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Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Is this the best value whisky on the market?

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@PierreReview by @Pierre

14th Jan 2010


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In the UK currently selling at around £21 in Waitrose, this is insanely good value. Even though its matured faster than the 10 year old (8 years I believe) I don't know how they can make something this good, keep it for 8 years and sell it at that price. It would be good value at £30.

On the nose this is unmistakably Laphroaig, that classic peat is there but something sweeter is here that you don't get on the ten year old. Malty, sweet and a hint of zest.

In the mouth those flavours continue, a warm oily body and a smokiness but balanced with a sweetness that smooths out the edges.

It stands up well to a drop of water, which really releases those oils and flavours. Smokey, spicy, malty sweetness and a softening of the 48% burn.

A long satisfying finish during which you can work out how much more than £21 you'd be willing to pay for this.

My advice is get down to Waitrose before they realise its a mix up and put the price up.

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mohler commented

Good call, might need to visit the Waitrose in the basement of John Lewis on Oxford St (round the corner from work) to pick up a bottle. BTW there's a whisky enthusiast who works there, don't know his name but honest & knowledgeable (pointed me to an amazing Chateaux Nuef De Pape after a good chat about whisky)

10 years ago 0

Pierre commented

Sounds like a good man! Next to whisky and music red is my other passion in life.

10 years ago 0

galg commented

i agree. it's an amazing malt. and pricewise it's also a steal. this is the best "young" Laph out there. better than the CS..

10 years ago 0

tonc commented

While I find the QC a good dram I like the 10y cask strength better. 2 days back I did a taste comparison of the two and everyone present agreed that the CS came out as a clear winner. I like the sharpness and the spicy pepper of the CS and that is missing in the QC. Fyi: It was the red-stripe CS, not the new batch #1

10 years ago 0

cracker commented

Right on! There is nothing more to say. It is simple a magnificent dram. The concept of the quarter casket did produce here a surprising result… it will be interesting to see how Laphroaig will follow up here…and play with the price…

9 years ago 0

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