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Laphroaig Quarter Cask

An Excellent Evening Warmer

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@michaelschoutReview by @michaelschout

10th Mar 2011


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  • Balance
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I'm going to start this review off by saying that I've never been one to find all these extreme and exuberant tastes/scents in the whiskies that I drink, so I'm not going to pretend about that. I just got in from walking my dog in raining 0 degree weather and the Quarter Cask is the first bottle I reached for to warm me up.

The nose isn't too strong, but immediately there's peat enveloped by a smokey cloud. The deeper you breath in though, the more you can smell the citrus underneath the smoke and peat.

The palate is sweet at the beginning and rather subdued but once you coat your mouth with it, it's gets strong and you taste the peat and a slight burning on the tongue. There's a medicinal taste somewhere in there. It's a very fluid dram and easily coats your mouth.

Once you swallow the dram you can feel the liquid warming you right to the core. It's got a typical peaty finish but it's surprisingly not as smokey and powerful as I would have expected it to be. It's a medium-long finish.

Overall impressions of the Laphroaig Quarter Cask are really good. It's a composed malt whose flavours are blended perfectly together. It's a lot more medicinal than Bowmore and Lagavulin in my opinion, but that neither adds nor takes away from it's greatness. I love Islay malts, but this one is a particularly easy dram to love.

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Had a bottle of this open for a while, should finish it off. Definitely good on a rainy day!

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I love this whisky, It's what raised my interest in whisky to the level of mild obsession.

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