This 30-year-old single malt is the second chapter in The Ian Hunter Story from Islay's Laphroaig distillery. The story is a fifteen-part series of rare aged single malts, celebrating chapters in the life of Ian Hunter, the last member of the distillery's founding family to own and manage Laphroaig. Hunter took the helm of the distillery in 1908 and was responsible for launching Laphroaig as a single malt. This series commemorates Hunter's influence and celebrates the unique spirit that he helped create.
The second book of the story starts with Warehouse No.1. With the different cask types being brought by Ian Hunter, including ex-bourbon barrels and sherry cask, Ian recognised the need for more capacity to house them. Ian selected the location by the Atlantic shore that would have its influence on the casks, and planned a five-phased extension between 1910 and 1924.
This 2020 release is aged for thirty years in Spanish Oak Oloroso Sherry oak barrels and bottled at a strength of 48.2% abv free from chill-filtration.
The nose has dried dates and figs, with notes of toffee and dark chocolate underscored by liquorice and medicinal flavours. Adding water brings out pipe tobacco and orange peel. The smoke continues in the palate, although the presence of manuka honey adds a lovely sweetness to the mouthfeel before a long and drying finish.