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Laphroaig 18

Postby bjorn » Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:30 pm

Just noticed it at one of the local liquor stores, wondering what opinions people have so far. I found it for $85, which seems reasonable, though I've seen reviews which say that it's a bit on the thin side - not terribly encouraging. Agree/disagree? The few times I tried the 15 I found that it was very well-structured, with a nice flavor profile, but lacking a little in strength, so I was hoping that the 5% stronger, un-chillfiltered 18 might deliver. Any advice would be appreciated

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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby johan brugge » Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:42 pm

I've had an 18yo not that long ago. It's OK ... for a Laphroaig. I don't think I'll buy it again however. I liked the 15yo but IMHO, I don't think that the age difference can justify the higher price. I didn't really taste the typical characteristics of a Laphroaig. The main thing I noticed was the pronounced flavour of 'new wood'. I think the QC or the CS 10yo are much better than the 18yo. But that's just me.
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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby PoppaMitch » Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:58 pm

I just picked up a couple bottles for US $85 and I think it is well worth it. I think it is exactly what you are looking for - a rich and full-flavoured Laphroaig. Not quite as much so as the cask strength, but at least you can drink more of it until you pass out!
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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby Jim Beam » Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:57 pm

I just finished my bottle of 18yo and I have to say it didn't quite work for me. It was a little too 'woody' for my taste and not that special. Also quite expensive compared to what you get. Have you tried the Quarter Cask? Best Laphroaig I've tasted thusfar (I've had the 10yo, 15yo, QC and 18yo). Has a nice warming peaty kick that's not as intense as the 10yo but potent nonetheless, accompanied by a lovely nuttiness. And it's a lot cheaper as well.
If you're looking for something more subtle, get hold of some Talisker 18yo (if you can, because I hear dreadful rumours that it's being replaced).
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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby jimidrammer » Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:26 pm

Any word on when the Laphroaig 18yo gets a full roll out in the U.S., especially Texas? Only seen it listed on east and west coasts and Binny's in Chicago and there seems to be some price gouging going on between when it was first announced at $85 and some places as much as $160.
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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby Ganga » Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:02 am

Had a chance to try this one recently. For me, it is slightly better than the 15. Worth it at $75 to 85. I was informed that it is as high as $180 in some places.
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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby ClubSmed » Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:57 pm

Ganga wrote:Had a chance to try this one recently. For me, it is slightly better than the 15. Worth it at $75 to 85. I was informed that it is as high as $180 in some places.

Would it still be worth it at $180?
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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby Ganga » Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:31 pm

I personally don't think so. I'd probably pay up to $90 to get a single bottle, less for multiple bottles.

I am wondering if we will see a price drop around the US like Europe did.
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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby PoppaMitch » Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:58 pm

I'd agree its worth it up to about $90. It's amazing how prices can vary from state to state in the U.S. I bought the Laphroaig for $85 in Rhode Island on my way to Boston, then saw it in Boston for $170!
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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby hyperfuji » Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:28 am

Ganga wrote:Had a chance to try this one recently. For me, it is slightly better than the 15. Worth it at $75 to 85. I was informed that it is as high as $180 in some places.



i've been seen the 18yo for about $130 as well. where the heck did you get it for $85. i was very fond of the 15yo and thought about stocking up on a few b/c i heard they were stopping production but much prefer the quarter cask as it has a higher abv and a lower price tag.
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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby bcrossan » Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:16 am

PA has it for around $65. I had a buddy send me 2 bottles :thumbsup:
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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby lockejn » Sun Jan 31, 2010 1:09 pm

NH has is listed for $69.99 but it's not on shelves yet. I'm pretty sure they have a bunch of it sitting in the warehouse waiting for all the 15 to disappear. That's one of the big negatives of having a state run liquor market - new stuff comes at the painful pace of government.
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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby lockejn » Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:46 am

Picked up a bottle yesterday and had the first taste tonight. I found it to be rich and full-bodied. Nothing thin about it. It has definitely lost some of the medicinal qualities of the younger Laphroaigs, but is still firmly within the distillery character. I didn't find it to be too woody at all - less so than the QC for sure.

At $69.99 a bottle I consider this a good value. I think $85 - $95 wouldn't be unreasonable, though I'd obviously enjoy it a bit more sparingly.
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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby jimidrammer » Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:59 pm

The 18 started showing up @ Spec's in Houston @ $73, $63 each by the case, maybe less at other places when it hits Dallas. Time to plan a trip. :)
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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby r900p » Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:08 am

I was given one yesterday after being told it was £51 i'll be back for more as the cheapest i've found it is 65, most 75.

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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby ClubSmed » Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:53 am

r900p wrote:I was given one yesterday after being told it was £51 i'll be back for more as the cheapest i've found it is 65, most 75.

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Where is it available at £51?
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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby r900p » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:59 pm

Booths.

Just posted on to say they have reduced it from £75, so the £51 was not the norm price.

Not sure whe the nearest one is to you ClubSmed, Lancaster or Preston if they have a shop.

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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby sinclair » Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:19 pm

Hi ClubSmed.Think they had it in the Booths in Knutsford for £50 last time i looked.
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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby mlawrenson » Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:23 pm

It went up to £51 two weeks ago when Booths applied the VAT increase on booze. But it's been around that price since it first arrived in store back in (I think) October.
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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby hyperfuji » Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:50 am

lockejn wrote:NH has is listed for $69.99 but it's not on shelves yet. I'm pretty sure they have a bunch of it sitting in the warehouse waiting for all the 15 to disappear. That's one of the big negatives of having a state run liquor market - new stuff comes at the painful pace of government.


well, i guess you just gotta buy up all the 15yo so they can start stocking the 18
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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby pkt77242 » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:41 am

Went into a local place today (Sportsmans on Camelback for the AZ people out there) and they had the Laph 18 for $142. I laughed and then walked out. Crazy pricing.

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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby bcrossan » Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:38 am

pkt77242 wrote:Went into a local place today (Sportsmans on Camelback for the AZ people out there) and they had the Laph 18 for $142. I laughed and then walked out. Crazy pricing.

Sean


Wow that is rape.... it just landed here for $70. I had a friend ship me some from PA thinking our pricing would be like Sportsmans... oh well :roll:
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Re: Laphroaig 18

Postby Wave » Sat Feb 13, 2010 4:07 am

Binny's which usually has good prices on single malts is selling the Laphroaig 18 for $130. I'll pass. :?


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