Monday, November 20, 2023


The Islay based Laphroaig Distillery, has today announced the launch of the first expression from a new limited-edition series, which celebrates the distillery’s whisky makers.

Laphroaig - The Archive Collection 36 Year Old (40.2% ABV) is a single malt Scotch whisky, which was initially matured in American ex-Bourbon casks before finishing in a second-fill Oloroso Sherry hogshead.

Laphroaig - The Archive Collection 36 Year Old

This first release in the series which was distilled in 1985, is described by the brand as being a nod to the many skilled hands that have nurtured its spirit through three and a half decades of careful maturation.

Laphroaig - The Archive Collection 36 Year Old, is said to deliver notes of honey, white peach, mango, creamy dark toffee, vanilla, liquorice root, cedar wood, oil of wintergreen and hints of singed sage on the nose. Followed by notes of orange zest and tropical fruit on the palate.

This is the second 36 Year Old released by Laphroaig this year, with The Wall Collection launching just a few months ago. These two bottles represent the oldest Laphroaig’s released in over two decades and highlight a defining period for the distillery. Despite their shared age statements, each expression reveals its own character and showcases the impact of longer maturation on the iconic and richly peated spirit.

Commenting on the launch, Barry MacAffer, distillery manager for Laphroaig, said: “The Archive Collection is the pinnacle of our range, showcasing the passion and craftsmanship in every bottle we produce. This exceptional spirit balances the depth of character for which we’re famous alongside the unique flavours that can only be found in the rarest of Laphroaig whiskies.”

Limited to 400 bottles, Laphroaig - The Archive Collection 36 Year Old, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £3,750. A second release in the series will launch in 2024.

Posted by Steve Rush