Saturday, April 30, 2011
Alas, The Tale of Two Corks: Why I Love Laphroaig, but Loath its Cork
Fortunately, Laphroaig is still run by a potentially dying breed on the verge of a takeover from the Malt Trusts. I don't consider Beam to be 'quite' one of them. Yes, some distilleries deserve respect and higher sales that ultimately generate more profit, not suck up shelf space. Laphroaig moves, but as more corks break and spirit evaporates, memories endure.
That said, I look forward to the day that Laphroaig Cairceas and Triple Wood grace Our Shores. I remain a Friend of Laphroaig. Just a slightly perturbed consumer of its corks. What's with those disintegrating corks?
Ah, everything seemed so good. I was ready to experience Islay Greatness. The appreciation that Prince of Wales, among others, have a good palate. I can only wish for an audience with ye royal single malt cache of Laphroaig.
Well, what does Prince Charles, or his sons, really know? Perhaps, he is too gracious to mention the unmentionable. Okay, flash forward, I look at my empty cache of the bottles that I have completed and see a Laphroaig Quarter Cask. The Linked IN favorite of one member, who posts of its accolades. I cannot call it my favorite among Laphroaig expressions, but it certainly worthy as evidenced by its current expression; empty!
This seemed like an acceptable substitute as witnessed by its emptiness. I believed its cork was an appropriate candidate to replace the Laphroaig 10 cork now lying in pieces on my counter with a few tidbits sprinkled within the green atmosphere, below. I opened the metal top for my next revelation; another broken cork.
What are the chances of two Laphroaig corks disintegrating? What about the Whisky Magazine Laphroaig cork breakage section linked above? What does this suggest from committed Friends? Well, we are in need of better cork! If not, a synthetic cork like the one that graces The Glenrothes, perhaps. We need something that will last. If not, then customers and retailers should be graced with a supply of spare corks and an explanation. Perhaps, there is a good explanation why the corks break that justifies keeping the present cork stock. I hope that Laphroaig can explain and even make fun of that fact for marketing sake.
Is this the first time that I have witnessed the consequences of poor quality corks? No. I have Four Prohibition Era Old Hermitage Bourbon Bottles. I have one Belle of Marion Bourbon Bottle. Three of four Old Hermitages completely evaporated. The third is half full, but went cloudy. The Belle of Marion has a high quality cork, the bourbon is clear as day, and it as close to the fill line as you can get for an expression bottled in the 1920s.
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