Laphroaig Lore 70cl 48°
Since 1815, each Laphroaig Distillery Manager has been the custodian of the craft to make the richest Single Malt in the world. Over the years, each has passed on their skills and traditions to the next generation to continue this legacy.
To honour this passing of knowledge, Laphroaig Distillery Manager, John Campbell, has created Laphroaig Lore, the richest ever Laphroaig. Lore, meaning the passing of a skill or tradition through word of mouth, is the story of how Laphroaig is made, encapsulating the craft passed down from generation to generation over two centuries.
To create Lore, both American oak and European oak were used. The former smaller barrels give the strong rich peaty flavours and a longer maturation for the large European Hogsheads until all the deep complexities are slowly released from the wood. Stored in our old dunnage warehouse beside the Atlantic the briny sea air replaces the "Angels share" in the barrels over the "long sleep".
|Maturation||American & European Oak Casks|
No one knows the full history of Laphroaig as much of it has been lost in the midst of time unfortunately.
For a long time on Islay as in all Scotland, distilling was illegal so no one spoke of the numerous small stills, easy to move around and usually hidden in farms. If you wished a refill, just a nod and a wink in the right direction!
We know that the Johnston’s established a farm in Laphroaig around 1800 as, a while after, Charles & Willie Doig were asked to work “at the distillery”. From 1815, the Laphroaig reputation grew and caught the attention of tax agents who established “officially” Johnston & Johnston. This is how the great Laphroaig adventure began.
It is said a good story is about a good story-teller and who better than one of the former distillery managers? Discover the notes a visitor took after his interview with Iain Hendernson, retired in 1999. You may also check the complete history of the last two hundred years of the Laphroaig chronology.