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Cairdeas 2013 Port Wood

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@Nemesis101Review by @Nemesis101

23rd Jun 2013


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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.

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tjb commented

Good review, I didn't see the email from Laphroaig until 5pm (it arrived 1030) by which time they had sold out Gutted! Even Master of Malt selling at £89.99 were sold out too.

Savour the bottle as it will be hugely expensive when you next see it. I am a huge fan of Laphroaig but won't pay stupid money so will just have I check emails more often. Mind you, I still have my Laphroaig Origin so hopefully will find someone locally who wants to do a sample swap.

9 years ago 0

Nemesis101 commented

Woah! I knew they'd sell out quickly but that quickly is insane, (I admit I bought mine within a couple of hours of the email). Sorry you couldn't get a bottle.

I often think about saving rare malts for a bit of money, but then think would a couple of hundred quid really make a massive different to my life over a few years? Or shall I just savour and enjoy something unique? The answer is invariably the latter.

9 years ago 0

yori commented

If you have anyone in the US they can get a bottle still (about $100 or 60 GBP) - but you need to pick it up at the shop. Laphroaig USA Facebook page helps find them!

9 years ago 0

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