Laphroaig’s 30-Year-Old Tells A 100-Year-Old Tale

And it’s only just the start of the story…

By Demi Dalton 09/12/2019

There are whisky enthusiasts, and then there are die-hard Islay fans. They’re a polarising bunch, and it takes a truly acquired taste to accept the punch in the mouth that is the typical characteristics of salt, peated smoke and sometimes waxy leather which come from the Islay region.

So, when there are whispers in the wind that a well-known Ileach from the island is releasing a 30-Year-Old dram, the first question we ask is, “how do we get our hands on one?”.

January 2020 will be when this bottle – that is rich in history – hits Australian shores. The release will see the beginning of over the coming years, honouring the legacy of Ian Hunter, the last of the founding Johnston family to run the Laphroaig Distillery. Having joined the distillery in 1908 as the youngest member of the Johnston family who founded the distillery in 1815) Hunter is credited for doubling the production and successfully exporting Laphroaig whisky around the world. During his tenure, Hunter built a reputation as something of a bandit, outmanoeuvring the American prohibition laws successfully by managing to sell Laphroaig into the United States.

Laphroaig

In celebration of Ian Hunter, each release in the fifteen-part series will tell the story of his unique character and his inspiring legacy. The first chapter is focussed around Hunter’s decision to introduce American oak casks to the maturation process. Which is why the 30-Year-Old bottling was matured solely in ex-bourbon barrels.

As a result, the palate is introduced to a plethora of sensory amplification. With light peat smoke and manuka honey hitting the nose, the peaty influence follows through on the palate with a heady mix of peppery herbs, cedar, custard cream and vanilla pods.

The finish is typical of the Islay characteristics with subtle iodine, sea salt and seaweed overlaying a soft coffee distinction toward the very end.

This cask strength, limited release cask strength bottling is soon to be available here in Australia. RRP $2000.

Laphroaig.com

 

ADVERTISE WITH US

Subscribe to the Newsletter

Stay Connected

You may also like.

5 Fitness Goal Mistakes – And The Best ‘Fixes’

Lachlan Rowston — co-founder of Sydney’s best, and most exclusive gym, Lockeroom – provides a realistic approach to achievement via beneficial goals.

By Lachlan Rowston

08/04/2022

‘Don’t Film Any Soldiers, They May Shoot Us’: Inside Ukraine’s Secret Battle To Save Its Art

Art critic Waldemar Januszczak reports on the country’s astonishing mission to stop the destruction of its artistic treasures.

By Waldemar Januszczak For The Times

22/04/2022

Forgotten Macallan Whisky Cask Could Break Auction Records

The owner purchased it over 30 years ago on a whim.

By Rachel Cormack

22/04/2022

A Jackson Pollock ‘Drip’ Painting Is Expected to Fetch $60 Million

‘Number 31’ (1949) will hit the block during an evening sale at Christie’s in New York on May 12.

By Angelica Villa

21/04/2022

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Art And Personal Mementos Head To Auction

The Potomack Company is selling items from the late Supreme Court justice’s DC apartment, including a Picasso engraving, a medal and more.

By Bryan Hood

19/04/2022

Buy the Magazine

Subscribe to Robb Report today!

Subscribe today

Stay Connected