Acquiring a taste for whisky takes time, tenacity and a stomach of steel. But the more I delve into the world of whisky (or whiskey spelled with an "e" depending on who you talk to), the more that I begin to appreciate this powerful drink. Jack Daniels was the gateway whisky for me, especially when mixed in with Coca-Cola (don't laugh!). In pursuit of the ultimate whisky, I teamed up with Laphroaig, who provided me with a bottle of their 10-year Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky along with a recipe for a Sandy Lyle. Watch the hilarious video below for a bit of background on this whisky made by a 200-year-old distillery.
Make no mistake, Laphroaig is not for the faint of heart. With its rich aroma of blue peat smoke and barley nuttiness, Laphroaig is a bold drink for a bold man or woman. I felt like I grew a couple more hairs on my chest after one strong sip. True whisky traditionalists will prefer this drink neat or with soft water, but I also wanted to share Laphroaig's Sandy Lyle that takes away some of the punch of this whisky for a more relaxed drinking experience.
The Sandy Lyle is comprised of three simple ingredients: iced green tea, Laphroaig 10 Year Single Malt Whisky and pineapple juice. I used R.W. Knudsen Organic Pineapple juice and AriZona Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey. Finding approximate measurements of these ingredients depends on personal taste preference. I added just a hint of the whisky, three parts of the iced green tea and then a splash of pineapple juice to keep the alcoholic beverage at bay.
The soft notes of the green tea and the sweetness of the pineapple juice offset the whisky in just the right way. This drink is best served over ice with an optional pineapple slice as a garnish. I loved how refreshing this drink is with its unmistakable kick of whisky. It's hard not to feel like a hardened sailor when drinking a whisky as cultured as Laphroaig. Check out Laphroaig's website for more on their unforgettable whiskies and remarkable history.