Laphroaig Distillery, Islay, Scotland
This evening, I am focusing on Laphroaig whisky distillery at Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland, one of eight distilleries currently operating on the island.
The name may be, ultimately, of Norse origin and mean 'broad bay'.
Laphroaig has a long history dating back to its founding in 1810. For most if its history, Laphroaig was owned by a local family of tenant farmers and distillers named Johnston. From the 1960s onwards Laphroaig fell into the hands of drinks industry conglomerates and today is owned by Beam Suntory. Other facts and information concerning Laphroaig:
- One of the handful of Scottish distilleries which still operates a traditional floor maltings. These account for about 15 pct of requirements, with most of the balance being sourced from the local maltster at Port Ellen.
- Capacity is 3.3m litres per annum. For many years the heavily peated whisky from Laphroaig has ranked as the top selling Islay malt.
- Core product range consists of 10-year-old, 10-year-old cask strength, Quarter Cask, Triple Wood, 18-year-old, 25-year-old and Select.
- Operates a ‘Friends of Laphroaig’ scheme for loyal drinkers which includes a lifetime lease on a square foot of Islay land close to the distillery.
- Granted a Royal warrant by HRH Prince Charles in 1994.
- Noted for high phenolic content of the malts which in plain language translates as ‘smokieness’.
- Welcomes visitors and benefits from an excellent visitor centre.