Whisky always goes well with chocolate, I was fortunate to attend this chocolate pairing of Laphroaig as they launched their Lore in Vancouver at Chocolate Arts to a small group of media and bartenders.
The liquid inside of Laphroaig Select is hand picked by Laphroaig’s Master Distiller, John Campbell, from the finest casks comprising the Laphroaig portfolio – Quarter Cask, PX Cask, Triple Wood and Ten Year Old – creating a subtle blend of peat, oak and sweetness. The true heart of the spirit is drawn from a final maturation in new American Oak casks – which are rarely used in Scotch whisky maturation. During the last six months of aging, Laphroaig Select rests in the highest, warmest reaches of the warehouse throughout the Scottish summer.
Quarter Cask Whisky Cocktail, was so smooth, perfectly paired up with some delicious Chocolate.
The inspiration behind Laphroaig Select, and the unique method of aging, comes from the history and family lineage of the Laphroaig brand. Ian Hunter, the last founding family member to own Laphroaig, was influential in experimenting with new ways of distilling and was one of the first to combine American bourbon casks with traditional European casks to create new flavours. Laphroaig Select takes inspiration from Ian, creating a new expression with both classic and new flavours.
Truly enjoyed the incredible pairing the 10 year Chocolate Truffle with the Laphroaig 10 year Whisky.
I tasted many single origin chocolates while sipping a selection of the Laphroaig whisky’s, enjoying the different notes and flavours.
At 40% alcohol by volume, Laphroaig Select is best enjoyed neat or with a splash of water to release the earthy aroma of blue peat smoke, the sweet nuttiness of barley and the heathery perfume of Islay’s streams.
Availability: Laphroaig Select is available in Canada this fall for an approximate retail price of $77.95 750 ml bottle. Check your local liquor store for up-to-date pricing and availability.
For more information on Laphroaig Select, please visit www.laphroaig.com
By: Richard Wolak