Laphroaig 25 Year Old The Bessie Williamson Story Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Laphroaig was founded in 1815 by two brothers from the unassuming Johnston family on the south coast of Islay. Named after the location that the distillery itself was created upon, the name loosely translates to the ‘broad hollow by the bay’. In 1994 the Prince of Wales awarded it the Royal Warrant, an accolade attested to no other whisky on earth. Rumour has it that it was the Prince’s most favoured whisky.
Having said that, Laphroaig is often perceived as quite an acquired taste amongst the faint of heart, perhaps due to its intense peaty, smoky and rich flavours. During the prohibition, an American Surgeon General was adamant that it was unfit for recreational consumption, and instead declared it to be strictly utilised for medical purposes only.
Today, it is the biggest selling single malt from Islay, and one of the last distilleries using its own floor maltings.
This edition was released in commemoration of Bessie Williamson, the first woman in the 20th century to own and run a whisky distillery.
Colou: Pale gold.
Nose: Peaty with spicy and floral notes. Sweeter notes of pear drops, green apples and bonbons that add to a sweet malty backcloth.
Palate: Salty tar oil paste, sweet herbs and spices, acacia honey, tomato leaves and black pepper. Coastal notes with peat sweetness and earthiness bring the classic Islay spirit.
Finish: Warming and long lasting with floral and coastal notes.