And boy, this is a niiice Laphroaig! Had the chance to sample some, and also sent some to a few of the regular tatsing note submitters, of which you can find the tatsing notes here: http://www.peatfreak.com/Cnt.php?search ... ig+quarter
It to arrived a few days ago, and luckily slipped through the greedy fingers of the Swedish customs
Current laws (or the interpretation of the same ) makes it illegal to bring alcoholic beverages into Sweden from the EU, except when bringing it across the border in person
If it was sent as a present from someone OUTSIDE the EU, it would be ok to recieve a litre of whisky as long as it costs less than 500 SEK/£38 AND you pay tax at £20/litre pure alcohol.
Go Figure !!!
So it seems that we escaped having the nectar confiscated and perhaps fined
Might make it taste extra good I guess
Can't open it Yet as it is a bithday present for my dear Wife, nine more days...........
All the BEST,
A nice little saving of 85 SEK/£6.5
Smells from vanilla and a slight touch of stable.
At first it tastes a bit like a Swedish moore on a hot summer afternoon.
Then it really takes a bite and kicks for a short while.
The finish has a long remaining taste of oak and Russian leather.
I keep the empty glass by the bed so I'll be greated by the vanishing aroma in the morning
No age statement marked on the bottle which along the freshness in the taste make me wonder how young in fact this whisky is. I wish they have had used quarter casks for the whole short(?) maturation process, maybe that would have done the difference.
I already said it before in this thread, but I think this is one of the best Laphroaig's in my tatsingnotes (link to my tatsing note was given before in this thread as well (and there are 3 other notes form others there as well)).
You really should give it another well respected try later on.
Anyway, not a bad whisky at all.
What was missing from the survey was a question like:
"If we made Quarter Cask available from your local supermarket, would you feel a bit cheated?"
Strongly Agree - Agree - Disagree - Strongly Disagree - Don't Know
MrTattieHeid wrote:Hey, Nick, you got it first. Right mean of you to feel "cheated" because others got what you got, too!
No - it was billed as a one off experimental bottling at a special price for friends. I can't remember what I paid for it (plus postage), but since it is now in every Oddbins in town at £20.99 with free tasters for all, it hardly looks like a special price on a limited edition bottling. As for getting it first, big deal. I still haven't opened it and I have many other unopened whiskies, all patiently waiting their turn. The fact that it has so quickly saturated the shelves suggests that Laphroaig must have known they were going to do this, so I think they must have been tapping their friends for a few extra quid. Do we even know that they limited the advance bottles to 1000 - I haven't heard of any unsatisfied customers and the Laphroaig website seemed to welcome new offers for bottles even after dispatching the 1000.
I have no problem in buying the same whiskies as others - I have many standard bottlings - but I do object to paying premium prices and postage for what I can get cheaper on my doorstep.
Lawrence wrote:If I remember correctly the plan was to offer it first in duty free and for the FOL's and then when they had enough stocks to offer it in general retail. It's GBP 26.00 on the website but does that include shipping?
No, it doesn't include shipping. The shipping costs are also very high, in fact, twice as much as the Lagavulin was charging for shipping.
I'm feeling a bit cheated too - but I opened my bottle and it's nearly empty now. What can you say - it's expensive to be a pioneer
My bottle was even more expensive since on top of the posting I had to pay danish duty
It's a nice whisky afterall - and I will call in at Oddbins when visiting Scotland the next couple of months from Monday
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