Sep 12, 2009

Free Laphroaig Webcast/Seminar

Here's a great opportunity for single-malt fans: Distillery LIVE, a free, online whisky tasting and seminar on Friday, September 25 to celebrate the relationship between Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch and Maker's Mark Bourbon Whisky (specifically, the maturation process of Laphroaig in former Maker's Mark barrels). The event will be broadcast from Maker's Mark Distillery in Kentucky and hosted by Laphroaig Distillery Manager John Campbell and Maker's Mark Master Distiller Kevin Smith.
"We're bringing a taste of the Islay, Scotland to Kentucky," said Campbell, "by contrasting the rich, smoky flavors of Laphroaig with the sweet yet complex flavors of Makers Mark Bourbon Whisky."
At 8:00 p.m. ET on September 25, Campbell, Smith, and John Hansell (publisher/editor of Malt Advocate) will conduct a 45-minute tasting from inside the Maker's Mark Distillery. The online tasting and educational seminar will include traditional Laphroaig expressions such as Laphroaig 10 Year Old; the newly released Laphroaig 18 Year Old; and Maker's Mark Bourbon. Distillery LIVE offers U.S. whisky enthusiasts the opportunity to preview the bold, distinctive flavors of traditional American and Scotch whisky, while interacting LIVE online with the whisky authorities at Laphroaig and Maker's Mark.
"Whether a Scotch aficionado or a bourbon connoisseur, online tasting participants will be taken on a comprehensive tasting journey while interacting LIVE with spirits enthusiasts around the globe," said Smith.
About the expressions:
  • Laphroaig 10 Year Old: Richly smoky and salty -- fully peated with a hint of sweetness
  • Laphroaig 18 Year: An instant warming tang of smoke that fades into smooth floral scents and blends seamlessly into an oaky nuttiness and leaves a lasting sweetness
Participants of legal purchase age can download tasting notes and guides and submit their questions in advance at
You may be interested in my earlier post, Single Malt Whisky Tasting Map

To learn more about the webcast, visit

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