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Laphroaig 10 & BC

Postby killerwhale » Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:44 am

laph 10 will be back in BC mid-end of August..... just thought I'd post for those who miss it :)
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Postby mithril » Fri Jul 06, 2007 5:31 am

Where'd you hear this wonderful news? :thumbsup:
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Postby killerwhale » Fri Jul 06, 2007 6:49 am

saw the invoice today..... good news :thumbsup:
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Postby mithril » Fri Jul 06, 2007 7:51 am

Just the 10 or are they doing something sensible like bringing in the QC or 15 as well?
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Postby Lawrence » Sat Jul 07, 2007 12:05 am

killerwhale wrote:saw the invoice today..... good news :thumbsup:


Sure it's not the LQC in the place of the 10?
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Postby mithril » Sat Jul 07, 2007 2:01 am

Lawrence wrote:Sure it's not the LQC in the place of the 10?


In some ways I'm kinda hoping for this instead, the 10 is still available at the WA Liquor Stores (carried in the Blaine location actually) and I've got a small stockpile anyways.....
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Postby killerwhale » Sat Jul 07, 2007 4:25 am

it's the 10......
unsure if the QC will come or not(to regular stores), there are still some cases of it, whether it gets replenished, I'm not sure atm.
but having the 10 back is good news indeed :D
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Postby Peatlover » Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:11 am

I hope you are right about the 10 yo returning in August.

When I inquired with the liquor store folks, the reply was that "Our Portfolio Manager for Spirits and Liqueurs has informed us that the worldwide supply of Laphroaig 10 Year Old Islay is currently at a low level, and the manufacturer has cancelled all shipments to British Columbia. " Taken directly from their email reply to my inquiry.

I emailed the folks at Laphroaig but haven't heard back yet. Anyone know....Truth or Fiction????

They did tell me they were bringing in the Laphroaig Quater Cask this fall....of course it will be in a higher price range.
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Postby Lawrence » Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:45 am

What is being missed in all this is that Laphroaig has changed ownership recently and I suspect that there is a lag time between the new owners supplying for Canada and the old owners and their agent ceasing to do so. I don't believe the shortage story for a second, after all Laphroaig was going full tilt 10 years ago..........
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Postby Wendy » Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:54 am

Hi Lawrence,
There has been a fair bit of speculation around the Laphroaig distribution in Canada. At one point, at least in Ontario, the rumour was that the 10 yo supply would be discontinued and replaced by the QC. As I favour the QC over the 10 yo, I would welcome a shipment. In saying that, it is good to know that there is plenty of Laphroaig, but whether it hits our (LCBO) shelves is always a different matter.

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Postby mithril » Thu Jul 12, 2007 5:08 am

Wendy,

That's the lay that Corby was giving to many of it's clients, the BCLCB included. However others heard that supplies were low w/ no QC replacement and still others heard it was merely a "business decision". Seems that no one who knows the real story is either allowed to speak (either officially or at all). Lawerence's theory sounds pretty probably to me as Corby is owned by Diageo and since they no longer own Laphroaig they'll not be the importer for it anymore. It takes time for a new importer to work a deal with the various liquor boards (I imagine being owned by Jim Beam made it a smoother process for the US through)
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Postby killerwhale » Thu Jul 12, 2007 6:39 am

all I know is that Laph 10 WILL be back.....
I saw the invoice, I know it's coming but I don't know about the QC. It would be nice but since I have a good supply of it, I'm not worried :lol:

anyway, it is good news, Laphroaig is such a distinct malt and many love it, it would be evil not to be able to buy such a good malt & the price is quite good indded..... :thumbsup:
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Postby mithril » Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:09 pm

Actually the one I get a kick out of is that there are still retailers saying that the 10 was discontinued to make room for the 12 and 16.... yet still have never heard of the QuarterCask (I got that line today from a private store at ParkRoyal).
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Postby Rory B Bellows » Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:18 pm

The LCBO has discontinued Laphroaig 10. If you don't believe it, go on their website and see it for yourself.

I'm mighty pissed-off.
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Postby Peatlover » Sat Jul 14, 2007 1:48 am

Sounds like there will be a lot of folks in BC waiting with bated breath for the return of the 10 yo, or the QC. :wink:

My hubby and I will be heading to Alberta this summer - anyone know a good whisky shop in Calgary? I will do a separate posting in case out Alberta friends don't read this conversation. We'll be buying a few 10 yo.....just in case - besides - they are soooooooooooo much cheaper in Alberta!!!
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Postby mithril » Sat Jul 14, 2007 2:03 am

Willow Park and the Kensington Wine Market are apparently the places to shop in Calgary. KWM is the pricer of the 2 from what I understand (I've only been to KWM and not WP myself)
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Postby Lawrence » Sat Jul 14, 2007 2:59 am

Wendy wrote:Hi Lawrence,
There has been a fair bit of speculation around the Laphroaig distribution in Canada. At one point, at least in Ontario, the rumour was that the 10 yo supply would be discontinued and replaced by the QC. As I favour the QC over the 10 yo, I would welcome a shipment. In saying that, it is good to know that there is plenty of Laphroaig, but whether it hits our (LCBO) shelves is always a different matter.

Cheers,
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Hi Wendy, here in BC the LQC is being listed on the stock sheets so I expect it will be arrving in due course. I find it hard it hard to believe that they're abandoning the the L10 but that seems to be what's happening!

I'm glad I stocked up.
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Postby mithril » Sat Jul 14, 2007 7:19 am

Lawrence wrote:Hi Wendy, here in BC the LQC is being listed on the stock sheets so I expect it will be arrving in due course. I find it hard it hard to believe that they're abandoning the the L10 but that seems to be what's happening!

I'm glad I stocked up.


There's also always the WA state liquor stores across the border. Of course the duty applied after the first bottle, assuming you're across the border for longer than 48 hrs, maybe rather punitive.
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Postby Feldrin » Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:10 am

What the heck, I didn't even know there was a shortage of the Laph10y. Either all these things fly straight past me in the Netherlands or my local whisky shop just orders massive amounts of whisky so he never runs dry on any kind of bottle. Anyway, great for the rest of the world that it's coming back :)
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Postby Peatlover » Thu Aug 23, 2007 11:39 pm

Laphroaig Quarter Cask is in:

http://www.bcliquorstores.com/en/products/656546

We just picked up a bottle in Alberta for $53.49 ($79.99 in BC). Its very good. Much smoother than the 10 yo....but I sure miss that 10 yo mediciney, iodiney kick!
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Postby Lawrence » Fri Aug 24, 2007 1:31 am

Feldrin wrote:What the heck, I didn't even know there was a shortage of the Laph10y. Either all these things fly straight past me in the Netherlands or my local whisky shop just orders massive amounts of whisky so he never runs dry on any kind of bottle. Anyway, great for the rest of the world that it's coming back :)


This was passed onto me yesterday by a friend;

Hello Arthur,

Due to the very limited global inventory of Laphroaig 10 yr old and the
very positive response received by Laphroaig Quarter Cask, where we have slightly more flexibility to increase volume, we have decided to make
Canada the first market in the world where we only sell Laphroaig QC.
This should mean we are able to grow Laphroaig in Canada going forward
rather than face a future of declining availability as allocations are
reduced.

I hope this helps,

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Postby Peatlover » Sat Aug 25, 2007 6:36 pm

Interesting.

Darn....we just bought the one bottle!!!!
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Re: Laphroaig 10 & BC

Postby Peatlover » Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:27 pm

the latest news...although we all new this. All i can say is if you see a bottle - buy it!! Wherever you are!! :shock:

The QC is available in BC, and we are well through our second bottle...but it isn't the same!

Dear Jacqueline,

Hoping that you are all well and like us over on Islay, enjoying some autumn sunshine.

For some time now, a number of you have been writing to us and asking about Laphroaig in Canada; therefore, I thought I should let you know the latest news. Unfortunately due to supply we have had to withdraw Laphroaig 10 year old from Canada - we simply do not have enough. I'm very pleased to say though that the first shipments of our Award Winning Laphroaig Quarter Cask are on their way to liquor stores near you.

Laphroaig Quarter Cask, is perhaps our most authentic Laphroaig, with production methods familiar from two hundred years ago. It's indeed an award winner, taking the gold medal at the 2007 San Francisco Wine and Spirits Competition and has a full bodied, complex, smoky and slightly sweeter palate than Laphroaig 10 year. Laphroaig Quarter Cask is created from a range of ages, up to 10 years of age and is a new expression, which we are able to supply to Canada as a replacement for the 10 year old. Suffice to say, we are all proud of it here in Islay; it seems to be going down well over in this neck of the woods! If you would like to know more about Quarter Cask, please go http://www.laphroaig.com/whiskies/quarter_cask/

Be sure to welcome this bit of Islay genius into your homes.

Slainthe,

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Re: Laphroaig 10 & BC

Postby hpulley » Sat Oct 06, 2007 3:05 pm

Peatlover wrote:the latest news...although we all new this. All i can say is if you see a bottle - buy it!! Wherever you are!! :shock:

The QC is available in BC, and we are well through our second bottle...but it isn't the same!


Interesting, is the second bottle worse?

John Campbell wrote:...
Be sure to welcome this bit of Islay genius into your homes.

Slainthe,

John Campbell
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Ahem, "Be sure to welcome this bit of Islay blending and marketing genius into your homes." Quite astute having low stocks of mature whisky, fast tracking to bottle seems wise indeed.

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Re: Laphroaig 10 & BC

Postby K-Mile » Sat Oct 06, 2007 3:15 pm

Are they withdrawing the Laph 10 from the entire market, or just selected ones? If so, there are plenty for sale in The Netherlands. If it's that much better than the QC, I might stock up on them a bit.

Haven't seen the QC here yet, but I am sure specialists liquor stores have them.
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Re: Laphroaig 10 & BC

Postby hpulley » Sat Oct 06, 2007 5:43 pm

K-Mile wrote:Are they withdrawing the Laph 10 from the entire market, or just selected ones? If so, there are plenty for sale in The Netherlands. If it's that much better than the QC, I might stock up on them a bit.


Just select markets though it seems to be most or all of Canada if not North America. Just not enough mature 10yo to go around so they're breaking into their 5-8yo stocks early (they'd meant it to sleep for at least 10 years originally).

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Re: Laphroaig 10 & BC

Postby Lawrence » Mon Oct 08, 2007 5:46 pm

K-Mile wrote:Are they withdrawing the Laph 10 from the entire market, or just selected ones? If so, there are plenty for sale in The Netherlands. If it's that much better than the QC, I might stock up on them a bit.

Haven't seen the QC here yet, but I am sure specialists liquor stores have them.


They've withdrawn the L10 from CANADA and replaced it with LQC. There is not indication so far that the Canadian switchero has occurred anywhere else.
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Re: Laphroaig 10 & BC

Postby K-Mile » Mon Oct 08, 2007 6:16 pm

Lawrence wrote:
K-Mile wrote:Are they withdrawing the Laph 10 from the entire market, or just selected ones? If so, there are plenty for sale in The Netherlands. If it's that much better than the QC, I might stock up on them a bit.

Haven't seen the QC here yet, but I am sure specialists liquor stores have them.


They've withdrawn the L10 from CANADA and replaced it with LQC. There is not indication so far that the Canadian switchero has occurred anywhere else.


That's nice to hear, gives me an opportunity to buy them both and try them H2H sometimes!
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Re: Laphroaig 10 & BC

Postby Greg B. » Sat Oct 13, 2007 2:17 am

Hello all, my first post here.

I'm writing from Nova Scotia and can confirm that Laph 10 has been withdrawn from the market nationwide. Word has it that Asian markets are willing to pay more and all stocks formerly designated for Canada are going there.

In Nova Scotia we currently have no Laph of any style whatsoever left to buy. I was in New Brunswick today and stopped into one of their stores. They too have no 10 y.o. left but I decided to pick up a bottle of the 15 that they still had in stock. I'm enjoying a taste of it now. Lovely stuff, but rather different from the 10.

Laph is represented by Corby's in Canada as I understand it. To correct a previous posting, Coby's is not owned by Diageo. They are affiliated with Pernod Ricard.

Been a good (albeit expensive) week for me and my scotch supply. I found some Lagavulin 16 on clearance locally and picked up a couple of bottles for 30% off the usual $89 shelf price. I think I now have a long-term supply when added to what I already had on the shelf.
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Re: Laphroaig 10 & BC

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Oct 13, 2007 2:44 am

Greg:
Welcome to the Forums, you sound like someone who knows what he's talking about, so should be a real asset to the group.

I had opined in a WM article (the only one I was ever in - issue 64) that a lot of whisky would be earmarked for the expanding Asian market: "...and redirected to the new Chinese markets that are opening up...I can see that prices will rise for the foreseeable future and in time will develop into a delivery to the highest bidder to the detriment of the average drinker like myself."

Sad to see that my crystal ball was working, perhaps too well! My worst concerns have been confirmed by your first posting!

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Re: Laphroaig 10 & BC

Postby tossedsalad » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:05 pm

What a coincidence, I thought I'd try the Port of Wines today to see if their listings were any different than the regular NSLC and she told me the same thing: the Japanese market has it all accounted for. She did mention that Ontario has some, and as luck would have it a friend of mine is in Ottawa this week. Crossing my fingers that he gets my e-mail.....

While searching around I came across this thread. Just thought I'd share.
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Re: Laphroaig 10 & BC

Postby tossedsalad » Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:09 pm

PS Greg, I picked up a bottle of Lagavulin D.E. with that promo the NSLC had where you could get $10 off for every $50 spent, combined 2 to get it for close to the same discount you did.
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Re: Laphroaig 10 & BC

Postby tossedsalad » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:48 am

I was on the Laphroaig web page and they will ship a bottle of Quarter Cask to NS for $88cdn if anybody is interested.
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Re: Laphroaig 10 & BC

Postby tossedsalad » Sun Mar 09, 2008 10:26 pm

Alright, who bought the last bottle of Laphroaig QC from the NB liquor store in Sackville?
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Re: Laphroaig 10 & BC

Postby idigpeat » Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:21 am

Funny. I live in Sackville, NB and was wondering the same thing. I wasn't aware of any of this "shortage" business until well after my brother-in-law from the UK had brought a couple bottles at Christmas.

Laphroaig 10yo is now -by far- my favourite Scotch, although I haven't yet tried the QC. I still had a bottle left when I noticed there was some in the Sackville store (probably back in January) and thought I'd be OK to pick some up later. Oh, how I regret that decision.

My love for Laphroaig was recently rekindled on a trip to California, where a hotel bar was serving the 10yo.

Count me in on the case to Nova Scotia if you can swing it. (But I thought I saw on the Laphroaig site that they don't ship to Canada.)
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