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Major Sir Thomas Mitchell left more than just an invaluable bequeth of our nation's most detailed frontier maps. Mitchell distinguished himself in Wellington's army during the Napoleonic wars in the renowned 95th Baker Rifles. A gifted draftsman, he found his way to the nascent colonies of Australia, where his acumen at mapmaking won him the office of Surveyor General. During one of Mitchell's historical expeditions, he charted the fertile lands around Victoria's Goulburn Valley, establishing the colonial fruitgrowing township of Mitchell's Town. The district's auspicious orchards flourished until Colin Preece identified the region as an opportune place to grow world class wine. Vineyards thusly planted around the Goulburn billabongs, came to be known as Mitchelton. Now a half century of age, the vines remain one of Victoria's venerable sources of superbly structured, deeply flavoursome wines... Barriques between the billabongs»

Laphroaig Triple Wood Islay Malt 750ml

Scotch Whisky
Laphroaig distillery has been an integral part of Islay's community for two centuries. While the full history of Laphroaig has been lost in the anals of time, folklore recounts a period of Irish settlement and distillation which was handed down to the locals. The earliest Islay Malts to be recorded were made in illegal pot stills and the small independent distillers were bootleggers. Through their isolation from the mainland and a rare combination of local ingredients, they refined a unique style which is recognized around the world as the distinctive Isle of Islay Malt.
Islay's history is a timeline which can be traced back to ancient communities. The granite hills behind Laphroaig are strewn with neolithic standing stones which were used to predict the seasons. The Johnston family established a farm here circa 1800 and contracted the Messrs Charles and Willie Doig to work on their distillery. By 1815, the success and reputation Laphroaig's exceptional quality of Malt had spread to Whitehall and the tax man had become alerted. Johnston & Johnston was founded in an attempt to legitimize the business and the legend of Laphroaig as a branded Islay Malt was born. The traditional distillation, ancient skill and absolute dedication to quality remains intact well into the 21st century.
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