Today, after nursing a malt craving for weeks, I finally went out and purchased the Laphroaig 10 YO (you may know already that it's my favourite malt). I even found a bottle of the 18 YO expression, and residents of Gurgaon can acquire it for Rs. 8000 from the liquor store in Galleria market. There is possibly just one bottle left though- so you may want to hurry. Anyway, I was at the store only to check its collection out, after which I made my way to the regular store opposite the Mercedes Benz showroom on Golf Course Road.
I inquired there to learn that they too shipped in a few bottles of the 18 YO- and saw them being bought within two days. Of course, that Gurgaon has a healthy population of malt maniacs is no surprise to me. The consumer-segment/income-group driven realities that cause single malt makers to cater extensively to the travel retail market also make malt highly sought after by the denizens of Gurgaon. While the 18 YO was out of my budget for today, I was pleasantly surprised to spot a 1 liter bottling of the 10 YO selling for 4000. The 750 ml version comes for 3500, so going by that per liter cost I easily made a profit of Rs. 666.667! I even called Badke Daddu- a friend and fellow maltman, to notify him- but my calls went unanswered and the loss is only his.
Another interesting piece of news- Glenmorangie's standard 750 ml, 10 YO bottling is currently going for Rs. 2800, which is no doubt a steal. I've recently noticed other expressions of Glenmorangie cropping up in Gurgaon- port-wine matured Quinta Ruban, sherry matured Lasanta and Sauternes wine matured Nectar D'Or. And I wonder if this is a deliberate push from The Glenmorangie Company to get consumers familiar with its name. A last piece of trivia- The Glenmorangie Company also owns the Ardbeg Distillery on Islay.
So, promptly purchasing my bottle of Laphroaig 10 YO, I drove home and poured myself a glass- browsing through Youtube for a malt review from Ralfy- the Internet's most widely known and heeded malt reviewer. Thus, happily sipping on my malt and absorbing some of Ralfy's unique wisdom, I thought of sharing it with you.
Ralfy has close to 400 whisky (all sorts of whiskies) reviews up on the web by now, and though I watch his videos on Youtube, he also has his own blog. Much of my initiation into the world of malt has been through Ralfy's wisdom, and there isn't much I can say about him that won't be conveyed better by this sample video on Youtube- where he does a review of the Laphroaig Triplewood expression (which was available only in travel retail and has since been replaced by the PX Cask).