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A super-premium 25-year-old Laphroaig, which celebrates the life of Bessie Williamson; an icon of Laphroaig and the first female distillery manager to own and run a Scotch whisky distillery in the 20th century, has been launched recently.

Bessie is credited with being among the first to anticipate the coming trend for single malt Scotches and to position the Laphroaig whiskies, and by extension other Islay malts, to the American market.  The Scotch Whisky Association named Williamson as its American spokesperson from 1961 to 1964 and she toured the US, representing Islay whisky to buyers and distributors.

Laphroaig 25 Year Old, The Bessie Williamson Story, will be available exclusively in the Global Travel Retail market for £410.

The pale gold coloured whisky is characterised by a nose that can be described as peaty with spicy and floral notes. Sweeter notes of pear drops, green apples and bonbons add to a sweet malty backcloth. 

Its palate reflects salty tar oil paste, sweet herbs and spices, acacia honey, tomato leaves and black pepper. Unmistakable Laphroaig coastal notes with peat smoke sweetness and earthiness bring the classic Islay spirit.  The whisky’s finish can be described as warming and long lasting with floral and coastal notes. 

Bottled at 43 percent abv, the whisky is best served neat, with ice or a drop of water.