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islay mist - 1950s

Lot ID: 1018/522

1 bottle islay mist. bottled 1950s. d. johnston & co. laphroaig distillery isle of islay. distilled and blended in scotland. stopper cork with branded foil seal. in original cellophane wrap (please not this has been removed for photography and reattached). 26 2/3 fl ozs. 75 proof. strength 25 under proof. level base of neck. good condition. without a doubt the most stunning and interesting whisky in this sale. islay mist is a blend that was first created in the 1920s as a bit of a fluke by ian hunter, the distillery manager at laphroaig. he was appointed by hugh morrison of islay house to choose a whisky for his son's 21st birthday. ian thought laphroaig alone would be too peaty for some guests so he created a vatting with a number of speyside whiskies. it was such a success it has long since been the go-to peated blend ever since. until 1992 laphroaig has always been the base malt along with other key distilleries that often included glenlivet & glen grant. this example from the 1950s is by far the oldest example we have ever come across. the whiskies composed to make up islay mist were generally at least 8 years old which means that it is possible this will contain whisky distilled in the 1940s. for us, although joined by some of the most well thought of whiskies in the world, has to be the one to look out for in this sale. a classic example of old school blended whisky in pristine condition and yet another unseen whisky soon to join our sales archive.

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