Laphroaig was founded in 1815 by two brothers from the unassuming Johnston family on the south coast of Islay. Named after the location that the distillery itself was created upon, the name loosely translate to the ‘broad hollow by the bay’. In 1994 the Prince of Wales awarded it the Royal Warrant, an accolade attested to no other whisky on earth. Rumour has it that it was the Prince’s most favoured whisky.
Having said that, Laphroaig is often perceived as quite an acquired taste amongst the faint of heart, perhaps due to it’s intense peaty, smoky and rich flavours. During the prohibition, an American Surgeon General was adamant that it was unfit for recreational consumption, and instead declared it to be strictly utilised for medical purposes only.
Today, it is the biggest selling single malt from Islay, and one of the last distilleries using its own floor maltings.
This limited edition was released to celebrate the 21st Anniversary of the Friends of Laphroaig. Distilled in the year before the Friends of Laphroaig was founded this whisky has been maturing while the the ranks of aficionados swelled to 650,000 and counting.
Age: 21 years old
Cask Type: A mixture of both kiln dried & air dried first fill bourbon barrels.
48.4% ABV / 35cl