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Laphroaig

Laphroaig Distillery

Region: Islay Scotland, PA47 7DU

Founded: 1815

Status: Active

Owner: Beam/Suntory

Water source: The Kilbride Dam

Mash tun: Stainless steel full Lauter

Washbacks: 6x Stainless steel

Stills: 3x Wash 4x Spirit

Capacity: 3.3 million litres per annum

History:

The Laphroaig distillery was established in 1815 by Donald and Alexander Johnston.[4] The Johnstons who founded Laphroaig were from the Clan Donald and are likely to be from the MacIain of Ardnamurchan branch of the clan. The family anglicized their name to Johnston.[4] The last member of the Johnston family to run the distillery was Ian Hunter, a nephew of Sandy Johnston, who died childless in 1954 and left the distillery to one of his managers, Bessie Williamson. The distillery was sold to Long John International in the 1960s, and subsequently became part of Allied Domecq.[5] The brand was in turn acquired by Fortune Brands in 2005, as one of the brands divested by Pernod Ricard in order to obtain regulatory approval for its takeover of Allied Domecq. Fortune Brands then split up its business product lines in 2011, forming its spirits business into Beam Inc. Beam was then purchased by Suntory Holdings in April 2014. Laphroaig has been the only whisky to carry the Royal Warrant of the Prince of Wales, which was awarded in person during a visit to the distillery in 1994. The 15-year-old was reportedly the prince’s favourite Scotch whisky.

Links:

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Wikipedia

Our Visit:  25th April 2014 WOLS Islay Trip 2014

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Laphroaig Whisky Reviews:

  • Laphroaig 12 Year Old Cask Strength The Bass Lockett Bros Laphroaig 12 Year Old 1996 – Bass ~ 58.6% (Lockett Bros) - ‘The Bass’ Laphroaig 12 Year Old 1996 (Lockett Bros) 58.6% ABV, £39.99 for 70cl Score: 89/100 What they say: The Bass Single Islay Malt Scotch Whisky, Laphroaig 1996 aged 12 years, bottled at Cask Strength 58.6% ABV. Outturn of 276 bottles, Distilled 17/10/1996, bottled 27/05/2009 from cask # 7288 bourbon hogshead. Sourced and bottled by […]
  • Laphroaig 14yo OMC Laphroaig 14 Years Old 2000 Cask 10432 Old Malt Cask ~50% (Hunter Laing) - Laphroaig 14 Years Old 2000 Cask 10432 – Old Malt Cask ~50% (Hunter Laing & Co Ltd.) 50% ABV, £70 for 70cl Score: 86/100 What they say: Sherry butt-matured Laphroaig, bottled as part of Hunter Laing’s Old Malt Cask range. From April 2000 to April 2014, this single malt aged in Sherry butt #10432. Afterwards, […]
  • Laphroaig 15 Years Old – Cask Sample DL9877~ 61.9% (Douglas Laing) - Laphroaig 15 Years Old – Cask Sample DL9877 Single malt scotch whisky 61.9% ABV Score: 89/100 What they say: Another single cask sample during our visit to the Douglas Laing & Co Ltd. HQ, this time from Laphroaig and aged to 15 years in cask Ref DL9877. Distilled 14th May 1998 and bottled/sampled 20th November 2013 What I […]
  • Laphroaig 15 Years Old 1998 UCF ~ 46% (Signatory) - Laphroaig 15 Years Old 1998 Unchillfiltered Islay single malt scotch whisky 46% ABV Score: 85/100 What they say: One for fans of bold, uncompromising and peaty whiskies! Bottled in July 2014 and matured in a refill sherry butt. Limited to 828 bottles. We’ve seen an ever-increasing number of young Islays, but not much (or enough) from […]
  • laphroaig-15-year-old-200th-anniversary-edition-whisky Laphroaig 15 Years Old 200th Anniversary Edition ~ 43% (Suntory) - Review: Laphroaig 15 Years Old 200th Anniversary Edition Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Laphroaig Distillery Bottling: Suntory ABV: 43% Cost: £99.95 from Master of Malt [sold out] What they say: Laphroaig 15 year old was first created 30 years ago. Barrels were individually selected for their particularly mellow rounded flavour, then batch bottled […]
  • Scotch Malt Whisky Society Laphroaig 18 Years Old 1995 29.150 Hand rolled Cuban cigars ~ 59.2% (SMWS) - Laphroaig 18 Years Old 1995 – 29.150 Hand rolled Cuban cigars Islay single malt scotch whisky 59.2% ABV, £69.70 for 70cl from Scotch Malt Whisky Society Score: 89/100 What they say: Cask No. 29.150 We all agreed that we are visiting a harbour watching the fishing boats unloading their catch which is mostly shellfish like […]
  • Laphroaig 18 yo Laphroaig 18 Years Old ~48% (Beam/Suntory) - Laphroaig 18 Years Old ~48% (Beam/Suntory) 48% ABV, £86.71 for 70cl Score: 88/100 What they say: Replacing the much-loved 15 year old, our new 18 year old is a well balanced, full bodied whisky offering a long, sweet and intense finish. A multitude of flavours on the nose, smoked ham, spice, fruitcake, wood, ginger and […]
  • laphroaig-21-year-old Laphroaig 21 Years Old 200 Years of Laphroaig Limited Edition ~ 48.5% (Friends of Laphroaig) - Review: Laphroaig 21 Years Old 200 Years of Laphroaig Limited Edition Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Laphroaig Distillery Bottling: Suntory; Friends Of Laphroaig ABV: 48.5% Cost: £99 for 35cl Score: 88/100 What they say: The Friends of Laphroaig have now ‘come of age’ – we are 21 years old this weekend! 1994 was […]
  • Laphroaig 22 Years Old 1991 Authentic Collection ~ 49.8% (Cadenhead’s) - Laphroaig 22 Years Old 1991 Authentic Collection 49.8% ABV, £90.40 for 70cl Score: 89/100 What they say: Distilled in 1991 at Laphroaig distillery on Islay, this has been matured for 22 years in a bourbon hogshead and bottled in February 2014 for a 168 bottle outturn at 49.8% What I say: Drool, welcome to whisky […]
  • Laphroaig An Cuan Mor Laphroaig An Cuan Mor ~ 48% (Travel Retail Exclusive) -  Laphroaig An Cuan Mor (Travel Retail) 48% ABV, £70 for 70cl Score 90/100 What they say: From http://www.laphroaig.com/whiskies/an-cuan-mor.aspx Translated as Big Ocean, this unique expression is a celebration of the art of Laphroaig, with only the best batches hand selected by our distillery manager for their exceptional flavour. All have been matured in first-fill-only ex-American white […]
  • laphroaig-cairdeas-2015-200th-anniversary-edition-whisky Laphroaig Cairdeas 200th Anniversary Edition 2015 ~ 51.5% (Suntory) - Review: Laphroaig Cairdeas 200th Anniversary Edition 2015 Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky Origin: Laphroaig Distillery Bottling: Suntory – Friends of Laphroaig ABV: 51.5% Cost: £65.00 from Friends of Laphroaig Score: 88/100 What they say: To celebrate our 200th Anniversary, we wanted to make a unique Cairdeas – one that embodies the history of Laphroaig, […]
  • Laphroaig Cairdeas 2012 Origin Laphroaig Cairdeas 2012 ‘Origin’ ~ 51.2% (Friends of Laphroaig) - Laphroaig Cairdeas 2012 ‘Origin’ (Friends of Laphroaig) 51.2% ABV, around £50 Score: 88/100 What they say: The 2012 release of Cairdeas [Scots Gaelic for Friendship] was entitled Origin as it was constructed partly from casks that were used to generate the first Cairdeas expression in 2008 left to mature a little longer and then mixed […]
  • Laphroaig-Cairdeas-2013-Port-Wood-single-malt-scotch-whisky Laphroaig Cairdeas 2013 ‘Port wood edition’ ~ 51.3% (Friends Of Laphroaig) - Laphroaig Cairdeas 2013 ‘Port wood edition’ (Friends Of Laphroaig) 51.3% ABV, RRP £47 via the Friends of Laphroaig. Score 90/100 What They say: Each year our Master Distiller, John Campbell, handcrafts a limited edition malt to celebrate friendship (“Cairdeas” in Gaelic). The 2013 expression has enjoyed a double maturation in bourbon and port wood casks to create an […]
  • Laphroaig Cairdeas 30 Years Old 2008 ~ 43% (D. Johnston & Co.) - Laphroaig Cairdeas 30 Years Old 2008 43% ABV, ~£600 at auction Score: 92/100 What they say: Cairdeas – meaning “Friendship” in Gaelic, Laphroaig Cairdeas 30 Year Old was specially bottled in 2008 to celebrate our friends worldwide. Cairdeas 30 has enjoyed a double maturation, firstly in a combination of approximately 60% sherry and 40% ex-bourbon […]
  • Laphroaig Quarter Cask Laphroaig Quarter Cask ~ 48% (Beam/Suntory) - Laphroaig Quarter Cask Islay single malt scotch whisky 48% ABV, £38.25 available from The Whisky Exchange Score: 82/100 What they say: Laphroaig Quarter Cask offers an irresistible doubling of flavour, due to the double maturation in two barrels made of American oak. Still-maturing whisky from our standard ex-bourbon barrels is transferred to quarter casks and […]
  • laphroaig-triple-wood Laphroaig Triple Wood ~ 48% (Beam/Suntory) - Laphroaig Triple Wood Islay single malt scotch whisky 48% ABV, £46 for 70cl (formerly Travel Retail exclusive) Score: 82/100 What they say: This expression of our famous whisky, from the remote island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland, has enjoyed a triple maturation in 3 types of cask. Just as with our standard […]
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