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Laphroaig Old Scotch Whisky Bottled 1950s 5cl
22 October 2019
A miniature bottle of Laphroaig Old Scotch Whisky, Strength 20 Under Proof (46% ABV). This is sealed with a Kork-N-Seal screwcap with capsule.
The label reads: D Johnston & Co. (Laphroaig) Ltd., Laphroaig Distillery, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay.
We estimate this was bottled in the 1950s.
Please note, there is no size stated on the label.
This bottle is from a large collection of miniatures purchased by the seller at an auction in 1979. The collection is mainly comprised of blended Scotch whiskies and single malts bottled in the first half of the 20th century.
Laphroaig distillery was built on Islay in 1815 by brothers Alexander and Donald Johnston. In 1847, Donald, who ran the distillery day-to-day, died after falling into a vat of boiling pot ale (the labels still bore the name 'D Johnston & Co.' into the 1960s). By the 1920s, now under the ownership of Donald's great-grandson Ian Hunter, Laphroaig was being sold as a single malt and the number of stills rose to four. Hunter left the distillery to his secretary Elizabeth 'Bessie' Williamson when he died in 1954, and she became the only woman to own and run a Scottish distillery in the 20th century. By the time Bessie retired in 1972, the distillery was owned by American firm Schenley and the number of stills had increased to seven. In 1994, the distillery was awarded a Royal Warrant from HRH The Prince of Wales and Laphroaig founded its member's association - Friends of Laphroaig. As of 2014, the distillery is owned by Beam Suntory.
Please see images for fill level and label condition. Note wear to the labels.
Note the absence of a condition statement does not imply that this lot is in perfect condition or free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing. Older bottles often contain small amounts of sediment. We cannot guarantee that the contents of this bottle will be free from the effects of age, cork taint, oxidation or other faults.
This bottle does not appear to be leaking. While we take every care to pack bottles securely we cannot guarantee that old corks and closures will not leak in transit.