About Alexander Murray Laphroaig 12 Year Old
This sumptuous bottle comes from the legendary Laphroaig distillery that was founded in 1815 when Donald and Alexander Johnston leased 1,000 acres of land on the island of Islay. Their intent was to raise and sell cattle on the land and as a result, they began growing barley to be used as feed for their livestock. Following a particularly bountiful harvest, the brothers distilled the excess grains they had grown into whisky and sold it to the inhabitants of the island. Soon thereafter, the brothers found it more profitable to distill whisky than to raise cattle, and Laphroaig (pronounced La-froyg) Distillery was born.
The distillery remained in the family for over a century of its bloodline, until 1954, when, upon his death, a childless Ian Hunter bequeathed the distillery to Bessie Williamson, a secretary that had been working at the distillery for two decades. Standing firmly on the Islay coast with the waves crashing against the distillery's bricks, the sea's formidable power has imparted the taste of every Laphroaig bottle.
Distilled, matured and bottled at cask strength on the shores of Islay, Alexander Murray Laphroaig 12-Year-Old is an Islay single malt. This expression offers unique peat flavors as Laphroaig uses their own peat beds at Glen Machrie and their peat contains high levels of 'Sphagnum', a species of moss that results in iodine-like flavors. The production process also retains relatively large amounts of phenols (ppm) but due to the 12 years of maturation in ex-bourbon casks the resulting spirit is a magnificent balance of smoke, peat, and sweet fruity flavors. A complex and layered Scotch whisky, this grand bottle is a worthy addition to any whisky connoisseur’s collection.
Alexander Murray Laphroaig 12-Year-Old was awarded Gold at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
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About Alexander Murray
Alexander Murray & Co. is an independent merchant and bottler on a continuous quest of finding Scotland's finest whiskies. The company, based in Calabasas, California, was founded in 2004 by Steve Lipp, a Scotsman with over 28 years of experience in the whisky industry, who named it after his great uncle Alexander Murray, whom he credits with giving him his first taste of whisky. To bottle a whisky under the Alexander Murray name is a promise of quality, and the brand sources only the best whiskies that meet the Alexander Murray philosophy and standards from several malt distilleries, many hidden away in the most beautiful parts of Scotland.
The company has also been working with trade customers all over the USA, developing and launching their own brand spirits. Lipp feels huge pride for and is passionate about promoting ‘The Water of Life’, and firmly believes Scotch whisky should be approachable and accessible to all. The label has a diverse lineup of products ranging from their extensive Vintage Malt collection, the Monumental blended Scotch range (available in 18- and 30-year-old expressions), The Polly’s Casks bottlings containing Tullibardine single malt finished in Firestone Walker’s Double DBA beer casks, and their signature single malt, the Bon Accord, to name a few.
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