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!
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!
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