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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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A very special single cask Laphroig, aged for 12 years and bottled for Highgrove House, the official home of Prince Charles. The prince is a big fan of Laphroaig so we imagine he'll be very pleased...  More info
£149.95
Laphroaig Cairdeas Origin
(70cl, 51.20%)
Cairdeas means frienship in Gaelic, a fitting moniker for a bottling relased to celebrate the distillery's popular friends programme. It's really rather good.  More info
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£129.95
A big, spicy, smoky Laphroaig distilled on the 29th October 1990 and aged for 21 years before bottling in March of 2012. This is a cask strength release from MacKillop's Choice, aged in cask 11728.  More info
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
£55.40
Signatory have brought us a fifteen year old Laphroaig, the Marmite of the Islay whiskies! This pungent beast takes no prisoners and unleashes its medicinal peat with daring precision.  More info
£69.31
Douglas Laing have bottled a single cask of the peaty Laphroaig single malt, with chill filtration, for their Old Malt Cask series.  More info
£75.95
This was distilled at the Laphroaig distillery in October 1998 before a 14 year maturation in a single refill hogshead. It was bottled for the Old Malt Cask range in December 2012 and there are just...  More info
£89.95
A beautiful hogshead-matured Laphroaig from Signatory's Cask Strength Collection. This was distilled on the 26th November 1996 before a 15 year maturation in a single cask. It was bottled at natural...  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.0/5)
£91.33
This is a superb whisky from Wemyss Malts and it was distilled at the Laphroaig distillery in 1998. It was aged in a single hogshead before bottling in 2012. With the apt moniker "Beach Bonfires"...  More info
£83.57
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
£210.07
A punchy and smoky Laphroaig from Signatory at full cask strength. 295 bottles of this single cask whisky were produced.  More info
£94.99
A 10 year old autumn distillation from Laphroaig distillery courtesy of Douglas Laing.  More info
£64.30
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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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£89.95
Part of a release of just 972 bottles from Laphroaig. This 27 year old was distilled in 1980 and aged in 5 casks used previously to hold Oloroso sherry.  More info
The 2008 released 27 year old from Islay giant Laphroaig. This was distilled in 1981 from five casks, previously used for Oloroso sherry, a thick and full single malt with a deep hue.  More info
Laphroaig Cairdeas
(70cl, 55%)
Cairdeas derives from the Gaelic for 'Friendship', this is a rare cask strength edition from the Laphroaig distillery.  More info
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A potent, cask strength release from Laphroaig. A very pungent version of the 10 year old.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
Laphroaig 15 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
A now discontinued bottling, this was replaced this year by the 18 year old. The old 15 is becoming rather rare, definitely an investment dram.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (5.0/5)
Laphroaig 25 Year Old
(70cl, 45.10%)
The 25 year old Laphroaig, released in 2007. This is a surprisingly mellow dram from the distillery.  More info
Laphroaig 30 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
A recent 30 year old release, this is very well-aged by Laphroaig standards. This is rich and powerful, age has brought balance. This won Gold medals at the International Spirits Challenge and the...  More info
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
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This was distilled at Laphroaig on the 13th September 2001 and matured in hogsheads 2922 and 2923 for 8 years before bottling on the 15th December 2009. A release of 839 bottles from Signatory's...  More info
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Distilled on the 22nd October 1990 and matured in a bourbon barrel, single cask number 67, for 19 years before bottling on the 27th October 2009. A release of just 238 bottles of cask strength Islay...  More info
A single cask Laphroaig, bottled by Duncan Taylor for the Rare Auld series at cask strength in February 2010. This was distilled in July 1997 and matured in cask number 56375. Part of a release of 271...  More info
This was distilled at Laphroaig in 1997 and matured for 12 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor in 2010. This was bottled for the NC2 range, the name refers to the fact that this not chill filtered...  More info
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