Because the Laphroaig does offer up such a unique flavor profile, it only seems fair to feature in a cocktail that really focuses on the quality and flavor of the scotch as opposed to any complex mixing styles.
The Rob Roy (or, essentially a Manhattan with scotch) really puts the Laphroaig 10 Year front and center on the flavor.
- 2 oz Laphroaig 10 Year scotch
- .5 dry vermouth
- Lemon twist for garnish
Combine the scotch and dry vermouth in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and stir for at least 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and then garnish with the lemon twist.
It’s worth noting that the smokiness of the Laphroaig can completely overshadow the dry vermouth if you don’t use enough. You get a great smoke flavor right up front with the gentle, wine-like flavors of the vermouth bringing up the rear.
You’ll want to strap yourself in for this beast.