Laphroaig

Laphroaig is a proudly smoky scotch producer and the favourite of Prince Charles. A famous distillery with a long history.

About

20% of its maltings is in house from Laphroaig's belief that their kiln has a character with more creosote-like phenols than Port Ellen's.
It has a somewhat noticeable sweet note from its ex-Bourbons, a staple after their post-Prohibition era. Laphroaig has a relatively long fore shot run and a deeper cut, adding less estery and more phenol.
Its stills are pairs of contrasting sizes that each produces a different character new make; the final product is a blend from these larger and smaller stills.

History 

The Laphroaig distillery was built in 1815 by brothers Alexander and Donald Johnston. Donald, unfortunately, passed due to an incident. The distillery stayed under D. Johnston & Co. until the 1960s.
Donald's great grandson, Ian Hunter--in a decision to change agent and built Malt Mill--has introduced Laphroaig into the world of single malt and popularity as a consequence. After his death, the distillery was transferred to Bessie Williamson, his secretary.
In 1994, Prince Charles awarded a Royal Warrant to his favorite single malt, the same year Laphroaig launched a members association called Friends of Laphroaig. In 2014, Beam was taken over by Suntory.

Islay Region

This island with only 8 unique distilleries is often lashed by sea winds and rain, which most certainly influences the characteristic of the whisky produced here. It has a very flat surface that consist largely of peat, which plays a huge role on the flavour of the whiskies produced here.
The flavour of Islay whiskies are the strongest of all Scotch whiskies and are famous for their strong peaty smokiness which comes from the peat fuel which they use for malting the barley. Islay whiskies has a very strong character consisting of being very smoky and medicinal, salty and sea weedy with a dry finish and sometimes with quite a bite. If you like smoky whiskies this is definitely your go to region.

 

Whisky Type

Single Malt


Distillery Status

Working

Brands

-

Capacity(MLPA)

3.4

Fermentation Time

Minimum 55hrs

Grist weight (T)

5.5

Malt specification

Phenols minimum 35ppm

Mash Tun Material

-

New-Make Strength

68.50%

Spirit Still Charge (L)

4,900

Spirit Still Size (L)

4,900

Warehousing

On Islay for single malt

Wash Still Shape

Onion

Washback Size (L)

52,000

Washbacks

-

Yeast type

Mauri liquide yeast

Condenser type

Vertical multipass copper tubed condensers

Filling strength

63.50%

Heat source

Oil-fired boiler

Malt supplier

Laphroaig Distillery/Diageo Port Ellen/Crisp Port Gordon & Alloa

Mash Tun Type

Lauter

Single Malt percentage

60%

Spirit still shape

Onion

Stills

7

Wash still charge (L)

10,500

Wash Still size (L)

-

Washback type

Stainless steel

Water source

The Kilbride reservoir

Parent company

Beam Suntory

Current owner

D Johnston & Company

Contact

+44 1496 302418

Website:

https://www.laphroaig.com/en/

Address

Laphroaig Distillery
Port Ellen
Isle of Islay
Argyll
PA42 7DU
United Kingdom