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Laphroaig 11 year old

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Laphroaig 11 year old

Postby mr_a_non » Tue Nov 09, 2004 12:04 am

I was more than a little surprised when I had a bottle-sized parcel through the post the other day. Even more surprised when I opened it and there was a bottle of Laphroaig 11 year old in. No covering note, no invoice, no letter...I was baffled.

Having been truly stumped for about 10 minutes I suddenly remembered the competition on the Laphroaig website that was advertised in issue 42 - true enough, after checking the postmark and the last issue of the mag, it appears I actually won it! Am very surprised nobody from the distillery got in contact to say that it was on it's way.

Now whilst I am aware only 750 of these were bottled (all signed by the master distiller too) and I probably wouldn't have otherwise have bought one, there was no way this was ending up on ebay. It struck me as far less fierce than the 10 year old; the same flavours present only slightly mellowed with vanilla and a little honey?

Certainly a very nice surprise!
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Postby Lawrence » Tue Nov 09, 2004 2:24 am

:D Good for you! What a welcome surprise, I have one of the 11 year olds, though I did have to buy it. One day I'll open it and compare notes.

PS Laphroaig makes great whisky but are still working on their customer service.
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Postby Admiral » Tue Nov 09, 2004 3:04 am

I tried the 11yo a few months ago when a friend generously cracked his bottle open for me.

Unfortunately, there was not a bottle of the 10yo handy to compare it with, so we just assessed it on its own merits.

I found it was a reasonably typical Laphroaig - green, leafy, mossy, a bonfire of peat, and a pretty full-flavoured dram.

Not sure how the extra 12 months in the cask justified the significantly bigger price tag though! :wink:

Cheers,
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Postby Frodo » Tue Nov 09, 2004 3:48 am

I think I saw an article in the last Whisky Magazine that said the 11yr old uses quarter casks, so more barrel influance.
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Postby mr_a_non » Tue Nov 09, 2004 11:20 am

Yes, I think it is the quarter tasks that play a factor in the price rise (well, that and the fact they know they can charge more and people will still buy). Nice freebie in my opinion :wink:
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Postby Lawrence » Tue Nov 09, 2004 5:36 pm

Do you remember which issue this was in? In issue 42 there is a small article on how to win a bottle of the 11 but no mention is made of the quarter cask aspect.
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