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Laphroaig 1989 Vintage 17 Year Old / Feis Ile 2007

Lot: 5085557

Laphroaig 1989 Vintage 17 Year Old / Feis Ile 2007

Winning Bid: £550

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Lot:
Distillery: 
Laphroaig
Age: 
17 Year Old
Vintage: 
1989
Region: 
Islay
Bottler: 
Official
Cask Type: 
N/A
Bottled Strength: 
50.3%
Bottle Size: 
70cl
Distillery Status: 
Operational
product Details

Laphroaig 1989 Vintage 17 Year Old / Feis Ile 2007

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 was the Laphroaig release for the 2007 Fèis Ìle festival on Islay. Distilled in December 1989 and bottled at 17 year old exclusively for the Friends of Laphroaig. Only 4,000 bottles were produced.

Fèis Ìle, also known as the Islay Festival of Music and Malt had humble beginnings. It traces it origins back to 1985 and the establishment of The Islay Festival Association after it was realised that an event celebrating Gaelic, music and culture would drive tourism to the island. The inaugural event was two weeks of music, drama and workshops with ceilidhs, concerts and dances in the evening. The first whisky tasting took place as a festival event in 1990, and ten years later the island's distilleries began to be directly involved, organising their annual open days to coincide with it. Today it is one of the biggest events on the whisky calendar, annually drawing hundreds of revellers, and turning out an increasingly sought-after batch of limited edition whiskies like this.

 

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