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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay Distillery Information.

Laphroaig Distillery,

Port Ellen,

Isle of Islay,


PA42 7DU Tel. 01496 302418


Please confirm with the distillery before travelling


Open 7 days from March to December


Open Mon-Fri during January and February

Several Levels of tours

To arrange a tour of the distillery   you can call  direct on +44 (0)1496 302418

Laphroaig Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Very medicinal (TCP).Earthy and smoky.


Palate: Full bodied. Sweet, seaweedy, salty, medicinal.


Finish: Long, sweet and peaty.

Laphroaig Whisky Review Laphroaig Whisky Notes

Founded in 1815 by Alex & Donald Johnston

Location Islay region south shore district

Water source Kilbride Loch.


Laphroaig Scotch Whisky Distilling Equipment

Original floor maltings and 2 peat kiln. This supplies 15% of the malt, 70% from Port Ellen and 15% from the mainland.

Porteous Mill

Stainless steel lauter mash tun

6 Stainless steel washbacks

7 Stills unusual combination of 3 wash stills and 4 spirit stills, they are “nipped in” at the waist, narrow necked with long ,thin, lyne arms on the wash stills slope upwards at a pronounced angle, the  condensers are located behind. The stills where originally built by McDonalds of Edinburgh.  

Matured in first fill American oak bourbon hogsheads in 8 dunnage warehouses on the seashore.

Laphroaig Scotch Whisky Distillery History

Lying just west of Lagavulin on the southshore. Alex & Donald Johnston started the Laphroaig distillery in 1815.


During 1836 the distillery became under the sole ownership of Donald Johnston. Unfortunately Donald died after tumbling into a vat of part-processed whisky in 1847.

His son Dugald was too young to take over so the distillery was temporarily leased to Walter Graham.


In 1857 Dugald Johnston takes over and runs the distillery until his death in1877 leaving the distillery to his sisters and brother in law.


At some point in 1921 Ian Hunter takes over and in1923 a pair of new stills are added.


Laphroaig was allowed in to the USA as a "medicinal spirit" during prohibition. Ian Hunter, the owner at the time, gave some US officials some samples of his malt whisky the iodine medicinal flavours won them over.


During the 1930s Bessie Williamson arrives to take up a temporary  job at the distillery that lasts for forty years old. Over the following years Ian Hunter passes over his “knowledge” as he sees her as the one person to carry on the Laphroaig tradition. On his death Bessie Williamson inherits distillery in 1954


Being pragmatic Bessie knew for Laphroaig to grow it would require support and resources that only the large companies have so during the 1960s sold the distillery to Long John International


Allied Domecq in turn purchased Long John in 1990


Prince Charles visits and hands over Royal Warrant in 1994.


The distillery is taken over by Fortune Brands Inc in 2005.


With tasting notes of medicinal, TCP mouthwash, phenolic. Iodine-like, seaweedy, tar smoke and peat with a hint of estery sweetness. This is an Islay whisky at industrial strength. Even if the tasting notes are for Diesel This malt whisky is one of the best five sellers in the UK


Johnston name still appears on label.  


Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings 

Laphroaig 10 Year Old

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength

Laphroaig 18 Year Old

Laphroaig 25 Year Old

Laphroaig  Select

Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Laphroaig Triple Wood

Travel Retail Bottlings

Laphroaig An Cuan Mor

Laphroaig PX Cask Pedro Ximenez

Laphroaig QA Cask

Laphroaig Cairdeas  2014


Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky Older Distillery Bottlings

Laphroaig 15 Year Old

Laphroaig 27 Year Old

Laphroaig 30 Year Old

Laphroaig 40 Year Old

Laphroaig 1979 Limited Edition

Laphroaig 1989 aged 17 years

Laphroaig 1994 Islay festival of malt and music


Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Independent Bottlings 

A D Rattray

Berry's Own Selection

Box (Sweden)

Cadenhead’s Duthies


Coopers Choice

Creative Whisky Co

Douglas Laing, Old & Rare, Old Malt Cask,  Premier Barrel Provenance

Duncan Taylor Collection

Hart Brothers

Highgrove Visiter centre shop

Kingsbury Japan Import System

Montgomery and Co

Murray McDavid

Norse Cask (Denmark)

Robert Burns (Tas Toe Belguim)


Un-Chill Filtered  (Signatory).

Whisky Agency (Germany)

Whisky Fair (Germany)


Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky

10 year old, Tasting notes

Colour: Full sparkling gold

Nose: Huge smoke, seaweedy, "medicinal", with a hint of sweetness

Body: Full bodied


Palate: Suprising sweetness with hints of salt and layers of peatiness

Finish: Lingering