In 1815, 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. In honor of this special occasion, the distillery released a 350ml travel retail exclusive bottling of its rare 16-year-old single malt. It was allowed to mature an extra couple of years in ex-bourbon barrels, resulting in a distinctive rich and smoky whisky with notes of peat, leather, and vanilla.