Not too many Scottish distilleries have been awarded the Royal Warrant, we recall three in the 19th Century (Glenury Royal, Royal Brackla and Royal Lochnagar) and only one in recent times.
In 1994 Laphroaig Distillery was granted this honor by Charles, the Prince of Wales, during his visit to the distillery. (The favorite dram of HRH is Laphroaig 15 years old.) Laphroaig has been the best selling Islay malt for more than a decade with annual sales north of 3.2 million bottles. The 2014 bottling of Laphroaig 1991 Vintage was selected for the German market. The whisky was matured in combination of first fill sherry casks and refill hogsheads and bottled at natural strength of 52.6% abv. Only 5000 individually numbered bottles were produced.
Nose: smoky and medicinal with sweet notes of toffee and caramel, ripe grapes and gooseberries, cloves, nutmeg, hints of green olives and brine.
Palate: smoky with rather shy sherry statement, cinnamon, cloves, prunes, raisins, hints of salt and pepper, dark chocolate and subtle oaky dryness.
Finish: long and lingering with notes of peat smoke, salty caramel, spice and oak.