate Laphroaig 10 Years Old for its exceptional flavor profile. This non-chill filtered whisky, bottled at 43% ABV, preserves its natural oils and sediments, enhancing the overall tasting experience. The unmistakable Laphroaig peat smoke dominates the aroma, evoking images of bonfires on windswept beaches. Subtle hints of iodine, brine, and seaweed add complexity, transporting the drinker to Islay's rugged shores.

On the palate, Laphroaig 10 Years Old delivers an impressive balance of smoke, sweetness, and maritime influences. The peat smoke intensifies, accompanied by a rich sweetness reminiscent of caramel and vanilla. Underlying flavors of sea salt and hints of medicinal notes create a distinctive profile that lingers long after each sip.

The Absence of a Royal Warrant

A Royal Warrant is an esteemed distinction granted to suppliers to the British royal household, signifying that their products or services meet the highest standards of quality. While some whisky distilleries proudly display the Royal Warrant on their labels, Laphroaig 10 Years Old does not bear this honor. However, the absence of a Royal Warrant does not diminish the whisky's exceptional quality and global acclaim.

Laphroaig's Commitment to Excellence

Laphroaig's omission from the list of Royal Warrant holders should not be seen as a reflection of any shortcomings in their craftsmanship or whisky quality. On the contrary, Laphroaig has established itself as one of the most respected and sought-after single malt whisky producers worldwide. The distillery's commitment to traditional production methods, such as floor maltings and direct-fired stills, ensures the authenticity and unique character of their whiskies.

Over the years, Laphroaig has earned numerous awards and accolades, underscoring its rich heritage and dedication to crafting exceptional whiskies. Whisky enthusiasts and critics alike continue to appreciate the distinct Islay character and peaty complexity that define Laphroaig whiskies, including the revered Laphroaig 10 Years Old.


The absence of a Royal Warrant does not diminish the outstanding reputation of Laphroaig 10 Years Old. With its bold and robust flavor profile, this expression exemplifies the mastery of the distillery's production techniques. Laphroaig's unwavering commitment to crafting exceptional whiskies is evident in every sip of Laphroaig 10 Years Old

Angus McRaild (92)

This one should take even less time, in theory… Colour: gold. Nose: same profile, but perhaps even fruitier! Slightly less of this creamy and fat impression, and more on brightness, sharp fruits, tropical notes, wee crisp peat smoke and crushed seashell impressions. Love it! Mouth: wonderful 'total engagement', which is to say a profile that satisfies every craving: salty, fruity, sweet, smoky and also texturally impressive. In short: dried exotic fruits, saline coastal freshness, rich peat smoke and many subtle umami complexities that involve green olive, capers in brine, anchovy paste, iodine, camphor and seawater. In truth, we could probably have cut and paste the above note for the Spirit Import 10 yo, but of course that would be outrageous cheating! And it would have deprived us of tasting this one too. Finish: even longer, but notably saltier and drier, salt cured fish, brine, bone-dry peat smoke, pink sea salt and grapefruit acidity. Comments: such deadly whiskies these old Laphroaigs, they should probably be illegal.

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