Beam Suntory, the owner of the famous Islay distillery, Laphroaig, is releasing two heavily-peated expressions for the ever growing ‘Travel Exclusive’ market. ‘Laphroaig Four Oak’ is available at the moment whereas ‘Laphroaig 1815 Legacy Edition’will be available starting from April 2017.
Regarding these two new expressions, Michael Cockram, Global Marketing Director, Travel Retail at Beam Suntory, commented;
“Peated Malts are having their moment in the spotlight, currently leading growth globally in the total malt category. This growth is being driven by European and GTR powerhouse markets, where there is a preference for quality products and heritage cues.”
“We are launching these two exceptional new products exclusively in global travel retail to meet this demand; Laphroaig is a brand with a rich history and both releases appeal to consumers’ desire for a compelling story.”
Laphroaig Four Oak
Four Oak is an expression defined as ‘A Fusion of Flavors. It is aged in four different hand-selected casks; ex-bourbon barrels, quarter casks, virgin American oak barrels and European oak hogsheads, vigilance and craftsmanship hold the key to this complex Islay malt. Bright golden in colour, Laphroaig Four Oak has aromas of peat smoke with stewed fruit and warm, toasted vanilla. With hints of sandalwood, pine, fir and willow, experience oak embers and seaweed with smooth buttercream on the palette and a salted liquorice and peaty finish.
It is available in one liter bottles with 40% ABV.
Laphroaig 1815 Legacy Edition
1815 Legacy Edition is a special expression created by Distillery Manager, John Campbell, to honor the past managers before him. The 1815 Legacy Edition combines the signature peat smoke of Laphroaig with soft oak and notes of rich caramelised dark fruit and a dried fruit, nut, peat and oiled-wood finish.
It is a deep sunset orange colour. The spirit is left to rest in first-fill, ex-bourbon barrels before maturing in large, new European oak hogsheads. Maturation occurs slowly, said to result in a whisky of great depth.
1815 Legacy Edition comes bottled at 48% ABV