Islay distillery Laphroaig has unveiled The Archive Collection, a celebration of the distillery’s whisky makers and boldness of spirit. The debut expression in the series is The Archive Collection: 36 Years Old.
Limited to just 400 bottles worldwide, the expression has been matured in American ex-bourbon casks before finishing in a second-fill oloroso sherry hogshead to add layer upon layer of aroma and flavour. The liquid has been bottled at cask strength of 40.2% ABV.
The producers have described the 36 year old as having aromas of honey, white peach and mango, with notes of orange zest and tropical fruit on the palate.
The liquid is presented in a hand-blown bottle which reflects the sea glass found on the beaches of Islay.
Barry MacAffer, distillery manager for Laphroaig, commented, “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.”
Available from select specialist retailers at an RRP of £3,750, more releases in the collection are expected to follow in 2024.
It also marks the second 36 year old bottling from Laphroaig, following on from The Wall Collection just a few months ago, the oldest released whisky from the distillery in over two decades. Despite the same age statements, the two expressions have been described as vastly different, a testament to the breadth of flavour achievable.