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Introducing a whisky as legendary as the man who made Laphroaig what it is today


The Ian Hunter Story


Welcome to the 2019 release of our Ian Hunter series, a non-chill filtered whisky with sweet vanilla notes underscored by Laphroaig’s characteristic peatiness, aged for 30 years in American white oak bourbon barrels. In this series we celebrate the legacy of one man, the last of the Johnston family to own and manage the Laphroaig distillery, Ian Hunter. This is the story of a character as unique as our whisky.

A UNIQUE CHARACTER


The first edition of our new, fifteen part series The Ian Hunter Story celebrates the legacy of one man, the last of the Johnston family - Laphroaig’s founding fathers - to own and manage the Laphroaig distillery. A character as unique as our whisky.

Unique. Distinctive. Not for everyone. You could be describing Ian Hunter as much as you could the taste of Laphroaig. Despite his polarising personality, Ian Hunter made Laphroaig what it is today: a whisky enjoyed the world over by a wide and diverse range of people.

Laphroaig is born out of the ancient soil of Islay, the art of distillation and the iconic nature of the people of Islay (‘The Ileachs’). It is thanks to Ian Hunter’s management of the Laphroaig distillery from 1908 to 1944 that these characteristics were brought together to create the whisky that you hold in front of you today.

Ian Hunter’s story still resonates across so many aspects of Laphroaig. In celebration of that fact, each release in this series will tell the story of his unique character and his inspiring legacy—a legacy that lives on in our liquid.

This series of rare and collectable aged whiskies honours the legacy of one man, Ian Hunter, the last of the Johnston family to own and manage the Laphroaig distillery, between 1908 and 1944. Each release will contain a rare and aged Laphroaig®, set into a beautifully crafted book that will document a part of Ian’s rich legacy. Every year a new chapter will be told, uncovering the extensive history behind Laphroaig and the characters who created it, making this a collection unlike any other, and one that is treasured by Laphroaig fans across the world.

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Taste profile


Nose
Sweet and medicinal with manuka honey, light peat smoke, cooked apple and rosemary vanilla. Orgeat syrup and a hint of lemon peel complete the aroma.

Palate
Peaty and peppery with notes of herbs, cedar, kumquat zest and gorse flower. A sweetness of custard cream and vanilla pods.

Finish
Coastal with subtle iodine, sea salt and seaweed notes. A touch of coffee and oaky character.

Colour
Burnished gold.

Maturation
30 Years in first-fill American white oak bourbon barrels.

Serve suggestion
Neat, with ice or a drop of water.