Anyone who knows anything about a good Scotch whisky knows the name Laphroaig.
In 1815, brothers Donald and Alexander Johnston realised that it was far more profitable to distil whiskey than raising cattle, so the Laphroaig distillery was born.
From then on, it’s been years of refining and perfecting to bring the iconic whisky that we know today.
1. How Do You Pronounce ‘Laphroaig’?
When looking at Scotch whiskies, the first hurdle people tend to encounter is how you pronounce them, and Laphroaig is no exception.
Pronounced Lah – Froyg, Laphroaig is a Gaelic name meaning ‘the beautiful hollow by the broad bay’. The brand Laphroaig was named after the spot of land at the head of Loch Laphroaig.
2. Where is Laphroaig Based?
Laphroaig is a Scotch whisky means it’s distilled in Scotland. Specifically, Laphroaig is based on the southwest coast of the Isle of Islay (pronounced Eye-Lah).
Islay is the southernmost isle in the cluster of islands known as the Inner Hebrides and is famously known for its whisky.
3. The First Female Distillery Manager
Bessie Williamson was the first woman to own and run a Scotch whisky distillery in the 20th century.
Also referred to as a ‘Force of Nature’, Bessie more than held her own in an otherwise male-dominated industry after inheriting ownership from Ian Hunter, the last of the Johnston family (Laphroaig’s founding fathers).
Initially working as a typist for Laphroaig in 1934, Bessie was its manager and owner by 1954. Her entire story is told and celebrated alongside a bottle of 25-year-old Laphroaig said to embody everything Bessie was; warm and rich with that unmistakable Islay character.
4. Prince Charles Loves Laphroaig
Prince Charles, also known as the Duke of Rothesay, loves Laphroaig so much that he awarded the distillery a Royal Warrant after his visit in 1994.
This royal visit also came with something of a hiccup as the prince crashed his plane on the edge of the landing strip when he visited. Thankfully, no one was hurt, and the Prince continued with the distillery tour.
The relationship doesn’t end there; Prince Charles also celebrated his 60th birthday with a visit to the Laphroaig distillery in 2008 before returning again in 2015 to celebrate the brand’s 200th birthday.
5. Laphroaig and Peat
One of the most well-known aspects of Laphroaig whisky is that no matter which label you choose as your spirit, they’re all peated.
This means that during the barley drying process, the distillers will burn organic matter (peat) to dry out the grain before it’s fermented and distilled. This tends to give the whisky an intense earthy, smoky profile that isn’t overpowering.
Laphroaig has also been known to be peated using hand-harvested local Islay peat such as with the flagship 10-year expression.
6. You Can Own Part of The Laphroaig Distillery
If you want to show your dedication to this fine whisky brand, you’ll be glad to hear of the ‘Friends of Laphroaig’ program created in 1994.
The program allows you to buy a square-foot plot of the distillery, which earns you a dram of Laphroaig per annum if and when you visit your plot.
You can enjoy your Laphroaig straight, on the rocks or even with ginger ale to make a spicy, smokey beverage.
You can even pair it with a beautiful, full-bodied cigar for an outstanding drink experience. Find your perfect pairing by browsing our range of Cuban cigars available online now.