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The future king chose a windy day for his 2015 visit to the distillery

Islay-based single malt whisky brand Laphroaig has been granted a new Royal Warrant of Appointment to The King.

Laphroaig is the only single malt to have been awarded a Royal Warrant by Charles. The King is a whisky aficionado and Laphroaig 15-year-old is said to be his favourite dram.

Charles has visited the distillery on a number of occasions, most notably in 1994 when he made headlines around the world attempting to land a passenger jet of the Queen’s Flight at Islay airport. The plane overshot the runway and ended up with its nose buried in mud. No-one was injured in the £1m prang but the aircraft was so badly damaged that a scheduled 20-minute visit turned into a two-and-a-half-hour tour of the distillery while a replacement was sourced.

Royal Warrants are reviewed every five years. Under the latest application, submitted in 2023, the distillery’s business practices have been appraised through the Royal Warrant Sustainability Criteria; the award of the warrant recognises Laphroaig’s responsible approach to the environmental and social impacts of its business.

Laphroaig spokesperson Chris Richardson said: “We are truly honoured to have Laphroaig’s commitment to excellence and sustainable practices recognised with a new Royal Warrant. It’s a testament to the dedication of the entire team at Laphroaig, who work tirelessly to craft our iconic Islay whisky.”