Lot 1049 in the Rare and Collectable whisky auction on 19 January is a stunning Laphroaig 1960 aged 40 years. This is the oldest official bottling of Laphroaig released to date, with an estimate of £2500–£3500 it is sure to set the sale alight.
Established in 1815, and owned by the Johnston family until 1954, Laphroaig is one of the most divisive distilleries around. With a highly phenolic style, it’s one you either love or hate.
During prohibition in the USA, Laphroaig was the only distillery where sales actually increased. The reason for this is that American officials deemed that it must be used for medicinal purposes, it smelling and tasting so medicinal that no one would enjoy drinking it.
In 1994 HRH Prince Charles visited the distillery, enjoying the spirit so much he granted Laphroaig the Royal Warrant which has been visible on bottles ever since, making pre-1994 bottlings highly sought after by both collectors and drinkers alike.
Now owned by Beam Suntory, Laphroaig bottles still bear the name of the original owners, the Johnston family.
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