Introduction to Laphroaig
From a storm-lashed island off the west coast of Scotland comes Laphroaig – “la-froyg” – a Gaelic word meaning “beautiful hollow by the broad bay”
Since 1815, when the distillery was officially founded on Islay – “eye-la” – a small team of islanders have combined ancient skills, a dedication to quality and the soft, peaty water of the Kilbride Stream to create what is considered to be the most distinctive single malt in the world.
Distillery – one of only a handful that still malt its own barley
Peat – only distillery to hand cut the peat on site keeping moisture that unlocks smokier flavours
Taste – the signature Islay peat and polarising flavour appeal to whisky connoisseurs around the world
Laphroaig distillery – named after its location, ‘broad hollow by the bay’, was first founded in 1815 by farmers Donald and Alexander Johnston and remained in their hands for the next 139 years.
Laphroaig’s whisky making tradition has been passed down by distillery managers since the first drop rolled off the still in 1815. Ian Hunter, Bessie Williamson, John MacDougal, Denise Nicole, Iain Henderson and the incumbent John Campbell were all protective custodians of the art of Laphroaig. Each brought their own influence, of course, but all respected the unique elements that make Laphroaig the whisky it is. The Kilbride Stream, hand-cut peat, floor malted barley, cold-smoking kilns, mash tuns, copper alchemy and the subtlety of oak aging. Each and every stage crucial in producing the most richly flavoured of all Scotch whiskies.
During a guided tour at Laphroaig, your guide will narrate the story of Laphroaig, its traditions and heritage. From the floor maltings, to the unique still house and dunnage warehouse, this exclusive access will help you discover just what makes Laphroaig so unique. For a true Islay experience, we recommend the ‘Malt, Maturation and Memories’ experience for all you whisky connoisseurs!
Tasting Notes series
Laphroaig Select takes its name from the special selection of American and European casks, chosen for their unique character that they give during maturation.
Laphroaig Triple Wood – this expression of our famous whisky, from the remote island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland, has enjoyed a triple maturation in 3 types of cask