Women Do Drink Scotch, Especially from Islay and Laphroaig!
By Alison Blackman
Here’s my story about my love affair with scotch :
When I worked in public relations as a young woman, it was expected that I would have to drink and hold my own with the men.
But I knew I’d have to keep a clear head at all times, so I purposely selected scotch, a liquor I could savor a long time before I had to get a refill.
I also knew that back then most women didn’t drink scotch, and I’d impress the 100% male clients.
Over the years, I not only appreciated how scotch saved me from plenty of potentially embarrassing situations, I became a big fan of the liquor.
Today, women DO drink scotch, but I still have a favorite taste profile, the scotch whiskeys of Islay.
The Scotch Whiskeys of Islay
Scotch is made in many different places in Scotland, but one of my personal favorites is scotch from Islay.
Islay is a slightly remote island located off the west coast of Scotland that has eight active distilleries.
All of the Islay whiskeys have a smoky character derived from peat used in the malting process of the barley (peat is decayed organic matter unique to bogs).
This peat plus the saltiness of the seaweed, iodine, and salt from the sea water surrounding Islay produce a distinctive taste to these scotch whiskeys.
Islay scotch is intense and like Oud or incense-centric fragrances, they are complex and a matter of personal taste.
One way to appreciate these is to put a few drops of the scotch between the palms of your hands, rub them together, then sniff….
Once you start drinking scotch you’ll find your favorite taste profile, but scotch whiskey from Islay is really my favorite.
The Laphroaig Distillery Manager calls the 9 Laphroaig Whiskies ranges “A Big Peaty Slap in the Face, Perfect!”
Recently I was sent a sample of one of the Laphroaig Scotches, Laphroaig Lore.
Laphroaig Lore Scotch Whiskey features Laphroaig’s most heavily peated whiskey matured in ex-Laphroaig barrels along with some fully sherry matured casks.
This incredible scotch might leave you gasping if you are not already a fan of Islay scotch. It is intense.
For me, the deep smoke and complexity was love at first sniff, then sip.
The deep smoky scent filled my nostrils, and since taste is also what you smell, I could almost imagine myself at the Laphroig distillery.
You can smell the burning embers on the nose. There’s also a bit of vanilla, chocolate, and malt.
The taste is rich, peaty, slightly spicy and the finish is long and satisfying.
This smooth, complex scotch is tailor made for a sophisticated woman who already knows what she likes.
If You Are An Islay Scotch Novice:
Be Peat My Heart (recipe):
Laphroig Lore is SRP: $124.99 and Laphroaig Select is $44.99 per bottle.
For more information visit http://www.laphroaig.com/