Laphroaig Distillery

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General
Pronunciation la’froig Pronunciation
Translation
Region Islay
Distiller D. Johnston & Co. Laphroaig
Owner Fortune Brands Inc.
Address Port Ellen
Isle of Islay
Argyll
PA42 7DU
Scotland
Telephone +44 (0)1496 - 30 24 18
+44 (0)1496 - 30 24 96 (Fax)
LatLong 55° 37’ 49.7” N   06° 09’ 04.2” W
Altitude 11 m
Grid Reference NR388452
Website www.laphroaig.com
E-mail caroline.morris@beamglobal.com
Open to public January - May : mo - fr 09:00 - 17:00 (tours at 10:15 and 14:15 by appointment only), sa 11:30 - 13:00
June - September : mo - fr 09:00 - 17:00 (tours at 11:45 and 15:30 by appointment only), sa 11:30 - 13:00 (tour at 10:00, must be pre-booked)
October - December : mo - fr 09:00 - 17:00 (tours at 10:15 and 14:15 by appointment only), sa 11:30 - 13:00Source : Islay & Jura Distillery Tour Times 2008 leaflet
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History
1815
Said to have been founded by Donald & Alex Johnston, though not in the 1821 distillery list (1820 mentioned as well)
1826
First reference Donald Johnston
1836-47
Donald Johnston continued as sole proprietor until his death
1836
Alex Johnston, Donald’s brother, withdrew
1847
One of the founding brothers drowned in a vat of fermenting wash
1847-56
Leased to Walter Graham of Lagavulin
1856-1954
Operated by members of the Johnston family under the style of Dugald Johnston & Co.
1923
Enlarged from two to four stills
1954
The then proprietor Dugald Johnston & Co., Ian Hunter, bequeathed the distillery to Miss Bessie Williamson
between 1962 and 1967
Acquired from Miss Bessie Williamson by Long John Distillers Ltd., the Scotch whisky subsidiary of teh Seagar Evans group, then owned by Schenley Industries Inc.
1968-69
Enlarged from four to six stills
1970
Seagar Evans group reorganized as Long John International
1974
Enlarged from six to seven stills
1975
Long John International acquired by Whitbread & Co. Ltd.
1999
Owned by Allied Distillers Ltd.
2004
Owned by Allied Distillers Ltd.

Technical Specifications
General Water Source
Kilbride reservoir, fed from Loch na Beinne Brice
  Annual Output 2,000,000 litres of alcohol (2005)
  Finished Spirit (phenols) 25 ppm
  Blending Roles
Ballantines, Teachers, Long John, Islay Mist
Malt Malt Source c. 25% own malting
c. 75% Port Ellen
  Malt Type Optic
  Malt Specification (phenols) Laphroaig malt : average 43 ppm
Port Ellen ma
  Own Malting Floor yes
  Malt Storage 284 tonnes
Mill Porteus
  Grist Storage 25.5 tonnes
Mashing Mash Tun 1 made of stainless steel, Lauter
  Mash Size 8.5 tonnes
  First Water 37,000 litres at 67°C
  Second Water 16,000 litres at 85°C
  Third Water 32,000 litres at 85°C
  Fourth Water n/a
Fermentation Washbacks 6 made of stainless steel
  Washback Charge 42,000 litres
  Yeast Mauri cultured yeast
  Amount of Yeast 125 kg per Washback
  Length of Fermentation 55 hours (shorts, week)
90 hours (longs, week
  Initial Fermentation Temp. 18 - 19°C
  Strength of Wash 8.5% abv
Distillation Wash Stills 3, onion shaped, < 12,000 litres each
  Wash Still Built 1 : 1972
2 : unknown
  Wash Still Charge 10,500 litres (> 83.5% of capacity)
  Heat Source steam pans
  Wash Still Height 19 feet 8 inches (6.02 m)
  Lyne Arm ascends
  Low Wines Run c. 5 hours
  Low Wines Collection Range 45% - 1% abv
  Spirit Stills
4, lamp glass, 3 smaller (unknown), 1 larger (unknown)
  Spirit Still Built 1 : unknown
2 : 1972
  Spirit Still Charge 3 smaller : 4,700 litres (near capacity)
1 la
  Strength of Spirit Still Charge 26% abv
  Heat Source steam coils
  Spirit Still Height 3 smaller : 14 feet 5 inches (4.40 m)
1 large
  Lyne Arm ascends
  Coolers all internally sited, 10 feet (3.05 m) long and co
  Foreshot Run all : 45 minutes
  Spirit Run 3 smaller : c. 2 hours 15 minutes
1 larger :
  Feints Run all : c. 2 hours
  Spirit Cut 72% - 60.5% abv
  Distilling Strength 67.5% abv average
Storage Storage Strength 63.5% abv
  Average Spirit Yield 406 litres of pure alcohol per tonne of malt (2003
  Disposal of Pot Ale/Spent Lees piped into Laphroaig Bay
  Type of Casks 100% first-fill bourbon (chiefly Maker’s Mark, air-dried wood, barrels rather than hogsheads)
  Warehouses 6 (#1, #7, #8, #9, #10 and #11, dunnage and racked)
  Vatting and Bottling Location Kilmalid, Dumbarton



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