When Laphroaig had their second ever webcast – Laphroaig Live – they revealed that some new editions where on their way. In addition some changes are being made to the core range of Laphroaig whiskies.
One of these was the Laphroaig Cairdeas 30yo, a special version of the 30yo made purely for the Friends of Laphroaig (FoL). This edition will be available throught the FoL-webshop later this autum – at a not yet disclosed price. But rest assured that it’ll pop up on eBay quite quickly after release – at a greatly inflated price. It’s really casks destined for the standard 30yo that has been reracked into fresh ex-bourbon barrels (1st fill).
The Laphroaig Triple Wood – in sorts a sherry-finished version of the Quarter Cask. It will be made available for the Duty Free-market first. Launch is set for later this year. At the time of broadcat the strength of the whisky had not been decided, but Master Blender Eremitus, Robert Hicks, promised to bottle it at “the best strength”. Eventually it’ll make it’s way into the domestic markets, for Norway this is (most likely) September 2009.
Another thing that was revealed was a special bottling of Laphroaig 21yo for the US market. 1473 bottles has been created and will arrive stateside in the next few months.
And if that wasn’t enought, Laphroaig are revamping parts of the standard line up. A rumour over at the WhiskyMag-forum got me on that track. Not everything in that rumour is true, but some is. The 10yo and 10yo CS stays as they are, but the 15yo and 30yo are disappearing.
Most people have found that tracking down the 30yo is difficult, as it’s been discontinud for some time now. A younger edition, Laphroaig 25yo, has been put on the market as a replacement. The 30yo has best availability in the US, where you can get a bottle for as little as US$250 (£125) – half the price compared to the last bottles sold through the distillery webshop. Here in Norway there are three bottles left for sale (as of July), though the price is a little on the steep side – 3500 NOK (£344). The Laphroaig 25yo has been on the market for some time now, but is not yet available all over the place. Norway has gotten it, and it retails for 2300 NOK (£226) – about £85 more that Royal Mile Whiskies or €50 more that Weinquelle.
The Laphroaig 15yo is also beeing discontinued in favour for Laphroaig 18yo. The new edition will be made available around March/April next year, so there’s still plenty of time to stock up for those who really enjoy the 15yo. The price in Norway will be in the 900-1000 NOK range (£88-98), whereas the 15yo is 690 NOK (£68) – so ~40% price increase for a 20% age increase…