In 1815, the brothers Donald and Alexander Johnston founded the Laphroaig distillery on their farmland on the south coast of Islay. They were already growing barley as feed for their cattle, so they decided to distil whisky from the surplus barley. Laphroaig stayed in the hands of the Johnston family for the next 139 years. When Ian Hunter, the last member of the Johnston family to run the distillery, died childless in 1954, he left Laphroaig to distillery manager Bessie Williamson. Laphroaig celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2015, and released a limited-edition 15-year-old single malt in honour of this milestone. On the nose, Laphroaig 15 Years Old 200th Anniversary Edition has aromas of grapefruit, fresh mint, caramel, peat smoke and sweet orchard fruits. The palate is complex and slightly dry with notes of pink peppercorns, light peat smoke, tobacco and sea salt, leading to a mellow and smoky finish.