Laphroaig single Islay malt Scotch whisky and the American Film Institute (AFI) presented a very rare 40-Year bottle of the celebrated and world-renown Scotch whisky to Sir Sean Connery, winner of the 2006 AFI Life Achievement Award. The bottle of award-winning single malt Scotch whisky was presented to the famous Scotsman by AFI President Jean Picker Firstenberg as a special and fitting gift marking his achievements.
The AFI Life Achievement Award was presented to Connery at a gala tribute at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles on June 8, 2006. Considered the highest honor for a career in film, the actor was selected for the award by the AFI Board of Trustees. Celebrities in attendance at the event included Calista Flockhart, Harrison Ford, Andy Garcia, Julia Ormond, and Steven Spielberg.
The AFI Life Achievement Award was established in 1973 and honors an individual whose career in motion pictures or television has greatly contributed to the enrichment of American culture. Past recipients include Bette Davis, Fred Astaire, Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese and Barbara Streisand.
With a rich history, Laphroaig is distilled on the island of Islay, Scotland, aged in Maker's Mark bourbon barrels and stored in a warehouse by the sea. Laphroaig is the only whisky to bear a Royal Warrant bestowed by HRH Prince Charles himself in 1994 and is still known as the most richly flavored of all scotch whiskies. First laid down by the only women distillers known, Laphroaig 40 Year rests in European oak as opposed to American oak, which is most commonly used. The exquisite and very rare 40 Year Old marque retails for around 1,000 pounds, approximately US 1,800 Dollars.
Recognized for its century-old craftsmanship and rich heritage, Laphroaig has received countless accolades including "Distiller of the Year" and "Best Whisky of Show" at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2006 and Best Single Malt in the World, Whisky Magazine 2005 to name a few.