Now many of you would possibly know this, and still others might research things well before doing what I did- order 2 bottles of Laphroaig from their website and get it delivered to me here, in Gurgaon. I did it almost entirely on a malt-frenzied whim, and received the shock of my life when the DHL delivery guy asked for the 150% in cash. My will gave out and I asked him to come the next day, seeking to stall the crisis facing me.
Enter good guys Laphroaig. I wrote to them, confessing ignorance of the import duty and asking them if they could take the bottles back. Their reply was swift and kind, they agreed to take the bottles back and credit the money back to me- but I would have to bear the delivery charges. I thought this to be a fine, fair deal. And in a world of shitty customer service it was a refreshing lean towards helpfulness.
Anyway, getting back to the article, these are the two malts that had me drooling today and wishing that the 150% import duty would go away-
This is Ardbeg's 2014 special edition, and it's going to be launched on Ardbeg Day - 31st May. Auri stands for gold and Verdes for green, and it's a name used to refer to Brazil's sports teams. It's a loud shout-out to the upcoming World Cup, but it also refers to Ardbeg's traditional green bottlings and gold maltings. The chaps at Master of Malt have their tasting notes up here, but I prefer not to read those unless I've had the malt myself first.
Lest my blog leads you to believe that I dismiss blendeds as unworthy, the second malt that has me salivating is the World Whisky Day 2014 blend- created by the event's organiser Blair Bowman. This is one, I fear, I shall never get to taste.
But the one thing that gets me about blendeds- I would enjoy the experience so much more if I could learn what single malts/distilleries contributed to it. But that's a mighty tough job to do, and even Google is pushed to the limit trying to provide answers.