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New distillery minis:

Cask strenth mini

Quarter cask mini

Japanese mini


12 year old distillery bottle from one Oloroso cask (thanks to Christian Warmuth)


Two pictures of the launch of "The Legend of Laphroaig".

Iain Henderson and Hans and Marcel.

Master blender Robert Hicks with the authors.


New very rare stone mini in still shape

(thanks Christian)


Two extremely rare bottles added:

10 year old probably from the 1940- or 50-ties

Green dumpy 14 years old from Cadenhead

Soon expected:

1989 Vintage "retirement bottle" from Iain Henderson (again...?)

and two rare minis

News from "The Legend of Laphroaig":

the release date is set for the 9th of November 2007, during the opening night of "Whisky Live!" in Leiden, The Netherlands.


Here is the cover of "The Legend...". It's not completely finished but gives a good impression.


At the moment we are working with graphic designer Gijs Dragt on the design of the cover and pages. Research, text and photography are ready and we are in the process of "fine-tuning". Hans Dillesse has made the illustrations, which we will place with every new chapter. The book will contain some 210 pages, all about Laphroaig and nice old bottles, with lots and lots of pictures. We are fine on scedule and planning to launch "The Legend of Laphroaig" during Whisky Live in Leiden, the Netherlands, on November the 10th. Hopefully I can show the cover in a week or so.


"The one that got away":

Vintage 1988 one of 31 bottles

(thanks again Christian)


My entire collection has been photographed by Dutch photographer Guus Pauka and we have discovered two new files. We have so much beautiful material now, it's gonna be difficult to make a selection. Hans Dillesse is working on the illustrations. I have seen a few, and they look just great.

While my co-writer is complaining about the hard work, I have added some new bottles:

Signatory 1967

thanks to my Austrian friend Christian Warmuth:

10 year old Bonfanti Laphroaig

10 year old Laphroaig from Mario Rossi

very rare USA import 15 year old Regal Brands



New added:

Islay Mist rare bottle

Islay Mist without any information

Signatory 15 years

and bottle with a really nice label:

Jack's Ace of Spades


Just back from Islay and Glasgow with Hans and Becky. We worked really well for two weeks and had fantastic cooperation from the Laphroaig people and the people at the Archives of the Glasgow University. Special thanks to Iain Russell, of the Scottish Brewing Archive who came up with an abundance of new information. This is probably not the most exciting of Glasgow buildings, but the the people and its content make up for that:

OK, and here is one of Laphroaig:

and Emma and Jack in the visitor centre:


Together with Dutch whisky writer Hans Offringa and Laphroaig (Beam Global), I have started working on a book on Laphroaig, titled "The Legend of Laphroaig". It will be about Islay, Laphroaig's history, Laphroaig today, introducing the people who make the whisky, and a big selection of Laphroaig bottles, containing almost every existing bottle. There will also be chapters about the Friends of Laphroaig, HRH Prince Charles and Laphroaig's website. Hans, his American wife Becky and I will go to Islay in April and make interviews, pictures etc. We have been kindly given permission by Michael Cockram of Beam Global to use any material in their archives available. I have seen most of it already and it is spectacular. Illustrations will be made by Dutch artist Hans Dillesse. The book will be sold through the website of the Friends of Laphroaig and will be launched early November. Anybody who has something which might be of interest to us, information, pictures, bottles, please, let us know!!

Here is a sneak preview:



New added: 1988 vintage for the Swedish market


New added:

G&M Italian import from Sestante 1968

1965 Intertrade 20 years old

Islay Mist with box

Old Islay Mist mini

Soon expected: 1988 vintage distillery bottle for the Swedish market


Really nice new website from Austria: