How many businesses do you know that are 200 years old and still running? It’s not a long list. Laphroaig celebrates it’s 200th anniversary this year with this special bottling. Survival in the whisky industry requires long term thinking. Distillers must always think about what will be happening 10-15 years down the line when their products hit the market. It looks like Laphraoig has done just that as this year’s special “friendship” bottling contains 11-12 year old whisky that was produce as close to the old Laphroaig way as possible. All the malt came from their own maltings and only the 2 smallest stills were used for distillation. It’s as Laphroaig as Laphroaig can get.
If you’ve ever been to Laphroaig and taken a tour then you’ll know that their malting floor is not that large (by today’s standards) so it stands to reason that they were probably not able to make much of this stuff. This suspicion is somewhat backed by their move to use a ballot system for online sales of their 2015 Cairdeas bottling. At present there seems to be only 2 ways of getting a bottle of this: go to Laphroaig right now or be a “Friend of Laphroaig” and then enter a raffle for the chance to purchase online (click here for more info on that).