Limited-edition Laphroaig making U.S. debut

A coveted limited-edition, single-malt Scotch from Laphroaig is being introduced to the U.S. markets for the first time.

About 3,750 bottles of Càirdeas-Ileach Edition have been produced for select markets in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, California, Washington, Minnesota and Texas as well as through the whiskymaker's Friends of Laphroaig website.

This year's expression is an eight-year-old matured in former Maker's Mark Bourbon barrels in the sea-level Dunnage Warehouse No. 1 on the Scottish island of Islay. All the barley in the whisky comes from floor maltings done at Laphroaig's distillery, one of only a few in Scotland to use the traditional method of spreading the grain on a floor to sprout and receive peat smoke.

Laphroaig Càirdeas-Ileach Edition, named for the annual Islay festival and bottled at 50.5% abv (101 proof), will sell for an estimated retail price of $60.

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