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This Whisky Release Requires You to Buy a Plot of Scottish Land

You definitely won't be finding this bottle at your local liquor store
Laphroaig Cairdeas Whisky 2017
Photo: Laphroaig 

You might not bat an eye dropping three figures for that special bottle of Scotch whisky, but would you be willing to swoop up a plot of land in the Scottish Isles? That's the price of admission if you want to get your hands on Laphroaig Whisky's highly anticipated 15-year-old, Single Malt Cairdeas, a label you probably won't be finding at your corner liquor store.

Only members of the Friends of Laphroaig, which was founded in 1994 as a way for dedicated aficionados to become what the distiller calls "whisky landlords," can purchase the bottle. Upon joining the group (which you can register for after buying your first bottle of Laphroaig), you'll get your own square foot of land on the distillery's grounds in Islay, Scotland, delineated by GPS coordinates you can actually enter on Google Maps. (If you do end up following those directions to your piece of land, Laphroaig will give you free whisky to make up for "rent.")

Of course, the other major perk is being able to grab the annual Cairdeas —which translates to "friendship" in Gaelic—release. According to Forbes, 2017's whisky was personally made by distillery manager John Campbell and aged in bourbon casks for 15 years. Retailing for roughly $108, the bottle has tasting notes of "subtle spice on the nose reminiscent of fresh nutmeg and toasted almonds." It's a spirit that's sure to please even the most most discriminating collector—one who also happen to be a Scottish landowner, that is.

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