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Laphroaig Four Oak

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Laphroaig Four Oak

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  • Brand: Laphroaig
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 40.0%

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Laphroaig Four Oak

I tasted the Laphroaig Four Oak a few years ago and remember not being really devastated at the time. Now my buddy Pat puts a sample of a recent bottling in my hands, so I think it would be good to give it another try. The Four Oak of course refers to the four cask types that were used: ex-bourbon, American Virgin Oak, European oak and Quarter Casks. The typical aromatic peat is no match here for notes of chocolate, smoked ham and a lot of wood notes. I smell the oak especially. Roasted or toasted, I don't care, it's mostly oak. I wasn't exactly waiting for that. The body is very light, almost watery. Also, on the palate I get a lot of woody notes. Molded and somewhat caramelized, licorice and freshly sawn boards. Then there is something of raisins and chocolate, but also a few drops of olive oil and grapefruit juice. Ahses at the end. The finish is very short on ashes and wood. I'm still not devastated. Perhaps one of the least interesting Laffies I have been able to put on my lips. Still… thx, Pat!

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Laphroaig Four Oak

Continuing their experimentation with extra matured whiskies, Laphroaig have released a new single malt whisky called Four Oak.

Advancement in razor blade technology seems to involve adding extra blades for a closer, smoother shave. A quick Google search reveals that at the time of writing you can find razors with six blades. Not to be left behind the whisky industry has been busy using more casks to mature the spirit. Laphroaig Four Oak uses four different casks - ex-bourbon barrels, quarter casks, virgin American oak barrels and European oak hogsheads.

Will this produce a better whisky? Who knows as we haven’t tasted it yet. This expression from Laphroaig will start life as a travel retail exclusive in February 2017 so you’ll need to catch a plane somewhere to find out.

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