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Laphroaig 'Leapfrog' 1987 Murray McDavid 12 Year Old 75cl / US Import

Lot: 221621

Laphroaig 'Leapfrog' 1987 Murray McDavid 12 Year Old 75cl / US Import

Winning Bid: £180

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Lot:
Distillery: 
Laphroaig
Age: 
12 year old
Vintage: 
1987
Region: 
Islay
Bottler: 
Murray McDavid
Cask Type: 
Bourbon
Bottled Strength: 
46%
Bottle Size: 
70cl
Distillery Status: 
Operational
product Details

Laphroaig 'Leapfrog' 1987 Murray McDavid 12 Year Old 75cl / US Import

Laphroaig is the largest of the three heavyweight Islay distilleries in Kildalton, out-stripping the production capacity of neighbours, Ardbeg and Lagavulin, by over 1 million litres per annum. Despite its traditional appearance, Laphroaig was always a forward-thinking distillery. It was bottled as a single malt as early as the 1920s, an unfashionable option at the time, especially for a peated whisky. They were also shrewd in capitalising on post-Prohibition America to add trademark sweetness to their spirit through the use of imported ex-bourbon casks, and hired Scotland’s first ever female distillery manager, Bessie Williamson, in 1954. Laphroaig is one of only a handful of distilleries in Scotland to still use in-house maltings, providing them with 20% of their annual requirements, and contributing to the distillery’s unique flavour profile. 

This 1987 vintage was bottled from bourbon wood in 2000 by Murray McDavid.

Murray McDavid were founded in 1996 by Mark Reynier, Simon Coughlin and ex-Springbank distillery Director, Gordon Wright. The company bought re-opened Bruichladdich distillery in December 2000, hiring Jim McEwan as Master Distiller. The company was purchased by Remy Cointreau in 2012, with the Murray McDavid brand eventually returning to Scottish hands the following year. Murray McDavid is famed for coining the term "ACE-ing" (additional cask enhancement) in relation to their cask finishing process, something they continue to use to great effect to this day.

Unable to state the name of the distillery explicitly, this is titled 'Leapfrog.' The text on the label alludes to a spat between the company and distillery proprietors Allied Distillers, although is generally in-keeping with the often salty tone of Murray MacDavid labels at the time.

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