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Laphroaig Live 2011 – Down Under
Join us, and our special guest, as we retrace the footsteps of Laphroaigs’ founders with a tasting broadcast live and interactive from Australia
Show date: Thursday 6th October
Show time: 4:00am CST
20:00 EDT (GMT + 11)
Laphroaigs’ Live broadcasts have been enjoyed by over 100,000 whisky fans over the past half-decade, with this year’s 5th annual show set to be the biggest and most exciting yet.
Laphroaig Live 2011 will be broadcast live from Sydney, against a stunning harbour-side backdrop with views of the iconic Opera House. Views that have no doubt changed somewhat since they were enjoyed many years ago by one of the founders of Laphroaig, Alexander Johnston.
Alexander Johnston and his brother, Donald Johnston, founded Laphroaig back in 1815 and together they developed the unique flavour of Laphroaig that is adored by whisky fans throughout the World. Then in 1836, Alexander sold his share of the distillery to Donald for an unthinkable sum of £350 and he and his family set sail for Australia where they began a new life.
Alexander’s great-great-great granddaughter, Lin Johnston, will be joining us in Sydney along with current Distillery Manager, John Campbell, Master Blender, Robert Hicks and author, Rebecca Varidel for an unforgettable tasting experience.
During the live show we will be tasting the Quarter Cask and the newly launched Triple Wood. We’ll also be reunited with a very old member of the Laphroaig family, not seen for over 50 years…
During this year’s live show we will be opening and tasting a historic Laphroaig 10 year old, distilled back in the 1950s in one of the last batches ever to be bottled by Lin Johnston’s ancestors. Very few of these bottles remain today, and those that do are collectors’ items, so tasting this ancient liquid really will be a momentous occasion.
Of course a visit to Australia wouldn’t be complete without a barbeque, and what better whisky to complement the smokiness of barbequed food than Laphroaig! We’ll be asking our Friends of Laphroaig and Facebook fans to submit and vote for recipes that will be marinated in a special Laphroaig sauce and barbequed live during the show.