Location and contact details

Location Location: Laphroaig Distillery, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Argyll, PA42 7DU
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Telephone Telephone: +44 (0) 1496 302 418
Twitter Twitter: Laphroaig Whisky (@Laphroaig)

Facts and figures

Location Port Ellen, Islay
Owner Beam Suntory
Founded 1815
Water source The Kilbride Dam
Number of stills 3 wash stills
4 spirit stills
Capacity 2,600,000 litres

Opening Hours

Tours available all year every day (except weekends in January and February) with tours throughout the day; visit for times.


Distillery Tours £6

Learn about the Laphroaig process while experiencing the sights, sounds, and smells, of the distillery. Your tour will last around 1 hour and will conclude with a taste of a favourite Laphroaig expression.


The Laphroaig distillery was established in 1815 by Donald and Alexander Johnston. The Johnstons who founded Laphroaig were from the Clan Donald and are likely to be from the MacIain of Ardnamurchan branch of the clan. The family anglicised their name to Johnston. The last member of the Johnston family to run the distillery was Ian Hunter, a nephew of Sandy Johnston, who died childless in 1954 and left the distillery to one of his managers, Bessie Williamson.

The distillery was sold to Long John International in the 1960s, and subsequently became part of Allied Domecq. The brand was in turn acquired by Fortune Brands in 2005, as one of the brands divested by Pernod Ricard in order to obtain regulatory approval for its takeover of Allied Domecq. Fortune Brands then split up its business product lines in 2011, forming its spirits business into Beam Inc. Beam was then purchased by Suntory Holdings in April 2014.

Laphroaig has been the only whisky to carry the Royal Warrant of the Prince of Wales, which was awarded in person during a visit to the distillery in 1994. The 15-year-old was reportedly the prince’s favourite Scotch whisky.

Information correct as of 21/5/2016
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Ardbeg Distillery, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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