Ian Hunter, the last owner of the distillery belonging to the founders family went to Jamaica, to gather knowledge about the art of maturation. The key-point of this process is using different types of wood casks, which brings various flavours to the distillate. Later on, he went to Kentucky to learn more about the secrets of aging whisky in the American oak barrels. He noticed then that the American oak would match the character of Laphroaig better than the European oak, in which sherry matures first.
At the turn of the 1940s and 1950s, Laphroaig launched something new – the use of American oak barrels, as well as Sherry casks, which gave the drink a different character. Continue reading „Laphroaig Select Islay Single Malt – whisky review”