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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.

Currently Available in store

Vienna

Sydney

Frankfurt

Amsterdam

Brussels

Paris CDG

 

To be available later

Heathrow London

Gatwick

Edinburgh

*Please note that this list was last updated on the 5th of November 2019 and to be updated again soon as we get visibility for other stores.

 

Taste profile


Nose
Peaty with spicy and floral notes. Sweeter notes of pear drops, green apples and bonbons that add to a sweet malty backcloth.

Palate
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.

Finish
Warming and long lasting with floral and coastal notes.

Colour
Pale gold.

Maturation
25 years in refill American oak hogsheads and refill barrels.