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    Laphroaig Single Malt Whisky

    Laphroaig - pronounced ‘LaFROYg’ – is the top selling single malt from Islay. With its heavily peated character it is often considered, along with Lagavulin, to epitomise the well-known Islay single malts. Those two neighbouring distilleries, which sit on the east coast of the island, are very closely associated in both history and reputation.

    Laphroaig distillery was founded in 1815 by brothers Alexander and Donald Johnston (son of Lagavulin founder John Johnston). In 1847 Donald Johnston was killed after falling into a vat of boiling ale and the facility was taken over by Walter Graham, the manager of Lagavulin. After a decade Laphroaig was returned to the Johnston family and passed through multiple generations before finally being taken over by Ian Hunter, related through marriage, in 1928. Hunter solidified the reputation of the brand, even ensuring that Laphroaig was exported to America during prohibition; supposedly by convincing officials the whisky had a medicinal purpose, thanks to its strong iodine smell.

    With no further family to inherit the role, Hunter passed ownership of the distillery to his PA and confidante Bessie Williamson in 1954 – making her one of the first women to own and operate a whisky distillery. Bessie furthered the reputation of Laphroaig whisky by expanding the production capabilities and later selling the facility to Seager Evans & Company - thus allowing more finances to compete in the international market.

    Laphroaig then changed hands multiple times, being owned for a period of time by Whitbread & Co. and Allied Distillers before being purchased by current owners, Future Brands (a subsidiary of Beam Global Spirits & Wine) in 2005. The distillery continues to produce the notorious heavily peated whiskies which brought worldwide popularity for the brand.

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