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Laphroaig Quarter Cask


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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

7th Dec 2012


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Here I go trying to review a gem that's been put through it's paces and come out in spades. The Quarter Cask is a stroke of Laphroigian genius!

Familiar Islay armoas creep out from my snifter glass as I try and keep pace with a barrage of sensory fireworks. A damp, musty muscovado fruitiness is the first thing that arrests your senses. And then nestled within the woody nuts lies the unmistakable smoky peat which is covered in a thick layer of honey, sausages, wood varnish and old cardboard cartons.

Don't look at me like that! You know what I mean....

The full bodied palate is succulent honeycomb and nuts with something a touch bitter to give it a layer of mysteriousness. The citrusy sugars stand up with aplomb as the peppery spices cascade in to gently caress your taste buds.

A long and dry oaky finish rounds of one of the best 30 seconds malting experiences of my malting career.

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Rigmorole commented

It appears you like the QC more than the 10 year cask strength. Any comparisons you can make? I would have to drive 35 miles into the mountains for a cask strength at a far away liquor store. Quarter cask is a few miles from my house at a neighborhood liquor store. QC is also ten dollars cheaper than the cask strength.

I'm intrigued by the cask strength. A bar near my house has it, and I've ordered it a few times. Very smooth and with a deep deep flavor. The QC seems more peppery and surfacey spicy. Only tasted a small sample once at a party, however. It is hard to find in bars.

I consider you a "scotch master." Your reviews are legendary, by the way. I'm also intrigued by the way you appear to be balancing a muslim lifestyle with fine scotch connoisseurship. I am balancing some leanings towards Christian Science with fine scotch appreciation.

CS is also an "alcohol free" religion. I don't approve of the CS church, however, but Science and Health and spiritual metaphysics has proved to be quite useful in terms of keeping my outlook positive and uplifting. At this point, the CS church seems largely to be a funds collector for the Christian Science Monitor, which is simply propaganda du jour (very little difference from any other major US national news service). It seems to be a feather in the globlists' caps, however, because it gives the impression of being a private newspaper/website, when in fact it is tightly controlled by propaganda programs and agencies of the emerging global scientific dictatorship (Aldous Huxley's term).

At any rate, thank you for the expert reviews, sir, and the wonderfully literary allusions, metaphors, similes, and analogies in your many insightful analyses of very intriguing scotches.

6 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

I see that I mistakenly thought you reviewed the cask strength Laphroaig. My mistake. Well, given your penchant for Laphroaig, I suppose that it is possible you have tasted it. I see you reviewed the Quarter Cask twice and your second review had even higher marks! All the best, rigmorole

6 years ago 0

MaltActivist commented

@rigmorole I really dont have the words to respond to your humbling praise. I am, by no means, a scotch master - I promise! I love to write and explore new flavors and more than that I love to share that with my fellow enthusiasts. If that has in any way contributed something meaningful to you then I consider my efforts rewarded ten-fold.

Balancing a moderate muslim life with my love for scotch is a fine line which I tread carefully. Luckily I have a supporting wife and friends who look out for me. However, my hobby is frowned upon in many close quarters which is why I take great pains to keep this aspect of my life far removed from those who I may offend. It has worked well so far.

As far as Laphroaig is concerned I have three Cask Strengths (Batches 3,4 & 5). Of the three I luckily have two bottles each of batch 4 & 5 and I was planning on reviewing those in the near future. Probably in the next few weeks. I would love to see what you think once I post my reviews.

I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your kind words. They truly inspired me.

Till we meet.


6 years ago 0

MaltActivist commented

PS : I checked my old review - I ended up giving the same marks both time. I had actually forgotten about the older review. I wrote that almost 18 months ago.

The problem is you can't delete any reviews. I'm not happy with some of my old ones. Hopefully no one digs that far back!

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