Laphroaig 1995

Don’t miss the remarkable opportunity to own a premium Islay cask that is in a league of its own. This barrel cask has matured 24 years after being distilled in 1995. It contains approximately 336 bottles at cask strength 55.4% ABV.

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Cask Details

DistilleryLaphroaig
RegionIslay
Age24 years
Distillation DateApril 1995
Cask TypeBarrel
Peated?Yes
Re-gauge ABV55.40%
Re-gauge Litre of Alcohol (RLA)130.2 litres
New Bulk Litres235 litres
Re-gauge DateJanuary 2019
Bottles336
Cask Number53

Tasting Notes

Nose – Heather, watermelon, sherbet lemon, eucalyptus oil

Palate – Chilli heat, citric, bitter finish

Nose with water – Singed heather. Well smoked bonito flakes

Palate with water – 90% cocoa chocolate with chilli kick, laverbread

Those who look for medicinal notes in their Laphroaig will find them in abundance here, but balanced with sweetness too. This almost feels like an old home remedy for all kinds of malaise – green eucalyptus oil, heather and citrus peel for the nose, and a teaspoon of honey and reduced watermelon syrup to bind the botanicals. On the palate a sharp sweetness of sherbet lemons spreads over the tongue, but leaves an impression of brined black olives.

With water, a little puff of smoke appears, setting in motion the umami of cured bonito flakes. Warm laverbread brings to mind summer island mornings, and unhurriedly, bitter orange marmalade joins the breakfast. The flavours in this whisky are diverse and wonderful – a couple more years may allow them to cooperate more fully, giving a smoother experience.

About The Distillery

Found on the slightly more sheltered (though that still doesn’t say much) southern coast of Islay, Laphroaig is one of the Kildalton three: three distilleries that are a short walk along the old single-track road running east from Port Ellen – a road that terminates at the Kildalton Cross. The cross was hewn from stone at the beginning of the 8th century and marks the ancient attempts to spread Christianity to Scotland’s most remote isles.

Laphroaig certainly feels remote, and the shining seas that extend away to the South remind visitors just how difficult such distilleries are to get to. This remoteness has served places like Laphroaig, which were able to make whisky even when their legal situation was dubious – the infrequent visits of customs and excise meant that distilling on the isles continued even as the mainland stills were silenced.

Laphroaig started making whisky in 1815 and has been doing so ever since. It is famed for an uncompromisingly phenolic style – dark, sticky and tarry peat smoke has been its hallmark for a long while. Local Ileachs happily freshen local oysters with an intense glug of Laphroaig before devouring, and HRH the Prince of Wales was so enamoured of the style that he granted Laproaig a royal warrant in 1994. He is far from alone in his appreciation of this uncompromisingly intense malt.

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Auction Details

  • Bidding will end on July 18th at 11:00pm GMT
  • The highest bidder at conclusion of the auction will immediately be charged a £500 deposit by credit card; the remaining balance will be due within 72 hours of auction close by bank wire transfer.
  • Upon verification that all funds due have been received, ownership of the cask will be transferred to the buyer and the buyer will be sent a title certificate. As per Scottish regulations, the cask must remain in a government bonded warehouse until bottling.
  • No samples will be provided during the auction. At the conclusion of the auction a complimentary sample will be sent to the winning bidder.
  • If two bidders place a bid in the same amount, the first bid placed will be the winner.
  • Storage will be included for a period of 2 years from the conclusion of the auction. All other costs related to storage, removal from storage, insurance, transportation, bottling and duties/taxes will be the sole responsibility of the buyer.
  • A reserve price has been set for the auction. If the reserve price is not reached then the seller, in their sole discretion, can choose whether to accept the high bid or may offer a counter offer. All bids placed by buyers are binding, even when the reserve price has not been met, until the seller declines the highest bid.
  • A 10% buyers premium will be added to the highest prevailing bid. No buyers premium will be due if the reserve price is not met and the seller choses not to accept the high bid.