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Laphroaig 10 Year Old - Unblended - 1981 Release

LOT ID: 0923-716

End Date : Nov 22 2023 08:00 PM

Total Bids: 12   

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Laphroaig 10 Year Old. Unblended Malt. Bottled 1981. 75cl. 43%. In presentation box.

A wonderful old 1980s bottling of ‘Unblended’ Laphroaig 10-year-old, these older bottlings are famous for their soft peat and glorious tropical fruit flavours. Nowadays these versions from the 1980s and earlier - particularly the 43% editions - are becoming ever more highly sought after by eager whisky fans. One of the all-time classic Islay single malt whiskies from one of Scotland’s greatest distilleries.


Wear to box with rip in lid.


High Neck

Distillery:  Laphroaig

Distillery Status:  Working

Bottler: Distillery Bottling

Region: Islay

Bottling Year: 1981

Age: 10

Category: Single Malt

Country: Scotland

Bottle Size: 75cl / 750ml

ABV: 43%

An iconic southern Islay distillery, Laphroaig is the benchmark for heavily-peated smoky single malt whisky. The distillery has been Islay’s most successful single malt for many decades now, so much so that in 1908, following a commercial dispute, White Horse’s Peter Mackie famously tried to create a copy of Laphroaig at Lagavulin, leading to the birth of Malt Mill.

Today, the most revered and sought-after Laphroaigs at auction fall broadly into two camps: the old official bottlings of Laphroaig 10-year-old from the late 1960s-1980s; and the extraordinary independent bottlings of 1960s and early 1970s vintages by Gordon & MacPhail, Signatory, Cadenhead’s and the Italian bottlers Samaroli and Intertrade. The common denominator in these legendary bottlings is a remarkably fruity character alongside the phenolic bombast - sadly this fruitiness is no longer found in Laphroaig’s modern distillate.

Distillery bottlings are, as the name suggests, bottled by or for the distillery from which the whisky has originated and are thus often referred to as Official Bottlings or OBs. Distillery bottlings are generally more desirable for collectors and usually fetch higher prices at auction than independent bottlings. They are officially-endorsed versions of the whisky from a particular distillery and are therefore considered the truest expression of the distillery’s character.

This ideal of the distillery character is regarded so seriously by the distilleries and brand owners that casks of whisky that are considered to vary too far from the archetype are frequently sold on to whisky brokers and independent bottlers. When this happens, it is often with the proviso that the distillery’s name is not allowed to be used when the cask is bottled for fear of diminishing or damaging the distillery’s character and status.


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Last Bids £850.00 22nd November 2023 18:39