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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 20 year old single cask Laphroaig! This was distilled in March 1989 and matured in a sherry hogshead before bottling in December 2009 by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. This is part of a...  More info
Batch number one from the new range of Laphroaig Cask Strength 10 year old whisky. They are now making these up in smaller batches, with a great price to boot! Released in February 2009. Much more...  More info
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An 11 year old Cadenhead bottling from the Laphroaig distillery - an Islay based classic distiller known for its medicinal character. This was bottled as part of the Duthies range of unchillfiltered...  More info
Distilled at Laphroaig 2nd of May 1996 and aged in hogshead number 1983 for 13 years before bottling on the 8th June 2009. A release of 280 bottles, bottled by Speciality Drinks.  More info
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Single cask Laphroaig distilled in October 1996, matured for 13 years in a refill hogshead and bottled in November 2009 as a release of 313 bottles.  More info
A 10 year old Laphroaig, bottled by Murray McDavid. This was distilled at the Laphroaig distillery in 1999, and aged in bourbon casks before it was specially selected by Bruichladdich's Jim McEwan. It...  More info
Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered collection is range of single malts from some classic distilleries, none of which have been chill-filtered, or artificially coloured. Just pure, unadulterated whisky, as...  More info
A peaty Old Malt Cask. This was distilled at Laphroaig in April 1992 and bottled in January 2009 as a release of 691 bottles. This was aged in refill butt number 4825.  More info
This 19 year old, single cask Laphroaig was distilled on the 22nd October 1990 and aged in bourbon barrel number 89 before bottling on the 21st June 2010. A release of 246 decanters.  More info
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Batch 2 of the excellent cask strength Laphroaig 10. This was bottled in January 2010 and it's incredible; full of classic Laphroaig flavour, cranked up to 11…  More info
Very exciting to see a Laphroaig of this age, particularly one at natural cask strength! This was distilled in March 1989 and aged for 21 years in a refill sherry hogshead before it was bottled for...  More info
A 9 year old Laphroaig from the Douglas Laing Provenance range. This was distilled in Winter 2001, aged in refill hogshead number 6421 and bottled in Summer 2010.  More info
Distilled at Laphroaig in the Summer of 1999, this was aged in refill hogshead number 4203 before bottling in Spring 2008. Bottled as part of the Provenance range.  More info
$62.30
This was distilled in April 1992 and aged in refill hogshead number 3932 for15 years before bottling in October 2007 as an "Advance Sample" from the Old Malt Cask range.  More info
A peaty, smoky 8 year old whisky, this Laphroaig was bottled for Douglas Laing's Ceramic Premier Barrel range. A release of 371 decanter bottles.  More info
Smoky, rich Laphroaig from BBR, distilled 1998 and bottled 2010.  More info
$87.86
A well-aged Laphroaig from indpendent bottler Douglas Laing. Released at a pretty hefty 50% abv, the outturn of this cask was only 150 bottles.  More info
A 10 year old single cask Laphroaig distilled on the 18th September 2000 and aged in refill butt 4070 before bottling on the 5th November 2010. A release of just 835 bottles.  More info
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Distilled in Laphroaig in November 1990, aged in refill hogshead for 16 years and bottled in December 2006 for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. A release of 295 bottles.  More info
Batch three of Laphroaig's new cask strength 10 year old. This is a stunning whisky with oodles (literally oodles) of complexity and flavour.  More info
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Bottled for the Boisdale Bar and Restaurant, this was distilled at Laphroaig in 1998, and aged in hogshead number 700218 before bottling in 2011. Selected by Doug McIvor.  More info
$84.70
This was distilled at Laphroaig on the 1st July 1999. It was aged in two hogsheads for 11 years before bottling on the 2nd June 2011. A release of 715 bottles.  More info
This was distilled at Laphroaig in 1995, it was aged for 16 years in a single bourbon barrel, and it was bottled by Signatory in 2011. A release of 140 bottles.  More info
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