Size750mLProof99.8 (49.9% ABV)*Please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary
The third and strongest chapter in their Ian Hunter Series is represented by an iconic 33YO non-chill filtered whisky that fully matured in ex-bourbon barrels. The standard The classic Laphroaig’s peaty disposition is complemented with creamy licorice aromas that lead out into an ashy vanilla finish.
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About Laphroaig The Ian Hunter Story 'Book 3 Source Protector' 33 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Laphroaig’s writing up the third chapter in their Ian Hunter Series, and before we begin with the details of this release, let us quickly recap the story so far. As one of the Laphroaig’s founding fathers, Ian Hunter managed the distillery from 1908 to 1944, and it was during that time that the three distinct characteristics — the art of distillation, the olden soil of Islay, and the distinct personality of “The Ilecachs” — fused together and created the gist of the spirit that you know today. The third part of his story is titled Source Protector, referencing the Kilbride Stream. The stream is the source of that vital liquid gold that fuels Laphroaig, so they decided to honor it with a 33-year-old non-chill filtered whisky that enjoyed a long maturing period in ex-Bourbon barrels. Bottled just under 50% ABV, the whisky carries that classic Laphroaig’s peaty disposition that’s backed up beautifully by a tropical, fruity hue.
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Situated on the southern coast of Islay, Laphroaig (pronounced La-froyg) Distillery was founded nearly two centuries ago by Donald and Alexander Johnston. The distillery derives its name from the ancient Gaelic word "lag"(meaning hollow) and the ancient Norse word "vik"(meaning bay), which refers to its location on the shores of Loch Laphroaig.
In 1836, Donald Johnston offered his brother £350 for his interests the distillery, and ultimately became the sole proprietor of Laphroaig Distillery. For over a century, the distillery would remain in the hands of one of Johnston's descendants. In 1954, however, Ian Hunter passed away childless and bequeathed the distillery to Bessie Williamson, a secretary that had been working at the distillery for two decades. Hunter was incredibly protective of the distillery — while he slowly revealed its secrets to Williamson after she had earned his trust, Hunter prevented a cooper who was employed at the distillery from publishing his memoirs because they described the workings of the distillery in too great a detail.
Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.
This chapter opens up with pears, peaches, and apricots on the nose, mixing it up with notes of honey, rose petals, nutmeg, and ashy-dry peat. The palate is sweet, syrupy, and fruity, followed by waves of aniseed, and creamy licorice. The story closes with a long lingering aroma of ashy vanilla and peat.