Laphroaig presents Ian Hunter Edition No. 4

“Book Four: Malt Master” commemorates the manager's commitment to the distillery's malting floors


The story continues: with the fourth edition of the Ian Hunter series, Laphroaig tells another chapter in the story of the last member of the Johnston family, who once ran the Laphroaig Distillery on the Island of Islay. The series of special bottlings from the distillery is an hommage to Ian Hunter. The whisky selected for this edition is 34 years old.

"Book Four: Malt Master" is the title of the fourth of a total of five editions in the Ian Hunter Series and thus reveals which chapter in the life of the tireless manager, in whose hands lay the management of the Laphroaig Distillery from 1908 to 1944, is now focused. Following “Book One: Unique Character”, “Book Two: Building an Icon” and “Book Three: Source Protector”, the fourth edition is about his involvement in setting up Laphroaig's malting floors.

Ian Hunter spent a lot of time on the malting floors, reports the Laphroaig Ian Hunter Book Four press release, supervising the malting process and directing the workers. This area of the distillery is an very important and special part of whisky production. Laphroaig is one of a few in Scotland that still operate their own malting floors.

Tasting notes

COLOUR: Dark Gold

AROMA: Smoky, rich dried fruit, with notes of tobacco leaf, eucalyptus, fresh straw and sweet notes of golden syrup, caramel biscuit, heather honey and crushed black pepper

TASTE: Peaty and sweet, grilled pork marinated in honey along with notes of peach and orange blossom, as well as hints of earthy-floral notes

FINISH: Ashy with lingering wood smoke


Images: Beam Suntory