Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Reviewed on Sat 30 Jan, 2016

This bottling was aged for around five years before being finished in a quarter cask for several months, the size of the cask is quite small, thus does not require such a long maturation.

After trying - and being suitably unimpressed by Laphroaig's "QA Cask" offering recently, I decided to give this one a go instead. Released in 2004, this bottling was aged for around five years before being finished in a quarter cask for several months, the size of the cask is quite small, thus does not require such a long maturation.

On the nose: Medium peatiness, pecans, whipped butter and lemon zest. The nose on this is considerably better than the QA version. It's a solid, complex aroma.

The taste: A big whoompf of smoke, held up by a nice peppery peat. There's some chilli flakes in there and a fair old amount of sweet taffy.

The finish: The finish is medium-long... the smoke hangs around for awhile but eventually gives way to citrus bursts and a salty, taffy-like tang.

Personally... Again, I'm not really the biggest fan of these heavily peated whiskies, but I quite like this. It's certainly head and shoulders better than the QA Cask version I bought from the airport. There's a lot of complexity and smoothness to this whisky considering the young age. I've seen this on special a few times for under £35 - if you can grab a bottle for that price then do because I feel it's slightly overpriced at the average of £40-45.


Nose:  88/100 
Taste:  83/100 
Finish:  83/100 
Personal Rating: 82/100 
Value for Money:  80/100 
Overall Rating:  83.2/100 

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