Rare Scotches hit U.S. market

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Beam Global Spirits & Wine has launched a pair of oldies it hopes U.S. consumers will think are goodies.

They are Laphroaig 25 Year Old and Ardmore 30 Year Old single malt Scotch whiskies, just now hitting the domestic market. Each has a suggested retail price of $499.99 per bottle.

Says Stacey Simmons, brand manager for Laphroaig and Ardmore. “The rarity and exclusivity of [these whiskies] is perfect for those who are looking to add to their collections or simply enjoy a rewarding single malt experience.”

Laphroaig 25 Year Old has been aged in Oloroso sherry and American oak casks, and was bottled last year at 51.2% alcohol by volume (102.4 proof).

Ardmore 30 Year Old has been aged in ex-bourbon barrels and handmade quarter casks. Only 1,428 bottles, each individually numbered, are available.

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