Laphroaig Quarter Cask

ABV: 48 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and very peaty. A powerful mix of smoke and ashes from a burnt out campfire, iodine, salt and menthol fills the nose (and the entire room). When it calms down a little notes of vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, honey and oak peek through but are more like straws floating around in this liquid hurricane. This is a fantastic nose with a big peat punch.

Mouth: It starts out very medicinal and rowdy. A ton of menthol and some chili fruits sits on the edges and the center is filled with burning rubber, iodine, and a mouthful of dry soil and gravel. The oak is dry and the whole mouth fills with a slight bitterness. There’s no fruitiness whatsoever to be found behind the peat.

Finish: The transition creates a very spicy and bitter hit with the peat and the medicinal notes still as relentless as before. Vanilla and butterscotch can be found far away in the background, like they’re sitting in another glass nearby. The dry earthy notes with the soil and gravel accompanies the oak a long way down to the finish line. This is a fantastic whisky. It’s rowdy and very peaty.

Additional information
This expression was launched in 2004 as a part of Laphroaig’s core range. It’s aged for about 5 years in american ex-bourbon barrels and then finished for several months in smaller 130L quarter casks. It’s supposedly a recreation of how Laphroig tasted some 200 years ago.

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