Laphroaig, Quarter Cask, Single Malt Scotch Whisky

$84.95 inc GST

700 ml, 48.0% abv, Scotland (ISLAY)

Laphroaig Quarter Cask takes its inspiration from the small casks often used for Scotch Whisky in the 19th century and frequently transported across the Glens by packhorse. It was decided to recreate some of the Quarter Casks and the flavours they produce. They transferred some still maturing Laphroaig from larger style barrels into the Quarter Casks. It was noted that the small cask size gave up to 30% greater contact with the wood compared to some of the larger sizes used today, thus greatly intensifying the maturation process. For greater authenticity they simply barrier filtered the whisky, the method used in those days, and bottled at a higher alcoholic strength.

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NOSE : 22 out of 25, Burning embers of peat in a crofters fireplace, sweet intense malt and lovely, refreshing citrus as well.

TASTE : 24 out of 25, mouth-watering, mouth-filling and mouth-astounding: the perfect weight of the smoke has no problems filling every crevice of the palate, builds towards a sensationally sweet maltiness at the middle.

FINISH : 24 out of 25, really long, and dries appropriately with smoke and spice. Classic Laphroaig.

BALANCE : 25 out of 25, a great distillery back to its awesome, if a little sweet, self. Layer upon layer of sexed-up peatiness, this is the closest I remember it to some 30 years ago!

(Jim Murray)

COLOUR : Full sparkling gold.

NOSE : Burning embers of peat in a crofters fireplace, hints of coconut and banana aromas.

BODY : Full bodied

PALATE Deep, complex and smoky yet offers and surprises the palate with a gentle sweetness.

FINISH : Really long, and dries appropriately with smoke and spice.

In JIM MURRAY’S WHISKY BIBLE 2006, he gives Laphroaig Quarter Cask, 95 points out of 100.