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It has already been a few years since I last tasted the Laffie Quarter Cask, but thanks to one of my whisky buddies, I was able to secure a sample of the newest release. As the name suggest, the whisky was finished in smaller casks, ensuring more contact between the spirit and the wood which results in a faster maturation and more character.
The nose is creamy and sweet while at the same time salty and smoky, as Laffie shoud be. Vanilla, butter cake, banana peels and coconut. Chamomile tea? The balans between the sweetness and the salt are almost perfect.
The arrival is powerful and spicy, wonderfully smoky – although less so than anticipated after the nose. Cloves, mint and cinnamon. Hey appears as does some wood – although again less than expected. Sea weed and citrus. Some charcoal. Hints of pear syrup. Fairly sweet, but mostly smoky towards the end. It builds up.
The finish is long, spicy and shows a fine balance between the smoke and the sweetness. Oak at the death.
Recommended, especially at that price. Thanks, Pat!