Another Malt Mongers Israel Laphroaig Evening

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I’m sure you’ll notice that one of the bottles pictured here stands out. So basically we’d got hold of the Laphroaig 30 and just threw in whatever else we could get a hold of. We chose the two new duty free expressions and threw in the standard 10yo (not pictured) for good measure.

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Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength Batch 004 – BTC 2017 #11

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As I mentioned in my post about whisky #10, we had yet to have an Islay whisky, and I assumed #10 might be from there and had no idea what was waiting for me the next day. Well it was one of my favourite distillery bottlings of all, the glorious cask strength version of Laphroaig 10, which I guessed wrong , but to my credit I did get the distillery right this time (obviously with some doubt, but hey). I’ve actually had a dram from this batch before while I was visiting Islay, but it was a comfort dram after a long, cold, wet day so no notes, until now.

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Laphroaig 16 Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection

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Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit

This is a sample from a swap we did quite some time ago, unfortunately Summer hit pretty hard and I just couldn’t enjoy a Laphroaig properly in such hot weather. Fortunately it’s cooled down a bit (at least in the evening) so I finally popped this open.

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Douglas Laing Tasting with Fred Laing

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Fred Laing doing his thing.

Sorry about the delay since my last post. I was on holiday in Italy but am back and well rested. Very shortly before I left, to the point that I didn’t have time to write this up, I was invited to a very special tasting event. I recently posted about and evening that our whisky club, MMI had in conjunction with Sipil, a local importer and online retailer, who have recently begun to import Douglas Laing products to Israel, currently the only independent bottler on the market.

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Two Elements of Islay

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This week our local whisky club, Malt Mongers Israel got together for our monthly meeting. The theme this time was Elements of Islay, a series of “undisclosed” single malts from Islay put out by independent bottler Specialty Drinks. They’re modeled after elements of the periodic table with each element’s symbol hinting at the source of the whisky inside. If one goes over to their website they usually provide more information about each bottle to varying degrees.

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SMWS 29.186 Spicy Smoky Seaweed Salad- Laphroaig 1999

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I can never pass up the opportunity to try a Laphroaig bottled by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. They’re some of the most flavourful and rich whiskies I’ve tried. This particular one is aged 16 years and spent that time in a refill bourbon barrel so it’s really going to be showing off the spirit.

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