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Laphroaig Live 2010 from Spain, not Islay

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While I was away in Germany I received an e-mail from Laphroaig about the fourth event in a series which started in London back in 2007. It then moved to Islay in 2008, which I enjoyed watching very much. Last year it then moved to the US, which I watched in the middle of the night. I'm of course talking about the Laphroaig Live event, the next one coming up soon, this time from Spain:

Picture of a Laphroaig Triple Wood

You need to mark you calendar for Thursday, the 23rd of September 2010, if you're in the UK it will be 19:00 BST (which is 18:00 hrs GMT), 20:00 hrs CEST if you're on the continent and I'm afraid you'll have to calculate it yourself if you're anywhere else.

In addition to John Campbell from Laphroaig there will be three guests on the panel: Simon Brooking (Laphroaig's American Ambassador), Jose Antonio Souto (in charge of all Domecq and Harvey's Sherries) and Diego Sandrin (an Italian singer and songwriter). They will meet for the show in Harvey's Bodegas in Jerez, Andalusia, Spain. As for the reason not to head back to Islay but to present the show from Spain John writes:

As you all know last year’s show was broadcast live from the Makers Mark distillery in Kentucky. This was because our two best selling expressions, 10 year old and Quarter Cask are matured exclusively in Bourbon casks. However this is only part of the Laphroaig story. We have been using the finest Sherry casks from Spain since our inception nearly 200 years ago and still use them to this day as they impart a completely different flavour to our spirit.

During the show we will be comparing classic bourbon matured Laphroaig –in this case Quarter Cask, with three other Laphroaig expressions. Our new Triple Wood which enjoys its third maturation in Spanish Oak, our cask strength 25 year old which uses both Fino and Oloroso sherry Butts in its maturation and a very special third, exclusively Oloroso matured expression – but you will have to watch the programme to find out more about this one!

John promised further updates closer to the event, but I thought having posted a picture of a Laphroaig Distillery Tour, Isle of Islay on the Islay Pictures photoblog this morning I should write this entry this evening. And now it's time for a wee dram of the Triple Wood…

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