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Friends of Laphroaig and the Ardbeg Committee frequently send out newsletters offering their members 'special' deals on limited bottlings. Normally I look at these and choke on the three-figure sum, (as much as I'd like to buy them). However, when offered this first ever port cask Laphroaig at £47 I jumped at the chance. The question was - do I drink it or wait a couple of years and sell it for three or four times the price? After 10 seconds thought, it got opened!
First thing I noticed is the almost luminous pink colour - very weird. A drop of water releases a minty-smoky nose. Quite like Kilchoman really. But there's something else too which I can't quite get - bananas and hay??? Seems mad for a Laphroaig but it could be my imagination running wild.
This has a very mellow smokiness on the palate, (this is tasting with water) with a fruitiness that reminds me most of plums. As it opens up further, a chocolatey edge is revealed.
I hate limited editions being this good. You know you're never going to get another bottle, (at least without paying super-inflated prices). But then again, if they weren't this good they wouldn't be limited. What a conundrum.