Thursday, October 29, 2020


Beam Suntory, has announced the launch of the second Ian Hunter Story bottling, from the Laphroaig Distillery.

Laphroaig Ian Hunter Story Book Two (48.2% ABV) is a 30 Year Old Islay single malt Scotch whisky, which has been matured in sherry casks.

Laphroaig Ian Hunter Story Book Two

Following the success and popularity of Ian Hunter Story Book One, this latest release continues to honour the legacy of the last founding member of the Johnston family to run the Laphroaig Distillery.

Ian joined the distillery in 1908 as the youngest member of the Johnston family. His relatives Donald and Alexander Johnston founded the distillery in 1815. His arrival had a lasting legacy and he is credited with doubling the production and successfully exporting Laphroaig around the world.

The Ian Hunter Story collection, will consist of five annual releases, the first of which was launched in 2019. Every year a new chapter will be unveiled, uncovering the extensive history behind Laphroaig and the characters who created it.

The latest bottling is said to delve deeper into Ian’s innovation in the very fabric of the distillery. Having introduced American oak, ex-Bourbon barrels to the maturation process, Ian realised the distillery itself would have to expand to keep pace with the changes he was to make.

Commenting on the launch, John Campbell, Laphroaig Distillery Manager, said: “You cannot enjoy Laphroaig’s exquisitely smoky and complex liquid, without paying homage to the legendary Ian Hunter. His influence in our whisky production techniques and our iconic brand as a whole is undeniable. The second book in our Ian Hunter Story™ celebrates his legacy in shaping Laphroaig® to what it is today.”

Laphroaig Ian Hunter Story Book Two, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £760.00.

Posted by Steve Rush