Laphroaig Distillery was established in 1815 by Alexander and Donald Johnson from Clan Donald. The last member of the Johnston family who run the distillery was Ian Hunter (nephew of Sandy Johnston).
He died childless and left the distillery to Bessie Williamson, one of his managers. Today Laphroaig is owned by Beam Suntory and produces 3.3 million liters of spirit per annum. The 1987 Vintage expression was bottled in 2006, exclusively for La Maison du Whisky to commemorate the French retailer’s 50th Anniversary. For that occasion master distiller Robert Hicks selected 6 casks of the most representative Laphroaig of its age. The whisky was bottled at natural strength of 53.4% abv with an outrun of 1387 bottles.
Nose: classic Laphroaig, smoky, salty and medicinal, with notes of forest floor, pine resin, hay, traces of apples and gooseberries, vanilla and lemon peel.
Palate: powerful, smoky and medicinal, lemon grass, green apples, kiwi, bitter orange marmalade, salted nuts, hints of iodine and tar and delicate herbal note.
Finish: long, medicinal and peppery, with delicate fruity sweetness and hints of mint.