Celebrating 200 Years
The year 2015 was both Laphroaig’s double centenary year and Friends of Laphroaig (FoL)’s 21st birthday.
We celebrated our 200th year with a whole host of events and special releases. At the request of our Friends of Laphroaig, we released a one-off bottling of the 15 Year Old, last brought out as the Erskine Charity Bottling in 2000. As more permanent reminder of the double centenary, we built a huge dry stone commemorative cairn by Kilbride Stream, source of all Laphroaig’s water. In May, the Feis Ile saw the launch of a 200th special Cairdeas bottling, a very limited 32 Year Old and a 21 Year Old, a FoL birthday exclusive. In July, we were graced with our third visit from HRH the Prince of Wales, who launched our Legacy Fund for the islanders. In 2015, the 200 winners of our Opinions Welcome competition had their opinions inscribed on the distillery wall. Finally, September saw our official 200th party during our Global broadcast, ‘Laphroaig Live’.
Given the significance of 2015, this was the year in which we wanted to remember Laphroaig’s whisky makers, past and present, all of whom are responsible for what Laphroaig is today: the world’s richest single malt whisky. It is in their honour that we went on to release Lore, our richest expression yet.