Laphroaig Scotch Whisky Distillery
The Laphroaig Scotch Whisky Distillery is a distillery of Scotch whiskies located on the Isle of Islay. Laphroaig is considered one of the most strongly flavoured of all Scotch whiskies.
Laphroaig is owned by Fortune Brands Inc. It has a 2,200,000 Litres annual capacity and sources its water from the Kilbride Dam.
The Laphroaig distillery (the name means "the beautiful hollow by the broad bay") was founded in 1815 by Alex Johnston & Donald Johnston. Donald Johnston later died after tumbling into a vat of part-processed whisky.
The Johnston name still appears on the label of all Laphroaig bottlings.
Since 1994 Laphroaig has been the only whisky to carry the Royal Warrant of HRH, Prince Charles of Wales (the 15-year-old is reportedly his favourite scotch whisky).
Laphroaig whisky is produced using first-fill American bourbon casks.
‘Friends of Laphroaig’
The Laphroaig fan club is named ‘Friends of Laphroaig’. Membership is attained by buying a bottle of Laphroaig and registering the bottle’s barcode at their website.
Members also become the owner of one square foot of Islay just outside the distillery.
A bottle of the Laphroaig 31-year-old, 1974, sold for $1,190 inclusive of Buyer's Premium at Bonhams’ whisky auction on 7th December, 2010, in New York.