Bessie Williamson was the owner and distillery manager of Laphroaig distillery during the 1950's and 60's. She was key to the growth of Laphroaig in the 20th century and to the growth of Single Malt overseas.
This feisty Islay whisky surges from the glass on a gale of sooty peat, turf, iodine and lanolin oils. Herein lies great complexity, unlocked by a teaspoon or so of water and a little time. Those with patience are rewarded with rich farmyard aromas, smoked hay, damp earth and kippers.
The palate follows this theme, flowing from pure turf smoke to dark orange chocolate and composting fruit. Smoke and spice flow in waves on the long finish.
1 x 70cl 60.8%ABV