INTRODUCING THE FIRST LADY OF LAPHROAIG, BESSIE WILLIAMSON
An exquisite 25 year old whisky Exclusive to the Global Traveller
LAPHROAIG® IS A GLOBALLY RECOGNISED DISTILLERY, THANKS TO BESSIE
Bessie Williamson arrived on Islay during the summer of 1934 and heard of a
post available at the Laphroaig® distillery for a shorthand typist. Shortly after
securing the job, her hard-working nature led her to become office manager.
When Ian Hunter, the distillery manager, became ill, he placed the seal of
ultimate trust in her hands and she assumed control of the distillery, his family
business that had existed since the early 19th century.
It was under Bessie’s direction that the Laphroaig® distillery saw marked
upgrading and success overseas, allowing the whisky to be enjoyed to this day.
Thanks to her strong business acumen, she was also appointed ambassador to
North America by the Scotch Whisky Association.
UNMISTAKABLE ISLAY QUALITY IN EVERY SIP
Laphroaig® is the iconic peated single malt Scotch and the only distillery that
hand-cuts peat on-site to lock in smokier flavours.
The decision to age this release in American oak hogsheads and refill barrels
was a straightforward one. The larger size of a hogshead allows the liquid’s
character to remain prevalent over 25 years of maturation while letting the
signature smoky character of Laphroaig® shine through.
The overall effect is one of lingering warmth and unmistakable Islay character.
It is well documented that Bessie was universally loved and respected by her
colleagues at Laphroaig® and the people of Islay. It is this aspect that we
celebrate with this whisky, remembering her as a true icon of Laphroaig®.
Exclusive to the Global Traveller
Bessie Williamson will exclusively be available for purchase in airports around the world.
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Peaty with spicy and floral notes. Sweeter notes of
pear drops, green apples and bonbons that add to a
sweet malty backcloth.
Salty tar oil paste, sweet herbs and spices, acacia
honey, tomato leaves and black pepper. Coastal notes
with peat sweetness and earthiness bring the
classic Islay spirit.
Warming and long lasting with floral and coastal notes.
25 years in refill American oak hogsheads
and refill barrels.