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Issue 60 - Whisky by appointment (Laphroaig)

Whisky Magazine Issue 60
November 2006


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Whisky by appointment (Laphroaig)

Laphroaig on Islay is one of the iconic distilleries. Dominic Roskrow visited it

When it comes to stunning views on Islay, it's a toss up between the one from the wall at Bowmore and that on the craggy shores of the island's South Eastern distilleries.

When the wind's up and the sun's out, the seawall at Bowmore takes some beating. Here the light flicks off the mini waves that flitter towards you as you gaze across Loch Indaal to Bruichladdich, the wind in your face feels fresh and vital, and the distilleries in front and behind you provide comfort, offering a perfect respite from the stresses of modern living.

Today, though, the weather's more inclement and we're at the edge of the jagged stone outcrops that overlook the aggravated swell of water in front of Laphroaig, looking across towards Northern Ireland. The clouds are passing above us on fast forward so that we're not so much experiencing four seasons in one day but four seasons in 10 minutes.

Isolated squalls of rain mark the horizon briefly, before blue sky returns.

“See that island there,” says Jack Dunford, our guide for the day, pointing out along the shoreline.

“If you can see that it means it's going to rain. If you can't see it, it means it's already raining.” As if on cue the island disappears in to a grey wall. He chuckles as he drags us reluctantly away from our vantage point and back to the matter in hand.

I'm in pretty impressive company. There's Michael Cockram, who is now Scotch brand director for Laphroaig's new owners, Beam Global Spirit & Wine, and who is clearly enj...

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