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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 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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$60.27
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
$43.08
Single cask Laphroaig! Awesome! This single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 2002 and left to mature in a refill hoggie for 11 years, until 2014, when it was bottled with no added colouring or...  More info
$119.52
Independently bottled Laphroaig single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Duncan Taylor Single collection (and what a collection it is!). This Islay delight was distilled in April 1997 and...  More info
$481.42
Single cask, single malt Scotch whisky from the Laphroaig distillery on Islay, bottled by Signatory for the Cask Strength Collection. This Islay whisky was matured in a refill Sherry hogshead from...  More info
$211.35
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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$136.22
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
$337.07
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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$64.97
Laphroaig Select
(70cl, 40%)
For the Laphroaig Select, the Islay distillery has taken whisky from a number of different types of cask, including Oloroso Sherry butts, white American oak, Pedro Ximenez seasoned hoggies, Quarter...  More info
$57.78
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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$78.10
A lovely Sherried single malt, bottled for the Elements of Islay range of independent bottlings from Speciality Drinks. This is the fourth release of whisky from the distillery simply known as "Lp"...  More info
$108.78
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
$141.36
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
$89.56
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
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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A "rather smoky" 10 year old Laphroaig bottled by Douglas Laing for its quality as a fine accompaniment to a good cigar. A release of 362 bottles from a single refill hogshead.  More info
A "rather smoky" 10 year old Laphroaig bottled by Douglas Laing for its quality as a fine accompaniment to a good cigar. A release of 362 bottles from a single refill hogshead.  More info
$109.73
A 10 year old autumn distillation from Laphroaig distillery courtesy of Douglas Laing.  More info
$108.76
A potent, cask strength release from Laphroaig. A very pungent version of the 10 year old.  More info
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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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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
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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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
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
An 11 year old Laphroaig, distilled in 2000 and aged in a single cask before bottling for Douglas Laing's smart-looking Premier Barrel range. A release of just 384 hand-filled decanters.  More info
$122.89
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