Alligator Come and Gone
Ardbeg's Alligator has come and gone! I can't say I'm sad about that either. While I get as excited as the next person when it comes to these special releases, the scarcity and the collectable nature of these bottles seem to bring out the rage in people. I think we did a fair and reasonable sale of our generous allocation. We made sure that NO ONE got more than one bottle (I had to watch every order and cancel the repeats......you sneaky guys) and we made them available online, via phone, or via email. The Alligator batches lasted for more than an hour each, so there was no real rush. You couldn't sit around and twiddle your thumbs, but it wasn't a mad dash or anything.
That's the nature of these bottles. There were some unhappy people who missed out and to those people I can say this in consolation: this won't be the only time we see the Alligator. I wouldn't be surprised to see a few more pop up in the near future. However, you cannot assume they'll be here waiting for you. These are like U2 concert tickets and there's nothing Ticketmaster can do once they're gone. It's first come first served.
The days of trying something special and coming back for it later are over. If you've heard about it, read about, or seen it on a blog, then so have thousands of other people - and they're all shopping at K&L too.