Bottle No. 1, 2 / 243
Laphroaig Distillery was founded in 1815 by the Johnston brothers, Alexander and Donald. Until 1954 the distillery remained in hands of the founding family (Johnston/Hunter).
Currently it is part of Beam Suntory, third largest producer of alcoholic beverages in the world, and equipped with seven stills produces roughly 3.3 million liters of spirit per annum. Laphroaig is also the best selling Islay malt with annual global sales north of 3.2 million bottles. The 2016 Signatory bottling, part of Cask Strength Collection, contains whisky distilled on April 27, 1997 (when Laphroaig was still part of Allied Domecq) and aged in a hogshead no. 3371. Bottled on January 25, 2016 at natural strength of 55.2% abv with an outrun of 243 bottles.
Nose: smoky and coastal, fishing port, sea mist, oysters, camphor, smoked bacon, salted nuts, toffee, caramel, traces of plums and apples and licorice.
Palate: smoky and medicinal, orange and lemon peel, eucalyptus, hints of ginger and pepper, salted caramel, some raisins, walnuts and touch of licorice.
Finish: long and smoky, salty, delicate peppery notes balanced with vanilla sweetness.