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Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Camping on the beach!

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@AKGcandlefishReview by @AKGcandlefish

8th Dec 2012


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Color: Light honeyed-gold.

Nose: Seaside campfire, smoked gouda, and PEAT. Let it breath for a few minutes and the smokiness eases up, giving way to charred oak and notes of iodine.

Body: smooth and watery, but with a kick.

Palate: Like sucking on roasted wood chips. Deep smokey flavor with a lot of salt.

Finish: Very long finish of smoke and salt. Very warm all the way down. Hint tobacco at the end, like finishing a good cigar.

This was only my second Islay malt, after the Laphroaig 10 year, and I've found this one to be much richer and more complex than the 10. I'm dying to try some others (I have a Lagavulin 16 I haven't opened yet), but this is one I've grown to love and expect to fall back on when I can't afford some of the pricier peats.

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cheeserandyburg commented

I'm also really interested in this offering from Laphroaig. Each review I've read in the past the present is giving it sky rocketing results. Most prefer it over the 10 y/o from then. The only thing stopping me from venturing down the path and aquiring this bottling is the raw power of this malt that everyone talks about.(And Islay in general)

I have yet to crack open my bottle of Talisker 10. Which is also known for its smokiness. So if I enjoy the Talisker I'll hop on-board and take the plunge with this Islay gem.

Out of curiousity, if you've tried Talisker 10, how would you say it compares in terms of smokiness and peat to Laphroaig?

7 years ago 0

AKGcandlefish commented

Haven't had the Talisker 10 yet. It is on my holiday wishlist, so I'm hoping to receive it as either a Christmas or anniversary gift from my wife in the next month. The main difference I've heard is that the Talisker is famous for its peppery finish. Very eager to try it.

7 years ago 0

AKGcandlefish commented

I won't lie, the first time I tasted the Laphroaig 10 (a gift from a friend), I hated it and couldn't understand why anyone would enjoy Islay Scotches. All I could taste was smoke and peat. But I committed myself to finishing the bottle, and the more time I spent with it, the more it grew on me. Still a little single note for my taste though. The Quarter Cask, however, really came alive to me.

I can honestly say that passing through the Islay threshold really opens up your appreciation for every regional variety. Before, Scotches came in two varieties to me ("tastes good," "doesn't taste good"). Now I can really grapple with each bottle in a way I never could before. Sooner or later, every serious whiskey drinker must answer the call of Islay!

7 years ago 0

AKGcandlefish commented

Last night I was drinking Becherovka with friends (a Czech liqueur), and tonight I finished off my bottle of Laphroaig and noticed a real similarity in the finish I hadn't picked up on before. Like dark tea and cinnamon. Surprised I hadn't noticed it when I wrote this review, but I thought it was worth noting as a comment.

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