- Category – Spirits, whisky, Scotch, Islay, single malt, 49.9% abv
- Available – From this month
- Location – Available worldwide, online and through specialist off-premise outlets
- Price – In the US, SRP of US$1,250 per bottle
Laphroaig’s annual The Ian Hunter Series has reached halfway, with the launch this week of ‘Book Three’.
The line of five high-end bottlings from the Islay-based Scotch whisky brand receives its third addition, a 33-year-old expression called ‘Source Protector’. The single malt, which is available in limited numbers of 396 9-litre cases, has been matured in ex-Bourbon barrels.
Ian Hunter worked at the Laphroaig distillery at the start of the 20th Century and is the last member of the founding Johnston family to have worked at the facility.
“Book Three charts the history of the Kirkbride Stream, as well as Ian’s role in ensuring this source of raw beauty was protected, not to mention the crucial role it played in keeping the spirit of Laphroaig alive,” Beam Suntory said.
In half-year results, announced last week, parent Suntory Holdings credited Beam Suntory with driving a near-7.5% lift in its sales of alcohol during the period.