PLCB Alert: Laphroaig 18 Years Old

I’ve never called out an alert for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, but I noticed a dramatic offering that needs to be shared. I’ve mentioned before that the state of Pennsylvania is one of the few places that still has Yamazaki 12 for sale at a non-auction price point (yes, dozens of bottle still remain on shelves in and around Pittsburgh), but there is another now that needs mention.

Laphroaig 18 year old, marked down to $USD 63.99. Seriously.

 

For those of us in Ontario, after the currency exchange the price of this bottle is comparable to what we would pay for the Laphroaig 10 year old at LCBO. I cannot say enough about how exquisite this expression from Laphroaig is. All the smoky goodness of the 10 year, but mellowed, rounded and rich after its extended rest. Back when LCBO was carrying this expression, it was most recently priced in the $CAD 175 range, and a quick  search shows a similar price point online and at retail in the US and UK. For this price it’s a steal, a truly can’t-pass-up kind of deal if you happen to find yourself in PA.

According to the PLCB website there’s about 110 bottles scattered over the state. With this  pricing I can only assume that this expression is on clearance. So, like the Yamazaki 12, don’t expect any more to be gracing the PLCB shelves in the future. Get it while you can.

 

Happy foraging!

 

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Whisky Forager

I collect whisky. I like good prices for whisky. Living in Toronto doesn’t often allow for both but I'm lucky enough to travel a lot for work. I get to shop around for whisky and I want to share the good buying opportunities that I come across. That’s the premise. I’m not writing about tasting or grading whisky, there’s plenty of other sources for those opinions. I just want to share opportune finds for quality bottles at below market prices. A couple of years ago after discovering a pricing discrepancy at LCBO that provided a few deeply discounted bottles for my collection, I realized that there are lots of opportunities to purchase good single malts at a discount price. And not just outside of Canada but also sometimes in Ontario. It may be hard to believe, but the LCBO can be your ally just as often as it’s your nemesis. This is not a commercial site, I only share my finds based on my own opinions of good prices and good bottles.

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