Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Laphroaig is one of Scotland’s most well-known distilleries. Sitting on the south coast of the island of Islay, it produces a famously smoky whisky with a distinctively medicinal character. From those flavoursome beginnings, the distillery's range of single malt whiskies each take things in a different direction – which one is your favourite?
Laphroaig was founded around 1815 by two brothers who had originally bought the land on Islay's south coast for farming cattle, Laphroaig quickly became known for producing delicious peaty whisky that added a fabulous depth to blended Scotch.
In the 20th century the distillery gained an employee who perhaps did more than anyone else to raise its fortunes: Bessie Williamson. Bessie joined the company in 1934 and quickly became the owner's right hand woman. He left the distillery to her in 1954 and she ran Laphroaig for almost 20 years, deftly negotiating a deal for expansion and ushering in the era of its prized single malts.
In 2015 Laphroaig celebrated not only its 200th anniversary but also the 21st anniversary of it being granted a Royal Warrant by Prince Charles, who named it 'the finest whisky in the world'.