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Laphroaig

Laphroaig is a distillery whose malts are massively individual and utterly distinctive. The distillery was founded in 1810 by brothers Donald and Alexander Johnston on what was originally a family run farm in a small bay on the southernmost tip of Islay. Laphroaig’s unique flavour comes in part from its vicinity to the coast and the high moss content of its peat, which is processed in the distillery’s own floor maltings.

Until 1954, Laphroaig was owned by members of the Johnston family. In 1847, co-founder Donald Johnston died in dramatic circumstances - after falling into a scaulding kettle of burnt ale - and for the next decade Walter Graham, manager of neighbouring distillery Lagavulin, ran the company. Laphroaig returned to Johnston family hands in 1857 when Donald’s son Dugald gained ownership.

Recent owners have included Allied Domecq, who were proprietors from 1990 to 2005. Allied also included the distillery as one of the four single malt makers of Caledonian Malts. Laphroaig (pronounced ‘La-FROYg’) is currently run by the US company Fortune Brands Inc and from 2002 it has consistently been the best-selling Islay single malt whisky worldwide. Within those seven years sales have increased by 50%.

Laphroaig Whisky Distillery

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About Laphroaig Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01496 302418

Distillery Founded

1810

Distillery Capacity

2 700 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Beam Global

Distillery Address

Near Port Ellen, Islay, Argyll

Distillery Website

www.laphroaig.com

1810

Brothers Alexander and Donald Johnston found Laphroaig.

1815

Official year of starting.

1836

Donald buys out Alexander and takes over operations.

1837

James and Andrew Gairdner found Ardenistiel a stone’s throw from Laphroaig.

1847

Donald Johnston is killed in an accident in the distillery when he falls into a kettle of boiling hot burnt ale. The Manager of neigh-bouring Lagavulin, Walter Graham, takes over.

1857

Operation is back in the hands of the Johnston family when Donald’s son Dugald takes over.

1877

Dugald, being without heirs, passes away and his sister Isabella, married to their cousin Alexander takes over.

1907

Alexander Johnston dies and the distillery is inherited by his two sisters Catherine Johnston and Mrs. William Hunter (Isabella Johnston).

1908

Ian Hunter arrives in Islay to assist his mother and aunt with the distillery.

1923

The two stills are increased to four.

1927

Catherine Johnston dies and Ian Hunter takes over.

1928

Isabella Johnston dies and Ian Hunter becomes sole owner.

1950

Ian Hunter forms D. Johnston & Company

1954

Ian Hunter passes away and management of the distillery is taken over by Elisabeth “Bessie” Williamson, who was previously Ian Hunters PA and secretary. She becomes Director of the Board and Managing Director.

1967

Seager Evans & Company buys the distillery through Long John Distillery, having already acquired part of Laphroaig in 1962.

1968

The number of stills is increased from four to six.

1972

Bessie Williamson retires. Another spirit still is installed bringing the total to seven.

1975

Whitbread & Co. buys Seager Evans (now renamed Long John International) from Schenley International.

1989

The spirits division of Whitbread is sold to Allied Distillers.

1991

Allied Distillers launches Caledonian Malts. Laphroaig is one of the four malts included.

1993

A severe gale blows the pagoda roof off the kilns, but it is repaired.

1994

HRH Prince Charles gives his Royal Warrant to Laphroaig. Friends of Laphroaig is founded.

1995

A 10 year old cask strength is launched.

2001

4 000 bottles of a 40 year old, the oldest-ever Laphroaig, are released.

2002

The legendary distillery manager Iain Henderson retires.

2004

Quarter Cask, a 5 year old Laphroaig matured for 7 months in a quarter cask (i. e. 105 litres) is launched in a limited edition.

2005

Fortune Brands becomes new owner.

2007

A vintage 1980 (27 years old) and a 25 year old are released.

2008

Cairdeas, Cairdeas 30 year old and Triple Wood are released.

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Laphroaig Triple Wood
(70cl, 48%)
An incredible new release from Laphroaig. This was originally launched for the duty free market, and it is a tour de force from the Islay distillery. First off, they mature this in bourbon barrels...  More info
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$74.56
Laphroaig 18 Year Old
(70cl, 48%)
The hotly anticipated Laphroaig eighteen year-old. This expression replaced the fifteen year-old and comes at a higher strength. This is a much more exclusive affair with a powerful punch. Awesome...  More info
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$124.74
Released in 2004, this bottling was aged for five years before being finished in a quarter cask for seven months, the size of the cask is quite small, thus does not require such a long maturation...  More info
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$64.62
Laphroaig 10 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
Really smoky and iodine rich. This has to be one of Scotland's most characterful drams. Laphroaig are known for their medicinal malts, and the classic 10 year old is no exception.  More info
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$54.59
Douglas Laing make sure their Director's Cut releases have all the bells and whistles you'd expect; cask strength, un-chill filtered, pretty presentation box. They're obviously very proud, and who can...  More info
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$369.66
An independent bottling of Laphroaig single malt Scotch whisky from Mackillop's, distilled in June 1991 and bottled in September 2013. Just 280 bottles were produced.  More info
$328.97
A half bottle of the iconic, medicinal 10 year Islay's bestselling distillery, Laphroaig. This is a massive, punchy dram, it is said the medicinal character is from the high moss content in the peat.  More info
$41.43
314 bottles were produced from the single refill hogshead cask that this Laphroaig whisky happily matured inside for 15 years. Part of Douglas Laing's Directors' Cut range, this wonderful Islay whisky...  More info
$215.40
The summer of 1976 was said to be fantastic, not just for sandcastle builders and ice-cream sellers, but distillers were also very happy as that year produced some very fine barley to make some...  More info
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$1934.60
An autumnal single cask Laphroaig, part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range. This classic Islay single malt was distilled in the Autumn of 2005 and bottled at 8 years old in the Spring of 2014.  More info
$106.59
Single cask Laphroaig, eh? As Mr. Burns would say, "Excellent". This Islay single malt was distilled in September 1998, left to mature for 15 years in a refill Sherry butt and bottled in February 2014...  More info
$118.65
An independent bottling of 15 year old Laphroaig single malt Scotch whisky. Part of Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection, meaning it has all those lovely oils intact. 810 bottles were produced.  More info
$101.57
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A limited edition port finished Laphroaig release for Fèis Ìle 2013, the Islay whisky festival. Initially matured in bourbon casks, this Single Malt Scotch Whisky has an...  More info
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$151.32
Single cask, independently bottled Islay whisky from the very popular Laphroaig distillery, yippee! This cask strength Signatory release was distilled in November 1996 and bottled in October 2013 with...  More info
$171.56
This lovely Laphroaig was distilled in October 1996. Following that, the cask rested for 17 years until Hunter Laing bottled it up for their Old Malt Cask range in October 2013. Just 347 bottles of...  More info
$145.95
A limited edition Laphroaig 18 to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Part of a release of just 3000 bottles, the award-winning 18 year old is a stunning whisky. The distillery is donating £3000...  More info
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A single cask independent bottling of Laphroaig single malt whisky, because there can never be too much Islay whisky. This release from cask 9932 was matured for 15 years before Hunter Laing bottled...  More info
$133.15
Classic peaty Islay goodness here, matured in a single refil hogshead for 16 years before being bottled by Hunter Laing in December 2013. 322 bottles of this Laphroaig were produced at 50% abv.  More info
$139.54
This is a smouldering, intense Laphroaig from the Directors Cut range. It was distilled in October 1990 before a 21 year maturation in a single cask (a refill hogshead). It was then bottled in August...  More info
$353.39
A beautiful Laphroaig from the Un-Chillfiltered collection from Signatory, distilled on the 12th May 1998, aged in hogsheads 5562 and 5563 and bottled on the 30th May 2012. A release of 664 numbered...  More info
$93.20
Lovely, luscious Laphroaig single malt, bottled by Signatory at cask strength. It matured for 16 years in a single cask, from November 1996 to October 2013. A release of 271 bottled.  More info
$164.58
A 10 year old autumn distillation from Laphroaig distillery courtesy of Douglas Laing.  More info
$108.17
A 12 year old single cask from popular Islay distillery of Laphroaig, bottled by Douglas Laing as part of the Provenance range. It is an autumn distillation and was aged in a refill hogshead.  More info
$116.19
Independently bottled Islay whisky from the legendary Laphroaig distillery. It was distilled in May 1998 and matured in two casks for 14 years until January 2013, when it was bottled by Signatory...  More info
$101.57
A beautiful cask-strength single malt from the Laphroaig distillery. This was distilled in October 1996 and aged for 15 years in a refill hogshead before bottling for the Director's Cut range in March...  More info
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